Summer 2023 - HIST 330W D100

Controversies in Canadian History (4)

Representing Queer Canada

Class Number: 3239

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • 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.


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. This course will be of particular interest to students interested in a career in the public history sector, teaching, or serving queer people in any capacity.


  • 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%
  • Participation, including class trips, accounts towards final grade 25%


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]; cost of walking tour, TBA [approx $40].



Adrienne Burk’s Speaking for a Long Time (Vancouver: UBC Press 2010)


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