ENG10190 Canadian Cultures

Academic Year 2019/2020


This module introduces students to Canada by examining its social, cultural, economic and political development. It examines the nature and character of Canadian institutions, communities, values and cultures. Through a variety of texts and lectures, it explores how Canada emerged as a diverse and multicultural nation from the earliest times to the present day. When Europeans arrived in what is today Canada, they encountered indigenous societies with which they initially collaborated but that relationship changed as Europeans became colonizers and settlers. Indigenous culture (past and present) is one aspect of Canada considered in this module that will also include conflict (and accommodation) between the dominant British and French cultures as well as the impact of new immigrant cultures. The module will also consider the development of political culture and regionalism as well as changing relationship between state and citizen in Canada’s development. Throughout much of its history Canada has felt it had to be vigilant about the impact of the American influence on its culture and this module also considers how the state has attempted to both protect and promote Canadian identity and culture.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

It is intended that students upon completing this module will be able to read perceptively, think critically and write clearly. They will be able to use the library and computer technology to locate primary and secondary sources for the subjects covered in the course, and will develop and enhance their ability to synthesize a variety of academic resources to develop arguments in their writings. Moreover, they will be able to demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity issues within Canada, and explain the historical background of current social, political, cultural and economic issues in Canada. In sum, this module will provide students with an introduction to the history, culture, and political foundations of Canada.

Indicative Module Content:

In this module, students will examine the development of Canada, focusing on understanding the contemporary issues facing the country. Students will also engage in discussions about the evolution of Canada from the pre-contact period and how the past continues to define and shape current discourse and debates. Students will explore various aspects of Canadian society and consider its politics, economics, culture, and identity. The lectures and discussions will explore various themes relevant to the history and culture of Canada and may include: national and provincial development; federalism; colonialism; state-Indigenous relations; multiculturalism and nationalism; regionalism and diversity; and rights and citizenships; and gender and women. Students will develop their critical writing, thinking, and speaking skills through actively unpacking the characteristics and tensions that define contemporary Canada.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will engage in lectures, critical reading, writing, and research. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HIS10240 - Intro to Canadian Studies

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Final Exam -- held on last day of class in week 12 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: Mid-term Assignment Week 6 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short Written Assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be provided with feedback on their written work and exam, and will be invited to discuss with the instructor their performance during the semester.

Name Role
Dr Raymond Blake Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Thurs 11:00 - 11:50