Course requirements


Dec 10, 2012 (4 years and 6 months ago)


Course Format & Requirements
Duration: 12-14 weeks (full German
university term)
Language: English or French
Format: long-distance e-learning,
courses are taught on a biweekly basis
(double sessions)
Course requirements:
￿ critical reading of the texts
provided by the lecturers
￿ written assignments for each
￿ regular participation in online
discussion forum and chats
￿ submission of a final term paper
Entry Requirements:
￿ enrolment in a university program
(second-year level or above)
￿ proficiency in English or French
￿ online access
￿ interest in Canada
￿ registration fee: 25 Euro
(participants outside the Euro
Zone: 35 Euro)

Contact & Registration

Program coordinator for the
für Kanada-Studien
, information and
Dipl. Dolm. Annekatrin Metz

For further information please go to the
website of the Gesellschaft für Kanada-

What is VCS all about?

it focuses on Canada and Canadian
issues in the format of interdisciplinary
it is an opportunity to learn more about
Canada through long distance E-
it is an easy access to resources on
Canada worldwide,
it provides access to courses by
specialists on Canada from different
German universities,
it allows participants to earn credit
points (from 3 to 7, based on chosen
level) that can be used towards
programs at home universities
(Bachelor, Master etc.) (check with
your own university before enrolling),
students will receive a special
certificate by the GKS testifying to their
course participation,
it is a great experience to get
acquainted with new forms of learning
and digital media.

This is an official program sponsored by

Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien (GKS) /
Association of Canadian Studies in
German-speaking Countries /
L'association d' études canadiennes dans
les pays de langue allemande




VCS Linguistique
«Les variétés du français canadien»

L’objectif de ce cours est l’analyse et la description
des variétés du français parlées au Canada. Vous
allez découvrir que ces variétés se distinguent du
français standard par des particularités phonéti-
ques, lexicales, morphosyntaxiques et pragmati-
ques. Les analyses seront basées sur des enregis-
trements, des textes authentiques et des articles
Nous allons également nous intéresser à l’histoire et
au statut de ces variétés, de même qu’aux attitudes
de leurs locuteurs. De plus, il sera question des
principes et des moyens de la politique linguistique
Des connaissances préalables des domaines prin-
cipaux de la linguistique synchronique sont indis-
pensables pour la participation au cours.
Première séance de cours: le 31 octobre 2011
(Fin d'inscription: le 21 octobre 2011)

Dr. Edith Szlezák, Regensburg

VCS Native Studies
"First Nations, Eskimo, and Inuit of North-
Eastern Canada"

The aim of this course is to give an overview of the
First Nations, Eskimo, and Inuit Nations of North-
Eastern Canada (Labrador, Québec, Ontario, and
Manitoba) - their culture, their present activities for
survival and revival, and their relationship with Ca-
nadian and Provincial Governments.
Based on the Handbook of North American Indians
(Vol. 5: Arctic / Vol. 6: Subarctic / Vol. 4: History of
Indian-White Relations / Vol. 3: Environment, Origin,
and Population) the following Nations with their
tribal subgroups will be discussed: Labrador Coast
Eskimo, Inuit of Quebec, Montagnais, Naskapi,
Cree, Attikamek, Ojibwa, Chipewayan, Salteaux.
Further topics of the course are: ￿ Canadian, French and British Indian Policy
(incl. Indian Treaties, Indian Act, Jay Treaty)
￿ Fur Trade, Hudson Bay Company
￿ Roman Catholic Mission in New France
￿ Survival and Revival (e.g. residential schools,,
Indian gaming)
Course begins on October 24, 2011
(Online Chat Sessions: Mondays 2011
: 24.10. /
07.11. / 21.11. / 05.12. / 19.12.
: 09.01. / 23.01. / 06.02. / 20.02.)
Renate Bartl, MA, Munich

VCS English Literature / Popular Culture
"An Introduction to Contemporary Canadian
Science Fiction"

This course aims at analyzing the representation of
contemporary scientific changes in popular culture.
We will approach both literary and filmic science fic-
tion as cultural images of fundamental shifts in so-
cietal hopes and fears. Introducing the conceptual
difference of science fiction to realistic narratives
and the changes in reader-response, we will then
evaluate literary strategies to deal with problems
such as genetic engineering and questions of a
posthumanity, the pervasiveness of communication
technology, political campaigns and societal reac-
tions to terrorism and the development of the inter-
net. The primary texts should be bought / rented
and prepared for online sessions. Secondary texts
will be provided.
Selected texts: ￿ Cory Doctorow – Little Brother (2008)
￿ Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake (2003)
￿ William Gibson – Pattem Recognition (2003)
￿ Splice – (Dir. Vincenzo Natali, 2009)
￿ eXistenZ (Dir. David Cronenberg, 1999)

Course begins on October 17, 2011
(Registration deadline: October 1,
Lars Schmeink, MA, MoHE, Hamburg
VCS Geography
"The Canadian Urban Economy: Development,
Retailing and Planning"

The aim of this course is to evaluate the interaction
between Canadian urban development and the
retail trade system. In order to do so we will
concentrate on the general situation of Canadian
economic geography and focus on urban planning
aspects as well as on the historical development
and current situation of the Canadian retail trade
Selected Topics:
￿ Canadian economic geography in the course of
￿ The retail trade system in Canada and in Van-
￿ City planning principles

Course begins on November 9, 2011
(Registration deadline: September 30, 2011)

Dr. Alexa Steinfatt, Frankfurt

Next Course Offerings (Summer Term 2012):

VCS English Literature
“Multicultural Ideology in Canadian Children's
Literature” (Dr. Miriam Richter, Krefeld)

VCS English Literature
"Gender and History in Contemporary Canadian
Fiction" Anna Linetsky, MA, Trier)