HIST 1302A: Rethinking Modern Canadian History
Early Summer 2022

Instructor: Professor Dominique Marshall 

Introduction: An exploration of the various peoples and groups who have inhabited the Canadian territory since the middle of the 19th century. 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.

newspaper article

“It is imperative that we take stock and learn all the lessons that we can to address the coming century’s urgent problems. Science can be an important resource but equally important is a critical reappraisal of our society and our values. … history can pay a vital role in enabling us to do this because history can empower us to think differently – about the future economy, our future society, how we govern ourselves and who we want to be.”
Hilary Cooper and Simon Szreter, After the Virus. Lessons from the Past for a Better Future, 2021
National Film Board Photos by Gar Lunney, May 4, 1955, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archive

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 project), group collaborative research around themes, and small class-wide virtual exhibits). 30% of the final mark will be for written assignments; 20% for group exchanges, tutorials and productions; 10% for individual tutorials with the teaching team.

Free Textbook: Belshaw, J.D. (2015). Canadian History: Post-Confederation. Victoria, B.C.: BCampus. https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/histpostconfederation/
Occasionally, other readings will be available through the library course reserve system (ARES).

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