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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%
Online Final Exam  30%
Total 100%



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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