Hist 1133 – Modern Canada, 1867 to the present

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HIST 1133 – Modern Canada, 1867 to the present
Section 002, Fall 2010 (formerly HIST 2233)

Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00pm – 3:50pm

Department of Humanities

Mount Royal University

Instructor: Sean Kheraj

Office: EA2041M

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm

Email: skheraj@mtroyal.ca

Phone: (403) 440-8546
Course Description
This course will examine the history of Canada from1867 to the present focusing of key transformations in the country’s environmental, social, political, economic and cultural history. This survey of the nation from coast to coast to coast will introduce students to the main themes in Canadian history. It will trace broad changes over time and the consequences of colonization, ecological transformation, resettlement, the development of an industrial capitalist economy, the emergence of the Canadian state, the role of global imperialism, urbanization, and Canada’s changing position in international politics. In a country that is in the midst of tremendous change this course will help students understand the transformations of the past and the roots of our present circumstances. (3 Credits)

Organization of the Course
The course involves lectures by the instructor, in-class discussions, and student group presentations. Lectures will take place on Tuesdays and part of Thursdays. The remainder the Thursday class will be devoted to in-class discussions and student group presentations. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions through careful and close readings of the course materials, thoughtful responses, and informed participation in small and large group discussions.
Required Textbooks:
Conrad, Margaret and Alvin Finkel. History of the Canadian Peoples: 1867 to the Present. Volume 2. Toronto: Pearson Education, 2009.

Thorner, Thomas and Thor Frohn-Nielsen. Eds. ‘A Country Nourished on Self-Doubt’: Documents in Post-Confederation Canadian History. Third Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

This course uses two textbooks. The first textbook, History of the Canadian Peoples: 1867 to the Present, Vol. 2, will provide students with background and context for course lectures. It will also be a useful resource for exam preparation. The second textbook, ‘A Country Nourished on Self-Doubt’: Documents in Post-Confederation Canadian History, will introduce students to the use of primary historical documents. Primary sources are the direct evidence or first hand accounts of historical events without secondary analysis or interpretation. A primary source is a work that was written or created at a time that is contemporary or nearly contemporary with the period or subject being studied. In-class discussions will focus mainly on this second textbook of primary sources. Readings listed under a particular date should be read for that date. Discussions depend upon students having done their reading.
Assignments and Evaluation
The grade for the course will be based on the following percentages:
Group Presentation 10%

Primary Source analysis essay # 1 10%

Primary Source analysis essay # 2 30%

Final examination 30%

Discussion participation 20%





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Excellent – superior performance, showing comprehensive understanding of subject matter.

Good – clearly above average performance with knowledge of the subject matter generally complete.

Satisfactory – basic understanding of the subject matter.

Minimum Pass – marginal performance, generally insufficient preparation for subsequent courses in same subject.

Fail – unsatisfac-tory perform. or failure to complete assign.

MRU has identified six college-wide learning outcomes that it believes are critical in order to prepare its graduates for workplace success and a life of continuous learning: Thinking Skills, Communications, Information Access and Retrieval, Ethical Reasoning, Group Effectiveness and Computer Literacy. All courses offered at the university emphasize one or more of these college-wide outcomes.

The focus of this course will be on thinking skills, communications, information access and retrieval, computer literacy, and group effectiveness. These will be assessed through the written components of the course as well as discussion and group presentations.
General Rules, Policies and Expectations
Assignments should be handed in at the beginning of class on the due date. Please double-space all written assignments and print them in standard 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Include your name and the assignment’s title at the top of the paper or on a separate title sheet. All sources should be books and journal articles (i.e., no internet sources unless obtained from the library’s e-resources or other credible source) and should be cited, using the Chicago Manual of Style (http://www.mtroyal.ca/library/files/citation/historydocumentation.pdf), in footnotes. You must also provide a properly formatted bibliography. Hard copies of assignments only will be graded; no electronic copies please.
Assignments received later than the due date will be penalized one third of a letter grade per day (i.e., if one day late, a B paper receives a B-) up to a maximum of five days. After five days, assignments will not be accepted. We will consider exceptions to the lateness penalty only when they are supported by authoritative written documentation (i.e., a doctor’s note).
We will accommodate students with disabilities who have registered with Mount Royal University’s Accessibility Services (http://www.mtroyal.ca/AcademicSupport/ResourcesServices/StudentLearningServices/AccessibilityServices/index.htm). Please contact us directly to make sure we are informed of your needs. If you will require any kind of accommodation for religious reasons, please let us know as soon as possible. Attendance is otherwise mandatory (see “Course participation” section below).
Please make sure that all work that you hand in and present for this class is your own. For an explanation of plagiarism and information about how you can ensure that you maintain academic integrity, see http://www.mtroyal.ca/codeofstudentconduct/pdf/CodeofStudentConduct.pdf. The university takes this issue very seriously.
The Registrar sets the date for the final exam and students MUST be present for the exam. Vacations, employment, etc. are not valid reasons for a student to receive a deferred examination.
Primary Source Analysis Essay #1 Due: October 13
In the first primary text analysis essay, you will choose one question and one primary source from a list of options. You will answer the question based on your analysis of the primary source. This essay will be 5 pages long.
Primary Source Analysis Essay #2 Due: December 1
For your second primary source analysis essay you will be asked to find your own primary source and formulate your own essay question. Students should consult with the instructor at some point in the semester regarding this assignment. This essay will be 8-10 pages long.
Final examination
The final examination will take place during the exam period and it will be based on course materials (lectures, readings, and discussion) from the entire semester. Please note that the Final Examination Period runs until December 22, 2010. You MUST be present for the final examination. Employment, vacation, etc. are not valid excuses for missing an exam.
Course participation
Your active participation in class is essential, and we will measure it in a variety of ways. Attendance is mandatory for discussion sessions. You must show that you are engaging with course readings and themes by orally contributing thoughtfully to in-class discussions.

Course Schedule

Week One: Introduction & Confederation
Monday, September 13, 2010

Lecture: Why Study Canada’s History?

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, “General Introduction” and “Using Primary Historical Sources”

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lecture: Political Unions: Confederation and the Idea of Canada

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 1 – “A People in Search of a Nation”

Week Two: Inventing Canada
Monday, September 20, 2010

Lecture: Consolidating the Canadian Empire

  • Read:Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 2 – “Nation-building, 1867-1880”

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Discussion: The Question of Riel’s Sanity

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 2 – “‘Two Distinct Personalities’: The Question of Riel’s Sanity”

Week Three: Law and the State
Monday, September 27, 2010

Lecture: Canadian Law and Reform

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 3 – “Forging a National Policy, 1873-1896”; Ch. 4 – “Entering the Twentieth Century”

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Library Skills Session
Week Four: Labour & Capital
Monday, October 4, 2010

Lecture: Industrialization and Labour in the Nineteenth Century

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 5 – “The New Industrial Order, 1867-1914”; Ch. 7 – “Community Responses to the Age of Industry, 1867-1921”

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Discussion: Immigration

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 4 – “‘The Unfriendly Reception’: Immigration”

Week Five: War Society
Monday, October 11, 2010

*Thanksgiving Holiday: No Class*
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

*Primary Source Analysis Essay #1 Due in Class*

Lecture: Canada at War: The Great War

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 9 – “The Great War and Reconstruction, 1914-1921”

Week Six: The Farmer-Labour Revolts
Monday, October 18, 2010

Lecture: Farmers, Workers and Region: Political Protest in the Interwar Period

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 10 – “The Turbulent Twenties”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Discussion: Votes for Women

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 5 – “‘Perfect Justice and Harmony’: Votes for Women”

Week Seven: Depression & Dissent
Monday, October 25, 2010

Lecture: The Economic Collapse of the 1930s

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 11 – “The Great Depression”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Discussion: Depression and Despair

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 8 – “‘This Is My Last Chance’: Depression and Despair”

Week Eight: Total War
Monday, November 1, 2010

Lecture: Canada at War: The Second World War

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 14 – “Canada’s World War, 1939-1945”

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Discussion: Japanese Canadians and World War II

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 9 – “‘The Question of Loyalty’: Japanese Canadians and World War II”

Week Nine: Post-War Society
Monday, November 8, 2010

Lecture: Redefining Liberalism

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 15 – “Redefining Liberalism: The Canadian State, 1945-1975”

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Discussion: Women in the 1950s and 1960s

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 11 – “‘A Glow of Fulfilled Femininity’:  Women in the 1950s and 1960s”

Week Ten: Sleeping Next to an Elephant
Monday, November 15, 2010

Lecture: Continentalism and the Post-War Economy

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 16 “The American Dream: Canada and its Southern Neighbour, 1945-1975”

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Discussion: Youth in the 1960s

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 12 – “‘Hippies, Bikers, and Greasers’: Youth in the 1960s”

Week Eleven: Limited Identities
Monday, November 22, 2010

Lecture: Identity Politics: Quebec Nationalism, First Nations Rights, and Multiculturalism

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 19 – “Creating a Canadian Culture, 1945-1975”

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Discussion: Quebec and Independence

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 14 – “‘A People in Bondage’: Quebec and Independence”

Week Twelve: Mining and the New West
Monday, November 29, 2010

Lecture: Alberta’s Oil History: From Leduc to Tar Sands

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 17 – “Growth at All Costs: The Economy, 1945-1975”

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

*Primary Source Analysis Essay #2 Due in Class*

Lecture: Uranium Mining in the Northwest, or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

  • Read: No readings

Week Thirteen: Conservatism and Environmentalism in the 1980s and 1990s
Monday, December 6, 2010

Lecture: The History of Stephen Harper

  • Read: Conrad & Finkel, Ch. 21 – “The Politics of Uncertainty, 1976-1999”

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Discussion: Environmentalism

  • Read: Thorner & Frohn-Nielsen, Ch. 17 – “‘Stand Up and Be Counted’: Environmentalism”

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