CDNS 1001 R - Studying Canada

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

Introduction to interdisciplinary Canadian Studies and approaches to the critical study of Canada.

A unique feature of this course is the participation of faculty members from the School of Canadian Studies. In most classes, my colleagues offer a presentation on a topic based on their expertise in the area. I also interview my colleagues, so students can learn more about how they see Canadian studies and how they teach and research it.

This course also benefits from the active participation of the Carleton University Library. Students will not only learn to think about Canada, they will also learn how to perform research on Canada. Several presentations and assignments emphasize search and research strategies in an interdisciplinary field like Canadian studies.

Finally, Canadian studies is about studying ourselves. So whether you are Canadian or an international student studying in Canada, you bring (and are encouraged to bring) your ideas and perspectives on Canada and Canadians to the course. Thus, by the end of the course, you will not only learn a lot about Canada and how to explain it; you will also learn a lot about yourself!

CRN for section R: 30739

Instructor: 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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