Fall 2019 - POL 347 F100

Canadian Foreign Policy (4)

Class Number: 7448

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2019
    Wed, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • 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.


The course addresses the main issues and actors in Canadian foreign policy. The first part presents the theoretical foundations and historical roots of this policy, as well as the different actors involved in its formulation. The second part provides an overview of some cross‐cutting issues in Canadian Foreign Policy (Canada‐US relations, the Arctic, Canada‐France relations, Foreign aid and development, digital diplomacy in Canada, Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Foreign Policy, defense procurements, international trade).

There will be one 4-hour seminar each week.

This class is taught in French.


  • Quiz 9%
  • Active participation and discussion 13%
  • Two 5-page papers: 2*15% = 30% (Students are required to submit their papers to the Turnitin.com service in order to get credit for the assignment). 30%
  • Final paper (Students are required to submit their papers to the Turnitin.com service in order to get credit for the assignment). 24%
  • Final exam 24%




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