Fall 2015 - HIST 428 D100

Problems in the Social and Economic History of Canada (4)

Class Number: 5969

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 101, 102.



Selected problems in the history of Canadian agriculture and industrial development, migration and settlement, labor, native policy and class structure.


I Killed Canadian History (and so can you!) An examination of Canadian Social History

This course examines both the practice of social history, and the critiques and defenses, of this practice. In addition, we will be doing social history. The semester will build towards each student presenting an original research project to the class. This can be a research paper on an aspect of Canadian social history or an examination of a historiographical debate within social history, a critique of social history, or perhaps a defense of social history against its detractors.  
The course is not simply a lecture or a seminar course it is a hybrid. It presents information about Canadian social history 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 all discussions and activities to receive a final grade.


  • Participation 20%
  • Reading notes 10%
  • Research Proposal 5%
  • Annotated Bibliography 5%
  • Research Presentation 20%
  • Final Paper 40%



Daniel Francis, National Dreams: Myth, Memory, and Canadian History, Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1997

James Opp and John C. Walsh, eds. Home, Work, Play: Situating Canadian Social History, 3nd Edition OUP Canada, 2014

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