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HISTORY 2SH3 CanadianSportHistory

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: Online

Instructor: Dr. Nancy Bouchier

Email: bouchier@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 603

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24136


Office Hours: by appt (email me); Online office hours TBA (via Google Hangout - check ATL link)

Course Objectives:

COURSE OBJECTIVES AND CONTENT: The course is designed to introduce students to the vast and growing academic literature in the field of Canadian sport history. The term sport history is used in this course in its broadest sense, to cover things like amateur and professional leagues, organized leisure, recreation, exercise, and disciplining the body through physical activity; it includes things like professional hockey as well as outdoor pursuits like mountain climbing, hiking, and bird watching, and it considers sporting and recreational spaces, such as sports arenas and parks. Selected topics and themes examined include: masculinities, femininities and their construction through sport; social class, race, gender and sport; sport, culture, and identity; sport and ideas of nation, wilderness, and nature; governments and sport; sport and place, space, and aesthetics; clubs, class, and citizenship; hegemonic and commercialized sport; and sport, meaning, and representation, among other things.

COURSE FORMAT/INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS: This online course includes a variety of formats and instructional methods.  It involves 2 weekly lectures, 1 assigned tutorial live-streamed online discussion class, related assignments and research, independent coursework (online discussion and postings; weekly topic-related www sites, etc.). All aspects of this course are presented through the Hist 2SH3 Avenue to Learn (ATL) site. Each Lecture is available for viewing in a streamed format. Lecture content is also available in a number of additional formats: as a downloadable MP3 for listening; as a .pdf text file; as PowerPoint slides with text and visual. Proceed through the Weekly Lectures at your leisure, however you must have watched them and done the assigned readings before each corresponding tutorial.  The mandatory assigned live-streamed tutorials are for students to discuss assigned weekly secondary and primary source readings based on assigned weekly readings questions related to each week’s lecture topic.   Each week students will submit an assigned reading activity in *.pdf  to their Tutorial Assignment Folder for assessment.  Please note that all submitted work will undergo an Originality Check through Turnitin.

               Students will be introduced to the subject matter through the lectures, associated web material, and their reading of the most current scholarly literature on aspects of Canadian sport history as well as assigned primary sources. Since this class has mandatory tutorial discussion in addition to lectures, students will take turns acting as tutorial discussion facilitators, sometimes generating readings questions, and leading live streamed small-group class discussion of the assigned weekly readings. Students will enhance their skills in critical reading, writing, and analysis, through their assignments.  During online live-streamed tutorial class students will discuss the readings, answer study questions, and build their notes for exam preparation.  Each week assigned readings questions are posted each on ATL. You will also submit online answers to an ATL post hoc discussion question that your TA will post after each tutorial class.  These post hoc postings must be submitted by the end of the day that your tutorial meets on, e.g., Monday tutorial post hoc postings are due by the end of Monday. At the end of every tutorial class, students will also conduct both self- and peer-evaluation (Most Valuable Contributor assessments).

               The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term.  Students will be required to do additional reading as the course progresses, e.g., assigned readings as well as ones used in their assignments. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites at least twice weekly during the term and always before every class to note any changes.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

REQUIRED COURSE TEXTS/READINGS:  Don Morrow and Kevin B. Wamsley, Sport in Canada: A History 3rd Edition (Don Mills: OUP, 2013) [hereafter referred to as M&W text] - this text is available through the Bookstore in both hardy copy and electronic versions; Hist 2SH3 ATL class website and its contents including its secondary [hereafter 2º ] and primary source [hereafter 1º ] readings identified below.

Method of Assessment:

COURSE EVALUATION: To pass, students must consume the lectures and their accompanying materials including knowledge checks, and all tutorial classes, read the required readings, actively participate in the Hist 2SH3 ATL and tutorial class and online post hoc discussions, lead tutorial discussion, submit and present all course activities, assignments, presentations, and papers on the day and at the time that they are scheduled to be due.

Class participation                 20%

(10% for weekly discussions and facilitation; question framing; peer review; post hoc analyses and postings, etc; 10% for ongoing weekly activities, i.e., secondary source Synopses/Outlines/Annotations/bibliographies, primary source identification, analysis, and significance, etc. consisting of approx 1 ½-2 single spaced pages max per week)

Midterm exam                        25%  written online during Week 7 (13-17 Feb) tutorial class

Assignment                             20% (see ATL for instructions) Due in tutorial Week 10 for review

                                               Final submission due in tutorial Week 12

Final exam                             35% Invigilated by the Registrar’s Office; written in person on campus, date TBA

The Test and Final examination are based upon materials derived from lectures, readings, and discussion. They will consist of a mixture of the following: short-answer and fill in the blank-type questions; true and false-type questions; matching and multiple choice-type questions; identify and significance-type questions; and short and long essay-type questions. Specific Assignment instructions (including word length, format, structure, etc.) will be available on Hist 2SH3 ATL and will be discussed in class. Twenty percent of the final grade is devoted to mandatory live-streamed online tutorial participation - for the discussion of the readings and for class discussion and question-asking and question-answering related to course readings and other work such as Readings Activities submitted every week and the online post hoc discussion postings. Students must therefore come to online live-streamed tutorial classes prepared to discuss and critically analyze the seminar readings and other types of assigned work. It’s best to develop a weekly schedule to keep up with course reading. Students will also conduct weekly self-assessments of their tutorial participation (assessing both the quality and the quantity of their contributions) and regularly assess the participation of others (identifying Most Valued Contributors). 

Since you must write well to effectively present your ideas, all course material (including the creating of readings questions, email communications, and participation in Hist 2SH3 ATL discussions) is assessed and will be graded on content, argument, and writing style, among other things. Write clearly and concisely. Use the active - not passive - voice. Omit needless words and jargon. Remember, good writing typically involves several drafts. Unless otherwise noted, all assignments must be submitted at the beginning of class on the day that they are due. While extensive referencing of secondary sources is required, everything in this class, especially your assignments, will be written entirely in your own words (no quotations from secondary source works permitted). Citations will be formatted according to the Turabian/Chicago Style. Format examples for this style are available online: http://library.mcmaster.ca/guides/turabian-chicago-style-guide


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Because of the importance of work timelines and deadlines in this course, late papers will receive a grade of zero.  Yet if you find that you are having acute personal difficulties (e.g., documented illness, death in the family, any other dramatic event which impedes your ability to do your work in this class) there are means by which your situation can be accommodated.  Please contact the Instructor and your Teaching Assistant (TA) as soon as you realize something is wrong either by phone or email (bouchier@mcmaster.ca) so that alternate arrangements may be worked out. We will help out students in need of special consideration and accommodation. Absences of less than 5 days may be reported using the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) at www.mcmaster.ca/msaf   If you are unable to use the MSAF, you should document the absence with your faculty office.  In all cases, it is YOUR responsibility to follow up with me immediately to see if an extension or other accommodation will be granted, and what form it will take. There are NO automatic extensions or accommodations. The University provides a variety of support services to help students manage their many demands. Reference librarians can provide invaluable research assistance. The Student Accessibility Services Centre (SAS) provides assistance with personal as well as academic matters. MUSC B107 and http://sas.mcmaster.ca/

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

CLASS SCHEDULE - Lectures are listed below for each week; Mandatory live-streamed online Tutorials and assigned readings are listed in the order that you should read them. You must always view the lecture and read the readings and complete your Reading Activity before each week’s tutorial class. Reading Activities (marked with an #) are due in the tutorial every week; each week involves a different activity – check the ATL to see what kind of activity is due for a given week (e.g., reaction paper, notes, outline, mind map, etc), which you will submit online before tutorial each week.  Always check the ATL site at least twice a week and always before class for assigned reading activity details. Readings questions are posted every week before the Monday tutorial.  You are responsible for all of the material listed below:


Week 1 (4-5 Jan) Introduction to the online course format and sport history [no tutorials this week]

Activities read, watch, and complete the following:

1.1 Quick Guide to Online Learning

1.2 5 tips to succeeding in an online course

1.3 WebEx Orientation Demo (6 min)

1.4 Join the WebEx Test Room

1.5 Review Online Self-Assessment Quiz Help sheet

1.6 Go to the Post hoc Tutorial Discussions for your tutorial and respond to the posted message  

1.7 Watch Lecture 1.1 Intro to Hist 2SH3 (18 min)

1.8 Watch Lecture 1.2 What is Sport? The Views of Some Thinkers (19 min)

1.9 Welcome and meet your Instructor

1.10 Complete Online Self-Assessment


Week 2 (9-12 Jan) Canadian Sport History, Theory, and Historiography

*online tutorial classes start this week; be sure to have viewed the lectures (2.1-2.2) and read the assigned readings (2.3-2.5) before class

2.1 Lecture 2.1 Sport and the Historians, part 1 (22 min)

2.2 Lecture 2.2 Sport and the Historians, part 2 (18 min)

2.3  Morrow & Wamsley textbook (M&W text) Chapter 1 Introduction, 1-7

2.4  Bloom’s Taxonomy Revised (IUPUI 2002) [just familiarize yourself with this]

2.5 Defining Primary and Secondary Sources (Library and Archives Canada) [just familiarize yourself with this]

2.6 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

2.7 After your first tutorial and by the end of that day, respond to your tutorial’s post hoc discussion question


Week 3 (16-19 Jan)    Games and Contests in Early Canada

3.1 Lecture 3.1 Games and Contests in Early Canada and today, part 1 (23 min)

3.2 Lecture 3.2 Games and Contests in Early Canada and today, part 2 (17 min)

3.3  M&W text Chapter 2 Games and Contests in Early Canada, 9-27

3.3  # Reading Activity, M&W text  Chapter 2 Games and Contests in Early Canada, 9-27

3.4 1º  Tewaarathon (Lacrosse), Akwesasne’s Story of Our National Game (North American Indian Travelling College, 1978), 1-32. 

3.5 Lacrosse: The Creator’s Game video (25 min)

3.6 Submit your Reading Activity

3.7 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

3.8 After your respond to your tutorial’s post hoc discussion question


Week 4 (23-26 Jan)   Sport and Colonization in New France and British North America

4.1 Lecture 4.1 Sport and the Colonization of New France (22 min)

4.2 Lecture 4.2 Sport and the Colonization of New France and British North America (19 min)

4.3 M&W text Chapter 3 Games, Pastimes, and Sporting Life in BNA, 28-46

4.4 Kevin B. Wamsley and Robert S. Kossuth. Fighting it Out in Nineteenth Century Upper Canada/Canada West: Masculinities and Physical Challenges in the Tavern. Journal of Sport History 27(3)(Fall 2000), 405-430.

4.4 # Reading Activity, Wamsley and Kossuth. Fighting it Out in Nineteenth Century Upper Canada.

4.5 1º Ed. James, “Canadian Rules,” and “Advertisements” in Idem, The game cock: being a practical treatise on breeding, rearing, training, feeding, trimming, mains, heeling, spurs, etc.  (1873), 44-5.

4.6 NFB The Voyageurs (19 min)

4.7 Submit your Reading Activity

4.8 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

4.9 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


Week 5 (30 Jan-2 Feb) Structural Change and the Rise of Organized Sport

5.1 Lecture 5.1 Structural change in the rise of organized sport, mid to late 19th century (21 min)

5.2 Lecture 5.2 The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association – Powerhouse of Canadian sport (18 min)

5.3 M&W text Chapter 4 Transitions to and Control of Organized Sport in the 19th c, 47-77

5.3 # Reading Activity Sheet M&W text Chapter 4 Transitions to and Control of Organized Sport in the 19th c, 47-77

5.4 1º “Act of Incorporation,” “IV Election of Members,” “XIII Expulsions,” “XIV Privileges,”  “XV Regulations,” Constitution, by-laws and laws of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association and affiliated clubs. Montreal:  MAAA, 1886 ed., 2-21 [skim through everything else]

5.5 Submit your Reading Activity

5.6 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

5.7 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


Week 6 (6-9 Feb) Institution Building and Framing a National Sport Culture

6.1 Lecture 6.1 Amateurism and the Amateur Ideal in Sport (22 min)

6.2 Lecture 6.2 Amateur Lacrosse and a National Game Concept (22 min)

6.3 M&W text Chapter 5 The Growth and Professionalization of Team Sports: Lacrosse, Baseball, and Hockey, 78-123

6.4 # Nancy Bouchier and Robert Barney. "A critical examination of a source on early Ontario baseball: The reminiscence of Adam E. Ford." Journal of Sport History 15, no. 1 (1988): 75-90.

6.4 # Reading Activity Sheet Bouchier and Robert Barney. "A critical examination of a source”

6.5 1º Bryce's Canadian base ball guide for 1876, 1-13.

6.6 1º W.G. Beers, “Chapter 3: General Character of the Present Game,” in  Lacrosse, 1869, pp.32-59. [just skim]

6.7 Submit your Reading Activity

6.8 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment   and Mid Term Self-Assessment

6.9 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


Week 7 (13-16 Feb) Midterm exam written online during your scheduled tutorial class time


Week 8 (20-24 Feb) no online tutorial classes Midterm break


Week 9 (week of 27 Feb)  Sport and the Media

9.1 Lecture 7.1 Sport and the Media (17 min)

9.2 Lecture 7.2 Sport and Sport Reporting (13 min)

9.3 M&W text Chapter 7 Sports Journalism and the Media 154-178

9.4 # Ann Hall, “Alexandrine Gibb: In ‘No Man’s Land of Sport.’” International Journal of the History of Sport,

18(1)(2001), 149‐172.

9.5 1º TBA

9.6 Submit your Reading Activity

9.7 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

9.8 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


Week 10 (6-9 March) Gender ,  the Body, and Sport

*Due: Assignment for Review in tutorial

10.1 Lecture 8.1 Gender Body and Sport (14 min)

10.2 Lecture 8.2 Female Sporting Pursuits (8 min)

10.3 M&W text Chapter 8 Gender Body and Sport, 179-206

10.4 Allan Stein and Jerry Krepakevich. Shooting Stars: The Amazing Story of the Edmonton Grads! (Montreal: National Film Board of Canada, 1993). Parts 1 and 2 (49 min)

10.4 # Reading Activity Stein and Krepakevich, Shooting Stars video

10.5 Submit your Reading Activity

10.6 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

10.7 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


Week 11 (13-16 March) Physical Education, School Sport, and Physical Fitness

11.1 Lecture 9.1 Physical Education, School Sport, and Physical Fitness, part 1 (14 min)

11.2 Lecture 9.2 Physical Education, School Sport, and Physical Fitness, part 2 (20 min)

11.3 M&W text Chapter 9 Physical Education, School Sport, and Physical Fitness 207-234

11.4 Forsyth, Janice, and Michael Heine. “‘A Higher Degree of Social Organization:’ Jan Eisenhardt and Canadian Aboriginal Sport Policy in the 1950s.” Journal of Sport History 35 (2)(2008): 261-277.

11.4 # Reading Activity Forsyth and Heine. “‘A Higher Degree of Social Organization.”

11.5 1º Strathcona Syllabus of physical exercises for schools (1911), 21-32

11.6 Submit your Reading Activity

11.7 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

11.8 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


Week 12 (20-23 March) Sport, Fitness and the Nation

*Due: Assignment Final Submission in tutorial

12.1 Lecture 10.1 Sport, Fitness and the Nation, part 1 (14 min)

12.2 Lecture 10.2 Sport, Fitness and the Nation, part 2 (8 min)

12.3 M&W text Chapter 10 Sport and the National, 235-259

12.4  Earle Neil. Hockey as Canadian popular culture: Team Canada 1972, television and the Canadian identity

Journal of Canadian Studies 30(2)( Summer 1995), 107-22.

12.4  # Reading Activity Earle Neil. Hockey as Canadian popular culture

12.6  1º Canada, Debates of the House of Commons. National Sport Act. 27 April 1994, 3594-3608.

12.7 Submit your Reading Activity

12.8 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

12.9 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


Week 13 (27-30 March) Canada and the Olympics

13.1 Lecture 11.1 Canada and the Olympics, part 1 (15 min)

13.2 Lecture 11.2 Canada and the Olympics, part 2 (9 min)

13.3 Lecture 11.2 Canada and the Olympics, part 3 (13 min)

13.4 M&W text Chapter 11 The Olympic Games, 260-289

13.5 # Sarah Teetzel, “Sports, Medicine, and the Emergence of Sports Medicine in the Olympic Games: The Canadian Example.” Journal of Sport History 34(1)(2007), 75-86.

13.5 # Reading Activity 13.5  Teetzel, “Sports, Medicine, and the Emergence

13.6  T. Noakes. “The Olympic Games and Sports Medicine.” Br. J. Sports Med. 30(1996), 81-82.

13.7 Submit your Reading Activity

13.8 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment

13.9 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


Week 14 (3-6 April)   Canada and Sport Post War Years                    

14.1 Lecture 12.1 Canada and the Olympics post war years (17 min)

14.2 Module 12.2 Canadian Sport after the Task Force (13 min)

14.3  M&W text Chapter 12 Sport in Canada: Current Issues,290-308

14.4 Charles L. Dubin. Commission of Inquiry Into the Use of Drugs and Banned Practices Intended to Increase Athletic Performance.(Ottawa: The Commission, 1990). [just skim]

14.5 Submit your Reading Activity

14.6 Complete tutorial Weekly Online Self-Assessment and Final Term Assessment

14.7 Respond to your tutorial’s post hoc question


**Final Examination Date to be announced by Registrar’s Office; Exam written in person on campus**