Spring 2022 - HIST 330W D100
Controversies in Canadian History (4)
Class Number: 4611
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
Canadian Controversies: Monuments, Memorialization, and the Queer Past
During the cold war, the Canadian government actively sought to identify and fire “homosexuals'' based on the false assertion that they threatened national security. This practice, which came to be called the “LGBT Purge,” continued until 1992 when Michelle Douglas, a lesbian in the military, won a court challenge. Those who were fired as a result of “the purge” recently received a financial settlement and have decided to use some of those funds to erect a monument to honor queer people who endured this as well as other forms of oppression, and to celebrate their survival and resistance. In this course, we take the Purge Monument as an opportunity to consider the complex dynamics of representing past events.
Students will engage with recent queer and public histories, with a special emphasis on monuments, including those of John A. Macdonald and Egerton Ryerson in Canada, and confederate soldiers in the US. This course will be of particular interest to students interested in a career in public history/museums, teaching, or serving queer people in any capacity.
- Short response paper #1 15%
- Short response paper #2 20%
- Short reflection paper 5%
- Research paper 35%
- Participation 25%
As a writing-intensive course, students are required to submit:
Short Response Paper #1 15%
Short Response Paper #2 20%
12-15 page Research Essay 35%
Short reflection paper at the conclusion of the course 5%
Additionally, participation, including class trips, accounts for 25% of the final grade.
Costs associated with this course: Adrienne Burk’s Speaking for a Long Time ( Vancouver: UBC Press 2010) [list price $32.95, available in the SFU Bookstore and online via the SFU Library]; transit to and from class trips to local monuments and the Mountain View Cemetery, all accessible by bus/sky train;cost of two walking tours, TBA [approx $50].
Adrienne Burk’s Speaking for a Long Time (Vancouver: UBC Press 2010)
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