CDNS 1102 R - Introduction to Canada and the World

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

Introductory examination of interdisciplinary themes, ideas, and debates related to Canada and its place in the world. Topics vary from year to year.

To say that Canada is a global country is an understatement. Canada has always been highly integrated into the international political economy through trade, multilateralism, defence, security, and the diasporic nature of its peoples.

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of Canada and Canadians as global actors. This involves looking at the relationship between values Canadians embrace (national identity) and how they are expressed and acted upon - or not - on the global stage. "Critical nationalism" is a key concept that helps us understand and explain periodic gaps between values and actions, and their implications for Canadian society and politics.

After examining factors affecting Canada's role as a global actor, we then look at select global issues through a Canadian lens. We look at how certain issues affect Canada and Canadians and how Canadians and their governments affect these issues.

In the end, students will see that Canada is and always has been a global actor whose interests are tightly linked to this role. By looking at global issues and examining their relationship with Canada, you will develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of Canada. In so doing, the goal is not to celebrate or criticize Canada - rather, it is to explain Canada.

CRN for section R: 10733

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).

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