History (HIST) 330

Social History of Canada: European Contact to Early Industrialization (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: Students who have taken HIST 329 cannot take HIST 330 for credit.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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History 330 is designed to provide you with an understanding of some of the main currents in Canadian social history from the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century to the onset of industrialization in the latter half of the 19th century.


Unit 1

  • Section 1.1: Introduction to Canadian Social History
  • Section 1.2: First Nations and European Contact
  • Section 1.3: Introduction to Primary Sources- Early Missionary Accounts
  • Section 1.4: New Perspectives on the Role of Women During the Fur Trade Era

Unit 2

  • Section 2.1: Introduction to New France
  • Section 2.2: Women in New France
  • Section 2.3: Neglected Aspects of Community and Family in New France
  • Section 2.4: Aims, Aspirations, and the End of New France

Unit 3

  • Section 3.1: Upper Canada and the Loyalists
  • Section 3.2: The Trials and Tribulations of Immigrating and Emigrating
  • Section 3.3: Economy and Work in Upper Canada
  • Section 3.4: Violence and Confrontation in Colonial Society

Unit 4

  • Section 4.1: Reassessing Canada’s First Industrial Revolution
  • Section 4.2: Working Class Culture, Race and the Tavern


To receive credit for HIST 330, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 25%
Final Exam 40%
Total 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

History 330 is an online internet based course. All materials are available online either through links provided in the study guide, via the library or the digital reading room.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HIST 373 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the entire 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 1, February 10, 2017.