Spring 2021 - HIST 204 D100

The Social History of Canada (3)

Class Number: 5694

Delivery Method: Remote


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  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: HIST 101 and 102W.



A survey of major themes in Canadian social history from the arrival of Europeans to the present day. Particular attention will be paid to the effects of gender, race and class on the experience of Canadians over time. Breadth-Humanities.


This course will explore the theme of Canadian social history by profiling ten events from the 20th century and analyzing the broader impact that these had on contemporary society. Our course will range from The Birth of the Dionne Quintuplets and The First Exhibit of the Group of Seven to The Abortion Caravan and The Toronto Bathhouse Raids. Through these events, we will discuss topics including state intervention in childcare, the creation of a national identity, and the fight for legal equality. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to critically assess primary and secondary courses and to hear directly from guest speakers who were involved in these events.

  • January 8th: What is Social History?
  • January 15th: The Universal Negro Improvement Association (1919)
  • January 22nd: The First Exhibit of the Group of Seven (1920)
  • January 29th: The Persons Case (1929)
  • February 5th: The Birth of the Dionne Quintuplets (1934)
  • February 12th: The Final Immigration of British Home Children (1939)
  • February 26th: ᖁᑦᑎᒃᑐᒥᐅᑦᑕ ᓅᑕᐅᓂᖏᑦ (High Arctic Relocation) (1950s)
  • March 5th: The Abortion Caravan (1970)
  • March 12th: The Summit Series (1972)
  • March 19th: The Toronto Bathhouse Raids/ ‘Operation Soap’ (1981)
  • March 26th: The Siege of Kanehsatake (Oka Crisis) (1990)
  • April 7th: Overview and Reflection

Teaching Style: Mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Asynchronous Elements: Lecture videos will be posted every week on Tuesday by 5:00pm for students to watch on their own time. Students are expected to watch every lecture and finish all the assigned readings prior to the synchronous group discussions (select dates as identified below).

Synchronous Elements: There are two tutorial times for this class. Tutorial 1 will meet from 2:30- 3:30 and Tutorial 2 from 3:30 to 4:30 via Zoom. Tutorials will be held approximately every other week on the following dates: January 8th, January 22nd, February 5th, February 26th, March 12th, March 26th, April 7th. During these, we will discuss both the assigned topic for that week and will also discuss the week prior.


  • Group Discussion: January 8th, January 22nd, February 5th, February 26th, March 12th, March 26th, April 7th 25%
  • Writing Historical Fiction Assignment: (5 pages) 25%
  • Social History Editorial Assignment (5 pages) 25%
  • Primary Source Reflection Assignment (5 pages) 25%



All readings will be posted on Canvas [no additional purchases are necessary]

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).