Fall 2016 - HIST 330W J100

Controversies in Canadian History (4)

Trudeau 1.0 Era

Class Number: 4760

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    HCC 2510, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine 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. Students may not take selected topics within HIST 330W for further credit if duplicating content of another history course and vice versa. Writing.


Canada in the Trudeau 1.0 Era with special emphasis on indigenous history

Much of what we think of as Canada – an officially bilingual, multicultural nation of top-notch comics and writers, with a sprinkling of outstanding musicians, surrounded by generally nice people with free-ish health care and a strong Charter of Rights and Freedoms – took shape during 1960s and 70s. Because he was the Prime Minister in power when these features emerged, this version of Canada will forever be tied to Pierre Elliot Trudeau. The 60s and 70s was also a time of exceptional political activism in which young people played a major part. It was the era of the anti-Viet Nam war movement, the Black and Red Power movements, the women’s movement, and the gay liberation movement.

In this course we examine the social, political, intellectual and economic history of Canada during these tumultuous years. Following on the 2015 Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this year’s research theme is indigenous history.

Students will gain an appreciation of the overlapping relationship between politics, culture, economics, and social life. They will learn how to consider contemporary social problems through a historical lens, and to communicate their findings to multiple audiences. This course is guided by the principle “tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.”

While the formal prerequisites for this course are 45 units including nine until of lower-division history, students with 45 units and six units of lower-division history are welcome to register as well.  Please contact the instructor for more information.


  • Tutorial participation and portfolio (Due weekly) 25%
  • Project Proposal (Due week 7) 15%
  • Research Essay (10-12 pp) (Due week 11) 40%
  • Re-present your argument in a non-essay format (Due week 13) 20%



SFU Bookstore Custom Courseware

McLuhan, Marshall. The Medium is the Massage, any edition

Harold Cardinal. The Unjust Society, any edition.

Maria Campbell, Half Breed, any edition.

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