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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence



Canadian-American Relations

A study of Canadian-American relations, emphasizing foreign political relations, from the colonial era to the 21st century.

NO312 is open to all 3rd and 4th year Laurier students. The course can be used by students pursuing a joint-major honours program in North American Studies, to fulfill 0.5 of the elective requirement in the Canadian Studies stream.

In 2012/13, the course will be offered as its parallel counterpart in History (HI312), on Mondays from 2:30 pm to 5:20 pm. It is taught by Dr. Kevin Spooner.

Exclusions: NO309c/PO311l

Course Overview

This course examines Canadian-American relations, from the 18th century to the present. Emphasizing foreign political relations, the course begins with an examination of the emergence of political cultures that defined the nature of bilateral relations in the period prior to, and just following, Canadian confederation. The course proceeds through the twentieth century, exploring how Canadian-American relations have evolved along a trajectory of increasing continental integration, all the while lurching at times between periods of cooperation and conflict. Key events and issues addressed include: Canadian-American diplomacy at the outbreak of, and during, WWII; relations in the early Cold War years; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Vietnam War; economic integration; and relations in the post 9/11 period, with particular reference to the border, defence policy, and security integration.

Course Syllabus

The current course syllabus, as well as course syllabi from previous years, are posted as they are available on the Course Outlines page of the program website.