HIST 103 - Canada, Pre-Confederation

This course is a survey of Canada's political, economic, and social development from before European contact to 1867.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:15





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
Understanding Politics
This course will cover the following themes:
I. European Contact to 1760
- First Peoples
- European Exploration and Contact
- European Colonization: Newfoundland
- European Colonization: New France, 1604-1632
- New France: Traders and Missionaries, 1632-1663
- New France: Royal Rule and Administrative Reforms
- New France: Immigration, Settlement, and Development
- New France: Society in the 18th Century
- Imperial Rivalry and Conflict
II. British North America, 1760 – 1867
- Canada Under British Rule, 1760-1774
- The American Revolution and the Loyalists, 1775-1791
- Lower Canada: Road to Rebellion, 1791-1840
- Upper Canada: Family Compact, Reform, and Rebellion, 1791-1840
- The Maritimes to 1860
- The Northwest to 1860
- The Pacific Coast to 1860
- The Union of the Canadas: Political Developments
- The Union of the Canadas: Economic Developments

- Toward Confederation


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the major First Nation groups in Canada before contact
- Explain how contact affected native peoples differently
- Describe the arrivals of the European explorers
- Identify the different goals of English and French newcomers and account for how that affected their attitudes to the land
- Account for and describe how different wars between France and England affected Canada
- Describe and analyze the Expulsion of the Acadians
- Describe British Conquest of New France
- Explain how the American Revolution changed the structure of Canada
- Describe the War of 1812
- Explain what social, political and economic themes influenced the 1837 Rebellions

- Analyze why the four colonies decided to join in Confederation


- Demonstrate a willingness to work in a group, and to listen in a courteous manner to opposing arguments, while still voicing individual ideas.

- Identify arguments in historical texts
- Contrast and compare historical arguments in texts on similar topics but with different arguments
- Write essays using academic language and structure
- Present a group work before the class

- Prepare a powerpoint presentation


- Become familiar with the web-based program, Desire2Learn, and access, download, and upload documents.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments:
The essay assignments must be submitted through the d2L dropbox, which automatically also screens the text using Turnitin, a text-matching program that detects faulty paraphrasing.  In order to avoid plagiarism charges, students will have opportunity to screen their essays through Turnitin before submitting for marking.


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current books lists.