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Course Description

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In this course, students consider Canada through a regional lens. It begins by introducing physical landscapes, Indigenous histories, and then settler arrival, colonialism, and nation-building. The core of the course explores the country region-by-region, focusing on key human, resource and social-economic geographies. To conclude, students reflect on present-day regional politics and different approaches that may be used to evaluate regional well-being.


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 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Writing Assignment 2 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Take Home Final Exam 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6


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Section Title
Canada: A Regional Synthesis
May 09, 2024 to August 02, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 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. © 2021 Oxford University Press 8th edition ISBN Print: 9780199037766 eBook: 9780199037834
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