Canada and the First World War (HIST*3370)
Code and section: HIST*3370*DE01
Term: Fall 2021
Instructor: Rebecca Beausaert
This course examines Canada’s role in the First World War. The question of how much the war was a transformative experience for Canadians will be central to students’ learning, as they grapple with issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, class, gender, militarism, pacifism, religion, age, and memory.
This course is structured thematically so that each unit examines an important aspect of Canada’s wartime experience. The course endeavours to showcase some of the more understudied effects and consequences, so that you gain a more thorough understanding of the war’s significance. Within each unit, you will learn from a range of interactive sources, including film and audio, and examine primary sources, such as photographs, diaries, letters, and government memoranda.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Identify and describe the major social, political, and economic events that affected Canada, as they unfolded over the period between 1914 and 1918;
- Take a position and argue about a controversial topic by analyzing different explanations and claims resulting from alternative perspectives during a discussion with your peers;
- Use material culture analyses to critically assess primary sources, such as photographs, artifacts, magazines, and diary entries, and explain their usefulness to studies of Canada’s wartime experience; and
- Critically evaluate historical arguments and assess contemporary historians’ interpretations of historical events.
Method of Delivery:
Online (Distance Education)
Method of Evaluation and Weights:
Unit Knowledge Quizzes (6 x 5% each) 30%
Major Battles Research Paper 20%
Group Discussion: The Conscription Crisis 15%
Primary Source Research Assignment 20%
Weekly Assigned Readings Discussions 15%
No texts need to be purchased for this course. Readings will consist of primary and secondary sources and other media available online or through Ares, the University of Guelph’s online Course Reserve system.
*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.*