Canada: Portrait of another America

vendredi 15 avril 2016

Canada and the North
Aboriginal Peoples
The Encounter
The French Period
British North America
Dominion of Canada
Institutions of Canada
Canada and Quebec
Cultural Diversity
Society and Economy
Canada in the World



2015-2016, 2nd term, Thursday 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Olympe de Gouges, Amphi 1

Laurence Cros -




Taught in English, 2 hour lecture, 2 credits


From this side of the Atlantic, it is sometimes difficult to figure out in what way Canada is different from the United States; and yet, Canada often represents a sort of ideal America which offers all the attractive aspects of the US without its flaws. This course intends to clarify this image of Canada by exploring the elements that make Canada different from the US.


The first part of the course will present the history of Canada to show its specificity: from the heritage of the First Nations and the French period, the country continued building a nation through the association with the British Empire and the rejection of the American republican model.


Since the 1950s, Canada has entered a modern period in which it can no longer rely on the link with Britain to counterbalance the influence of the United States. The course will examine several themes that have dominated the modern period:

- the ability of the French Canadians and the English Canadians to live together in a united country

- the expansion of the multicultural model to harmoniously manage immigration, and the place given to the First Nations in modern Canada

- the relationship with the US today in a context of growing continentalization through closer economic, military and security cooperation, and the question of the potential harmonization of the two nations’ political culture.




The assessment for this course will take place on Thursday May 12, 2016 from 16h to 17h, Halle aux Farines Amphi 10E. This assessment concerns all students registered for the course. It will consist in 60 multiple choice questions.

Examples of questions, in the form of quizzes for each chapter of the course, can be found on DIDEL in the Documents section:


Students who fail the May assessment will take the make-up exam in June. It will be a 1h30 written test on a simple course question.


General Bibliography


·       H.V. Nelles, A Little History of Canada, Oxford University Press Canada, 2005

·       Robert Bothwell, Penguin History of Canada, Penguin Global, 2010

·       Michèle Kaltemback, Jacques Dorin, Sheryl Rahal, Canadian Civilization, Toulouse, PU Mirail, 2007


Further reading will be indicated for each topic in the relevant pages


Schedule and topics


21 January

A general presentation of Canada and its geographical features

Canada and the Arctic: stakes and challenges for the future

28 January

Pre-Contact First Nations

4 February

First Contacts with Europeans, 9th century to 1660

11 February

New France (1663-1763) and the Conquest of 1763

*** Class will take place in OdG 209

18 February

British North America, 1763-1867

25 February

Confederation and the Dominion of Canada (1867-1945)

10 March

The Institutions of Canada

Political parties and values

17 March

Canada and Quebec

24 March

Immigration and Multiculturalism in Canada

31 March

Canada’s Indigenous Peoples today

7 April

Canada’s Social and Economic Systems: How Different from the US?

14 April

Canada in the World



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