Text: Canadian History: 1900-2000s (2000) Irwin Publishing (Authors: Ian Hundey, Michael Magarrey and Norma Pettit)

This course introduces students to the study of Canadian History. History 1201 is a two credit course for Level 1 students. History 1201 will enable students to understand and evaluate how past experiences, and the contributions of individuals, groups, and institutions have helped shape the present and affect the future. Students are recommended to take this course if they intend to take future courses in history. Listed below are course selection options:


  • History 1201 (Level 1) followed by European History 3285 (Level 2) followed by World History 3201 (Level 3)
  • History 1201 (Level 1) followed by World History 3201 (Level 2 or 3)
Student should possess good writing and reading skills.


Course Units:

Students are required to do all units, all specific curriculum outcomes and a selection of performance expectations:

I. Canada at the Turn of the 20th Century (1900-1914) examines the Laurier era with focus on Canada’s growth and prosperity and the impact of major issues on French-English relations, and Canadian nationalism. (15% of course work)

II. Canada in World War I (1914-1918) examines the involvement of Canada and Newfoundland on the Western Front during World War I, the impact of the war on the home fronts, and the effect of the war on Canada’s international status. (13% of course work)

III. Interwar Period in Canada (1919-1939) examines the economic, political, social, and cultural conditions in Canada and Newfoundland following World War I with focus on the causes and results of the Great Depression. As well, the unit examines the actions of government and the emergence of political parties during the 1930s. (20% of course work)

IV. Canada, World War II and Its Aftermath (939-1949) examines Canada’s involvement in World War II with focus on the impact of appeasement on Fascism and the impact of early defeat of Western Europe upon Canada’s role in the war. As well, the unit examines Canada’s role in key battles and Newfoundland’s military contributions to the war effort. The unit concludes with examination of the effects of the war on Canadian and Newfoundland society. (11% of course work)

V. Canada Matures: Growth in the Post-War Period (1949-1969) examines Canada’s changing international position, Newfoundland’s entry into Confederation, the rise of post-war Quebec nationalism, Canada-United States relations, and the economic, social and cultural trends in the 1960s. (17% of course work)

VI. New Direction in Canada (1970-1990) examines the economic, social and cultural restructuring of Canadian society resulting from the Trudeau and Mulroney governments. As well, the unit examines key issues and events relating to Quebec independence and selected issues relating to federal-provincial relations. (15% of course work)

VII. Contemporary Canada (1990-Present) examines the goals of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and the strategies used to achieve them, and Canada’s contemporary role in international affairs. (9% of course work)



Theme Quizzes & Tests 20% (5-6 quizzes and 5-6 tests, etc.)
Assignments & Homework 30% (timelines, maps, movie reviews/text worksheets, etc.)
Midterm Exam (January)/2 hours 20%
Final Exam (June)/3 hours 30%

Student Resources: Binder for all handouts and to contain notes.