Spring 2017 - HIST 431 D100

STT Canadian Cities Through Art and Design (Inactive) (4)

Class Number: 8941

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    HCC 2205, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    Wayne Beggs
    Office: 2116 (Harbour Centre)
    Office Hours: Mondays, 3:00-5:00pm



How is Canada’s urban history expressed through art and design? Build visual literacy and learn about Canadian urbanism and its connection around the world. Explore the persistent natural/built, urban/rural dichotomies and their expression in Canadian art. Students with credit for URB 695 under this topic cannot take this course for further credit.


Canadian Cities through Art and Design celebrates the Canadian Sesquicentennial by developing your knowledge of Canada’s urban history, as expressed through art and design.  While slide lectures build your visual literacy, discussion engages across disciplines developing understanding of Canadian urbanism and its connection to evolving urbanism around the world.  You will learn about Canada’s urban/rural dichotomy and its expression in Canadian art.  Land-based themes, including those explored through works of Group of Seven and the Emma Lake School will be complemented by contemporary consideration of First Nations works.   You will develop the ability to read text and sub-text in works of art and will gain a basic understanding of the social and cultural lenses of the artist and the viewer, especially through a Postmodern lens.  This upper-level undergraduate elective may appeal to Studio Arts, Art History and Architecture students, to Urban Studies and Liberal Arts students and to students of History, Environment, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology.

The course mixes slide lectures on key topics with advanced readings that cut across arts, history, design and urban studies.  You will be challenged to integrate learning from a variety of sources, including readings, videos, slide lectures and visual review of arts to develop their ability to understand the evolution of Canadian art through the nation’s history.  You will gain an appreciation for the depth and complexity of Canadian expression and its relationship to various key phases of our collective history.


  • Class participation 10%
  • Reading summaries 10%
  • Assignment One - Briefing Note 10%
  • Mid-term Exam 15%
  • Assignment Two - Paper 30%
  • Final Exam 25%



There are no required texts for this class. Most readings will be journal articles, with some book chapters. Readings will be available through library course reserves, many in electronic format.

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