Spring 2020 - HIST 102W D100

Canada since Confederation (3)

Class Number: 4566

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Mark Leier
    1 778 782-5827
    Office: AQ 6010



Canadian social, political, and economic history from 1867, examining aboriginal/settler relations, immigration, regionalism, foreign policy, economic development, culture, and political movements. Students with credit for HIST 102 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


Canada has been called a noble experiment. It has also been called “a colonial plot hatched by a drunk and a bunch of greedheads.” Which is it? We’ll explore that question as we look at the history of Canada from Confederation to the present.

We’ll look at the connections between the economy and politics, conflicts between First Nations and European settlers, and the idea of nation. We’ll talk about the issues that the people in Canada fought over and fought for, and examine who won, who lost, and the challenges we still face.

We’ll use this history to explore broader questions, such as when should a country go to war? How free is the free market? How democratic is parliamentary democracy? When is protest legitimate? How do historians interpret the past? Does Canada matter?

You don’t need any prior knowledge of Canadian history for this course. We’ll use film, song, lectures, articles, art, and popular writing to develop our understanding of the past.

The course counts towards SFU's writing requirements, but it is not a course in "how to write." It is assumed you can write in appropriate first-year university English. Some of the writing assignments will be marked as "pass/fail" or "done/not done" and completed in the lectures and tutorials.  This course is also suggested for people planning to enter PDP.


  • Attendance at tutorials 10%
  • Participation in tutorials 15%
  • Writing assignments, including essays and in-class writing 75%
  • There are no exams in this course. That's right, no exams. No mid-term, no final.



Will Ferguson, Canadian History for Dummies

History 102 Readings on Canvas and online

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