Five New Canadian-Content Courses

• Four course development grants yield five new Canadian-content courses With funds from the Canadian-American Center’s US Department of Education Title VI grant, the Center initiated a Canadian Studies Course Development competition.  This provided $16,000 (four grants of $4,000) to UMaine faculty to develop a new course on Canada or Canadian-American relations or to modify an existing course to include at least 25% Canadian content.  Priority was given to proposals made by faculty who do not at present teach on Canada or Canadian-American relations. Awards were made to:
(i)               Elizabeth DePoy, (School of Social Work) with Stephen Gilson (Inter-disciplinary Disability Studies) for DIS 450 and DIS 530: Disability Policy: Comparative Canadian and American Approaches.  “We developed and included Canadian policy/legislation content in 2 course, DIS 530 a graduate course “Disability Policy;” and DIS 450 an undergraduate course “Disability as Diversity II.  We developed specific course sessions/lectures and readings related to the examination of US and Canadian Disability policy and developed assignments directly related to specific Canadian policy/legislation.”
(ii)              Carol Toner (Maine Studies Program) with Betsy Beattie (Canadian Studies and Reference Librarian) for MES 540: Maine and the Borderlands: An Integrative Approach to Maine, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces.  “April 11, 2012 the Graduate School curriculum committee enthusiastically approved the new course that Betsy and I designed, MES 540, Maine and the Northeast Borderlands: An Integrative Approach to Maine, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces. We will offer the course Spring 2013 and every other spring after that. We will cross-list with MES498, which is the Maine Studies upper level topics course, so that upper level undergraduates can also take the course, and with CAN 401.”
(iii)             Robert Lilieholm (School of Forest Resources) for FTY345/FTY 617: Acadian Internship in Regional Conservation and Stewardship.  “The Acadian Internship in Regional Conservation and Stewardship is a highly selective 5.5 week program sponsored by the Quebec Labrador foundation, Schoodic Education and Research Center, the Frenchman Bay conservancy and several universities including the University of Maine and Unity College.  The goal of the internship is to expose international college undergraduate and graduate level students in academic work and hands on instruction in landscape conservation with the Acadia Region, which spans the US-Canadian border from the Penobscot River to southwestern New Brunswick.  The Institute was offered summer 2011 and will be offered summer 2012 as FTY345/FTY 617: Acadian Internship in Regional Conservation and Stewardship”
(iv)             Liam Riordan (History Department) for modification to HTY 398: Creation of the Atlantic World, 1450-1888”.  Professor Riordan, who is on sabbatical Spring 2012, will work on this course in Fall 2012.