History of Canadian Social Policy (Revision 3)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Humanities
Prerequisite: None. Some background in Canadian history is strongly recommended.
HIST 328 has a Challenge for Credit option.
History 328 outlines the development of social programs in Canada and its provinces, assessing the social and political pressures that produced particular programs at particular times. It also examines the implementation of these programs, evaluating the extent to which they provided benefits to various groups of Canadians and the extent to which they either ignored needy groups or were used as social control measures over them.
Course materials analyze critically the impact of class, sex, and race prejudices in the design and implementation of major social programs at various points in Canada's past, and the impact of class-, sex-, and race-based pressures to change these programs.
- Unit 1: Confronting Industrialization and Urbanization: From Pre-Contact to Charity to the State--Canada to 1914
- Unit 2: War, Depression, and Social Policy, 1914-1939
- Unit 3: Modifying Capitalism: Family Allowances, Pensions, and Medicare
- Unit 4: The Limits of the Postwar Welfare State: Child Care, Aboriginal Policy, Housing, and Poverty, 1945-1980
- Unit 5: Neo-liberalism and Social Policy
To receive credit for HIST 328, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final examination, and obtain a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent).
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The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Finkel, Alvin. Social Policy and Practice in Canada: A History. Waterloo, ON : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006.
The course materials also include a student manual, a study guide, and a variety of required on-line readings to which the study guide links you.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, January 29, 2014.
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Updated May 17 2016 by Student & Academic Services