Summer 2021 - HIST 102W D100

Canada since Confederation (3)

Class Number: 3424

Delivery Method: Remote


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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.


The start of the new decade has seen blockades protesting resource extraction on Indigenous land, deepening economic inequality, calls to defund the police, and heightened anti-Asian racism—not to mention a pandemic. How did we get here? In this writing-intensive course, we will explore intersecting themes in Canadian social, political, economic, and cultural history in the post-Confederation era. Focusing on key moments since 1867, we will examine issues such as Indigenous-settler relations, the labour movement, immigration and multiculturalism, and social and political movements. How have disputes over land, labour, and resources shaped Canada’s politics and economy? How did major events affect Canada’s social and cultural landscapes? How did different people experience these events? In this course, Canadian history is a subject of study, as well as a tool to allow us to develop historical thinking skills: establishing historical significance, using primary documents, identifying continuity and change, analyzing cause and consequence, taking historical perspectives, and understanding the ethical dimensions of historical interpretation.

Close engagement with weekly readings will be essential for this course, as we will examine primary and secondary texts to learn how historians write and to develop our own writing abilities. For this introductory-level remote learning course, you will prepare for weekly asynchronous lectures and online discussions using background reading and multimedia sources, then complete weekly reading annotation and writing portfolio assignments. The course will be graded using a learning mastery approach, encouraging you to focus on critical thinking and skills.

This course will take place remotely using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous methods. Weekly lectures will be asynchronous. Students will have multiple options for participating in the course, including synchronous tutorials, online discussions, and reading annotation. This course is appropriate for students who learn best by discussing material with their peers and for those whose schedules do not permit synchronous learning.


  • Participation 20%
  • Source analysis assignments 25%
  • Writing portfolio 25%
  • Final project 30%



All course readings will be available online. There is no required textbook for this course.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).