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Canadian Studies
Course Code
CDNS 1000
Richard Nimijean
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Lesson 12: Canadas Place in the World
Actions matter: “we do have some freedom to make choices.
Interdependence: as we attempt to affect the world, the world affects us. We cannot see
Canada as an island in the world, but as a global actor in the world (we are all
How does Canada fit into global issues? Global inequality, environment and energy, food,
migration, security, and human rights.
How should Canada act as a global actor? We no longer reject the idea of projecting
Canadian values. Does the Harper government engage in values-projection, or does it
engage in selective actions to prove their points? The idea that Canada has values the
world needs to know about it relatively new and has become part of Canada’s brand.
Does the Canadian government talk more than it acts?
If values emerge from actions, what should we be doing as a global actor?
Course Overview:
Have your understanding and vision of Canada changed during the course? If yes, why?
If no, why not?
Week one:
Critical nationalism: how to think about Canada
Rhetoric-reality gaps: a tool to evaluate what governments do
Perceptive transformation: how our knowledge of our world changes how we think about
Foreign policy and different ways governments think about foreign policy and different
approaches to explaining foreign policy
Week 2:
Transformations: we introduced the idea of change and transformations as important for
understanding Canada
National identity: looked at the question of what national identity was and how we
understand it in Canada
Nation branding: how it gets applied to Canada
Brand Canada: Evan Potter
Week 3:
The complexity of the relationship between foreign policy, visions of Canada as a global
actor, and national identity – critical nationalism can help.
oDo we have on going visions of Canada and the Canadian identity at our foreign
policies or if different governments and political parties offer different visions.
Continuity or rupture between competing visions and foreign policies?
Week 4:
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