Fall 2015 - HIST 101 D100

Canada to Confederation (3)

Class Number: 5787

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2015
    Sat, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



A survey of Canadian history to 1867. Breadth-Humanities.


This course examines social, economic, political and cultural themes in the history of Canada from before European contact with First Nations in North America to Confederation in 1867. The course presents information about Canada before Confederation through lectures, videos, readings, and in-class 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 discussions and activities.


  • Participation/Reading Notes 20%
  • Annotated Bibliography 5%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Primary Source Paper 20%
  • Final exam 30%
  • Class Participation: Regular attendance, regular participation and evidence of regular reading and understanding the basic issues are the criteria for the participation grade. As well, we will be doing a number of skill building exercises throughout the semester. Through a series of short assignments, you will learn the skills needed by historians to practice their craft, including: how to read critically, how to take notes, how to research, and how to document sources.



Conrad, M and Finkel A. History of the Canadian Peoples: Beginnings to 1867. 6th edition (Toronto: Pearson Longman, 2014) (5th edition works too but not perfectly)

J.M. Bumstead et al. Interpreting Canada’s Past: A Pre-Confederation Reader 4th edition (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Registrar Notes:

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