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Canada, the North, and the Globe

Canada is a quintessential Northern nation. The courses in this focus area address issues having to do with the North as a unique socio-political, as well as natural, region of our planet. This encompasses Canada, as well as tensions specific to it within the global context. The intention of this Focus Area is to explore the North in its complexity and unique specificity. This allows us to bring what was formerly called 'Canadian Studies' into the 21st century, making it relevant to the global context of today’s learner.

Indigenous issues

The North does not just signify Western industrialized nations counterposed to the global South. One cannot invoke “the North” without also thinking of the Indigenous and First Nations peoples with their own unique cultures and histories. In many ways, the Indigenous peoples of the Canadian North occupy a periphery with reference to the Global North in ways like other hinterland peoples in the Global South that were also colonized by Western industrialized economies.

Canadian identity

References to the North are also made in the context of Canadian resistance to U.S. hegemony, and the idea of the North is bound up with Canadian identity in ways not necessarily limited to patriotic allegiances. However, if Canada the North might have signified the “peaceable kingdom” in the Vietnam era, does this still hold in the 21st century, the century of Afghanistan, Libya, and now Iraq?

Ecological issues

The North also has unique regional ecologies that exist in tension with the forces of global capitalism in ways quite specific to them and to the people who occupy them. The Arctic region is warming 2 times faster than the global average. The disappearance of sea ice is presenting new opportunities for maritime navigation and mineral exploration, while also transforming international relations among circumpolar states. The North is not just limited to the Arctic, as it includes the understudied “near-north” regions of the Canadian provinces with their own distinct sets of issues and struggles.

Canadian, the North, and the Globe electives

Grouped study

grouped study canada, the north, and the globe electives
ANTH 610 – Environment in the Anthropocene: Life Beyond the Human (3)
EDST 630 – Transformative Learning for Social Change (3)
EDST 632 – Global Education (3)
EDST 635 – Foundations of Education in Canada (3)
EDST 647 – Critical Multicultural Education in Canada (3)
ENVS 608 – Questioning Extinctions (3)
ENVS 670 – The Nature of Nature: Ecology, Non-human life, and Human Obligations (3)
ENVS 689 – The Political Ecology of Global Environmental Change (3)
GLST 651 – Critical Approaches to Global Change (3)
GOVN 540 – Global Governance and Law (3)
HERM 501 – Issues in Heritage Resources Management (3)
INST 511 – Indigenous Knowledge and Education (3)
MAIS 603 – Community Development (3)
MAIS 604 – Planning and Action for Community Change (3)
MAIS 620 – Digital Storytelling (3)
MAIS 625 – Critical Perspectives in Cultural Studies (3)
MAIS 635 – Equality in Context (3)
MAIS 660 – Introduction to Canadian Studies (3)
MAIS 663 – Critical Race Theory in Global Context (3)
MAIS 665 – Cultural Studies: Reflections, Democratic Possibilities, and Futures (3)
NURS 620 – Culture and Health: Critical Perspectives (3)
POLI 550 – Women, Equality, and Representation (3)
WGST 505 – Decolonizing Mental Health (3)

 Individualized study

individualized study canada, the north, and the globe electives
ANTH 591 – Enthnobiology: Traditional Knowledge of Plants, Animals, and Land in Contemporary Global Context (3)
LTST 551 – World Literature (3)
LTST 637 – Black Atlantic Literature and Culture (3)
MAIS 638 – What I Tell You May Not Be True: Autobiography, Discourse Analysis, and Post-Colonialism (3)
MAIS 640 – Grounded Theory, Exploration, and Beyond (3)
MAIS 650 – Canadian and International Labour Education (3)
SOCI 537 – Deciphering Our Social Worlds (3)

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