Quebec and French Canada (HIST*3600) | College of Arts

Quebec and French Canada (HIST*3600)

Code and section: HIST*3600*01

Term: Winter 2023

Instructor: Marc-Andre Gagnon



M/W 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM
MCKN 308

Course Synopsis:

This course examines selected themes in the social, economic, political and cultural evolution of Quebec and its relations with the rest of Canada. The course may also examine the development of French Canadian and Acadian communities in other provinces.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Explain major issues and events of Quebec/French Canadian history from the period of contact to the present day;
  2. Analyze key factors and forces that have shaped the culture, politics, and economics of Quebec society;
  3. Understand the historical, political and cultural ties between Québec and francophone minorities in Canada;
  4. Interpret key historiographic shifts by reading and analyzing a broad range of secondary sources;
  5. Work with primary sources, synthesize knowledge, communicate arguments, evaluate ideas and develop original thoughts.


7.50 credits including (1 of FREN*2060, HIST*2100, HIST*2600, POLS*2300) - Must be completed prior to taking this course.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

  1. Annotated Bibliography/Research Proposal – 15% 
  2. Oral Presentations - 10%
  3. Research Essay – 30%
  4. Online Discussions (4) – 20%
  5. Final Take-Home Exam – 25%

Required Texts:

Peter Gossage & Jack Little. An Illustrated History of Quebec. Tradition and Modernity, Oxford University Press, 2013, 392 p.  

Other 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.**