Post-Confederation Canada (HIST*2600) | College of Arts

Post-Confederation Canada (HIST*2600)

Code and section: HIST*2600*01

Term: Winter 2016

Instructor: Catherine Carstairs


Course Synopsis:

This course will cover selected events and issues in Canadian history from Confederation to the present.  Students will have the opportunity to explore specific topics further on an individual basis in their seminar discussions and in their research essays.  The course aims to expand students’ understanding of the political, social, cultural and economic aspects of Canada’s development and Canada’s role in an international context.  As a core course in the History program, this course places special emphasis on analysis of primary sources, seminar discussion skills and essay research and writing.

Course Requirements & Evaluation:

  1. Seminar Discussion and Participation.  Active participation in discussions of the assigned articles and primary sources.  Simple attendance in seminar does not count as participation – you must contribute to the discussions and demonstrate that you have done the readings in order to receive a passing grade. 15% of total mark.  An interim grade will be provided at reading week.
  2. Desire to Learn Quizzes A new quiz will be posted on courselink every week.  It will be available Monday-Friday, closing at midnight on Friday.   There will be approximately 10 questions each week and you will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz, although it should not take as long as this.  If you are registered with the CSD and need more time, please let Professor Carstairs know.  Your bottom lowest two quizzes will be dropped from your mark. 10% of total mark.
  3. Essay Proposal.  This should include a 250 word description of your topic, and an annotated bibliography of 5-6 sources, including one primary source.  5% of total mark.
  4. Research Essay.  An analytic paper of 2500 to 3000 words (approx. 10-12 pages), typed, double-spaced, with appropriate footnotes and bibliography.  Further details are on the essay handout and on the course Blackboard page.  35% of total mark.  DUE: March 10, 2009 during the lecture period.  You MUST hand in your marked proposal with your essay.
  5. Final Exam.  The exam will include both short answer and essay questions.  35% of total mark