Fall 2020 - HIST 204 D100

The Social History of Canada (3)

Class Number: 3488

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Fri, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: HIST 101 and 102W.



A survey of major themes in Canadian social history from the arrival of Europeans to the present day. Particular attention will be paid to the effects of gender, race and class on the experience of Canadians over time. Breadth-Humanities.


This course examines 19th and 20th-century Canadian Social History through the lens of recreation and leisure. Taking a broad approach to what constitutes leisure we will look at examples of recreation, games, sports, and other kinds of pastimes, and patterns of production and consumption in the lives of women and men, minority and immigrant communities, the middle- and working-classes in both private and public spaces, in cities, towns, and rural areas, in various regions of the country.  Sometimes difficult to uncover, thinking about the everyday social lives of Canadians, will allow us to think about the historical constructions of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality at play in society and popular culture.

Remote Course Delivery:

Please note that all teaching at SFU in fall term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructors, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. Remote learning will consist of asynchronous (pre-recorded or online content) lecture materials, synchronous (real-time) tutorial sessions, and corresponding exercises and writing assignments.  No exams will be conducted in-person.


  • Participation 20%
  • 1st Assignment 20%
  • Annotated Biblioggraphy 25%
  • Final Paper 35%



William Kelleher Storey and Mairi Cowan, Writing History: A Guide for Canadian Students, Fifth Edition, Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Other required readings will be available through SFU Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).