Spring 2021 - HIST 330W D100

Controversies in Canadian History (4)

Capitalism, Culture, and Cops: Canada

Class Number: 8411

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



An examination of selected topics in Canadian history. The content will vary from offering to offering. See department for further information. HIST 330W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students may not take selected topics within HIST 330W for further credit if duplicating content of another history course and vice versa. Writing.


Capitalism, Culture, and Cops: Canada - maintaining hegemony since 1867

This course will examine the history of significant political and cultural moments/events in Canadian history and how they have contributed to (and or resisted) the maintenance of hegemony of the capitalist settler state of canada. The course will provide an understanding of how present-day political debates and controversies can be better understood when examining the historical roots of the issues in Canadian social, economic, and cultural history. The course has a thematic focus on four key aspects of the formation and maintenance of the Canadian state. The four themes are: Policing, Consuming, Culture, and Class. Each theme also explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender play a role in each aspect of state formation and resistance.



This course presents information about key moments in Canadian history through online lectures, videos, readings, and online activities. Assignments encourage students to evaluate readings, present information to each other, and practice the reading, writing, and research skills of the historical profession. Students are required to participate in all online discussions and activities and complete all assignments to receive a final grade.It will draw on students' experiences and research, and we will develop online research, writing, and presentation skills through the online class assignments.


  • Participation ( online participation and small writing assignments) 15%
  • Primary Source Assignment (written analysis of primary source) 15%
  • Reading Response and Reflections ( responses and reflections on the readings) 20%
  • Annotated Bibliography (outline and bibliography for final project) 10%
  • Final Project (final research project or paper) 40%


Instructor: John-Henry Harter          email: jhharter@sfu.ca

Class: Thursdays 2:30-6:20 pm online mixed delivery – synchronous and asynchronous via Bb Collaborate Ultra on Canvas

Office Hours:  online via Bb Collaborate Ultra on Canvas

*Please note that this course will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course 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.



All texts and readings are available online at no cost through SFU library

Daniel Francis, National Dreams: Myth, Memory, and Canadian History (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002). Available online through our library https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/lib/sfu-ebooks/detail.action?docID=544613

Donica Belisle, Purchasing Power: Women and the Rise of Canadian Consumer Culture. University of Toronto Press, 2020. https://books-scholarsportal-info.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/uri/ebooks/ebooks5/upress5/2020-04-06/1/9781442631137

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).