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John Sandlos: Teaching

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I am very excited to be teaching some of my favourite undergraduate courses in 2015-16. In all of my courses, I create lots of opportunties for students to interact with the professor, and with each other. I invite you to join me for a great learning experience in any or all of these courses:

Fall 2015

  • HIST 4252 Canada and The Great White North examines the history the territorial and provincial norths in Canada. We will look at indigenous oral histories, resource conflicts, exploration, and controversies over the way that souther people imagine the Canadian North. 

 Winter 2016

  • HIST 2210 Modern Canada is a survey of the most important events in Canadian history (wars, rebellions, skirmishes, and the like). We learn in this course from a variety of sources, including print, film, audio recordings, and from lectures and discussion.
  • HIST 3030 Envirometal History (Distance Course) Have you ever wondered how plants and animals helped Europeans colonize the New World? How about the connection between war and nature? Who was Rachel Carson, anyway? These are the kind of questions we will look at in my first distance course offering. 
  • HIST 1301 Historical Encounters (CRW course) I will be teaching a version of this course that focuses on human encounters with nature. We will look at everything from how people have thought about animals in the past, to critical debates over the meaning of wilderness. One key goal of the course is the help you learn to read source material critically and develop your writing skills. 

I also hope to teach in future years HIST 4215 Environmental Ideas in Canada and the United States, a survey of popular and more formal philosophies of the environment ranging from Thoreau to the environmental justice movement.  


I am interested in working with graduate students or honours students whose research plans falls into the broad field of Canadian environmental history. I am particularly interested in working with graduate students who would like to conduct research on the history of mining, toxic legacies or other industrial activities in northern Canada. See opportunities for graduate study 2016.

Previous Graduate Students

  • Gladdale Matthews, History (supervisor - in progress).
  • Caitlyn Beckett, Geography (co-supervisor – in progress).
  • Amanda Degray, Geography (co-supervisor – in progress).
  • Sally Western, History (co-supervisor – in progress).
  • Jeanette Carney (supervisory committee - in progress)
  • Emma LeClerc, Geography, “Assessing the Legacy of the Pine Point Mine: Post-industrial Land Cover and Land Use. (supervisory committee – thesis completed December 2015).
  • Alice Will, Geography, “Resident Beliefs Toward Bison Disease and Management in Wood Buffalo National Park.” (supervisory committee – thesis completed December 2014).
  • Carmella Gray-Cosgrove, Geography, “Bedrock Stories: A Critical Geography of Radium and Uranium Mining in the Sahtu Region, Northwest Territories,” (supervisory committee – thesis completed August 2015).
  • Hereward Longley, Razing Athabasca: Bitumen Extraction and the Industrial Colonization of North-eastern Alberta, 1967-1983 (thesis completed January 2013).
  • Heather Green, “Life After Closure: Deindustrialized Landscape and Memories of the Polaris Mine, 1973-2012” (major paper completed August 2012).
  • Scott Midgley, “Co-Producing Ores, Science and States: High Arctic Mining at Svalbard (Norway) And Nanisivik (Canada)” (supervisory committee; thesis exam completed July 2012).
  • Jean-Sébastien Boutet, “An Innu-Naskapi Ethnohistorical Geography of Industrial Iron Mining Development at Schefferville, Québec” (Co-supervised with Arn Keeling; thesis exam completed March 2012).
  • Patricia Boulter, “The Survival of an Arctic Boom Town: Socio-Economic and Cultural Diversity in Rankin Inlet, 1956-63” (major paper completed August 2011).
  • Jane Hammond, “Labrador City: Gender, Labour and Community in a Remote Mining Town” (major paper completed August 2011).
  • Heather Leard, “The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same: Native Employment in the Mining Industry in the Northwest Territories, Canada as Seen Through Government Reports, 1960-1990” (major paper completed September 2011).
  • Alex Dezan, “‘The Only Course to Follow:’ The Banff Springs Golf Course and Improving Nature in Banff National Park” (major paper completed December 2010).
  • Allan Byrne, “Selling Simplicity: Lee Wulff, Stanley Truman Brooks and the Newfoundland Tourist Development Board, 1925-1946” (major paper completed August 2008).
  • Allan MacDonald, “Hurricane Edna’s Winds of Change: Disaster Relief in Rural Nova Scotia, 1954” (major paper completed August 2007).