Course Descriptions CANA 4001   Research Topics in Canadian Studies
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop, in close consultation with a faculty member, a topic in Canadian Studies usually growing out of the work done in the seminar CANA 4000.03. Research will culminate in the writing of a major research paper. There will be regular one-to-one meetings with the chosen faculty member and progress meetings of the whole group. It is mandatory for those completing a Combined Honours in Canadian Studies and is highly recommended for those seeking the Emphasis or Double Major in Canadian Studies.
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PREREQUISITES: CANA 4000.03 or permission of the instructor

CANA 4300   Canadian Healthcare Delivery System
The course is designed to provide an overview of healthcare in Canada, and more specifically in Nova Scotia, where the health reform process will be addressed. Aimed specifically at supervisors, middle management, and administrators the existing trends in healthcare from a national and provincial perspective will be reviewed. The goal of this course is to provide the student with a snapshot view of the existing healthcare system, its past development, and future direction.

CANA 4362   Topics in Canadian Music
This course focuses on one or more of the following topics: Canadian composers, performers and musical institutions. The perspective may be analytical, aesthetic and/or historical.

CANA 4500   Canadian Theatre to 1968: Performing the Nation
Early Canadian theatre offers a fascinating example of a colonized nation’s struggle to find its own dramatic voice in the face of powerful outside influences. This seminar course will explore the development of theatre in Canada from its roots in First Nations ritual and performance, to its encounters with British and European models and its eventual search for an independent identity via the Little Theatre movement, the Workers’ Theatre movement and the Dominion Drama Festival. The course will close with a consideration of the influential Massey Commission and the birth of the Stratford Festival, Canada’s first ‘world class’ theatre. Over the course of the term, special attention will be paid to the development of diverse dramatic traditions in French and English Canada. Drama by representative playwrights will be studied alongside primary sources in Canadian theatre history to give students an integrated perspective on the complex artistic and political debates that helped to determine the character of performance in Canada.
PREREQUISITES: Permision of the instructor
CROSS-LISTING: THEA 4500.03, ENGL 4500.03

CANA 4501   Canadian Theatre Since 1968: Interrogating Identities
This seminar course will examine the ongoing emergence of uniquely Canadian forms of theatre in the years since the Massey Commission asserted the need to foster Canada’s native talent. Topics to be considered will include: the controversial role of government subsidy and policy-making in Canadian culture; the differing models offered by the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, by the major regional theatres, and by ‘alternate’ and independent companies; the contrast between First Nations, English- and French-Canadian traditions; and the rise of the current ‘Fringe’ phenomenon. Drama by representative playwrights will be considered alongside post-colonial theory and primary sources in Canadian theatre history to help students consider what a genuinely ‘Canadian’ theatre might look like. Above all, the course offers an opportunity to consider the complex relationship between theatre and national identity: who are ‘we,’ and how might our theatre express or even shape ‘us’?
PREREQUISITES: Permission of the instructor
CROSS-LISTING: ENGL 4501.03, THEA 4501.03