Fall 2021 - HIST 424 D100
Problems in the Cultural History of Canada (4)
Class Number: 4361
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Tue, 2:30–5:20 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.
Canadian history has been, and continues to be, profoundly shaped by the changing relationships between Indigenous peoples and newcomers to what is now Canada. Contact made between Europeans and the native inhabitants of this land in the early modern period can be seen as less an event than the beginning of an ongoing process of cultural encounter. The native/newcomer dynamic has demonstrated a powerful resiliency in framing understandings of the Canadian nation state despite cultural mixing, intermarriage, the emergence of new peoples and identities like the Métis, assimilation programs, and other phenomena that challenge the explanatory utility of this dichotomy. Through discussion of readings on various seminar topics, we will explore the multi-faceted contours of Indigenous-newcomer relationships. Along the way we will also think about how historical writing about Indigenous-newcomer relations continues to itself change over time.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
The course requirements of History 424 will help you achieve the educational goals of undergraduate courses in the Department of History. By the end of the course, you will be able
- to understand broad patterns and diversities of Indigenous and settler experiences in Canada
- to attain a deep, discerning appreciation of the complexities and dynamics of encounter and change in a colonial environment
- to engage with and critique complex historical evidence as well as diverse theoretical and ideological perspectives
- Seminar participation 40%
- Primary source analysis 20%
- Final paper 40%
- Journal articles available electronically from the SFU library through the course syllabus.
- Selected readings available on Canvas.
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