A history of Canada ADED2051E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Discover the history of how Canada became the multicultural country it is today. Students will examine Canada's place within the wider British Empire, the influence of Scottish immigrants on Canadian culture, and how the nation's tumultuous relationship with the United States has shaped contemporary Canadian identities.


Blocks 1 and 2

2 hours per week for 20 weeks

Mondays 13.00-15.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One annotated bibliography of 5 secondary sources, approx. 300 words each, so that students demonstrate an understanding of the historiography of their essay topic and begin researching their essays early on in the course (30%). Extended essay of 3,000 words on topic agreed between tutor and student. Tutor will also provide a list of possible topics from which students can choose. Students should demonstrate knowledge of primary and secondary sources and be in a position to assess the topic in a critical fashion (70%).

Course Aims

This course aims to :

■ Introduce students to Canadian history and how this history has shaped the country's identity as a young, multicultural nation.

■ Demonstrate the diverse geographical features, landscape, and geopolitical boundaries of Canada to students.

■ Expose students to core elements of Canadian popular culture across time, including the arts, sports, and the political landscape.

■ Provide students with an opportunity to explore and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary sources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify key moments in Canadian political, social, and military history

■ Compare life in the Canadian colonies under British and French rule

■ Explain how immigration shaped the Canadian national identity

■ Assess the importance of geography, environment, and natural resources in the growth of Canada

■ Engage with major historiographical arguments on the topics of Canadian history and culture

■ Critically evaluate relevant historical sources of information.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.