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Reflection Assignment

Who is the winner? 500 words reflection

Regarding what is called «The Conquest» in Quebec. Which one of these narratives is the winner? History, Memory, or Fiction?  

Your reflection should be well proof-read, include at least two explicit references to material presented in the relevant modules and be formatted like an essay: introduction, development and conclusion.

Ideas on how to conduct your reflection…

Has the reading, lecture, film, or a personal experience changed your way of thinking about this key moment? Did it conflict with beliefs you held previously, and what evidence did it provide you with that changed your thought process (or ideas) on the topic?

Did an author, speaker, or one of those involved in the knowledge you gained of this event fail to address any important issues? Could a certain fact or idea have dramatically changed the impact or conclusion of your reflection?

How do the issues or ideas brought up in the theme of this reflection mesh with past experiences or readings? Do the ideas contradict or support each other?

Note: Please read lecture 3


  1. Learning Response (totally 6*100words=600words)
  2. From your perspective, what are the key issues discussed today? (3-5 sentences)
  3. Drawing on the lecture, what is the most significant unanswered question you have on your mind right now? (2-3 sentences)
  4. Critical response:  Drawing from an assigned reading (or other mandatory material: film, interview or other), compose a critical question of interest to the class. (2-3 sentences)



You have to finish the learning response after studying each lesson. That is to say, you have to answer these three questions independently after lecture 5, lecture 6, lecture 7, lecture 8, lecture 9 and lecture 10, totally 6 learning response. For the last question, you have to raise questions based on the assigned readings from that lectures.


Note: For lecture 8, there is no slides, the class watch the film http://www.nfb.ca/film/action_the_october_crisis_of_1970/


  1. Primary Resource Assignment (250 words)

Find a primary source and provide a full bibliographical reference. Upload the URL when possible.

Introduce the source and its importance for Quebec society in understanding one of these three themes.

Examples :

 For ECONOMY: a fiscal plan for Québec’s year 0 after a winning referendum

 For CULTURE : a song for the independence of Québec

 For CONSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS: the Repatriation Act of the Constitution of Canada (1982)

Your entry will be visible to all students and they will have a chance to comment on it.
You will be able to see all submitted entries after you submit yours.


Primary source assignment

For this assignment, it is important that you know the difference between a primary and secondary source. 

A primary source is a document or physical object written or created during the time period you are studying. These sources were created during a particular experience or time period. Primary sources are foundational to study and understand the past.

In this assignment you are asked to select a primary source related to something we have addressed in class (Economy, Culture, Constitutional Relations) After choosing your source, consider the questions below and write a short entry that explains your source and its connection to one of the 3 themes and what we have discussed in the lecture/readings etc.


To understand a primary source you need ask several questions:

  1. What is the event/time period that is reflected in the source?
  2. Who wrote the document? What is the intended audience of the document?
  3. Why was the document written/created? What does the document tell us about the point of view of its creator?

This assignment should be around 250 words.  Do not forget to provide a full bibliographic citation. This can be in any citation style you like (APA, MLA, Chicago etc) but please be sure to consult how to properly make a citation. There are plenty of websites that can help with this.


  1. Secondary resources assignment (500 words)

Find, submit information and write a review of an ACADEMIC secondary source on one theme ( ECONOMY, CULTURE or CONSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS) and provide a full bibliographical reference. While the secondary source assignment is very similar to the primary source assignment, your analysis will be a bit different as the nature of the source is different. For information on how to write an analysis of a journal article and other similar secondary sources, please visit this link: http://library.queensu.ca/inforef/criticalreview.htm

Your written submission must be approx. 500 words.

Examples: write a book review, a documentary review or an academic article critique of a relevant ACADEMIC SECONDARY SOURCE.


Note: fiction, novels, songs, newspapers and magazines as well as websites are excluded this time



Subject Learning Strategies Pages 8 Style APA


Learning Response

Lecture 5

  1. The key issues discussed in this lecture include the idea of a nation as being composed of people who share a common culture. The issue of an independent Québec is also discussed. The central role of the Catholic Church in the identity, culture and structure of French-speaking Québec is also a key issue in this lecture.
  2. The most significant unanswered question on mind is whether the Catholic Church is still as influential today as it was in the past.
  3. Is there a possibility that Québec will request another referendum on its independence from Canada in the near future?

Lecture 6

  1. The key issues discussed today relate to early French Canadian culture which glorified village life while demonizing city life. The importance of the church and its rituals to the community is also discussed. Superstitions were also a significant part of Canadian culture as narrated through stories.
  2. The most significant unanswered question on my mind is whether French Canadians still appreciate the old superstitious tales. This is because the entire community now lives a modern life.
  3. From the assigned readings, what aspects of the old French Canadian culture still survive in their original form in Canada’s modern society?

Lecture 7

  1. The key issues discussed here involve the transformation of Quebec into a modern society with liberal values instead of religious values. Another key issue discussed is the quiet revolution where Quebecers wanted independence from English Canada. The evolving culture of Quebec in terms of popular movies, poems and popular artistes such as Felix Leclerc were also discussed.
  2. The main unanswered question is whether the cost of modernization in terms of lost culture was too great for Quebec.
  3. From the assigned readings, what were the direct and indirect impacts of the War Measures Act of 1970 on Quebec?

Lecture 8

  1. The main issues discussed in the film relate to the attacks and kidnappings conducted by the FLQ in Quebec in October 1970. The crisis deepened when the military sent to Montreal to stop the carnage caused by the FLQ, which was a paramilitary group fighting for Quebec’s sovereignty. The response of the Canadian government at the time is also examined as being quite unconcerned with the situation.
  2. The main unanswered question from the film relates to the reason as to why the FLQ leaders were exiled to Cuba without facing charges.
  3. Could a similar crisis occur today?

Lecture 9

  1. The key issues discussed in this lecture relate to the identity of Quebec as a nation separate from English-speaking Canada. The two referendums held in 190 and 1985 were an attempt by Quebec to attain independence from Canada. The different culture of Quebec was the main motivating factor in their struggle for recognition as an independent nation.
  2. The main question lingering on my mind is whether there is a significant likelihood of Quebec holding another independence referendum.
  3. From the assigned readings, should the definition of a nation state as people who share a similar culture be discarded?

Lecture 10

  1. The key issues covered in this lecture center around the integration of people of different cultures in a multicultural society. The lecture focuses on the entire Quebec as well as Montreal, whose community is defined as being composed on immigrants. The main argument advanced is that Montreal and the R.O.Q are multicultural societies which accommodate people of different cultures.
  2. The main unanswered question relates to whether the cultural changes that occurred in Montreal and the R.O.Q are still the same today.
  3. What is your experience of the cultural issues and changes highlighted here in other parts of Canada?






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