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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 25, 2016
Canadian Excellence



Canada in the World: From Laurier to the 21st Century

This course comparatively examines Canada’s role in the world at the beginning of the 20th and 21st centuries. Themes, issues and concerns confronting Canada at the outset of the 20th century, when Canada slowly emerged from the British empire to assume its place in the world, remain significant today in a global community increasingly dominated by the United States. Key areas of interest are immigration, free trade and globalization, Canada and the defence of empire (British and American), and Canadian participation in international conflict.

NO310 is open to all senior level 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 not be offered.

(Cross-listed as HI328)

Course Overview

North American Studies 310/History 328 examines Canada's role in the world from the early twentieth century to the present. It is something of an irony of history that themes, issues and concerns that confronted Canada at the outset of the twentieth century continue to do so today. The course will particularly focus on Canadian foreign relations beyond the bilateral relationship with the United States, and will address such themes as Canadian multilateralism, peacekeeping, immigration, human rights, conflict, and globalization. True to the interdisciplinary nature of Canadian Studies, the course will draw on scholarship from a variety of disciplines to analyse and appreciate the complexities of the Canadian experience in the twentieth century.

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.