Course Description

This course is an 8-week asynchronous delivery model. It is recommended that students spend an average of 15 learning hours per week on this course work. 

This course offers a multidisciplinary introduction to Canadian history and contemporary issues of importance. In addition to becoming thoughtful and knowledgeable citizens who value an inclusive society, participants will gain valuable knowledge of Canada, focusing on historical events, which have led to the further development of cultures, economies and political systems.

Course Outline

Learners will:

  • Reflect on the complexity of Indigenous cultural landscapes in Canada, the efforts of individuals and groups in Canada to address inequities in Canadian society, and evaluate the effectiveness of responses of Indigenous communities to political, economic and social injustices
  • Evaluate the impacts of the Constitution Act, 1982 on Canadians
  • Evaluate the factors that influence Canada’s response to international conflicts and agreements
  • Analyze Canadian responses to environmental justice issues
  • Implement research strategies in response to a question relating to Canadian history
  • Identify and discuss Canada’s main political, economic, social, and cultural features that have shaped its past and current realities

What You Will Learn

Throughout the course the emphasis will be on improving students’ skills they need to solve problems, and communicate ideas and decisions about significant developments, events, and issues.


University Preparation courses are non-credit preparatory courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course enrolled in is accepted at other post-secondary institutions beyond Dalhousie University.

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

  • Students wishing to gain valuable knowledge of Canada, focusing on historical events which have led to the further development of cultures, economies and political systems. 
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Section Title
University Prep Canadian Studies
Online - Self-Paced
Jan 16, 2023 to Mar 10, 2023
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Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $775.00
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