Teaching International Relations: Canada’s emergent strategy to produce strategic practitioners

DESCRIPTION The distinction between studying strategy and practicing it is important. This article describes and explains what may appear to be incoherence in the teaching of strategy and international relations at Canada’s Royal Military College. Anyone searching for an institutional strategy to develop strategic practitioners at the sole federal university in Canada would be disappointed. Why do professors at Canada’s military college teach what they do, and how does it affect the development of strategic thinking? Our answer is that RMC’s professors behave like professors in other Canadian universities, notwithstanding doctrine and direction. This results in an emergent educational strategy, not easily controlled by higher headquarters or the shifting dictates of policy, but entirely compatible with traditions of critical thinking and the democratic state. It means that the products of Canada’s military college education are more likely to be independent thinkers, even if they are not deep thinkers or strategic practitioners. It has also influenced Canada’s strategic contribution to the soft power of defence education diplomacy, through reference curricula and officer seminars. But there remains the problem of preserving quality in a university and avoiding constraining modes of thought. For this we have to understand the ways in which research universities interact with their environments. We must also acknowledge that teaching about strategy is not the same as practicing strategy, and we parse the courses offered at RMC to demonstrate that we do a lot of the former, but little of the latter.
Teaching International Relations: Canada’s emergent strategy to produce strategic practitioners (PDF Download Available). Available from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/280022988_Teaching_International_Relations_Canadas_emergent_strategy_to_produce_strategic_practitioners [accessed Sep 2, 2015].

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