Canada in the 1960s

Offered at Trent University during Winter 2013 and Winter 2014

One of the most highly contested periods in our country’s history, it is lauded by some as an example of human potential, and assailed by others who see it as the end of a traditional way of life. Adding further confusion to the subject is the nostalgic haze with which the 1960s is treated in our popular culture. This course aims to develop a more nuanced understanding of the 1960s and its impact on Canadian history by exploring the sociocultural and political transformations that occurred. 

Canadian Environmental History

Offered at Trent University during Summer 2012 and Fall 2013

This seminar examines the role of the environment in Canadian history. Beginning with an overview of what environmental history is and how it is done, the seminar will cover such topics as the Europeanization of the landscape, the commodification of nature, the forces of industrialization and urbanization, and the emergence of modern-day environmentalism. Throughout, the focus will be on how we have shaped the Canadian environment and how it has influenced the population economically, culturally, and intellectually. 

History of the Environmental Movement

Offered at the University of Prince Edward Island during Summer 2008 and Summer 2011

This seminar examines the history of the environmental movement, with a focus on the United States. It explores both the movement’s continuity over time and the changes it has undergone in response to shifting environmental conditions, such as climate change, population growth, water and air pollution, and the energy crisis. Course materials include writings by key figures such as Rachel Carson and E.F. Schumacher, as well as key organizations such as the Sierra Club, Zero Population Growth, and Greenpeace. The course seeks to clarify the nature of environmentalism as a political movement by examining what it has meant to earlier generations and people today.