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3569 - Fall 2008 POLI 3569 CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY...

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Fall 2008 POLI 3569 – CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY Dalhousie University Class time: Wednesday 8:30-11:30 Class room: Killam Library 4106 Instructor: Mike MacKinnon Office: HHAA 353 Email: [email protected] Tel.: 902.494.2396 Office Hours: after class or by appointment Introduction How are we to understand and explain the nature and evolution of Canada’s role in world affairs? What are the main external influences bearing on this country’s international opportunities and choices? What key domestic factors – societal and governmental – have shaped Canadian foreign policy? Finally, what are some of the key areas and issues that have provoked foreign policy activity, decision, and debate? These are the key questions that we will engage in this course. Because it is only a semester- length course, our coverage will have to be selective; however students will have the opportunity to go beyond the issues covered in class sessions through their research papers if they so desire. Broadly speaking, the course is about the “structure-agent” problem as it applies to Canadian foreign policy: in other words, what are the structures (both material and normative) that shape and constrain the pursuit of Canadian foreign policy; what room for manoeuvre and initiative is there; and who are the key actors, or “agents” who shape and implement Canada’s global role? In line with the questions posed above, the course proceeds through four sections: theoretical and analytical approaches to the study of Canadian foreign policy; the external context; the domestic context; and key themes and issues in Canadian foreign policy. Structure The course is organized around a weekly seminar. Given the centrality of this meeting, all students are expected to attend, to complete the assigned readings and to contribute to discussions. The quality of the class discussions will depend heavily on each student’s preparation and participation. Participation and Evaluation The grade for the course will be arrived at as follows: Issue Briefing 15% Class participation 20% Book review 25% Research paper 40% 1
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