Histories of Canada to 1867 (HIST*2100) | College of Arts

Histories of Canada to 1867 (HIST*2100)

Code and section: HIST*2100*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: Rebecca Beausaert


Course Synopsis:

This course studies political, economic, social, and cultural developments, including the intertwined Indigenous histories, in the lands now known as Canada.
HIST*2100 will examine selected events and issues in Canadian history, beginning with the First Peoples and concluding with Confederation in 1867. A central theme in the course is how Canada's past consists of many different histories. The remote synchronous lectures will address a variety of topics, including politics, economics, religion, gender, health, race, and class. Students will have the opportunity to explore topics further in a more detailed and creative way in their research essays. The course aims to expand students’ understanding of the major events that impacted Canada's development prior to 1867, and the lasting effects of these events. This course is a core requirement of the History Major or Minor. Please consult the undergraduate calendar, section X “Degree Programs” for full details.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the major events, issues, themes, and people who helped shape the course of Canadian history prior to Confederation 
  2. Capably converse with peers and the seminar leader about assigned readings and participate in debates about course content
  3. Effectively find, analyze, and synthesize information from primary source materials
  4. Analyze how historians interpret the past and identify the merits and pitfalls of different sources and research methodologies
  5. Write in a concise yet convincing manner, effectively present an argument and defend your position, utilize a variety of research sources, and apply proper citation methods


2.00 credits

Method of Delivery:

Remote Synchronous Lectures; 2 Remote Synchronous Seminars & 2 In-Person Seminars

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Seminar Communication and Participation  20%
Quiz - Finding/Evaluating Sources Through the Library  5%
Research Essay Proposal & Annotated Bibliography  15%
Research Essay  30%
Take-Home Final Exam  30%

Texts Required:

Robert A. Wardhaugh & Alan MacEachern, Origins: Canadian History to Confederation, 8th ed. [pdf eText]. Toronto: Nelson Canada, 2017.

Each week, selections of readings from Origins will be assigned to complement the lectures. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these readings during the weeks they are assigned. There will also be readings assigned for discussion in seminar, usually consisting of a journal article and/or a primary source. These readings are available through ARES or CourseLink.

*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.*