Understand and have an impact on the crucial issues affecting Canada.


The Canadian Studies program at McGill gives students the necessary cultural, political, and social contexts to analyze the issues that Canada is facing.


S'engager dans les affaires publiques canadiennes implique une compréhension concrète de l'histoire et de la société canadienne et une concentration sur les espaces où les mouvements sociaux rencontrent les institutions politiques.


To build that understanding, both in breadth and depth, Canadian Studies classes are offered on a diverse range of topics, which have included the role of museums and galleries, the impact of national parks on ecosystems, the political and social influence of the Caribbean community, Indigenous art and culture, language rights, immigration, and much more.


En explorant ces sujets, nous apprenons les atouts et les défis de ce pays, ainsi que son impact mondial.


MISC is pleased to announce that earlier this spring, McGill's Senate approved changes to the Canadian Studies Minor program. The program will now feature an emphasis on public affairs, and its capstone course, CANS 420, will focus on this as its explicit theme. We are very excited by this change, and are confident this will continue to evolve and expand the program over the next few years.



CANS 404: Critical Museology and Heritage in Canada


Instructor: Shelley Ruth Butler M 2:35 pm-5:25 pm
CRN: 17973


This seminar focuses on critical museology and heritage in Canada, with a focus on theoretical and practical approaches from the 1990s until the present. Museums and heritage sites have historically operated as sites of control and exclusion, but they can also be sites of resistance, self-determination, and reconciliation. Students will appreciate why critical museology and heritage is necessary and how it is changing through a variety of case studies. Museums and heritage sites in the age of COVID and social movements such as Black Lives Matter will be addressed. 


CANS 401: Canada and the Caribbean: Politics, Exile, and Black Diaspora


Instructor: David Austin

T 3:35 pm-6:25 pm
CRN: 17972


Shifting between Canada and the Caribbean, this course will examine the politics and sociology of the Black and Caribbean diaspora in Canada; the "Caribbean Island of Montreal;" and how, in the struggle to humanize their existence, Caribbean migrants (alongside the longstanding Black community) impacted Montreal, Canada, and Québec while playing a crucial role in politics in the Caribbean.


MISC Conference postponed to October 2021


Après une réflexion approfondie, dans le contexte de la pandémie actuelle, nous avons pris la décision de reporter la Conférence annuelle de l’IÉCM d’une année, aux 28 et 29 octobre 2021.


While we will continue to organize online programming throughout the upcoming Fall and Winter semesters, we feel that it is best if the Annual Conference remain a space in which students, speakers, and audience members have the opportunity to convene and fully participate in these conversations.


C’est avec un grand enthousiasme que nous organisons encore plus d’événements sur l’histoire, la vie politique, la société et la culture canadiennes !