History (HIST) 224

History of Canada to 1867 (Revision 6)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study (check availability).

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: HIST 218 (HIST 224 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 218.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 224 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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History 224 is designed to give you an overview of what life may have been like during various periods for different groups of residents that occupied the region we now know as Canada. The “may have been” is important here—while this course presents numerous facts, it also pays close attention to the debates among historians about how to weave the facts together. Some of the course materials focus on the powerful decision-makers of the societies at the time, while others focus on the lives of ordinary people. Still others look at the interaction of the ruling élites and the masses. Throughout the course, issues of race, gender, and social class receive considerable attention since these categories played an important role in determining the life chances of individuals.


  • Unit 1: First and Second Peoples
  • Unit 2: Canada in the Period of French Colonialism
  • Unit 3: British Conquest
  • Unit 4: Establishing a “British” North America: The Atlantic Colonies and the West
  • Unit 5: Establishing a “British” North America: The Canada's
  • Unit 6: A Changing Social Order: Industrial Revolution and Confederation


To receive credit for HIST 224, you must complete Assignment 1, Assignment 2, and the Final Examination and receive a grade of 50 per cent or better on the final examination and a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 per cent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Final Exam Total
30% 30% 40% 100%

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 who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials


Conrad, Margaret, and Alvin Finkel. History of the Canadian Peoples: Beginnings to 1867, 5th ed. Toronto: Pearson Education, 2009.

Other Materials

All other 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

To receive credit for the HIST 224 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Current Grouped Study Locations

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 6, May 5, 2010.

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