Quebec and French Canada (HIST*3600) | College of Arts

Quebec and French Canada (HIST*3600)

Code and section: HIST*3600*01

Term: Winter 2019

Instructor: Alan Gordon


Course Synopsis:

This course examines selected themes in the social, economic, political and cultural evolution of Quebec and its relations with the rest of Canada. The course will also touch on the development of French Canadian, Métis, and Acadian communities in other provinces.  This year we will be examining Quebec and French Canada through the concept of double minority.  This concept recognizes that francophones and anglophones – as well as allophones – all find themselves in minority positions in different contexts.  How this sense of being a minority has affected Canadian history will be examined.

Note: The ability to read and understand French is an asset in this course, but is not a requirement.

Methods of Evaluation:

There will be a mix of written assignments, including an essay and essay proposal, and exams.

Texts and/or Resources Required:

The required textbook is Gossage, Peter, and J.I. Little. An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition & Modernity. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012.  There will be additional materials on reserve.

This course puts an emphasis on reading primary source documents (in translation) and discussing them.  These will be provided in-course.

Please note:  This is a preliminary web course 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.

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