Atlantic Canada Studies

Course Descriptions

1000 Making Sense of Atlantic Canada
3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to the Atlantic Provinces. It will examine specific content areas from multiple perspectives, including cultural industries, health and social services, environmental issues, economic development, and representations of the region. This course is intended as an introduction to Atlantic Canada Studies and to interdisciplinary inquiry.


1203 Scottish Gaelic - Introductory I [IRST 1203]
3 credit hours

This course gives the student an introduction to the structure and use of Scottish Gaelic in a Nova Scotia context. Topics covered include grammar and conversation basics, traditional and new Gaelic songs, and conversation aimed at specific social occasions and locations.


1204 Scottish Gaelic - Introductory II [IRST 1204]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ACST 1203 [IRST 1203].

This course gives the student a continuation of the introduction to the structure and use of Scottish Gaelic in a Nova Scotia context. Topics covered include grammar and conversation basics, traditional and new Gaelic songs, and conversation aimed at specific occasions and locations.


1207 Mi’kmaq Language – Introductory I
3 credit hours

Students are introduced to the Mi’kmaq language through a consideration of its relationship to the people and land of Mi’kmaki. Students will examine basic word structure, Mi’kmaq songs, and specific social conversations and greetings.


1208 Mi`Kmaq Language – Introductory II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ACST 1207 or permission of the instructor

Students examine the place-based structure of the Mi’kmaq language.


2311 Inheriting Atlantic Canada: The Cultural Past [HIST 2311]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: A minimum of twenty-four (24) university credit hours.

Ideas, attitudes, and assumptions about Atlantic Canada have been influenced by social, cultural, political, religious, and ethnic traditions inherited from the past. The curriculum of this course covers a wide range of topics from gender, refinement, material culture, dress, food, and conspicuous consumption, to political choices and ethnic biases. Lectures, readings, class discussions, and mixed media demonstrate how historical events and previous ways of behaving and thinking continue to influence social and cultural customs and decision-making.


2313 Researching Atlantic Canada
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours.

There are many ways of interpreting the Atlantic Canadian experience. Individual disciplines (such as history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and biology) take different approaches, utilize different data, and present their research in different ways. All research, however, must be read with a critical eye. This course will expose students to a variety of ways of analyzing Atlantic Canada, focusing largely on qualitative research approaches and the human experience in the region.


2327 Scottish Gaelic - Intermediate I [IRST 2327]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ACST 1203 and 1204.

This course gives the student an opportunity to advance from the introductory level in a structured environment. Topics covered include a review of grammar and conversation basics. Time will be spent on composition of short stories, translation of written and recorded Gaelic, traditional and new Gaelic songs, and poetry and conversation aimed at specific social occasions and locations.


2328 Scottish Gaelic - Intermediate II [IRST 2328]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ACST 2327 or equivalent.

This course gives the student an opportunity to advance from the introductory level in a structured environment. Topics covered include a review of grammar and conversation basics. Time will be spent on composition of short stories, translation of written and recorded Gaelic, traditional and new Gaelic songs, and poetry and conversation aimed at specific social occasions and locations.


2340 History of the Atlantic Provinces [HIST 2340]
6 credit hours

Commencing with the earliest Native-European contact in the Atlantic Provinces, this course begins with an examination of the interactions among the peoples who inhabited the region up until the mid-nineteenth century. Students will consider debates over the possible entry of the Atlantic colonies into the Canadian Confederation. The course ends with units that pay special attention to the social, economic, and political characteristics of the region during the twentieth century and beyond.


2341 Atlantic Provinces History, to Confederation [HIST 2341]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in HIST or 30 credits overall.

Commencing with the earliest Native-European contact in the Atlantic Provinces, students in this course will examine the interactions among the peoples who inhabited the region up until the mid-nineteenth century. Major events, such as wars, treaties, and Confederation will also be considered.


2342 Atlantic Provinces History, from Confederation [HIST 2342]
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in HIST or 30 credits overall.

Beginning with the post-Confederation era, and then moving into the phases of industrialization and deindustrialization, students will study social, economic, and political developments in the region up to the end of the twentieth century and beyond. Major events such as the two World Wars will also be considered.


2380 Literature of Atlantic Canada [ENGL 2380]
6 credit hours

An examination of the literature and literary background of Atlantic Canada. Emphasis in the first semester is on the 19th and early 20th centuries; in the second semester it is on contemporary writing.


2400 Health and Social Policy in Atlantic Canada
3 credit hours

This course is an exploration of the development of health and social policy in Atlantic Canada. The evolution of the welfare state, hospitals, training for health care workers, and contemporary health issues are examined. 


2826 –2849 Selected Topics in Atlantic Canada Studies I
3 credit hours

This semester course will provide the student with an opportunity to take courses on specific Atlantic Canada topics which do not fit in with the standard offerings of other departments of the University.

3305 Atlantic Canada Film and Television
3 credit hours

Students engage critically with texts (films and television shows) that tell stories about Atlantic Canada. They explore the ways the region and its citizens have been viewed historically as well as the contemporary visions of Atlantic Canada that circulate at the local, national, and transnational levels.


3310 The Atlantic Fisheries
6 credit hours

A study of the relationship between the material basis and political economy of the Atlantic fisheries since 1945.  Stress will be placed on the scientific facts underlying the fisheries, and in particular, the qualities and quantities in the marine ecosystem that support them.  A detailed study will also be made on the methods of fisheries science which are the basis of fish stock assessments by government scientists. Roughly the last third of the course will examine the effects of the livelihood of fishermen, of government policies respecting the fisheries, and the regional, national and international political forces which are behind federal government fisheries regulations.


3312 Living in Atlantic Canada
3 credit hours

This course examines on-going societal issues facing Atlantic Canadians. In a seminar setting, student teams and weekly guest speakers from non-government organizations, engage students in lively presentations about the current challenges facing those living and working in this region. Topics include arts and culture, poverty and homelessness, women, youth, crime, addictions, and concerns faced by aboriginal, black, Muslim, and immigrant communities. The structure of this course provides students a unique learning environment.  

NOTE: To maintain the structure of ACST 3312, it should be limited to 30 students, and as a 3000 level course not recommend to first year students.


3320 Gender in Atlantic Canada
3 credit hours
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit hours in ACST or permission

Issues related to gender in Atlantic Canada are examined, including the individual body, the family, the economy, and the state. The experiences of women, men, and those who do not identify with either category are considered. Topics may include the gendering of government policy, class and cross-cultural perspectives on gender, and the gendered nature of work through examples drawn from throughout Atlantic Canada.


3321 African Nova Scotian Culture
3 credit hours
 
This course provides a basic understanding of African Nova Scotian culture. It introduces students to the history and cultural heritage of African Nova Scotian communities, their experience of life today, and the various forms of artistic expression produced by the culture. It also offers insight into the problems and concerns of African Nova Scotian communities and their historical and cultural connections with the Black Diaspora.

3325 The Irish and Atlantic Canada [IRST 3325]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: 30 credit hours and ACST 1000 or permission of instructor

This interdisciplinary course will offer a survey of the history and culture of people of Irish descent in the Atlantic Region.  Topics will include Irish settlement in the Atlantic Region, religion and politics, sectarian conflict, social status, community organizations and contemporary Irish identity in the Atlantic Region.


3340 Geography of Nova Scotia [GEOG 3340]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours.

This course explores the geographical diversity of the province, with particular emphasis on interrelationships between physical and human patterns. A section on the physical environment is followed by a discussion of settlement, cultural patterns, and economic development. Current issues of resource development, industrial reorganization, environmental management, and land use planning are addressed.


3345 First Nations of the Atlantic Region
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ACST 1000 or permission of instructor

Students will examine indigenous peoples’ experiences in the Atlantic region and their varied relations with imperial and Canadian institutions. While the focus is on the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy peoples, students will also explore the experiences of the Innu, Inuit, Métis, and other indigenous peoples of the region.


3364 Nova Scotia in the Romantic Age, 1768-1836 [HIST 3364]
3 credit hours

Students examine the Romantic Era in Nova Scotia using a methodology that is part historical, part documentary, and part conceptual. The historical focus is on Maritime explorers and scientists between 1768 and 1836.  The documentary focus is on how their discoveries led to the “making” of Nova Scotia. The conceptual focus is the impact of science and exploration on Romantic Literature.


3470 The British Black Atlantic [HIST 3470]
3 credit hours

The term the “Black Atlantic” has been used to describe the interconnected nature of Black communities in the Atlantic world. This course examines the British dimension of that transatlantic experience. Among topics covered are: Britain’s involvement in African slavery, the migration of Black Loyalists to Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone, and the nature of the Black community in the United Kingdom.

3826 - 49 Selected Topics in Atlantic Canada Studies II
3 credit hours

This semester course will provide the student with an opportunity to take courses on specific Atlantic Canada topics which do not fit in with the standard offerings of other departments of the University.

4411 Atlantic Canada Seminar I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours.

This course will provide an opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge of Atlantic Canada in an interdisciplinary fashion. Drawing upon the expertise of a number of guest speakers familiar with various aspects of Atlantic Provinces life, the course will deal with such topics as the Atlantic fishery, agriculture, industry and labour, business enterprise, regional protest and cultural ethnicity.


4412 Atlantic Canada Seminar II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ACST 4411

This course will continue the work of ACST 4411. In addition, students will be afforded an opportunity to use the vast quantity of primary source material at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia and other local repositories.


4500 Honours Seminar
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours.

These courses will provide an opportunity for honours students to integrate their knowledge in an interdisciplinary fashion. 


4511 - 4512 Honours Seminar
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours.

These courses will provide an opportunity for honours students to integrate their knowledge in an interdisciplinary fashion. 


4543 Indigenous Peoples in Atlantic Canada:  Contemporary Issues
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least sixty (60) credit hours

In this seminar course students will examine contemporary issues facing First Nations and Inuit communities in Atlantic Canada.  Students will be introduced to the challenges facing Indigenous Peoples in an age of increasing globalization, radical environmental change, and complex economic development, as they struggle to reassume self-government.


4565 Scottish Migration [HIST 4565]
3 credit hours

From the late eighteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, Scotland had one of the highest emigration rates in Europe. This seminar course will examine a wide range of literature that discusses Scottish migration to various overseas destinations in order to place the Scottish presence in Nova Scotia in historical context.


4631 Environmental History of Atlantic Canada
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least sixty (60) credit hours.

This interdisciplinary seminar course is an examination of the changing ways nature has been viewed and transformed in Atlantic Canada before and after European settlement, surveying environmental history up to the mid-20th century. Topics range from historic aboriginal resource use to colonial perceptions of nature and the early conservation movement.


4632 Atlantic Canada Ecology and Resources
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least sixty (60) credit hours.

Ecology provides the background for considering the many social, economic, political, and philosophical dimensions of environmental and resource use in Atlantic Canada today.  In this interdisciplinary seminar course, students examine contemporary regional ecological concerns through the study of concepts such as environmentalism, sustainability, environmental governance, and ecological literacy.


4633 Reading the Landscapes of Atlantic Canada
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least sixty (60) credit hours.

Reading landscapes is an interdisciplinary investigation of the relationship between natural history, ecology, and human activity in a regional context.  In this seminar course students examine the ecology and environment of Atlantic Canada by exploring a range of landscapes that include forests, marshlands, beaches, rivers, fields, and urban streets.


4876 - 4899 Directed Readings
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of ACST Coordinator.

These courses provide opportunities to study a particular subject in detail. They will normally require a considerable amount of independent, though supervised, study.


Certificate in Atlantic Canada Studies

The Certificate in Atlantic Canada Studies is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to develop a more nuanced understanding of the region. It will be attractive for students from within Atlantic Canada who wish to improve their knowledge of the local culture that shapes and surrounds them. As well, it provides a valuable educational option for international students travelling abroad who may wish to follow an intense, but carefully planned curriculum that combines a variety of different academic opportunities into a one-year program of study. By creating a classroom environment where local and international students share their different perspectives on the region, the certificate stimulates a useful exchange of ideas and fully integrates the study of Atlantic Canada into a broader national and global analytical framework.

By striking this balance between courses that are tightly focused on the study of the region, and supplementary classes designed to provide a broader Canadian context, the certificate provides students with a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of Atlantic Canada’s historical, political, economic and cultural life, as well as the region’s natural environment.

To complete the Certificate, students are required to complete the following twenty-four (24) credit hours.

  • 15 credit hours from Group A below
  • 9 credit hours from Group B below

Admission requirements for the Certificate in Atlantic Canada Studies
The Certificate in Atlantic Canada Studies requires a formal application for admission and the official approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator for Atlantic Canada Studies. Students applying for admission to the program must have completed thirty (30) credit hours of undergraduate study at an accredited university or must show a demonstrated interest in the field. Students majoring in Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary’s University are not eligible for this program.

Students admitted to the program must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours at Saint Mary’s University. The official approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator for Atlantic Canada Studies is required for credit hours completed at another institution to be included in the certificate program.

Group A
Atlantic Canada Studies

ACST 1000 Making Sense of Atlantic Canada 
ACST/IRST 1203 Scottish Gaelic I 
ACST/IRST 1204 Scottish Gaelic II
ACST 2311 Inheriting Atlantic Canada: The Cultural Past 
ACST 2313 Researching Atlantic Canada
ACST/HIST 2341 Atlantic Provinces History, to Confederation
ACST/HIST 2342 Atlantic Provinces History, from Confederation 
ACST/ENGL 2380 Literature of Atlantic Canada
ACST 2400 Health and Social Policy in Atlantic Canada 
ACST 2826–2849 Selected Topics in Atlantic Canada Studies I
ACST 3305 Atlantic Canada Film and Television
ACST 3312 Living in Atlantic Canada
ACST 3320 Gender in Atlantic Canada 
ACST 3321 African Nova Scotian Culture
ACST/IRST 3325 The Irish and Atlantic Canada 
ACST/GEOG 3340 Geography of Nova Scotia 
ACST/HIST 3470 The British Black Atlantic
ACST 3826–3849 Selected Topics in Atlantic Canada Studies II
ACST 4400 Health, Illness and Disease in Atlantic Canada
ACST 4411 Atlantic Canada Seminar I 
ACST 4412 Atlantic Canada Seminar II 
ACST 4500 Honours Seminar
ACST 4511 - 4512 Honours Seminar 
ACST/HIST 4565 Scottish Migration 
ACST 4876-4899 Directed Readings

Anthropology

ANTH 2316 Native Peoples of Canada
ANTH 3379 The Archeology of Acadia
ANTH 4466 Researching Halifax Heritage

Economics

ECON 3324 The Atlantic Economy
ECON 3325 Atlantic Economy Seminar

English

ENGL 2461 Mi'kmaq Storytelling and Literature
ENGL 4465 Indigenous Literature Seminar

Environomnetal Science

ENVS 3310 Field Course in Environmental Science

Geography

GEOG 3340 Geography of Nova Scotia
GEOG 3454 Bay of Fundy: Environments and Issues

Geology

GEOL 1202 Planet Earth: the Atlantic Canadian Perspective
GEOL 1203 Earth History: Atlantic Canada Perspective 
GEOL 1208 Environmental Geology: Atlantic Canada

History

HIST 2346 Black Heritage in Maritime CanadaHIST 3470 The British Black Atlantic
HIST 4501 Public History

Political Science

POLI 2307 Provincial Government and Politics

Religious Studies

RELS 4390 Religion and Society in Atlantic Canada


 

Group B

Atlantic Canada Studies

ACST/IRST 2327 Scottish Gaelic – Intermediate
ACST/IRST 2328 Scottish Gaelic – Intermediate II

Anthropology

ANTH 2401 Anthropology of Work
ANTH 3329 The Arctic Cultural Area
ANTH 3377 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 3378 Landscape Archeology
ANTH/LING 3395 Language Issues in the Arctic
ANTH/LING 3396 Language Issues in Canada
ANTH 4462 Method and Theory in Historical Archeology

Criminology

CRIM 3508 Corporate Crime

Economics

ECON 3307 Money and Banking 
ECON 3319 Public Finance
ECON 3322 Canadian Economic Issues 
ECON 3340 Human Resource Economics
ECON /WMST 3349 Women and the Economy 
ECON 3362 Natural Resource Economics 
ECON 3363 Environmental Economics

English

ENGL 3343 Cultural Studies
ENGL 3344 Canadian Literature to 1920
ENGL 3345 Canadian Literature after 1920 
ENGL 3367 Canlit: the 60s and 70s
ENGL 3437 Canadian Drama
ENGL 3471 Contemporary Canadian Fiction 
ENGL 3472 Contemporary Canadian Poetry

Environmental Science

ENVS 4440 Environmental Policy

Finance

FINA 3364 Canadian Securities 
FINA 4466 Investments
FINA 4471 Financial Institutions

French

FREN 3312 Introduction to Quebec Culture 
FREN/LING 4440 Canadian French: Sociolinguistic Perspectives
FREN 4451 Quebecois Literature I 
FREN 4452 Quebecois Literature II

Geography

GEOG 2310 Geography of Canada: Overview 
GEOG 2315 The Oceans
GEOG 4434 Watershed Management
GEOG 4449 Tourist Geographies

History

HIST 1252 Canada to Confederation
HIST 1253 Canada: Confederation to the Present 
HIST 1260 History of the Americas
HIST 3100 Canadian Women 
HIST 3403 Invention of Canada 
HIST/IRST 4566 Irish Migration

Linguistics

LING/SOCI 2339 The Sociology of Language

Management

MGMT 4498 Small Business Consultancy

Political Science

POLI 1240 Politics and Business
POLI 2304 Canadian Politics in the 21st Century
POLI 3310 Government and the Media
POLI 3315 Canadian Foreign Policy 
POLI 3450 Women and Canadian Politics 

Religious Studies

RELS 1210 Introduction to Religion
RELS 1211 Introduction to Religious Experience
RELS 3354 Aboriginal Peoples, Religion, and the Justice System
RELS 3355 Religion and Social Issues in Canada 
RELS 3358 Religious Diversity in Canada

Sociology

SOCI 3408 Urban Sociology: Introduction & History
SOCI/CRIM 4610 Practicum in Community Development