This course provides an introduction to the themes pursued and approaches used by Canadian social historians. In Fall 2019, the course will focus on pre-Confederation history; in Winter 2020, we’ll focus the post-Confederation years. We will proceed roughly chronologically, but don’t expect a neat and tidy narrative of the Canadian past. Instead, we will be exploring the complexity of peoples’ lives, and focus in particular on histories of race, gender, class, colonialism, and sexuality. You can expect to learn about key moments in Canada’s past, as well as the tools, methods, and debates that comprise the study of history. In other words, we will explore what we “know” about the social history of Canada, and, just as importantly, how and why we “know” it.