Canada Since 1945 (HIST*3180) | College of Arts

Canada Since 1945 (HIST*3180)

Code and section: HIST*3180*01

Term: Fall 2022

Instructor: Marc-Andre Gagnon


Schedule and Method of Delivery:

M/W 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

This course will have a mix of in-person seminars (Wednesday) and online lectures (Monday). Online lectures will be recorded and remain available for viewing until the end of scheduled classes. The in-person seminars will not be recorded for later viewing.

Course Synopsis:

This course provides an in-depth examination of political, social, cultural, and economic changes in Canada since the Second World War. Particular attention will be paid to the increased diversity of the Canadian population, the development of Canadian institutions, and the changing role played by Canada in the world.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have learned to:

  1. Explain major issues of contemporary Canadian history from the Second World War to the present day;
  2. Analyze key factors and forces that have shaped the culture, politics, and economics of Canadian society;
  3. Interpret key historiographic shifts in post-war Canada by reading and analyzing a broad range of secondary sources;
  4. Work with primary sources, synthesize knowledge, communicate arguments, evaluate ideas and develop original thoughts.


7.50 credits - Must be completed prior to taking this course.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

  1. Annotated Bibliography/Research Proposal – 10%  
  2. Book Review – 10%
  3. Research Essay – 35%
  4. Class Discussions and Participation – 20%
  5. Final Take-Home Exam – 25%

Required Texts:

Readings are available on CourseLink (via the Library electronic reserve).

*Please note: This is a preliminary website 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.