RS 245-HIST 234 Syllabus_Fall 2013

St. Jerome’s University
University of Waterloo
RS 245/HIS 234
The Catholic Church in Canada
Fall, 2013
M, W 1:30 – 2:50; Rm 2011 SJU
Prof. Myroslaw Tataryn
Rm. 1028 SJU
Phone: 519-884-8110 ext. 28299
Email: [email protected]
Office hours: W @ 3:00 or by arrangement with the instructor
Course Description:
An examination of the role played by the Church in the social, political, and economic
life of Canada from 1867 to the present.
Course Goals:
The course will provide an overview of the complex role which Catholicism has
played in the diverse linguistic, ethnic, and religious landscape of Canada. Students
will be exposed to questions of cultural identity, political and social marginalization,
linguistic antagonism, and racial prejudice. In the end students will be provided
tools to assist them in a critical understanding of the historical factors which led to
the creation of contemporary Canada.
Mid-Term examination:
Primary Document:
Two article reviews:
Required Textbook:
Terence J. Fay, A History of Canadian Catholics (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s
University Press, 2002). [e-book is held on e-reserve]
Week 1 (9 & 11.09):
Methodology: How does a religion function in a society?
17th Century: a Church struggling with itself;
Indigenous population: object of evangelization or to be ignored?
French settlement: living on the Frontier
Fay: 1-47;
Week 2 (16.09): Excerpts from 1634 Relation of Fr. Paul le Jeune
Gallicanism (reading history)
The Conquest
Week 2-3 (18 & 23.09):
Ultramontane Catholicism: building a Catholic society
French Canada the New France
Fay: 48-119
Week 3 (25.09): 18th c the English in Canada
Sept. 30: 1st article review due
Week 4-5 (30.09 & 2, 7, 9.10):
19th Century: Diversity becomes complexity
pre-Confederation Canada
Confederation and the Anglicization project
The Church and the West
Fay: 120-151
16.10: Mid-Term Examination
Week 7-9 (21, 23, 28.10):
20th Century: Catholic establishment & a Canadian Catholic Identity
Catholics and the Canadian Left
Antigonish Movement
Catholic Social Teaching
Fay: 155-277
Oct. 28: Primary document analysis due
Week 9-11 (30.10 & 4, 6, 11, 13.11):
1960’s: Quiet Revolution, Vatican II – a (re)new(ed) Church?
Fay: 278-302
Nov. 11: 2nd article review due
Week 12-13 (18, 20, 25, 27.11-2.12):
Addressing the legacy of Residential schools
Contemporary challenges: social, political, internal
Fay: 303-331; a look at contemporary documents.
Dec. 2: essay due
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