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Canadian Economic History

Course Code: ECON 1111
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Economics
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Canada has developed from being a small number of isolated Maritime settlements into a modern economy enjoying membership in the "G-7", a group of seven industrialized democracies that includes Germany, Japan and the United States. This course examines that progression. Special attention will be paid to the relationship of Canada within the British Empire, theories of Canadian economic development and the role of government legislation since Confederation.

Course Content

  1. An introduction to the economic history of the Maritimes and the rivalries among colonial powers in the North Atlantic region.
  2. The early staples:  The exploitation of renewable natural resources.
  3. The changing structure of the Canadian economy:  The National Policy.
  4. Land policy and the development of agriculture.
  5. Banking and capital markets before and after Confederation.
  6. Capital formation and the industrialization of Canada.
  7. Transportation and investment in infrastructure.
  8. Labour and the role of labour organization in the Canadian economy.
  9. Foreign investment: Its role and impact on the Canadian economy.
  10. Regional variations in economic development and growth.
  11. Recent developments in the economic analysis of Canada’s historical development.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures and seminars.

Means of Assessment

Final Examination  30% - 40%
Term Test(s)  30% - 70%
Written Assignments            0% - 30%
Class Participation    0% - 10%
Total          100%


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the economic development of Canada both before and after Confederation.
  2. Analyze how economic forces and policies have shaped the development of Canada both before and after Confederation.
  3. Identify the contributions, and limitations, of economic analysis to broadening our understanding of the process of Canadian economic development.

course prerequisites

BC Principles of Math 11.  One course in Economics recommended.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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