Instructor: Professor Norman Hillmer
Office: Paterson Hall 446
The course canvasses Canada’s international history, and the attitudes of Canadians towards the world, concentrating on the period from 1896 to the present. By the end of the course, students will have gained 1) a knowledge of the major impulses and turning points in more than a century of external relationships and international policies; 2) an understanding of the impact of the British connection and of the United States in the Canadian experience; 3) a sense of the role of alliances, and of internationalism and international institutions, in government policy and national discourses; 4) a familiarity with the debates (traditional and contemporary) about national power, pivoting around the country’s autonomy/independence in the world and the constraints that limit its international manoeuvrability/influence/importance; 5) an awareness of how immigration, defence, the environment, and gender relate to the study of Canadian policies and perspectives; 6) an appreciation of the meaning and importance of national values, interests, and identity as they relate to Canada’s international policies; and 7) an insight into the importance of events from 11th September 2001 to the election of Donald Trump. Students will also be able to research, write, and edit a briefing note to a professional standard. This 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.