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Course Description

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Hockey provides a valuable prism through which major cultural, socio-economic and even political developments within Canada can be reflected. This course reviews the considerable role that hockey has played in Canada’s post-Confederation history. From the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century, hockey has helped to inform the nation’s sense of self and has also reflected prevailing social attitudes and cultural values within Canada.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Locate the importance of hockey within Canada’s larger cultural, political and social narrative;
  • Examine the way by which hockey and hockey culture in Canada has reflected broader trends in Canadian society and specific events in Canadian history;
  • Debate critically the extra-sporting role that hockey has played and continues to play in the evolution of the Canadian nation;
  • Identify and assess societal issues that have directly affected hockey and the Canadian nation;
  • Write a research essay drawing on historical evidence from both primary and secondary resources.

Course Topics

  • The Modern Game and the New Nation
  • Class and Sports in Canada
  • Hockey, Canada and the First World War
  • Hockey as a Commodity
  • Hockey and the Media
  • The Game and the Two Solitudes: Hockey in French and English Canada
  • The Women’s Game
  • International Hockey and The 1972 Summit Series
  • Big Business Hockey
  • Hockey Culture and Mythology

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 2.00 credits



Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (4 x 2.5%)  10%
Online Midterm 10%
Research Paper Proposal  20%
Research Paper  30%
Final Exam  30%
Total 100%



Additional Technical Requirements

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  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

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Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Hockey in Canadian History
May 11, 2023 to August 04, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Hockey Night in Canada: Sports, Identities, and Cultural Politics by R.S. Gruneau and D. Whitson. © 1994 University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division Second edition ISBN 9780920059050
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Coast to Coast: Hockey in Canada to the Second World War by J.C-K. Wong (Ed.). © 2009 University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division ISBN 9780802095329
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Blood, Sweat, and Cheers: Sport and the Making of Modern Canada by C.D. Howell. © 2001 University of Toronto Press ISBN 9780802082480
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Artificial Ice: Hockey, Culture, and Commerce by R. S. Gruneau and D. Whitson (Eds.). © 2006 University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division ISBN 9781551930558
  • Supplementary (Unconfirmed) (Optional) Canada's Game: Hockey and Identity by A.C. Holman (Ed.). © 2009 McGill-Queen's University Press ISBN 9780773535985
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