Sp. Topics 1: Canada and the US

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LAX059B05
Vaknaam Sp. Topics 1: Canada and the US
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Special Topics 1: Canada and the US - Negotiating (Cultural) Differences
Leerdoelen Students will get a passing grade if they can show:
- a critical understanding of socio-cultural differences between Canada and the US based on historical developments.
- an ability to abstract, analyze and synthesize information on Canadian and American society and history.
- an awareness of the different attitudes in Canada and the US to cultural differences.
- that they have made adequate contributions to in-class discussions, whether as part of a group or as an individual.
- an ability to communicate and write in advanced-level academic English.
- an ability to write an argumentative essay comprising a clearly formulated argument about a comparative question, based on the study and analysis of a variety of opinions found in secondary literature.
Omschrijving In this course unit students are introduced to Canadian society from a historical and comparative perspective, focusing on transatlantic relationships with Europe as well as on the convergences and (cultural) differences between Canada and the U.S. By examining a variety of topics such as the connection between Francophone and Anglophone Canada and bilingualism, Free Trade Agreements, popular culture, media and national identity, representations of space and identity, federal and provincial politics in relation to Indigenous peoples, students will gain insight in the complexity of Canadian society and questions of identity, Canada's transatlantic allegiance, and its dynamic relationship with the U.S.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, wekelijkse opdrachten
(group presentation)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator M.L. Thompson
Docent(en) dr. J.M.L. den Toonder
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Course material will be made available prior to the course
Entreevoorwaarden Toegang tot het tweede jaar, d.w.z. minimaal 45 ECTS behaald uit de propedeuse van de betreffende major. NB: Voor het collegejaar 2021-2022 geldt een norm van minimaal 35 ECTS.
Opmerkingen 80% Mandatory attendance in seminars.
Students are expected to participate actively in discussions during seminars and to duly carry out all assignments. This module can be taken as an elective. Major students take precedence.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 2 semester II a keuze
Ba American Studies 2 semester II a keuzegroep
Ba Europese talen en culturen  ( Keuzevak) 1 semester II a keuzegroep