Fall 2022 - HIST 486 D100

Studies in History II (4)

History of Vancouver

Class Number: 4024

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.


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 settler 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 course will be taught at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus.  We will make the most of our surroundings by taking occasional forays into the city, exploring the layers of history visible in its streets, architecture, landscape, and layout. If you anticipate any mobility concerns, please contact me as soon as possible.


  • Seminar participation 20%
  • Weekly discussion questions 5%
  • Seminar leadership (in pairs) 5%
  • Project proposal 10%
  • Research paper 40%
  • Digital history project 20%


This is a preliminary outline. Course and grading structure are subject to change. A complete syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.



Course readings will be made available via Canvas.


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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