First-Year Canadian Studies : Flexibility for Your Degree.
These interdisciplinary courses bring together Canada’s present with Canada’s past to explore the ways in which the nation is ‘produced’ for both domestic and international consumption.
By studying famous Canadian people, important Canadian events, and pivotal moments in Canadian life, past and present, we will ask questions about how Canada is constructed, and the ways in which this construction is a process of ongoing negotiation.
What, in other words, comprises the production known as Canada? Who authors this representation? How do we decide which national mythologies we can and should share? Which narratives make Canadians feel connected to each other and which narratives divide us?
By exploring the characters, settings, and stories that work together to produce Canada, students will be introduced to a wide array of Canadian Studies topics and approaches.
Assignments include essays and exams, alongside collaborative projects produced through a workshop format.
Students intending major or joint major in Canadian Studies are required to take CAST 1100H, as well as a least one of either CAST 1101H, CAST 1102H, or CAST 1103H.
CAST 1100H – Conflicted Canada
Canada introduces the conflicts, contexts and challenges of Canada and
what it means to be Canadian. Exploring social,
political and cultural upheavals to the land itself, topics include
Colonization and Conquest, Identity, Regional Conflict,
Representations from Riel to Hockey, Immigration and
CAST 1101H – Canada: Images and realities of a nation
By studying famous Canadian people, important Canadian
events, and challenging moments in Canada’s past, we
will ask questions about who Canadians think they are. Which stories
make Canadians feel connected to each other and which
stories divide us? And how do these come together to
form a national identity?
CAST 1103H – Global Canada
world really “need more Canada”? How do Canadians understand themselves
and their country within a global context? This course
critically analyzes Canada’s role internationally exploring
the important world events that have shaped Canadian society and
their impact on the notion of Canadian citizenship and
Canada as a nation.
Each course section consists of one 2-hour lecture per week, and one 1-hour seminar weekly. The purpose of the seminar is to foster discussion in a smaller group about points and themes in the texts, and to allow students to ask questions or raise matters for clarification.
For more information regarding this course offering or if you have any other questions, please contact the Canadian Studies department.