Fall 2023 - HIST 102W D900

Canada since Confederation (3)

Class Number: 3474

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.



Canadian social, political, and economic history from 1867, examining Indigenous/colonial 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.


Welcome to HIST 102W, where we survey the broad strokes of Canada’s past. This means the course is comprehensive—we explore many key events, using many types of sources, exploring many different perspectives (both from and about the past). But we’ll also ask ourselves questions like, “How do we decide what is or isn’t a significant event in the past?” and “Which sources should we use to explore which topics, and why?” and so on. You will find answers to (and ask more questions about) why things change, and why things stay the same. You’ll learn how historians think about colonialism and decolonization, class conflict and war, nationalism and gender, material production and technology, as well as art and ideas. We will primarily use research & writing to access and learn about the past. But in doing so, you will see that history is more than a chronicle of the past; it’s also a contest—a debate—and one you get to be part of.


  • Participation: includes weekly attendance, speaking up, nominal in-class writing, and online discussions) 20%
  • Book assignment (a. Book Review (7.5%) b. Library assignment (7.5%) c. Deconstructed Book Review (20%) 35%
  • Teaching plan (a. Source Analysis Assignment (7.5%) b. Source Synthesis (7.5%) c. Pedagogical Reflection (7.5%) d. Final Lesson Plan (22.5%) 45%



Bob Joseph, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act (Port Coquitlam: Indigenous Relations Press, 2018). Available at SFU Bookstore or for free at SFU Library.


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Registrar Notes:


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