HIST 1300A: The Making of Canada
Fall and Winter 2020-2021

Instructor: Professor Dominique Marshall

Introduction: An exploration of the various peoples and groups who have inhabited the Canadian territory from its earliest times to the present. A chronological survey, with special attention to major transformations in the environment, the population, public life, social relations and culture. An introduction to the many, and changing, ways used by historians to discover and explain this past. A discussion of conflicting understandings, received ideas, prejudices, assumptions and misconceptions. An opportunity to engage personally with written, visual and oral documents, as well as objects. A chance to participate in hands on virtual laboratories to make and exhibit elements of the history of Canada.

Class Format: No participation in real time required.  Within each week, there will be three hours of engagement with the class (watching, exchanging with class, one group, the Instructor or the Teaching Assistant, as well as posting exhibit materials) with a flexible schedule. Besides, the course will require a weekly investment of an average of six hours of individual work.

Aims and Goals: To become (more) familiar with the basic and recent knowledge on the history of Canada.  To do so by simultaneously reading, explaining, writing, researching, making, revising and reflecting.

Assessment: Students will work on a series of projects: individual (1 term paper each term), group (collaborative research in groups of their choice around regions (Fall term) and socio-economic group (Winter term), and class-wide (1 class virtual exhibit each term). There will be 50% allocated for each term.  Within each term, approximately 30% will be for written assignments; 20% for group exchanges, tutorials and productions; 10% for individual tutorials with the teaching team.

Free Textbooks: 

Belshaw, J.D. (2015). Canadian History: Pre-Confederation. Victoria, B.C.: BCampus. https://opentextbc.ca/preconfederation/

Belshaw, J.D. (2016). Canadian History: Post-Confederation. Victoria, B.C.: BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/postconfederation/

Occasionally, other readings will be available through the library course reserve system (ARES).

Questions? Please email me at: Dominique_marshall@carleton.ca

set of small toy soldiers in front of a folded newspaper

Soldier Set, Canadian War Museum 19860157-008 “The Fry company sold these toy Canadian soldiers under the title “Sons of the Empire.” Many aspects of children’s lives were affected by the war, including their play.” https://www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/objects-and-photos/art-and-culture/toys-and-models/toy-soldiers/?back=1574&anchor=2057