Summer 2021 - HIST 330W D100

Controversies in Canadian History (4)

A History of the War in the Woods

Class Number: 3440

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



An examination of selected topics in Canadian history. The content will vary from offering to offering. See department for further information. HIST 330W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students may not take selected topics within HIST 330W for further credit if duplicating content of another history course and vice versa. Writing.


A History of the War in the Woods: An historical inquiry into Class, the Environment, and New Social Movements in BC and Beyond

This course will examine the history of the conflict between the working class and the environmental movement in Canada. With a focus on the ‘War in the Woods’ which is how the conflict between the labour movement and environmentalists around old growth logging in British Columbia has been framed this course will provide an understanding of how present-day political debates and controversies around class and environment can be better understood when examining the historical roots of the issues. The course has a thematic focus on three key aspects of the debates around work and the environment. The three themes are: the history of the modern environmentalism, working class environmentalism, and the relationship between social movements and class. Each theme also explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender play a role in each aspect of the history of the War in the Woods.

This course will entail online mixed delivery – synchronous and asynchronous via Bb Collaborate Ultra on Canvas.


This course presents information about key moments in Canadian history through online lectures, videos, readings, and online activities. Assignments encourage students to evaluate readings, present information to each other, and practice the reading, writing, and research skills of the historical profession. Students are required to participate in all online discussions and activities and complete all assignments to receive a final grade. It will draw on students' experiences and research, and we will develop online research, writing, and presentation skills through the online class assignments.


  • Participation: online participation and small writing assignments 15%
  • Primary Source Assignment: written analysis of primary source 15%
  • Reading Response and Reflections: responses and reflections on the readings 25%
  • Final Project: final research project or paper 45%





Robert D. Bullard, Dumping in Dixie : Race, Class, and Environmental Quality Third ed. Westview Press, 2000

Karen Bell, Working-Class Environmentalism. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, 2020

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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.

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