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



North American Transborder Regions

This course will present an overview of key transborder regions within the larger North American region. The course will consider the physical, socio-economic and political geography of specific regions on the Canada-U.S and U.S.-Mexico borders.

NO201 is open to all Laurier students in 2nd year and above. The course is required for students pursuing a joint-major honours program in North American Studies (in both the Canadian Studies and American Studies streams).

In 2012/13, the course is offered in the fall term. There are two weekly lectures.

(Cross-listed as GG201.) (For students registered in GG201, this course is considered a 'Canada' course.)

Course Overview

The goal of this course is to incorporate geographic perspectives of culture, landscape, economy, physical environment and resource use to facilitate an integrated analysis of transborder regions and their role within the wider North American region. The course will encourage students to think beyond the individual nations of North America, and instead recognize and appreciate the interconnectedness that exists between nations, particularly as it is demonstrated in specific border regions.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Recognize and evaluate the different forms of interaction that connect border regions.
  • Assess the historical development of border regions in terms of various processes, be they economic, environmental, social, cultural or political.
  • Assess the present and future role of border regions within an increasingly integrated continental North American landscape, and critically evaluate the social and environmental impact of such transformations.

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.