Fall 2017 - HIST 101 D100

Canada to Confederation (3)

Class Number: 2958

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Mary-Ellen Kelm
    1 778 782-7299
    Office: AQ 6227



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


In this year of Canada’s 150th birthday, how do we tell the story of Canada? Does it matter how we tell it? Why do we care so much about some events in Canada’s past and not others? In HIST 101 you will find an opportunity to explore key ideas about Canadian history, considering how we have told stories about Canada’s past and who these stories serve. We will explore how historians debate the past and how those debates mirror different perspectives on Canada itself. In the process, we will examine how ideas about history have changed over time, how some histories get told and others forgotten. Through lectures, readings, podcasts, tutorial discussions and assignments, you will learn: how to think historically; find historical sources, organize and analyse them; recognize and analyse primary sources; recognize and scrutinize some of the myths of ‘being Canadian’; write with clarity and concision; and be able to connect the past to present events creatively and convincingly. In short, you will leave this course with the skills to be able to engage with stories about Canada’s past wherever you find them and to be able to succeed in subsequent history courses.


  • Sleuthing history in the library and beyond 20%
  • Primary Source Analysis 20%
  • When historians disagree – secondary source analysis 20%
  • Why the history of (fill in the blank) matters 20%
  • Tutorial Participation (& in class assignments) 20%



John Douglas Belshaw, Canadian History: Pre-Confederation. BC Open Textbook Project. Download this book for free at http: //open.bccampus.ca.

Other readings will be available on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

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