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Canada from the Conquest to the Present
An introduction to some of the major themes in the social, cultural, economic and political history of Canada.
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.
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The final exam will be made up of multiple choice and short answer questions. It only focuses on the lecture material. Key information has been put in bold so that you can keep track of it throughout the course of the term.
You must complete all of the assignments AND hand in answers to the questions on the weekly readings posted to Moodle each week AND pass the final exam in order to pass the course.
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.
Lessons also bring the issues of class, race and gender to the fore as a way of demonstrating how complicated the creation of Canadian identities was. In addition, the readings that compliment each lecture are designed to provide a range of perspectives and represent diverse interpretations. This is intended to help you think critically about the subtlety and nuances of difference, and how political decisions over the decades have both helped and hindered different groups. Inevitably you will need to know some key names and dates; it is impossible for anyone to memorize everything, especially over the course of four months. This is not the objective of this course. You should end the course with a solid understanding of the events that unfolded over the course of two centuries. Names, terms or dates that might appear on your final exam have been highlighted in bold for each lecture. It is recommended that you make a list for yourself of the information that has been highlighted so that you have it to study for the final exam.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
A custom collection of Modules from Visions – The Canadian History Modules Project. These modules were chosen by me from the full collection of modules to best cover the topics and material from the course.
The custom Modules textbook is available at the campus bookstore or directly from Nelson on the course's online store at http://www.nelsonbrain.com/shop/micro/Queens-260S.
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 12 - 18 hours per week on the course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
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 requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
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.
All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
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.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.