School of Social and Political Science

Canadian Studies


The Centre of Canadian Studies is internationally recognized as one of Europe’s leading centres for the study of Canada.

Undergraduate course

At the undergraduate level the Centre offers a core course:

  • Canadian Studies 1A: The Dynamics of a Multicultural State 

This course looks closely at Indigenous and settler communities in Canada and explores the changing relationship between then.

How can I study Canadian Studies 1A?

You can combine Canadian Studies 1A with a range of additional courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and in the School of Geosciences.

The Centre places a particular emphasis on knowledge mobilization and actively includes undergraduate students in its research community.  

Centre of Canadian Studies website

Years 1 and 2

What will I study?

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

How will I learn?


The lectures enable you to develop skills in absorbing new information, taking notes, thinking critically and engaging with a large group.

Tutorials and projects 

The tutorials allow you to work in small groups and develop transferable skills in oral presentation, interpretation and analytical debate.

Individual and group projects within the course enable you to develop skills in research, writing, analysis and presentation that can facilitate your future entry into a wide range of careers.


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, you will have developed:

  • comparative perspectives on diversity and multiculturalism
  • a capacity to approach area studies in an interdisciplinary fashion
  • an appreciation of a range of disciplines taught within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Student testimonials

"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."

Other courses with Canadian components
  • Celtic and Scottish Studies - Scottish Studies 1A: Conceptualising Scotland
  • English Literature - Postcolonial Poetry
  • Geosciences - Minorities in Multicultural Society
  • Politics & IR - Comparing Scottish Devolution
  • Social Anthropology - Indigenous Politics, Culture and Screen in Canada
  • Sociology - Nations and Nationalism
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