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Canadian Studies

"To know ourselves" is a primary reason for the existence of the Canadian Studies Program and a perennial motivation for its students. Canadian Studies is an Inter-disciplinary Program sponsored by ten departments in the Faculties of Arts and Environmental Studies. Other UW departments also participate.

The Program provides an opportunity to gain insight into Canada in three ways: through courses about Canada in the student's home discipline, through courses about Canada outside that discipline, and through Core interdisciplinary courses offered at St. Paul's United College and the University of Waterloo.


The Canadian Studies Three-Year Major

Requirements for General Degree

14 courses made up of:

Students intending to pursue graduate work in social science areas are encouraged to take a course in statistical and/or quantitative methods. General Degree Students must satisfy the Canadian Studies requirements with an overall average of at least 65% in Canadian Studies and Approved Canadian Content Courses.


General and Honours Option Programs

Students majoring in Anthropology, Economics, English, Environmental and Resource Studies, French, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban and Regional Planning are invited to consider the General or Honours Option in Canadian Studies.


Requirements for General and Honours Option

Year One

Because most UW students declare their main field of study in their second year, there are no strict Canadian Studies requirements for Year One. However, it is recommended that students intending to take the Option take a French language course and CDN ST 101 or 102 - they should otherwise proceed with their Faculty's Year One program.

Having chosen a main field of study (a "home discipline") from the ten departments listed above, students can then select the General Option, for those in a three-year General degree program, or the Honours Option, for those in a four-year Honours program.

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four - 4 Year General Program

General degree students intending to graduate in their home discipline and with the "Canadian Studies Option" shown on the diploma must have an average of at least 65% in Core Canadian Studies courses.

Year Four - Honours Program

Honours degree students intending to graduate in their home discipline with the "Canadian Studies Option" shown on the diploma must have an average of at least 75% in Core Canadian Studies courses.


Double Honours and Canadian Studies - Requirements

In each year beyond year one, at least two term courses that deal with Canada from each of the chosen Honours disciplines and the requisite core CDN ST courses from the Canadian Studies Option Program listed above. Students are not required to take approved Canadian content courses outside of their two Honours areas.

General and Honours degree students will graduate at the end of year Three or Four, as appropriate, with a degree in their home discipline and with 'Canadian Studies Option' shown on the diploma.


Minor in Canadian Studies

Honours students may minor in Canadian Studies regardless of faculty or department. Students taking the Four Year General Degree in Arts may also declare the Minor. This requires assembling a package equivalent to ten term courses. The package includes four of CDN ST 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 310, 313, 365, Econ 310, ERS 352 and Soc 407 plus six term courses from the approved course list below.


General Non-Major Degree (Canadian Studies)

Students in a General Non-major Degree program at UW can assemble a package of courses emphasizing Canadian Studies.

Requirements - Three-Year General Non-Major


Requirements - Four-Year General Non-Major

All Non-Major programs must be arranged through the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Office.

General Non-Major students satisfying the Canadian Studies requirements with an average of at least 65% in Core CDN ST courses will graduate with a degree which shows: Arts BA Non-Major (Canadian Studies Option).


List of Interdisciplinary Canadian Studies Courses (CDN ST)

101 Landforms and Mindscapes
102 Canadian Cultural Narratives
201 Social Regionalism
202 Cultural Regionalism
301 Regionalism: West
302 Regionalism: East
310 Les Francophones hors Québec
311 Canadian Women and Religion
313 Canadian Traditional and Popular Culture
365 Special Topics
365I Native Women of Canada in Historical Perspective
365D Reading Course
370 Issues in Contemporary Native Communities in Canada
400A/B Research Essay


List of Discipline Based Interdisciplinary Canadian Studies Courses

ECON 310 History of Canadian Economic Development
ERS 352 Current Issues in the Canadian North
SOC 407 Canadian Sociological Thought


List of Principal Canadian Content Courses Offered by ParticipationgDepartments

The list below indicates courses tentatively scheduled for 1995-96. Refer to previous and forthcoming Undergraduate Calendars for other Canadian content courses.

Anthropology (ANTH)

102 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
203 North American Prehistory
222 Prehistoric Cultures in the Great Lakes Area
230 Indians of Canada
233 Inuit & Eskimo Cultures
241 The Contemporary Canadian Indian Scene
322 Prehistoric Cultures in the Great Lakes Area
351 Comparative Policies on Native Minorities
420 Social and Cultural Change
499 Honours Essay


Economics (ECON)

101 Introduction to Microeconomics
102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
200 Contemporary Policy Issues
310 History of Canadian Economic Development
333 Interregional Economics
351 Labour Economics
355 Economics of Energy and Natural Resources
363 Contemporary Canadian Problems


English (ENGL)

205R The Canadian Short Story
214 Themes in Canadian Literature
215 Canadian Regional Literature
313 Canadian Literature to 1920
314 Canadian Poetry Since 1920
315 Canadian Prose Since 1920
316 Canadian Drama
317 Canadian Children's Literature
318 Canadian Literature Since 1967
490A-Z Special Topics Seminars in Canadian and Commonwealth Literature
495A/B Senior Honours Essay Canadian Literature Option


Environmental and Resource Studies (ERS)

241 Introduction to Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
352 Current Issues in the Canadian North


Environmental Studies (ENV S)

201 Introduction to Environmental and Planning Law
401 Environmental Law
433 People in Natural Areas


French (FR)

151 Basic French
152 Basic French
192A French Language 1: Module 1
192B French Language 1: Module 2
192C French Language 1: Module 3
203 French Phonetics
250A Spoken French
251 French Language 2: Module 1
252 French Language 2: Module 2
300A Spoken French
351 French Language 3: Module 1
352 French Language 3: Module 2
400 French Language 4A
400A Advanced Spoken French IV
452 French Language 4B
375 Contemporary French Canadian Novel
471 French Canadian Literature
473 Aspects of Quebec


Geography (GEOG)

207 Water Resources of Canada
300 Geomorphology and the Southern Ontario Environment
322 Geographical Study of Canada
340 Towns and Villages of Rural Canada
341 Historical Geography of Canada
422 Canada
461 Land Dereliction, Rehabilitation and New Landscape Creation


History (HIST)

102C Origins of War in the 20th Century
102E Canadian History
204 Life on the Ontario Frontier
206 History of Canadian Minorities
207 Canadian Labour History
209 Health Diseases and Medicine in Canadian History. 1500-1984
215A Canadian Women in Historical Perspective: Forming Identities, 1600-1910
215B Canadian Women in Historical Perspective: Breaking Through, 1600-1910
221 Race Relations in Canada: An Historical Perspective
234 The Catholic Church in Canada Since Confederation
247 Mennonite History: A Survey
249 History of Canadian-American Relations Since 1914
253 Canadian History: The Colonial Period
254 Canadian History: The National Period
273 Canadian Social History 1
274 Canadian Social History 2
320 The History of Modern Quebec
325 History of Native Peoples in Canada to 1870
326 Native Peoples in Canada: An Historical and Contemporary Perspective
373 Canadian Social History: The Victorian Period and Beyond
374 Canadian Social History: The Modern Experience
385 Canada From Macdonald to Laurier
387 Ontario History Since Confederation
389 Canada in World Affairs: From Laurier to Trudeau
390 Shaping the Canadian City, 1880-1990
397A Social History of Rural Ontario since 1850
403A/B Senior Seminar: Canadian History


Native Studies

370 Issues in Contemporary Native Communities in Canada


Political Science (PSCI)

102M Contemporary Issues in Canadian Public Policy
231 Government and Business in Canada
260A/B Canadian Government and Politics 1/2
291 The Canadian Legal Process
292 Issues in Canadian Criminal Law
295 Public Sector Management
331 Public Administration 1
332 Public Administration 2
333 Administrative Law
341 Provincial Politics
342 Politics in Quebec
343 Canadian Municipal Government
344 The Politics of Local Government
351 Federal and Consociational Political Systems
363 Canadian Constitutional Law
372 Political Parties and Interest Groups
422 Conflict of Political Ideas in Canada
428 The State and Economic Life
431 Canadian Public Policy
435 The Politics of Canadian Resource Development
442 Politics in Ontario
443 Politics in Western Canada
461 Problems in Canadian Politics 1
462 Problems in Canadian Politics 2


Sociology (SOC)

101 Introduction to Sociology
102 Social Problems
200 Marriage and the Family
204 Sociology of Adolescence
206 Gender Relations
210 Sociology of Sport
214 Class, Status and Power
221 Social Change in Canadian Society
222 Juvenile Delinquency
223 Deviance: Perspectives and Processes
226 Juvenile Justice
227 Criminology
228 Sociology of Corrections
232 Technology and Social Change
236 Social Movements
241 Introduction to the Sociology of Work
242 Industrial Sociology
246 Mass Communication
248 Health, Illness and Society
249 Sociology of Mental Disorders
252 Migration and Society
253 Population in Canadian Society
256 Ethnic and Racial Relations
265 Political Sociology
275 The Mennonites as a Sociological Community
333 Canadian Multiculturalism
342 Sociology of Industrial Relations
366 Urban Sociology
378 Sociology of Women
407 Canadian Sociological Thought
430 Political Participation


Urban and Regional Planning (PLAN)

190 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning Concepts
255 Planning Surveys and Analysis
259 Regional Planning and Economic Development
321 Regional Planning: Program Development and Implementation
322 Canadian Regional Issues
330 Urban Social Planning
340 Conservation in Wildland and Resource Management
341 Conservation/Resource Management of the Built Environment
381 Principles of Recreation Planning
383 Land Development Planning
471 Planning Law
430 Social Policy Planning
431 Issues in Housing


Other Principal Canadian Content Courses

Fine Arts (FINE)

219 Canadian Art


Music (MUSIC)

356 Canadian Music


Philosophy (PHIL)

215 Business and Professional Ethics
220 Moral Issues
315 Ethics and the Engineering Profession
327A Philosophy of Law: Part 1
327B Philosophy of Law: Part 2 362 Philosophy of the Social Sciences


Religious Studies (RS)

294 Religion in the Canadian Context

Society, Technology and Values (STV)

402 Engineering, Technology and Canadian Society

Further information

Please contact Dr. W.R. Needham, Director, Canadian Studies Program, St. Paul's United College, 885-1460, Fax 885-6364; <rneedham@watserv1.uwaterloo.ca>

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