Fall 2021 - HIST 486 D100

Studies in History II (4)

History of Vancouver

Class Number: 4367

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 2205, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history.



Special topics.


History of Vancouver  

Often described as a young, dynamic, and forward-looking city, Vancouver is sometimes thought of as a place without a history.  Walking around the glass towers of downtown, you might be forgiven for taking this view…  Yet the city and region are the products of centuries of Indigenous presence, of western colonialism, and of diverse international migration.  This seminar will explore how these processes developed, and how they continue to shape the social, cultural, and political contexts we live in today.  Though Vancouver is frequently praised as a highly liveable city, we will discuss the encounters that have made it into a diverse and contested metropolis, and the class, gender, and race-based inequalities that have long underlain its idyllic image.

This semester, we will be collaborating with the Vancouver Historical Society to produce a digital presentation on the city’s history.  Students will first write an individual research paper on a selected theme.  Then, on the basis of their research, they will work in pairs to tell their stories to a wider audience through digital means (video, website, social media, etc).  The projects will be featured on the Vancouver Historical Society website and one group will be selected to present their work at the Society’s annual luncheon. 


  • Seminar participation 25%
  • Project proposal 10%
  • Research paper 40%
  • Digital history project (in pairs) 25%



Course readings will be made available via Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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