History (HIST) - Taking Liberties: Human Rights in Canadian History

HIST 3286  Taking Liberties: Human Rights in Canadian History


Twelve credits of History with at least 3 credits at the 2000-level; or any 54 credits completed.


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




This course examines the ways that Canadians and their institutions have thought about, responded to, and dealt with issues of human rights in Canada from the 19th century to the present, with a focus on the transformation of a regime based on the protection of civil liberties into a system designed to protect a broader set of political, economic, and social rights by the late 20th century. The course examines issues as the sources of Canadians' rights and freedoms; evolving definitions of those rights and the protections afforded to them; and the tension inherent in balancing individual rights versus broader societal interests. This course may be credited towards Political Science.

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