Spring 2021 - HIST 102W D100

Canada since Confederation (3)

Class Number: 5576

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM



Canadian social, political, and economic history from 1867, examining aboriginal/settler relations, immigration, regionalism, foreign policy, economic development, culture, and political movements. Students with credit for HIST 102 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


Canada has been called a noble experiment. It has also been called “a plot hatched by a drunk and a bunch of greedheads.” Which is it? We’ll explore that question as we look at the history of Canada from Confederation to the present.

You don’t need any prior knowledge of Canadian history for this course. We’ll look at the connections between the economy and politics, conflicts between First Nations and European settlers, and the idea of nation. We’ll talk about the issues that the people in Canada fought over and fought for, and examine who won, who lost, and the challenges we still face.

We’ll use this history to explore broader questions, such as when should a country go to war? How free is the free market? How democratic is parliamentary democracy? What is genocide? When is protest legitimate? How do historians interpret the past? Does Canada matter?

We’ll use song, lectures, articles, art, and popular writing to develop our understanding of the past.

The course counts towards SFU's writing requirements, but it is not a course in "how to write." Instead, we’re using writing as a way to learn and as a way to help you discover and develop your ideas and your voice.

Our first lecture will be synchronous and available to view later.  All other lectures will be asynchronous.  Tutorials are synchronous, but attendance and participation are not graded.


  • No exams, no large papers. Instead, there will be a number of short writing assignments of about 2-4 pages. No exams; no mid-term, no final, no kidding. 100%



  • Will Ferguson, Canadian History for Dummies
  • History 102 Readings on Canvas

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).