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Course Coordinator/Instructor: Professor Raymond Pelletier
Office Hours: Mon. and Wed. 3-4 and Tues. and Thurs. 11-12 (210 Little Hall)
By appointment (154 College Avenue)
Fall 2012 Class Meetings: Tues. and Thurs. 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (102 Murray Hall)
- The Canadian Studies Field Trip this year is scheduled for Montréal, Québec, Canada. The benefits of participating in this activity are considerable: they include travel in a foreign country and a direct contact with a substantial portion of the course content: Canadian geography, history, culture, and political and social identity. Planning for this field trip takes into consideration that it must be affordable. Consequently, all transportation costs and entry fees to museums and historic sites are subsidized by the Canadian-American Center. The student’s only financial responsibilities are food and accommodations. The visit includes a tours of Montréal, the Stewart Museum, the city’s Old Port, the Biodome, the Notre Dame Basilica, Mount Royal, the Underground City, and free time to explore the city.
- FRE 350: Reflective of Canada’s status as a bilingual nation, CAN 101 provides the opportunity for students to maintain and improve their proficiency in French with a tag-on course on the UMaine campus: FRE 350 Multidisciplinary Readings in French [1 cr.] consists of readings and discussion in French of Canadian topics of interest.
Course Preview: Some Americans seem to believe that Canada is merely an extension of U.S. traditions and values. By approaching the study of Canada from perspectives that compare and contrast both cultures, many commonalities are indeed detected. However, upon closer examination the distinctiveness of each country is revealed. The cultural assumptions and the world view that derive from geography, demographics, natural resources, career opportunities, the role of government lead down very different paths in defining and achieving national goals and objectives. The intent of this course is to better illustrate that there is more than one formula for achieving the greater good of a people. Canada has a totally different way of governing itself and of seeking the welfare of its citizens. Its people have different expectations when it comes to life and the role of government and institutions. The contrast with the United States begins with the early history of both nations and continues to the creation of a parliamentary form of government, to a health care system that is the pride of Canadians; to a national immigrant program called multiculturalism and to its identity as a bilingual nation, to name a few.
► Attendance at every class is required. A grade is awarded for attendance based on the following formula: 0-1 absence (A); 2-3 absences (A-); 4 (B+); 5 (B); 6 (B-); 7 (C+); 8 (C); 9 (C-); 10 (D+); 11 (D); 12 (D-). Only official excuses from another instructor, a doctor, or a program director can erase an absence. In addition, students who leave class before 4:15 will be considered absent for the entire class.
► Make-up exams are not allowed. In the event of a planned official absence, the instructor must be alerted at least two weeks prior to the exam so that an alternate date can be agreed upon.
► Assignments consist of the following:
> 8 reviews, two of which must be submitted on each day when an exam is scheduled:
- October 2, October 23, November 20, and December 15). Reviews are graded on the quality and completeness of the information provided. Scores are as follows: 3 (excellent), 2 (well done), 1 (unsatisfactory).
> Post-lecture questions and contributions to the CAN 101 Glossary are also part of class work that gets evaluated. In order to receive credit for post-lecture questions, students must complete the classroom question forms and submit them to the instructor at the end of class for authentification. Contributions to the CAN 101 Glossary must be submitted electronically to the instructor.
> Reports of three short stories form The Hockey Sweater
► CAN 101 lecturers volunteer their expertise to this class. It is expected that each will be treated with the utmost respect.
* Two mandatory examinations: 30%
- October 2 and October 23
* One of the three options listed below: 30%
- A 10-page term paper option
- A 5-page term paper option PLUS one of the exams listed below
- The last two examinations of the semester
- November 20 and December 15
* Attendance: 20%
* Class work: 20%
Academic Honesty Statement:
Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, and all forms of misrepresentation in academic work and is unacceptable at The University of Maine. They are violations of this institution’s Student Conduct Code. An instructor who has probable cause or reason to believe that a student has cheated may act upon such evidence and should report the case to the supervising faculty member for appropriate action.
Two books are required reading for this course and are available at the bookstore:
James, Patrick and Mark Kasoff (Eds.). Canadian Studies in the New Millennium. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
Carrier, Roch. The Hockey Sweater and other stories (tanslated by Sheila Fischman). Toronto, Ontario: Anansi Press, 1979.
Chapters of the Patrick/Kasoff book have been posted as reading assignments for most lectures. In other instances, articles have been assigned by the lecturer; these can be accessed on Fogler Library’s electronic reserve or via the CAN 101 web page at: http://www.umaine.edu/canam/CAN101/can101intro.htm
On the page that displays the week’s schedule, click the assignment for xxx date and the article title; it will take you to the library’s electronic reserve. The password for all items on the reserve is: CAN101Pelletier
In addition to the articles described above, copies of the required texts are at the reserve desk of the library.
Anyone wishing to request an accommodation for a disability, please contact either your instructor or Ann Smith, Director of Student Disabilities Services (123 East Annex, 581-2319) as early as possible in the semester.
In the event of unforeseen circumstances:
In the event of an extended disruption of normal classroom activities, the format for this course may be modified to enable its completion within its programmed time frame. In that event, you will be provided an addendum to the syllabus that will supersede this version.
Course Outline: (click Week for more information)
Tuesday, Sept 4 – Introduction to the Course and to Canada
Thursday, Sept. 6 – The Physical Geography of Canda
Tuesday, Sept 11 – The Cultural Geography of Canada
Thursday, Sept. 13 – Canada’s Native Peoples
Tuesday, Sept. 18- Amerindians of the Northeast
Thursday, Sept. 20 – The People of Northern Canada: the Inuit of Nunavik and James Bay Cree
Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Visit of the Hudson Museum, Collins Center for the Arts
Thursday, Sept. 27 – “Memories of Earth” documentary by James Lemirewith with Frederic Back
Tuesday, Oct. 2 – **FIRST PRELIM**
Thursday, Oct. 4 – Acadia and New France
Tuesday, Oct. 9 – No Class/Fall Break
Thursday, Oct. 11th – The Making of British North America
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Post-Confederation Canada
Thursday, Oct. 18 - Canada, the United States, and Latin America
Tuesday, Oct. 23 – **SECOND PRELIM**
Thursday, Oct. 25 – No Class/Canadian Studies Field Trip to Montreal
Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Some Realities in Canada’s Policy
Thursday, Nov 1 – US-Canadian Relations
Tuesday, Nov. 6- Perspectives on the Canadian Economy
Thursday, Nov. 8 – U.S. Canada Trade
Tuesday, Nov. 13- NAFTA: What It Is, What It Isn’t and Why it Matters
Thursday, Nov. 15 -
Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Quebec and Canadian Bilingualism
Thursday, Nov. 22 – No Class/Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, Nov. 27 -**THIRD PRELIM**
Thursday, Nov. 29 – French Canadian Literature
Tuesday, Dec 4 - Roch Carrier’s Canada
Thursday, Dec. 6 - Canadian Literature in English
Tuesday, Dec. 11 - ”The Rocket”, a 2005 film starring Roy Dupuis
Thursday, Dec. 13 – French Canadian Migrations into New England ***ARTICLES DUE***
Final Exam: Thursday, December 20 (2:45-4:45), 102 Murray Hall
Information will appear on student schedules on MaineStreet.
**Term Papers are due**