Core Courses CDST 350 and CDST 450

CDST 350-201   Linguistic Identity in Canada     3 credits

Term 2: Tue-Thu. 2:00-3:30 pm; Math 202       Instructor: Dr. Amy Conroy

Through an interdisciplinary approach that combines Linguistics, History, Politics, Literature, and Film, this course looks at what defines Canada in terms of language, both as a symbolic resource and as real tool in the performance and contestation of identity.

 Students will become familiar with some of the linguistic issues that are key to this country, such as bilingualism and nation-building narrative, First Nations and Indigenous Languages, multiculturalism and immigration, public policy and national identity, and language curriculum.

Evaluation: There are three graded components for this course:

Position Paper: 20%

Midterm Exam – 35%

Final Take-Home Exam 45%

CDST 450 (Senior seminar in Canadian studies) International Relations Theory   3 credits

Term 2, Wed  9:00- 12:00   Prof.  Michael Byers

Cross-listed with POLI 462-002

Canada faces major challenges in foreign and defence policy. The effects of climate change are felt worldwide, from melting sea-ice in the Arctic to droughts and food scarcity in a number of African countries. The age-old scourge of terrorism has returned with force, with the so-called Islamic State being the principal threat today. Civil wars and foreign interventions have generated huge numbers of refugees and other migrants, testing the commitment of developed countries to the right of asylum. A newly unilateral United States, an assertive Russia and an ever-rising China create even more pressures and opportunities. Cyberspace, Outer Space, robotics and artificial intelligence raise new questions of human rights, multilateral cooperation, and international law.


Three factors are considered for evaluation purposes:

  1. Individual effort, initiative, ingenuity, and teamwork—as expressed through the provision of collegial support and constructive criticism for the work of other students (33 percent);
  2. An oral presentation to a public workshop (33 percent);
  3. A term paper of between 4000-5000 words on a specific issue or insight related to the course focus (33 percent)