Hockey in Canadian History (HIST*2280) | College of Arts

Hockey in Canadian History (HIST*2280)

Code and section: HIST*2280*DE01

Term: Summer 2023

Instructor: Jason Wilson


Course Synopsis:

Hockey provides a valuable prism through which major cultural, socio-economic and even political developments within Canada can be reflected. This course reviews the considerable role that hockey has played in Canada’s post-Confederation history. From the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century, hockey has helped to inform the nation’s sense of self and has also reflected prevailing social attitudes and cultural values within Canada.

Pre-Requisite(s): 2.00 credits

Course Format:

This course is offered in distance education format. There are no synchronous meetings.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Locate the importance of hockey within Canada’s larger cultural, political and social narrative;
  2. Examine the way by which hockey and hockey culture in Canada has reflected broader trends in Canadian society and specific events in Canadian history;
  3. Debate critically the extra-sporting role that hockey has played and continues to play in the evolution of the Canadian nation;
  4. Identify and assess societal issues that have directly affected hockey and the Canadian nation; and
  5. Write a research essay drawing on historical evidence from both primary and secondary resources.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

  1. Quizzes (4 x 2.5%)=10%
  2. Online Midterm=10% 
  3. Research Paper Proposal=20%
  4. Research Paper=30% 
  5. Online Final Exam=30% 

Texts Required:

Title: Hockey Night in Canada: Sports, Identities, and Cultural Politics
Author(s): Richard Gruneau, R. and David Whitson, D
Edition / Year: 1994
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780920059050

Title: Coast to Coast: Hockey in Canada to the Second World War
Author(s): Wong, J. C.-K. (Ed.)
Edition / Year: 2009
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802095329

Title: Blood, Sweat, and Cheers: Sport and the Making of Modern Canada
Author(s): Howell, C. D.
Edition / Year: 2001
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802082480

Title: Artificial Ice: Hockey, Culture, and Commerce
Author(s): Gruneau, R. S. & Whitson, D. (Eds.)
Edition / Year: 2006
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781551930558

Supplementary Text:

Title: Canada's Game: Hockey and Identity
Author(s): Andrew C. Holman. (Ed.)
Edition / Year: 2009
Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press
ISBN: 9780773535985

*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.