Summer 2017 - POL 449 D100

Selected Topics in International Relations II (4)

NATO and Canadian Security and Defence

Class Number: 6232

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Eight upper division units in Political Science or permission of the department .



Title: NATO and Canadian Security and Defence

The NATO Field School starts at SFU-Burnaby with in-classroom learning via lectures and seminars about Canada’s security and defence policies, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  Students will do in-depth reading on these topics and give classroom presentations.  Students will learn from practitioners how CAF functions, how the Canadian government implements defence policy, and how Canadian operations take place in the NATO context.  Learning will be supplemented by academics and foreign and military officers as guest lecturers, and visits to Canadian Forces Bases in B.C.  Following the in-class program component students will be prepared to represent NATO nations in simulations.  The Brussels component of the course involves one week of briefings and observations at NATO headquarters (including the Canadian Joint Delegation), SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Mons, and the Canadian Mission to the European Union.  This is followed by a week in Rome at the NATO Defense College (NDC) where the SFU team will undertake 4-5 days of professional NATO simulation, using NDC curriculum and the support of NDC staff. The Field School will receive briefings on a one-day trip to Joint Forces Command in Naples.  The final component of the course involves students working independently on their final essay and Briefings Report.  

Course Organization:   Classes:  May 9 – June 6, Tues & Thurs 10:00-17:00 Brussels, Belgium:  June 10 – 17 Rome, Italy:  June 17 – 24 Independent student assignments:  June 24 – July 31



Students will be evaluated in four categories: presentation, simulation, journal reflections and briefing report, and research essay.



David Yost, NATO's Balancing Act, U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2014.  480 p.
ISBN: 978-1-60127-202-7

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
For details, see and click on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Dishonesty” .

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.