Subject: History
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: History


This course provides a selective overview of the major developments, contributions, and products of Canadian popular culture in the twentieth century. While the regional experiences will be featured (particularly through our weekly artifacts) the primary emphasis of the course is upon defining and exploring facets of our ‘national’ culture. The course is organized chronologically and thematically. Weekly discussions will focus upon a particular topic or document, and its analysis. Topics of discussion include: Canadian “art”, newspapers, novels, magazines, sports, documentary film, television and popular music. Ultimately, the class attempts to explore and critically analyze whether a “Canadian” popular culture or esthetic exists. Throughout the course, special attention will be paid to theories of cultural studies, and cultural history as well as issues of class, race, gender, region, sexuality, and national identity.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units of senior-level HIST of which 3 credit units must be 300-level, or permission of the department.
Note: Students with credit for HIST 498.3 Canadian Popular Culture may not take this course for credit.

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