May 27, 2017

Teaching Unit Nr. 5 – Science and Spaces

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 the north), 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 science in context
  • contextualize changing impressions of the Canadian north.
  • familiarize the student with archival sources that inform knowledge production in the north.
  • 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 National Film Board production and supporting discussion questions, related to the open source journal article.
  6. a glossary of “Canadian” terms and concepts, to support a non-Canadian, international audience.

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