Spring 2016 - HIST 424 D100

Problems in the Cultural History of Canada (4)

Cdn Hist Film & TV

Class Number: 4204

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 3253, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

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



Selected problems in Canadian ideas and attitudes on such topics as the arts, religion, education, minority and native cultures, nationalism, and Canadian historiography. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 424 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught.


SCREENING CANADA: Canadian History through film and television

This course examines both the cultural history of Canada and the construction of our history through culture. Focusing on the influence film and television has had on our perception of our history, our country, and the concept of nationhood this course is interdisciplinary in that it incorporates history, communications, film studies, and cultural studies. Of course we will be doing cultural history. By that I mean the semester will build towards each student being able to present to their classmates an original research project. This can be a research paper on an aspect of Canadian cultural history or an examination of a historiographical debate within cultural history.

The course is not simply a lecture or a seminar course it is a hybrid. It presents information about Canadian cultural 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.


  • Participation 15%
  • Research Proposal 10%
  • Annotated Bibliography 10%
  • Research Presentation 25%
  • Final Paper 40%

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/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.

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