Fall 2018 - HIST 101 D100

Canada to Confederation (3)

Class Number: 5042

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2018
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Willeen Keough
    1 778 782-4534
    Office: AQ 6231



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


This course will explore the contours of Canadian history from the period of earliest human occupation to Confederation in 1867.  We will examine major themes in Canada’s past, including:  the diversity of early First Nations cultures; contact and interaction between aboriginal societies and European cultures; social, economic, and political developments in New France and early British North America; European struggles for control over the North American continent in the eighteenth century; processes and impacts of colonialism; immigration, industrialization, and social and political reform in the nineteenth century; the contested path to confederation; and the question of who would be included in the new nation of Canada.  We will discuss how class, race, ethnicity, gender, and region tempered the experiences of early Canadians, and how a number of important issues challenging present-day Canada—e.g., indigenous land claims, Quebecois nationalism, and regionalism—are rooted in the pre-Confederation period.  Through readings, tutorial activities, and written assignments, you will also have opportunities to develop research, critical thinking, and communication skills that will serve you well throughout your university career and beyond.


  • Tutorial Participation 20%
  • Assignment No. 1 - Primary Source Analysis 20%
  • Assignment No. 2 – Secondary Literature Analysis 30%
  • Final Examination 30%



John Belshaw.  Canadian History: Pre-Confederation.  BC Open Textbook Project, 2015.  Open access, available at https://opentextbc.ca/preconfederation/.  Used under a CC-BY 4.0 International license.

Articles and primary sources available through SFU Canvas.  You will be invited to join the course platform by email.  A student guide can be found at http://www.sfu.ca/canvas/student-guide.html.


William Kelleher Storey and Helen Towser Jones, Writing History: A Guide for Canadian Students, 4th ed.  Don Mills:  Oxford University Press, 2016 (in bookstore).

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