The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lecture, labs, field work, DVDs/videos and animations, individual and/or team projects, small group discussion, and map and air photo analysis. Where the course is offered in a hybrid format, students will complete over 50% of the course material online and outside of the classroom in a self-directed manner.
- Images of Canada from within and without
- Approaches to the geography of Canada
- Regions and regional geography
- Geographical scale
- Core-Periphery Model
- Mapping Canada
- Indigenous geographies
- European exploration
- Settler colonialism and dispossession
- Historical geographies of slavery
- Early Asian immigration
- Constructing national identities
- Demographic analysis
- Population distribution
- Colonial economies
- Resource development
- Tertiary and quaternary industries
- Treaties and consultation
- Economic globalization
- Nationalism and regionalism
- Regional analysis and comparison
- Atlantic Canada
- Western Canada
- British Columbia
- The North
- Regionalism and nationalism
- Canada in global context
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Synthesize the concepts and techniques of regional geography.
- Communicate effectively orally, graphically, in writing, and using quantitative methods.
- Create, interpret, analyze, and utilize maps.
- Evaluate and make informed decisions about contemporary Canadian issues using the methodologies, concepts, and techniques of regional geography.
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be: Journal 20%, Map exercises 20%, Project 15%, Mid-term exam 20%, Final exam 25%
Texts will be chosen from the following list, to be updated periodically:
An instructor’s Course Reader may be required.
Bone, R.M. (2018). The Regional Geography of Canada. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
Canadian Geographic Atlas of Canada: The Story of A Country Through Maps, Photographs, History and Culture (2014). Canadian Geographic. Toronto: Collins.
Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada (2018). Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
McGillivray, B. (2010). Canada: A Nation of Regions. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
Stanford, Q. E. (2009). The Canadian Oxford World Atlas. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
Cod Comeback? (2012). Films Media Group and the Public Broadcasting Service.
Dando, S., and Ingles, P.J. (Executive producers); Kinew, W. (presenter) (2012). 8th Fire. Entertainment One Films Canada and CBC Canada.
Fowles, M. and Loften, A. (2016). Welcome to Canada. National Film Board of Canada.
Hubert, N., & McGee, D. (2008). An Untidy Package. National Film Board of Canada.
Isacsson, M., Zannis, M., Salzman, G., & Haig, D. (2009). Power. Cineflix Inc.
Krishna, L., Viccari, B., & Barrett, A. (2009). The M-Word. Third Element Productions.
Lewis, A., Cuarón, A., Glover, D., MacFarlane, S., Barnes, J., Hossain, A., & Klein, N. (2016). This Changes Everything. The Message Productions, LLC.
Longul, W. Nishida, A., Shibasaski, T. and Tamamoto, Y. (2013) Arctic Circle: Episode Two, Battle for the Pole. National Film Board of Canada.
Moreine, M. (2014). Welcome to Canada. National Film Board of Canada.
Nakagawa, A. M., & Thompson, B. (2005). Between: Living in the Hyphen. National Film Board of Canada.
Radford, T., Reed, P., & Raymont, P. (2008). Tar Sands: Canada for Sale. White Pine Pictures.
Radford, T., Thompson, N., Suzuki, D., Schindler, D. W., Cameron, J., & Paulette, F. (2011). Tipping Point: the Age of the Oil Sands. Clearwater Documentary, Inc.
Raineault, L., Sher, J., & MacDonald, A.-M. (2009). The Battle for the Arctic. Arctic Passage Productions.
Sangra, B. (2019). Because We Are Girls. National Film Board of Canada.
Simonsen, B. (2011). Stories From Our Land 1.5. National Film Board of Canada
St. John, M. & O'Connor, J. (2016). Colonization Road. Decolonization Road Productions Inc.
Tom, P. (2017). Baggage. National Film Board of Canada.