Fall 2019 - POL 347 D100

Canadian Foreign Policy (4)

Class Number: 7447

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.



An overview of Canadian foreign policy post World War II. Various perspectives are discussed including realism, economic nationalism, liberal internationalism and political economy/dependency analysis. A variety of analytical perspectives are used to examine issue-areas such as foreign trade including the role of NAFTA, defence policy and alliance relations, foreign investment, foreign aid, immigration policy, energy policy and the role of domestic political factors in foreign policy decision-making.


This course will build upon students’ existing knowledge of Canadian and international politics in order to develop a critical understanding of Canada’s place in the world, past and present.

The class will combine an understanding of the fundamental concepts of foreign policy theory and practice with an examination of ongoing topics of relevance to Canadian foreign policy. Topics include an overview of the contemporary international context, major approaches to the study of foreign policy, the history and evolution of Canadian foreign policy in the post-war era and major influences on it, and contemporary topics and challenges. These include both classic security challenges, of Canada’s trade policy in North America and beyond, gender, the environment, and contemporary threats to Canada both digital and material.

The four hours of class time will include a mixture of lecture, group discussions, in-class assignments and audio-visual content. At the conclusion of the course, students will understand the origins and subsequent evolution of Canada’s approaches to foreign policy, and be able to describe and analyze the major challenges facing the country today.


  • Participation 10%
  • Critical essay 15%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Major paper outline 5%
  • Major paper 25%
  • Final exam 25%



The course has one required textbook. Other readings available online.

Duane Bratt and Christopher J. Kukucha, eds., Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy , 3rd edition (Oxford, NY, Don Mills etc: Oxford Univ. Press). 

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
For details, see http://www.sfu.ca/politics/undergraduate/program/related_links.html and click on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Dishonesty” .

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html