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POL 312Y1 Canadian Foreign Policy
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Lecture 1 Thursday, Sept 13, 2012
** Note: missed the first 3 minutes of class because I was not aware of the room
change.
TA: Chris
Prof would prefer first-name basis, he prefers to be called “Will”
Course Objectives
There is more history to Canadian policy than foreign policy; there are both
major episodes that you will need to know.
We have the body of historical knowledge but they are not ongoing and in
some cases they may be historical in a sense that it is different compared to
other historical events, so you need to have the historical basis. He wishes to
gape in the distance of “midst of Canadian foreign policy” and the “reality”. So
he encourages you to discuss and feel free to disagree. He thinks there is a lot
of value in identifying the things we think we know and take for granted,
whether or not it corresponds to evidence. You may be surprised that the
things are actually very different from the popular imagination of what
Canada is. The history and present are 2 major components of this course.
The major theories of Canadian foreign policy. What we have here is the
facts. We can often talk about set of things that happened in the history. The
tools we use to make sense of history and facts are theories. We use theories
to explain facts and history; this is why theory seems abstract. We will be
doing theory in the beginning of the course, because it is the basic course that
we will use for the rest of the course. It might be boring in the beginning, but
nonetheless it will be only for a few weeks, then we will use that knowledge
for the rest of the course.
Developing university skill set hopefully this will provide you useful way to
think, analyze, and question profoundly, because it matter to you, not anyone
else.
Course Design
We will use the Theories/Concepts and Theme/Issues together.
Theory/concept
o There is a cannon of the CFP (Canadian Foreign Policy) in the
literature. That is the starting point of understanding of CFP.
o We need to put that understanding to the actual practice.
o Provides you with theory
Themes/issues
o Provides with facts.
The two pillars together provide knowledge
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** note: missed the first 3 minutes of class because i was not aware of the room change. Prof would prefer first-name basis, he prefers to be called will . There is more history to canadian policy than foreign policy; there are both major episodes that you will need to know. He wishes to gape in the distance of midst of canadian foreign policy and the reality . So he encourages you to discuss and feel free to disagree. He thinks there is a lot of value in identifying the things we think we know and take for granted, whether or not it corresponds to evidence. You may be surprised that the things are actually very different from the popular imagination of what. The history and present are 2 major components of this course. The major theories of canadian foreign policy. We can often talk about set of things that happened in the history.

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