May 31, 2010


Professor Max Geier will be back from sabbatical this fall, offering his Canadian History sequence:

Canadian Studies Course Offerings for Fall 2010, Winter 2011, & Spring 2011
These three course offerings are designed as a 3-term sequence that will help students develop a deeper and more integrated understanding of Canadian history in comparative context with other developments in North America. These are all independent courses with NO pre-requisites (It is NOT necessary to enroll in HST 487 before taking HST 475 or HST 494, although students who do so may discover interesting and useful connections among those courses.For more information about these courses, Dr. Max G. Geier can be reached via email: geierm@wou.edu

Fall 2010: HST 487 Canada to Confederation--1867 (4 credits)

This course is intended as an introduction to Canadian history, with no prerequisites, and it is designed as the first course in a three-term sequence in comparative Canadian History to be offered this academic year. It examines the early history of Canada from the era before European contact with North America, and it continues through the formation of the Canada as a nation-state, with the British North America Act of 1867. The course emphasizes the comparative history of colonial cultures within the region of North America now included as part of Canada, with particular attention to colonial policies as they relate to First Nations peoples, Francophone, Anglophone, and Metis identities, and governing policies affecting other immigrant groups, including Loyalist and late-Loyalist migrations from the United States. It concludes with the emergence of Canada as an expansionist nation-state with colonial possessions in the North American West.

Winter 2011: HST 475 Colonial America (4 Credits)

There are no pre-requisites for this course, and it is not necessary to enroll in HST 487 in order to take HST 475. This second term of the sequence explores themes introduced in HST 487, but in a broader comparative context that considers North American colonial experiences from early European contacts with North American people through approximately 1815. It particularly emphasizes colonial experiences in British North America in comparison with colonial experiences in New France, New Spain, and in Russian America. The course particularly explores the ways in which the emergence of the United States after 1775 influenced colonial experiences in the loyal colonies of British North America that were the focus of HST 487, and the implications of that convergence for Spanish and Russian colonies in western North America.

Spring 2011: HST 494 North American Constitutional History
There are no pre-requisites for this course, and it is not necessary to enroll in HST 487 or HST 475 in order to take HST 494. This third term of the sequence is a comparative exploration of how differing colonial experiences, as considered in HST 487 and 475, influenced emerging traditions of constitutional authority in the United States and Canada, from the colonial period through the first half of the 19th century. It particularly emphasizes Canadian responses to the crisis of the American Revolution and the post-revolutionary era of confederation and constitutional reform. The course compares confederation and constitutional reform in theory and practice, through the era of the American Civil War, examining differing approaches to resolving constitutional crises in Canada and in the United States, including the short-lived Confederate States of America. It concludes with a comparison of the response to separatism in the United States and Canada after 1867, with particular attention to Quebec and the new constitutions of the 20th century.

Posted by smithr at May 31, 2010 4:54 PM