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Anthony B. Chan
SISCA 356
Seattle Campus

Canadian Society

Origins to the present in its North American setting; political development, cultural evolution, and emergence of multinationalism; economic base; arts and literature; problems of the environment; Canadian foreign relations.

Class description

This five credit course examines Canadian Society within the reflective parameters of its cinematic and media traditions. An issues-oriented class, it also addresses pertinent debates in Canadian society. In particular, it investigates the dynamics of Canadian cultural evolution, political development (especially Quebec), relations with the United States and multiculturalism all within the focus of the theories and practices of film and media studies.

REQUIRED OF ALL CANADIAN STUDIES MAJORS AND MINORS. Since Canada is a diverse society with many languages and cultures, the course is delineated along specific heritage lines: Anglophone, Francophone and Allophone (neither English nor French heritage language).

Depending on the instructor assigned, course content may not always remain constant.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, class discussion and participation.

Recommended preparation

Be inquisitive and opened minded about Canada, a distinctly different country from the United States in mores, morals, cultural heritage, politics, history, government and traditions.

Class assignments and grading

written and oral debates, essays, two examinations.

oral debates (15%), written debates (15%), four film essays (40%), first examination (15%), second examination (15%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Anthony B. Chan
Date: 09/18/1998