Fall 2022 - HIST 102W B100

Canada since Confederation (3)

Class Number: 3942

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



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.


The start of the new decade has seen blockades protesting resource extraction on Indigenous land, deepening economic inequality, calls to defund the police, and heightened anti-Asian racism. How did we get here? In this writing-intensive course, we will explore intersecting themes in Canadian social, political, economic, and cultural history in the post-Confederation era. Focusing on key moments since 1867, we will examine issues such as Indigenous-settler relations, the labour movement, immigration and multiculturalism, and social and political movements. How have disputes over land, labour, and resources shaped Canada’s politics and economy? How did major events affect Canada’s social and cultural landscapes? How did different people experience these events? In this course, Canadian history is a subject of study, as well as a tool to allow us to develop historical thinking skills: establishing historical significance, using primary documents, identifying continuity and change, analyzing cause and consequence, taking historical perspectives, and understanding the ethical dimensions of historical interpretation.

Close engagement with weekly readings will be essential for this course, as we will examine primary and secondary texts to learn how historians write and to develop our own writing abilities. For this introductory-level remote learning course, you will prepare for weekly asynchronous lectures and online discussions using background reading and multimedia sources, then complete weekly reading annotation and writing portfolio assignments. The course will be graded using a learning mastery approach, encouraging you to focus on critical thinking and skills.


Week 1: Course introduction

Week 2: Confederation

Week 3: Solidifying a Dominion

Week 4: Settlement and Immigration

Week 5: The First World War

Week 6: Interwar Labour and Social Change

Week 7: The Second World War

Week 8: Postwar Canada

Week 9: Social and political movements

Week 10: French-English relations

Week 11: Repatriation and Human Rights

Week 12: Imagining Canada


  • Course participation 10%
  • Weekly reading annotations 25%
  • Writing portfolio 30%
  • Digital humanities project 35%


There is no final exam in this course.



All course readings will be available on Canvas or through Perusall. There is no required textbook for this course. However, students desiring more background reading on any course topic may consult Canadian History: Post-Confederation by John Douglas Belshaw, or weekly recommended Canadian Encyclopedia articles.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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