HIST 3370 University of Guelp

Conscription was an extremely divisive issue in Canada during the First World War. As the numbers of men enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary Force dropped, the government began to seriously consider non-voluntary enlistment, also known as Conscription. The issue created deep wedges in Canadian society, pitting families, friends, neighbours, and community members against one another. In this assignment, you will discuss whether Conscription should have been instituted as a wartime measure. You will be placed into small groups, asked to take a position on the issue, and directed towards resources to help you conduct research that supports your position. You will also converse/debate with your group members about their arguments and supporting research. 

Select Groups from the Tools dropdown menu on the navbar to find the group you have been assigned to. 

Instructions

Choose one of the following statements: “The Conscription Bill should have been instituted by the Canadian government in 1917 because….” OR “The Conscription Bill should not have been instituted by the Canadian government in 1917 because….” It is recommended that you do a bit of reading about Conscription first so that you understand what the debate was about. When choosing which side to support, think about how you would have felt at the time and place yourself in the shoes of a Canadian living in 1917 — would you have wanted Conscription to be enforced?

Part I: Gather Information and Prepare/Post Your Argument

You will then consolidate the relevant research into a concise report that clearly addresses the question of whether Conscription should have been instituted by the Canadian government. 

Examples of possible sources:

A. M. Willms, “Conscription, 1917: A Brief for the Defence,” The Canadian Historical Review 37 (4) (1956): 338-351.

W. R. Young, “Conscription, Rural Depopulation, and the Farmers of Ontario, 1917-19,” The Canadian Historical Review 53 (3) (September 1972): 289-320.

M. Djebabla, “Fight or farm”: Canadian Farmers and the Dilemma of the War Effort in World War I (1914-1918),” Canadian Military Journal 13 (2) (Spring 2013): 57.

Desmond Morton, “Did the French Canadians Cause the Conscription Crisis of 1917?” Canadian Military History, 24 (1): 89

Gordon L. Heath, “The Protestant Denominational Press and the Conscription Crisis in Canada, 1917-1918,” Historical Studies 78 (Annual 2012): 27.

Andrew Theobald, “Une Loi Extraordinaire: New Brunswick Acadians and the Conscription Crisis of the First World War,” Acadiensis 34 (1) (Autumn/Automne 2004): 80-95.

  • Again, you are strongly encouraged to look beyond these sources for others that will also help support your argument. 

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HIST 3370 University of Guelp

 DISCUSSIONS

Discussion forums have been set on the Course page where students can discuss the weekly readings and corresponding content learned within each unit. Students are expected to engage in these discussions on a weekly basis. Discussions will focus on the readings’ merits and pitfalls, major arguments, contributions to the field of study, and how they connect to the information and activities discussed in the corresponding unit. Along with posting your own thoughts on the readings, each week you are expected to engage with a post from one of your classmates.

Compose a post and within that post, for each of the assigned articles you read this week, discuss the following:

The article’s main argument and purpose

The article’s main points of discussion

  • How the article complements the content of the unit it was assigned with
  • The most important thing you learned from the article about the First World War
  • A question that comes to mind after reading the articleOverview
    An important aspect of the learning experience in this course is the online discussions which require you to respond to different topic questions. This experience provides you with the opportunity to share the knowledge you gained in the course and to engage in a dialogue with your classmates.In this assignment, students discuss the weekly readings and corresponding content learned within each unit. Students are expected to engage in these discussions on a weekly basis. Discussions will focus on the readings’ merits and pitfalls, major arguments, contributions to the field of study, and how they connect to the information and activities discussed in the corresponding unit. Along with posting your own thoughts on the readings, each week you are expected to engage with a post from one of your classmates.You will participate in these discussions in groups. To find out which group you have been assigned to, select Groups from the Tools dropdown menu on the navbar.Instructions
    There are specific discussion questions posted in each unit of the course. Each week you are required to make at least two contributions to the discussions, including one original post and at least one response to another student’s post in your group. Your original post should be thoughtful, and should directly relate to the questions posted, include your own thoughts on the topic(s) being discussed, and use the course readings and content to support these thoughts. Your response posts to your classmates should include more than “I agree” or “Well said,” and should provide opportunities for further engagement in the course content.It is crucial that you post your original comment as early as possible in the discussion week to help get the dialogue going and keep the conversation flowing. Posting retrospectively (i.e., for previous weeks) will not count towards your overall discussion mark.
  • intext citation for Withers, A. J. (2016). (Re) constructing and (re) habilitating the disabled body: World War One era disability policy and its enduring ramifications. Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale, (75).https://crsp.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/crsp/article/view/40241

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HIST 3370 University of Guelp

Discussion forums have been set on the Course page where students can discuss the weekly readings and corresponding content learned within each unit. Students are expected to engage in these discussions on a weekly basis. Discussions will focus on the readings’ merits and pitfalls, major arguments, contributions to the field of study, and how they connect to the information and activities discussed in the corresponding unit. Along with posting your own thoughts on the readings, each week you are expected to engage with a post from one of your classmates.

Compose a post and within that post, for each of the assigned articles you read this week, discuss the following:

The article’s main argument and purpose

The article’s main points of discussion

  • How the article complements the content of the unit it was assigned with
  • The most important thing you learned from the article about the First World War
  • A question that comes to mind after reading the articleOverview
    An important aspect of the learning experience in this course is the online discussions which require you to respond to different topic questions. This experience provides you with the opportunity to share the knowledge you gained in the course and to engage in a dialogue with your classmates.In this assignment, students discuss the weekly readings and corresponding content learned within each unit. Students are expected to engage in these discussions on a weekly basis. Discussions will focus on the readings’ merits and pitfalls, major arguments, contributions to the field of study, and how they connect to the information and activities discussed in the corresponding unit. Along with posting your own thoughts on the readings, each week you are expected to engage with a post from one of your classmates.You will participate in these discussions in groups. To find out which group you have been assigned to, select Groups from the Tools dropdown menu on the navbar.Instructions
    There are specific discussion questions posted in each unit of the course. Each week you are required to make at least two contributions to the discussions, including one original post and at least one response to another student’s post in your group. Your original post should be thoughtful, and should directly relate to the questions posted, include your own thoughts on the topic(s) being discussed, and use the course readings and content to support these thoughts. Your response posts to your classmates should include more than “I agree” or “Well said,” and should provide opportunities for further engagement in the course content.It is crucial that you post your original comment as early as possible in the discussion week to help get the dialogue going and keep the conversation flowing. Posting retrospectively (i.e., for previous weeks) will not count towards your overall discussion mark.
  • 300 words for the initial post

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