Pre-Confederation Canada (HIST*2100) | College of Arts

Pre-Confederation Canada (HIST*2100)

Code and section: HIST*2100*01

Term: Fall 2017

Instructor: Brittany Luby


Course Synopsis:

HIST*2100 encourages you to survey the history of what is now known as Canada from the pre-European contact period until 1867. Lectures will emphasize social, cultural, economic, political, and constitutional developments within Indigenous and settler communities.
The big questions addressed by HIST*2100 – questions that you will gain the tools (e.g. background information, primary and secondary sources) to answer – include:

  1. What should a "Pre-Confederation Canada" timeline look like? Where should "Canadian history" begin? What are the political consequences of this starting point?
  2. National narratives have often been critiqued as the histories of "dead White men." Who were Canada's "Founding Fathers"? Does "Founding Fathers" accurately capture all the key players in Canada's development? Why or why not? Who else belongs in this (his)story?
  3. Describe the role of pre-Confederation Canada on the international stage. What role does pre-Confederation Canada play? Who were the players? Consider both European and Indigenous nations.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Seminar Communication (cumulative) - 20%
MindTap Quiz 1: 30 September - 3%
MindTap Quiz 2: 6 October - 3%
MindTap Quiz 3: 27 October - 3%
MindTap Quiz 4: 3 November - 3%
MindTap Quiz 5: 22 November - 3%
Proposal with Annotated Bibliography: 16 October - 15%
Research Essay: 15 November - 25%
Final Exam: December 15 - 25%
TOTAL 100%

Advice from Past Students:

  1. Make an effort to complete the assigned textbook reading before lecture.
  2. Bring a copy of the assigned reading to tutorial.
  3. Read the margin comments on all returned assignments and, if possible, use them to make corrections on your next submission. Remember: each assignment helps you to develop the skills to succeed in your final research essay.

Texts and/or Resources Required Include All or Parts of:

We will be using an electronic version (MindTap) of:
Robert Wardhaugh, Alan MacEachern, R. Douglas Francis, Richard Jones, Donald B. Smith, Origins: Canadian History to Confederation, 8th Edition (Toronto, ON: Nelson Education Ltd., 2017).
We will also be using a specialized reader titled “HIST*2100: Pre-Confederation Canada.”

These books are available through the Bookstore and Campus Coop.

* Please note this is a preliminary web description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.