Canada from the Conquest to the Present - Online history courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

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.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

Learning Outcomes

After completing HIST 260, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate Canada's history comprehensively 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.


Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

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About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks, if required, can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.