Subject: History
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 1.5 Lecture hours and 1.5 Seminar/Discussion hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: History


This course looks at early North American history (1600-1900) through the prism of diasporas. Many groups of Indigenous North Americans have experienced both voluntary and forced dispersal from their homeland. This process of migration and settlement has resulted in the creation of new localized communities who simultaneously align themselves culturally, politically and economically within a continental diaspora network. Beyond an introduction to migration and diaspora history, this course will highlight several case studies such as: the Wendat, the Shawnee, the Cherokee, the Odawa, and the Métis. Seminar discussions will draw on themes of colonialism, transnationalism, historic trauma, spirituality, identity and women’s experiences. The course consists of one three-hour class per week, divided into two parts. The first half the class will consist of a lecture, while the second half will be a seminar discussion based on weekly readings.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 200-level HIST; or 60 credit units at the university level; or permission of the instructor.

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