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HIST 210 - History of British Columbia
Course Code:
HIST 210


Calendar Description:
This course is a survey of the political, economic, social and cultural history of British Columbia from European contact to the present.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 3

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

First year history course or permission of instructor.

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Week 1 Introduction: Portraying a Province: Geography and historiography

Week 2 Pre-Contact life and peoples their contact with the first European explorers

Week 3 Early fur trading: its economic and cultural impact on First Nation peoples, and its impact on the incipient colony

Week 4 Settlement: how coal impacted Vancouver Island and how the Gold Rush sped up development

Week 5 The New Colony: its relationship with the US and Canada; BC joins Confederation

Week 6 Emerging social structure: Politics & resource industries: solidification of political parties; the rise of labour and the radical left; the Great Mining Strike of 1912; and how the resource industry (logging, mining, fishing and salmon canning) affected economic and racial structures

Week 7 Midterm and discussion on the essay assignment

Week 8 Containing the “other”: Potlatch, Chinatown & Indo-Canadians: The role of Asian immigrants in politics and economy; loss of franchise for Asians; the Vancouver Riot of 1907; Komagata Maru; change in immigration laws to restrict Asian immigration

Week 9 Native history, native claims and self-determination: how BC First Nations struggled for treaties; Douglas Treaties; role of Joseph Trutch; McKenna McBride Commission, 1913; Allied Indians of British Columbia; legal prohibitions of First Nation use of legal council 1927-51; the modern treaty movement

Week 10 “The Limit of Promise: 1914-1941’: Social reform movement; WWI; and the Doukhabor immigration

Week 11 Economic changes in 1920s; the Great Depression;

Week 12 WW II and the Japanese Evacuation

Week 13 “The Two Sides of Prosperity”: Urbanization in 20th century; political results of the rise of CCF

Week 14 A New British Columbia”: 1972-2004: regional disenchantment; rise of Solidarity movement

Learning Outcomes:
- to provide an introduction to the political, economic, social and cultural history of British Columbia from the era of European contact to the present to provide an introduction to some of the significant issues in the historiography of British Columbia to develop the reading, writing, research and analytical skills necessary for the discipline of history.

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
-assess the significance of British Columbia’s unique physical geography on its historical development
-describe the diversities of the First Nations communities that inhabited British Columbia at the time of European contact
-explain why Europeans came to British Columbia
-assess the nature of First Nations-European relations in the colony
-assess the significance of the imperial connection with Great Britain and the geographical proximity to the United States
-assess the impact of the gold rushes of the 1850s and 1860s on the history of British Columbia
-explain why British Columbia joined Confederation
-trace the economic development of British Columbia in the late 19th century
-assess the importance of natural resources and economic staples on the economic development of British Columbia
-trace the history of immigration to the province of British Columbia
-identify the reasons for British Columbia’s on going native land claims and treaty process
-outline the pattern of economic development and
urbanization in British Columbia
-assess the impact of economic development and urbanization on British Columbia’s society and labour movement
-analyze the history and character of the labour movement in British Columbia
-analyze the history of religious minorities, such as the Doukhobors
-assess how gender, ethnicity, class, and region have shaped the historical experience in British Columbia
-assess the political, social and economic impact of the Great Depression in British Columbia
-assess the impact of the Second World War on British Columbia
-account for the era of postwar prosperity
-account for the changing role of the state in the history of British Columbia
-define and explain British Columbia’s political culture
-account for British Columbia’s sense of regional alienation in Canada

- voice individual opinions regarding historical interpretations in language that respect differing points of view

- pinpoint arguments in historical texts
- evaluating primary documents regarding the Doukhobor settlements that are available on the Canadian Mysteries website make an oral presentation on an article on BC history
- write an 8-page essay based on primary and secondary sources
- express arguments in effective academic language
- express conclusions in effective academic language

use the internet to retrieve documents and to submit
written assignments

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 40 %
Participation: 10 %

Number of Assignments:

Nature of Participation:
Discussions in the classroom and on WebCT

Writing Assignments:
one article analysis and one research essay

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Other Programs:
Associate of Art Diploma - Fine Arts
Associate of Arts Degree
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