Canada from the Conquest to the Present

HIST 260/6.0

An introduction to some of the major themes in the social, cultural, economic and political history of Canada.

Learning Outcomes

After completing HIST 260, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical and comprehensive understanding of Canada's history from before European contact to the present day;
  • analyze and explain the causes and consequences of historical change;
  • synthesize and assess disparate interpretations of Canadian history;
  • describe the relationship between the dispossession of First Nations peoples and the creation of the liberal Canadian state and society;  and
  • demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills to articulate a clear message and to communicate effectively with peers.


This course is intended to introduce you to the field of Canadian history. As one might imagine Canadian history is vast and diverse. Over the course of the Spring/Summer we will cover a good deal of information. Beginning with late French and early British colonization and Native responses to them and all the trials and tribulations that accompanied settler societies. A consideration of the formation of government and state-building within a period of maturation helps to identify regional differences and the development of colonies into the provinces we know today. In addition to these key topics, select lectures will include a focus on immigration and the peoples whose cultures, religions and ideologies came to shape what is now called Canada. The second half of the course takes Confederation as its starting point. Several elements of nation-building punctuated by war and political rivalry serve as a historical backdrop for a more in-depth discussion of cultural changes, socio-economic fluctuations, regional differences, and the shaping of cultural identities within Canada.


Fall-Winter 2015-16
Course Dates: 
Sept 14, 2015 - Apr 1, 2016
Exam Dates: 
Apr 7 - 23, 2016


Discussion Forums20%
Written Assignments20%
Role-play Exercises30%
Heritage Canada Film10%
Final Proctored Exam20%

 **Evaluation Subject to change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University.  The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre.  Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.



Jamey Carson and Barrington Walker (;

Instructor message

James Carson

Prof. James Carson specializes in the history of Native North America and is particularly interested in questions of cultural change and persisitence.  But North America is only one small piece of a bigger puzzle, and so Prof. Carson has developed this course to develop comparitive perspecitives on indigenous issues and to explore more closely the connections between Indigenous peoples' past, present, and future in order to develop a fuller understanding of their global situation.

Barrington Walker

Barrington Walker is an historian of Modern Canada who focuses on the histories of Blacks, race immigration and the law.  His work seeks to illuminate the contours of Canadian modernity by exploring Canada's emergence as racial state through its histories of white supremacy, slavery, colonization/immigration, segregation and Jim Crowism.   Much of his work considers how these practices were legitimized, and in some instances contested, by the rule of law and legal institutions.  He is the author of Race on Trial:  Black Defendants in Ontario's Criminal Courts (University of Toronto Press and Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2010) which was shortlisted for the Ontario Legislature Speaker's Book Award for 2012.  He has also edited two collections:  The African Canadian Legal Odyssey:  Historical Essays (University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2012) and The History of Immigration and Racism in Canada:"  Essential Readings (Canadian Scholars Press, 2008).

He is currently working on two new books.  Colonizing Nation:  A Canadian History of Race and Immigration is under contract with Oxford University Press and due for publication in 2014.  Dark Peril:  Blacks and the Social Order in North America's Urban Landscape, 1992-2012 is the second book project.  Dark Peril is a study of four case histories of Blacks' encounters with violence, state power and the law in North American cities.  It is a long epilogue to many of the themes and arguments originally developed in Race On Trial but builds upon them to consider the historical violence that created Black modernity from slavery to its "afterlife" - to quote Saidiya Hatman - in the North American neoliberal carceral city of the turn-of-the-twenty-first century.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 11-12 hours per week (260 hours per term) on study/practice and online activity for HIST 260.

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

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