Spring 2020 - HIST 424 D100

Problems in the Cultural History of Canada (4)


Class Number: 4671

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 101, 102W.



Selected problems in Canadian ideas and attitudes on such topics as the arts, religion, education, minority and native cultures, nationalism, and Canadian historiography. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 424 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught.


Children and Childhood in Canada

What does it mean to be a child? How has this meaning changed for children in Canada over the past two centuries? This seminar will explore evolving definition of children and childhood through an analysis of situations that children encountered in early childhood, at school, and as adolescents. Through an examination of primary and secondary sources, students will learn how children’s histories converged and diverged depending on their gender, class, and relationship to the settler-colonial state. We will consider how children’s voices are filtered through visual and textual sources, discuss how to interpret children’s agency, and produce educational materials to convey the history of children and childhood to twenty-first century children.


  • Seminar participation: verbal contributions and informal writing 25%
  • Primary source presentation 25%
  • Creative project: Analyzing Dear Canada series 25%
  • Essay: Situating residential schools in the history of childhood in Canada 25%



Weekly readings will be available to download on Canvas, or may be purchased as a printed coursepack from the SFU bookstore.

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