History (HIST) 363

The Women's West: Women and Canadian Frontier Settlement (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None. Previous courses in Canadian history, social history, or women's studies will be an asset.

Precluded Course: HIST 363 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with WGST 363. HIST 363 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 325, WGST 363, or WMST 363.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 363 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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HIST 363: The Women’s West: Women and Canadian Frontier Settlement focuses on native and newcomer women’s experiences on frontiers in western Canada after 1870. This course challenges the notion of a “womanless West,” and examines how gender made a difference in the frontier settlement process. The course draws upon the work of some of Canada’s leading historians of women and includes current works by American historians.


  • Unit 1: Native Women and the White Frontier
  • Unit 2: Newcomer Women in the West
  • Unit 3: Other Frontiers: Pioneers, Reformers, and Renegades


To receive credit for HIST 363, you must complete one short essay, one book review, one research paper proposal, and one research paper. Students must achieve a course composite grade of “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Short Essay Assignment Book Review Assignment Research Paper Proposal Research Paper Total
20% 30% 10% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Campbell, Maria. Halfbreed. Halifax: Goodread Biographies, 1983.

Other Materials

The course materials include a reading file. All other course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

Students please contact the course administrator for information regarding the Challenge Examination.

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 2, November 8, 2010.

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Updated May 17 2016 by SAS