CDNS 3620 R - Canada-US Relations

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The evaluation for this course does not include formal seated exams, so no distance proctoring arrangements are required.

This course examines the evolution of the Canada-US relationship. We will undertake a comparative, interdisciplinary examination of Canada and the United States, using historical, sociological, cultural, legal and political approaches. Following a historical examination of the relationship, we look at key policy issues that define the relationship. We will simultaneously look at issues that affect the management of the relationship, including political institutions, national identity, culture, and anti-Americanism. In the end, not only does looking beyond Canadian borders help us learn more about Canada; we will also learn more about the United States.

CRN for section R: 10752

Instructor: Richard Nimijean

Richard Nimijean

About the instructor: Richard began teaching in the School of Canadian Studies in 1999. Educated in Political Science and Public Policy, he has researched, written, and taught in the areas of Canadian Studies, Canadian politics and public policy, regional innovation systems, science and technology policy, and scholarly communication.
Richard was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Center for the Study of Canada, The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (April 2013). He received a Professional Achievement Award (Instructor) from Carleton University in 2008-09.

He is co-editor of the International Journal of Canadian Studies and was editor of the Southern Journal of Canadian Studies (2008-2015). He guest-edited (with Anne Trépanier) a special issue of the International Journal of Canadian Studies vol. 50 (2014) on the theme, “Where is Québec in Canadian Studies / La place du Québec dans les études canadiennes.”

Richard is very active in the Canadian Studies community, participating in activities sponsored by the International Council of Canadian Studies, the Association for Canadian Studies in United States, the British Association of Canadian Studies, the Mexican Association of Canadian Studies, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. He has delivered talks on Canadian Studies across Canada, the United States, Mexico, England, Ireland, Italy, Chile, and Argentina.

Richard was Undergraduate Supervisor in the School of Canadian Studies (2003-07; 2009-10; 2011-13) and Assistant Dean (Recruitment and First-Year Programs) in the Office of the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences (2009-14).
Research Interests

Richard’s research interests focus on the phenomenon of branding Canada and the politics of the brand state, including the intersections of Canadian politics and society, national identity, and public policy. Current research and writing projects include:
Affect and rhetoric in the communication of Canadian foreign policy (with L. Pauline Rankin)
Global issues from a Canadian perspective (with Jeffrey Ayres)
“Marketing the Maple Leaf: The Curious Case of National Flag of Canada Day.” Submitted to Celebrating Canada. Volume I: National Holidays and the Evolving Contours of Canadian Identity. Editors: Matthew Hayday & Raymond Blake. Under review at University of Toronto Press. (Co-authored with L. Pauline Rankin)
Guest co-editor of a special issue of the Southern Journal of Canadian Studies on the theme of “Teaching and Researching Canada (co-editor Heather Smith).
“‘Migrant spirit,’ ‘warrior nation,’ and the Canadian identity”

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