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Unformatted text preview: ISS 336 001 Page 1 Updated: 9/22/2011 ISS 336 CANADA: SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES M W 3:00 to 4:50 G8 Holden Dr. Handrick Fall 2011 Instructor: Dr. Philip J. Handrick Office: 5F Berkey Office Hours: W 11:00-2:00 Phone: 517.355.1882 Email: Handrick@msu.edu The page numbers for Thompsons book have been updated and the Assigned Readings are complete through Quiz One. There will further revisions to the Reading and Lecture Schedule posted after Quiz One A. FOCUS The course is an introduction to Canadian society, using a comparative and integrative approach. As a core course in interdisciplinary social science, it draws from sociology, political science, economics, geography, anthropology, and history. Canadas major social, political, and economic institutions and its most prominent historical and contemporary social issues are examined and, where relevant, compared to those of the United States. We will contrast the cultural systems of Canada and the United States and examine how and why Canadians are not, as Americans commonly believe, "just like us." While there are undeniable similarities and aspects of shared culture between these two societies, there are also significant differences in values and social institutions, differences that Canadians are more sensitive to than Americans. The European Roots of Canadian Identity by Philip Resnick will guide our discussion of this overarching theme: how are Americans distinct from Canadians and by extension Europeans? While the United States is one of the most multicultural societies in the world, we Americans share a strong national identity. In Canada, as in much of Europe, national identity competes with linguistic and ethnic loyalties changing the meaning of citizenship and belonging. Resnick wrote his book for Canadians and references historical and political events familiar to Canadian readers. We will begin with an examination of his basic thesis, which says as much about us as Americans as it does about Europeans and Canadians. We will then return to the book during the semester as our understanding of Canadian society grows and end the course with an examination of the difference and similarities between us, Canadians and Europeans. Because most American students have little familiarity with Canada, we will begin the course with a general overview of Canadian society, including some basics of Canadian geography, demography, and examine the condition of Native American populations in Canada comparing Canadian policy outcomes to those of the United States. The second part of the course will focus on Canadian history, the Canadian political system as a confederation working to balance regional, ethnic and linguistic interests. We will then consider the French- English, Quebec-Canada schism, the role of multiculturalism and social programs, such as Medicare (the Canadian universal health care system) in more detail. Finally we will examine Canadas relationship with the United States in terms of trade, economic, defense and security policy Post 9-11 and how it will affect Canada-U.S. relations in in terms of trade, economic, defense and security policy Post 9-11 and how it will affect Canada-U....
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