July 28, 2017

Teaching Unit Nr.2 – Wet Prairie

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) – Environmental History
David Brownstein, Klahanie Research Ltd.

This university-level teaching unit is designed to be easily scaled up or down regarding class time consumed, or difficultly, as appropriate for the individual course context. The material in this unit has a strict focus on Canada (specifically Manitoba), though instructors in other locations are encouraged to improvise on their own, using this module as a base, to insert a comparative element and make connections to other places or themes.

Learning goals

  • Introduce the theme of ecological commons
  • contextualize the emergence of the state in Canada’s west, as an environmental manager in situations of uncertainty or debate.
  • familiarize the student with archival sources that inform bureaucratic historical narratives
  • encourage students to connect these concepts with their own experience of the world

This teaching unit is composed of six resources:

  1. an open source journal article, to be assigned as a reading.
  2. discussion questions focused on the reading.
  3. a contextual essay, around which instructors can build their own lecture or share with Teaching Assistants working outside their area of expertise.
  4. primary sources, to be deployed as best suits the purposes of the instructor.
  5. a podcast of an interview with the author, as well as a shorter video interview.
  6. a glossary of “Canadian” terms and concepts, to support a non-Canadian, international audience.

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