Fall 2023 - HIST 330W D100

Controversies in Canadian History (4)

Class Number: 3651

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

    Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • 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.


Origins and Legacies of the ‘Radical Campus’            

You may have heard it said that our very own university on Burnaby Mountain was once a “radical campus”? Where does that idea come from, and whatever became of it? Was SFU truly radical or is this overstated? Do we still live with the legacies from these earlier times, or is that era dead? And if the latter, who (or what) killed it? We will cover a period spanning roughly 1960-1990. While we focus on SFU, we do so in order to access much larger historical controversies involving the student, women’s, labour, antiwar, Indigenous, and other movements on campus and beyond. Indeed, each week we will look at a separate SFU controversy. You will also be doing original first-hand research at SFU Archives and SFU Library about topics of your choosing. You will hear from “people who were there,” including activists, charter alumni, and others.  This being a “W” (writing) course, it is my objective (and it should be yours too) that, by the end of the term, you will have laid the foundations for something publishable.


  • Participation (including weekly attendance, speaking up, nominal in-class writing, and online discussions) 20%
  • Book Review Project (Initial review – 5% and Deconstructed Book Review – 15%) 20%
  • Major Research/Writing Project (Analysis of a Collection/Fonds: 10%; Synthesis Assignment: 10%; Outline/Draft 1/Consult: 10%; Final Project: 30%) 60%



Hugh Johnston, Radical Campus: Making Simon Fraser University (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2009).

Karin Wells, The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose (Toronto: Second Story Press, 2020).


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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.