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Course Description

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This course is designed to provide a better understanding of the nature and basis of Canadian regionalism. The first section of the course stresses the biophysical base and the inequality of the natural resource endowment. The historical geographic approach and the systematic overviews of contemporary Canada stress respectively the development and nature of the Canadian space-economy. The final section on regions, regionalism and nationalism provides an overview of the heartland-hinterland dichotomy and centrifugal and centripetal forces operative in the nation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of key definitions and course concepts;
  2. Overview and discuss the impacts of key events in the early timeline of colonialism in Canada;
  3. Identify and discuss three key areas taken in the approach to nation-building;
  4. Describe the integral relationship between regions of Canada and various raw, natural resources;
  5. Discuss how regional tensions shape Federal politics in Canada; and
  6. Compare and contrast regions covered in the course making distinctions based on biophysical and human patterns and characteristics.

Course Topics

This course introduces the concept of regionalism and illustrates its strengths and limitations while examining Canada through a regional lens. The course will build student expertise in four areas:

  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Colonialism and Colonial Processes
  • Territorial Expansion and Nation-Building
  • Regionalism, Resources, and Politics


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Online Quizzes (Best 5 of 6 x 2%) 10% 1 and 6
Online Discussions (Best 5 of 6 x 2%) 10% 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Writing Assignment 1 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Writing Assignment 2 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
On Campus Final Exam 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Note: You must earn a passing grade on the final exam to pass the course.

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Canada: A Regional Synthesis
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) The Regional Geography of Canada by Bone, R.M. Oxford University Press, 2017 7th edition ISBN 9780199021291
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