Courses focused on Canada more broadly

See the list below for courses that focus on Canadian topics and issues…

(F= Fall-term 2021; S=Winter-term 2022)

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Trinity, Newfoundland. Photo: Jessica Mace

UNI101H1-F/S – Citizenship in the Canadian City (S. Micallef)

Who belongs? Who governs? Who decides? In this course, you will examine the concepts of citizenship, public space, political membership, civic responsibility, and belonging. You will address topics such as Indigenous sovereignty claims, urban multiculturalism, public housing, and greening the city. Restricted to first-year students.

SMC194H1-F – Christianity, Truth and Reconciliation (R. Locklin)

This First-Year Foundations seminar critically explores the complex relations of Christianity and Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, with a special focus on education. Sample topics include: settler colonialism and treaty relationships; prominent Indigenous Christians, critics and reformers; the residential school system; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; recent initiatives in ecclesial repentance, dialogue and enculturation. The course will include online primary research in the archives of residential schools in Ontario. 

CDN197H1-F – Inventing Canada

This course explores the ways that Canadian history and identity have been commemorated, interpreted and experienced, now and in the past. The course focuses in particular on who has been included or excluded in commemorative efforts over time. Key topics include representations of women, Indigenous peoples, and political figures on screen and through public installations like museum exhibits, plaques and statues. Restricted to first-year students. 

CDN198H1-S – Canada, Colonialism, and Settler Relations

A First Year Foundations seminar focused on exploring Canada’s colonial history and recent efforts to enact appropriate settler relations through an interdisciplinary lens. Topics will include contemporary land claims and treaty-making processes, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, governmental apologies for the mistreatment of Indigenous peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, land acknowledgements, practices of allyship through social movement such as Idle No More, and efforts to influence Canada’s overseas mining practices. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

FOR200H1-F – Conservation of Canada’s Forests (P. James)

Forest conservation issues in Canada; development of forest management philosophy in Canadian and temperate forest regions; and concepts of sustainability. Techniques for more sustainable forest management: structural retention; forest certification; old growth; value-added and non-traditional forest products.

INS200H1-F – Introduction to Indigenous Truth and Resilience (TBD)

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada, with an emphasis on local lands and peoples. The course will explore Indigenous resilience, relationships with settlers and settler states, and principles and ethics of Indigenous Knowledge. Tutorials will focus on critical discussion and experiential learning.

JPI201H1-S – Indigenous Politics in Canada

This course explores key issues in Indigenous politics in Canada. Provides students with an overview of historical and contemporary socio-political issues in Indigenous societies and institutions such as Indigenous self-governance, land claims and treaty negotiations.

ENG215H1-F/S – The Canadian Short Story (S. Caskey)

An introduction to the Canadian short story, this course emphasizes its rich variety of settings, subjects, and styles.

POL224H1-S – Canada in Comparative Perspective (P. Loewen)

This course introduces students to aspects of Canadian political life by comparing them with those that prevail in other advanced democracies. Themes covered will include the Canadian constitution, federalism, parties and elections, political culture and social and economic institutions and policies.

GGR246H1-S – Geography of Canada (M. Siemiatycki)

Social and economic differences have been, and continue to be, a prominent feature of Canada’s geography. In this course these differences are examined at a regional and local scale. The course adopts a thematic approach and considers issues such as historical development, urbanization, industrialization, immigration and population change, Canada’s cultural mosaic and native issues. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of social and economic policies and Canada’s incorporation into a global economy.

JCI250H1-S – Italian Canadian Communities (TBD)

This course examines the past and present settlement patterns of those of Italian descent in Canada, in rural areas and cities, including increasing suburbanization. Students will address issues such as work and employment and political participation. Challenges and opportunities will be examined, with respect to issues such as migration, community-building, belonging, and discrimination.

INS261H1-F – Contemporary Challenges Facing Indigenous Communities (TBD)

This is a survey course focusing on the contemporary challenges faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. In this course students research specific challenges facing Indigenous communities today. This includes specific challenges that arise out of the broader topic areas of language and culture, land rights, economics, governance, youth, education, health, social services, environment, violence, healing, community development, repatriation of cultural property, and decolonization.

HIS262H1-F – Canada: A Short History of Here (H. Bohaker)

Designed for non-history students, this introductory survey fulfills the Society and Its Institutions breadth requirement.  It is open to all who want to know more about Canada.  Topics will include First Nations/newcomer relations (including treaties and the Truth & Reconciliation report), French/English relations (including Quebec separatism), regionalism, the North, economic history, constitutional developments, and the development of Canadian identity, including common symbols associated with Canada. 

HIS264H1-F – Critical Issues in Canadian History (S. Mills)

This course introduces key issues in Canadian history and foundational principles of historical analysis. It is primarily designed for potential History majors/specialists. It is not a comprehensive survey. Examples serve to deepen analysis and introduce important methods and debates, preparing students for upper year courses in Canadian history.

HIS265Y1-Y – Black Canadian History (F. Aladejebi)

This course explores the historical experiences of persons of African descent in Canada. We begin by examining the presence of free and enslaved Africans in New France and British North America move into twentieth century themes exploring Black liberation, immigration and resistance in Canada. The course brings into sharp focus the historical production of racial categories and racist thought and practice in Canada and examines the experiences of Black Canadians within the context of ‘multiculturalism.’

HIS266H1-S – Asian Canadian History (L. Mar)

The course examines the history of Asian Canadians from the mid-1800s to the present by analyzing their contributions to the socio-cultural, economic, and political development of Canada. It explores how Asian Canadian history reconfigures prevailing understanding of race, migration, multiculturalism, and national identity through intersectional, comparative, and transnational frameworks.

FAH273H1-F – Canada Buildings and Landscapes (C. Anderson)

*A Canada Constructed course!*

An introduction to the traditions and patterns of building in Canada taking into account the unique landscapes, resources and history that comprise what is now a unified political entity. Lectures will pay special attention to the complexity of architecture throughout Canada including issues of land rights, natural resources, immigration, settlements and urban design, transportation, and heritage issues. A special feature of this class will be the opportunity to study Toronto first-hand through class projects. No previous architectural history study is required.

GGR308H1-F – Canadian Arctic and Subarctic Environments (S. Peirce)

We will explore the climate geomorphology, soils, hydrology, biogeochemical cycling, limnology and food web structures of the Arctic and Subarctic. Current stresses of climate change and pollution are discussed along with scientific and political solutions.

HIS312H1-F – Immigration to Canada (L. Mar)

From the colonial settlement to 21st century, immigration has been a key experience and much debated in Canadian life. Drawing on primary sources, as well as historical and contemporary scholarship, this course will discuss migration, citizenship and belonging as central features in Canada’s experience of immigration. This course focuses on the individuals, groups, and collectives who built, defined, contested, and reimagined this country, to help make and remake Canada through immigration.

CHC313H1-S – Catholic Education in Ontario

An historical appraisal of the evolution of Catholic schools, universities, and catechetical education in Ontario. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of Ontario’s separate school system.

HIS314H1-S – Language, Empire, and Encounter in Francophone Canada (S. Mills)

This course will explore the history of Francophone Canada from the late 19th century until today. In addition to looking at more traditional themes focused on nationalism and constitutional politics, we will also look at the history of encounter between groups of different backgrounds and origins. As such, we will place a large emphasis on colonialism and Indigenous history, and the politics of language, race, and immigration. 

ECO322H1-S – Canadian Economic History, 1850-1960 (TBD)

This course applies the tools of economics – theoretical and empirical – to study Canada’s historical growth experiences. Topics include: the variation in well-being among Indigenous peoples (both pre and post contact), migration and indentured servitude, colonial money, child labour and education, and the rise of factories. The impact of colonial institutions on Canada’s economic success is studied in a comparative context.

JIG322H1-S – Indigenous Worlds, Worldviews and the Environment (H. Dorries)

Explores the diverse ways of understanding and responding to the world that emerge from indigenous cultures around the world. Examines how indigenous ways of being and relating to their natural environment can help us understand and address the current environmental crisis. Using examples of indigenous activism from Canada and around the world, examines how colonial histories shape dispossession and marginalization and inform visions for the future. Topics include traditional ecological knowledge, place-based social movements, environmental concerns of indigenous peoples, bio-cultural restoration and decolonization of nature-human relations.

JSU325H1-S – Queerly Canadian (S. Rayter)

This course focuses on Canadian literary and artistic productions that challenge prevailing notions of nationality and sexuality, exploring not only how artists struggle with that ongoing Canadian thematic of being and belonging, but also celebrate pleasure and desire as a way of imagining and articulating an alternative national politics.

CDN325H1-S – Asian Canadian Space & Place (S. Tan)

A comprehensive examination of how Asian Canadian communities shape urban and suburban environments. Explore how urban planning and peoples’ local decisions interact to create space, place, and culture. The course applies a multidisciplinary lens, with an emphasis on culture and heritage, place and identity formation, diasporas, multiculturalism, and nationalism.

CDN335H1-F – Black Canadian Studies

An interdisciplinary course that interrogates the constitution of blackness in Canada. Students will study race and ethnic relations, alongside other identity formations such as class, gender and sexuality. Topics to be addressed include media, education, law, immigration and mobility, urbanism, work, political representation and the arts.

EDS358H1-S – Residential Schools and Education in Canada (J. Hamilton-Diabo)

An exploration of Residential Schools in Canada and their impacts on education and lives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. This course investigates the historical educational ideology of residential schools and their relationship to colonization, the role of government and organized religion in the residential school system, and contemporary strategies that encourage stable and trusting relationships with Indigenous communities. This course will also explore aspects of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

HIS366H1-S – Indigenous Histories of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present (TBD)

Explores the history of Aboriginal peoples (Indigenous and Metis) living in the Great Lakes Region after the Great Lakes were effectively split between British North America (later Canada) to the north and the united States to the south, when a rapidly increasing newcomer population on both sides of the border marginalized Indigenous peoples and settled on their land. 

HIS369H1-F – Indigenous Histories of the Great Lakes, to 1830 (TBD)

Explores the history of Aboriginal peoples (Indigenous and Metis) living in the Great Lakes Region from the 16th century to the aftermath of the war of 1812. Weaving together interdisciplinary sources, this course examines central events in Great Lakes history including the formation of the Wendat and Haudenosaunee Confederacies and key Anishinaabek alliances, the arrival of European newcomers into an Indigenous landscape, the social-political impact of new diseases, reactions to European missionaries, the fur trade, major conflicts and peace processes including the Great Peace of Montreal, the Treaty of Niagara and the 60 Years War for the Great Lakes; and ending with the period of significant encroachment of new settlers on Indigenous lands.

CDN385H1-F – Re-Imagining Canada: Creative Visions of Our Past, Present, and Futures (S. O’Flynn)

Artists and writers are re-imagining Canada, exploring alternate pasts, presents, and futures, often critiquing systemic inequities by positing “what ifs” of resistance and renewal, while reclaiming agency, voice, and power for those who are disadvantaged in society. This course will examine these re-imaginings across various media such as fiction, poetry, graphic novels, films, multimedia installations, performance art, paintings, virtual reality works, and video games. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of genres such as speculative fiction, Afrofuturism, Indigenous arctic horror, trans, queer, Indigenous and Indigiqueer perspectives.

This project is supported by the Learning & Education Advancement Fund at the University of Toronto

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