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Anthony B. Chan
SISCA 507
Seattle Campus

Research Seminar: Canadian Problems

Consideration of the spatial dimensions of Canadian socioeconomic, cultural, and political development, with emphasis on resource potentials and relations with the United States, Japan, and other important trading partners. Prerequisite: GEOG 308 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with GEOG 507.

Class description

This graduate seminar is designed to introduce the student to the idea of how conceptual frameworks inform the process of data collection for the thesis or dissertation. It will provide students with the integral components of writing a proposal for the M.A. thesis and Ph.d. dissertation. The idea of conceptual frameworks and proposal writing will be discussed and examined within the communications systems of Canada and in some instances in comparison with Asia and the U.S.

Canadian topics include Canadian cultural identity and national unity, Canada as an internet nation, the idea of the "others" in framing non-western peoples and ethnicity in Canada and the United States, creating new knowledge through specific conceptual frameworks in Canada, the overseas Chinese communities in Canada and the United States.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion.

Recommended preparation

Have an inquisitive mind.

Read Huxley, Brave New World, McLuhan, The Global Village, Said, Orientalism, Sklair, Sociology of the Global System.

Class assignments and grading

Textual analyses, paper, presentation.

Textual analyses (40%), discussion (20%), paper/presentation (40%).


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: 10/10/1999