Instructor: Professor Norman Hillmer

Office: Paterson Hall 446
E-Mail: norman.hillmer@carleton.ca

The course canvasses Canada’s relationship with the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. Taking into account interviews with members of last year’s class, there will be a particular consideration of twenty-first century events, notably the curious case of Donald Trump. By the end of the course, students will be able to research, write, and edit a professionally-executed briefing note, and they will have gained 1) a knowledge of the major impulses and main events in the relationship between the two countries; 2) an understanding of the size, shape, and structure of the relationship; 3) a familiarity with the place and importance of the United States in Canadian life; 4) an insight into debates about how to characterize the relationship – is Canada America’s twin, partner, or its satellite?; and 5) an ability to describe and analyse the origins, evolution, meaning, and content of “anti-Americanism.” The essay assignment challenges students to develop and defend practical policy options and recommendations in an academic, policy-relevant, historical environment. Since briefing notes are frequently used in business and government, this assignment is very helpful for the development of career trajectories.