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  • Objectives
    The graduate programs in Canadian Studies enable students to develop individual areas of concentration to meet particular interests in a broad range of Canadian issues. At the M.A. level, students can undertake interdisciplinary research areas, which include Aboriginal Studies and the North, Women's Studies, Canadian Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy, and Heritage Conservation.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts in Canadian Studies
  • Course description
    CDNS 5001 [0.5 credit]
        M.A. Core Seminar: Conceptualizing Canada
        Interdisciplinary perspectives on theoretical and methodological approaches to Canadian Studies.
        Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the School.

    CDNS 5002 [0.5 credit]
        Interdisciplinary Methods
        A survey of the issues raised by problem-directed methodologies; critiques of existing methodology including from the standpoints of feminist and Aboriginal scholarship.

    CDNS 5003 [0.5 credit]
        Selected Topics in Canadian Studies
        Topic varies from year to year.

    CDNS 5101 [0.5 credit]
        Aboriginal and Northern Issues I
        Interdisciplinary seminar. An examination of the systemic shift Aboriginal Peoples and their northern territories have entered, where material production and good governance have to co-exist with the production of cultural symbols and social relations.
        Precludes additional credit for CDNS 5100.

    CDNS 5102 [0.5 credit]
        Aboriginal and Northern Issues II
        Interdisciplinary seminar. An examination, at macro and micro levels, of the unique environments, experiences and living conditions that regulate Aboriginal Canada.
        Precludes additional credit for CDNS 5100.
        Prerequisite: CDNS 5101 or permission of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5201 [0.5 credit]
        Canadian Women's Studies
        Interdisciplinary seminar. An examination of the historical roots and contemporary dimensions of feminist theories and women's movements in Canada.
        Precludes additional credit for CDNS 5200.

    CDNS 5202 [0.5 credit]
        Themes in Canadian Women's Studies
        An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on one or more specific themes in Canadian women's studies. Topics may include women's paid and unpaid labour, sexuality and sexual practices, women's health and reproductive rights, and motherhood.
        Precludes additional credit for CDNS 5200.
        Prerequisite: CDNS 5201 or permission of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5301 [0.5 credit]
        Canadian Cultural Studies
        The arts, belief systems, institutions and communicative practices in Canada in relation to other social and historical structures.
        Precludes additional credit for CDNS 5300.

    CDNS 5302 [0.5 credit]
        Canadian Cultural Policy
        Evolution of Canadian cultural policy from its origins through to the contemporary search for cultural cohesion within a global context, emphasizing developments since the Massey Commission.
        Precludes additional credit for CDNS 5300.

    CDNS 5401 [0.5 credit]
        Heritage Conservation: Theory
        Evolution and current status of conservation theory in Canada, as it affects both cultural and natural resources; architectural and cultural landscapes as historical evidence of human interaction with our environment.
        Precludes additional credit for CDNS 5400.

    CDNS 5402 [0.5 credit]
        Heritage Conservation: Practice
        A consideration of various approaches to the conservation and mise-en-valeur of heritage resources, from scientific conservation to restoration to ritual reinterpretation and adaptive reuse. The seminar includes field exercises.
        Precludes additional credit for CDNS 5400.
        Prerequisite: CDNS 5401 or permission of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5501 [0.5 credit]
        Collective Identities in Canadian Societies
        An interdisciplinary examination of the relationships and conflicts among sex/gender, race, language, ethnicity and nation, with emphasis on gendered understandings of racism, nationalism, regionalism, and multi-culturalism; and conflicts between individuals and collective rights claims.

    CDNS 5601 [0.5 credit]
        Policy, Economy and Society in Canada
        An interdisciplinary analysis of the evolving nature of Canadian society through an examination of diverse policy fields. How Canadians seek to have their visions of Canada reflected in policy; examination of the evolution of Canadian policy distinctiveness.

    CDNS 5800 [1.0 credit]
        Internship/Practicum
        Internships or practicum placements in an institutional setting outside of the University may fulfil up to 1.0 credit. Students are required to complete a formal written paper in addition to their internship/practicum activities. The written work is evaluated jointly by the student's internal and external advisers.
        Prerequisite: completion of one full credit of coursework in Canadian Studies and prior approval of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5801 [0.5 credit]
        Internship/Practicum
        Internships or practicum placements in an institutional setting outside of the University may fulfil up to 1.0 credit. Students are required to complete a formal written paper in addition to their internship/practicum activities. The written work is evaluated jointly by the student's internal and external advisers.
        Prerequisite: completion of one full credit of coursework in Canadian Studies and prior approval of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5802 [0.5 credit]
        Internship/Practicum
        Internships or practicum placements in an institutional setting outside of the University may fulfil up to 1.0 credit. Students are required to complete a formal written paper in addition to their internship/practicum activities. The written work is evaluated jointly by the student's internal and external advisers.
        Prerequisite: completion of one full credit of coursework in Canadian Studies and prior approval of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5803 [0.5 credit]
        Internship/Practicum
        Internships or practicum placements in an institutional setting outside of the University may fulfil up to 1.0 credit. Students are required to complete a formal written paper in addition to their internship/practicum activities. The written work is evaluated jointly by the student's internal and external advisers.
        Prerequisite: completion of one full credit of coursework in Canadian Studies and prior approval of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5900 [1.0 credit]
        Directed Studies
        Reading and research tutorials supervised by a qualified adviser, in an area not covered by an existing seminar. Directed Studies are organized by individual students with a faculty member. Only 1.0 credit of directed studies tutorial may be used towards completion of the degree.
        Prerequisite: prior approval of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5901 [0.5 credit]
        Directed Studies
        Reading and research tutorials supervised by a qualified adviser, in an area not covered by an existing seminar. Directed Studies are organized by individual students with a faculty member. Only 1.0 credit of directed studies tutorial may be used towards completion of the degree.
        Prerequisite: prior approval of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5902 [1.0 credit]
        Directed Studies
        Reading and research tutorials supervised by a qualified adviser, in an area not covered by an existing seminar. Directed Studies are organized by individual students with a faculty member. Only 1.0 credit of directed studies tutorial may be used towards completion of the degree.
        Prerequisite: prior approval of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5903 [0.5 credit]
        Directed Studies
        Reading and research tutorials supervised by a qualified adviser, in an area not covered by an existing seminar. Directed Studies are organized by individual students with a faculty member. Only 1.0 credit of directed studies tutorial may be used towards completion of the degree.
        Prerequisite: prior approval of the School of Canadian Studies.

    CDNS 5907 [0.0 credit]
        M.A. Comprehensive Examination
        The comprehensive examination is in two parts: part one based on CDNS 5001 and part two based on one of CDNS 5101, CDNS 5201, CDNS 5301, CDNS 5302 or CDNS 5401. Students must pass both parts of the examination in order to obtain a passing grade.

    CDNS 5908 [1.0 credit]
        Research Essay

    CDNS 5909 [2.0 credits]
        M.A. Thesis

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