January 18, 2018

Teaching Unit Nr.7 – Cold War on Canadian Soil

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 high modernist militarism
  • contextualize shifting Canada/US relations, the militarization of Canada’s north, and its attendant environmental impacts
  • familiarize the student with archival sources that inform militarization narratives
  • encourage students to connect these concepts with their own experience of the

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 the instructor can build their own lecture, or share
    with Teaching Assistants working outside of their area of expertise
  4. primary sources, to be deployed as best suits the purposes of the instructor
  5. supporting texts, images and video, 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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