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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Year 1 and 2

Canadian Studies 1A examines the dynamics of multiculturalism in Canada - a country at the cutting edge of multicultural theory and practice. The course looks closely at Indigenous and settler communities in Canada and explores the changing relationship between them.

Topics include:

  • Aboriginal, French and British foundations of Canada
  • Indigenous and settler language politics in Canada
  • Nationalism and terrorism in Quebec
  • Referendums on Quebec sovereignty
  • Indigenous representations in Scottish and Canadian museums
  • Inuit land claims, governance, identity and film

The course is assessed through:

  • Essay: 40%
  • Knowledge Mobilization Project Report: 40%
  • Tutorial participation, presentations and analytical contribution to discussion: 20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will have developed comparative perspectives on diversity and multiculturalism, a capacity to approach area studies in an interdisciplinary fashion and an appreciation of a range of disciplines taught within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The lectures enable students to develop skills in absorbing new information, taking notes, thinking critically and engaging with a large group. The tutorials allow students to work in small groups and develop transferable skills in oral presentation, interpretation and analytical debate. Individual and group projects within the course enable students to develop skills in research, writing, analysis and presentation that can facilitate their future entry into a wide range of careers.

Student Evaluations

An outstanding course that helps develop many important skills. It is highly organized, well focused, and all staff couldn't be more helpful.

Canada’s story and history are relevant to Scotland today.

An eye opening experience about a little talked about country in Britain - despite it's colonial past.

This course has increased my communication and research skills.

Fun, brilliant lecturer - approachable and really cares about her subject and students. Great tutor.

It's always nice to be taught by passionate people as it rubs off.

The lectures were always lively and delivered with enthusiasm.

A great course, with lots of relevance to other courses and subjects


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