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  1. Introduction
  2. General presentation of North America
  3. A region of superlatives
  4. Features common to the three main countries
  5. The United States of America and Canada, their similarities
  6. The United States of America
  7. Canada
  8. United States of Mexico- Estados Unidos Mexicanos
  9. History and civilization of Latin America
  10. Society and culture
  11. Economics and politics
  12. Challenges
  13. Conclusion

This course explores the evolution of North and South America from a historical, political, cultural and economic point of view. However, given the number of countries which make up the two continents, this course is by no means a definitive guide of the Americas but rather, its goal is to provide you with the information necessary to understand the current situation in which the two continents find themselves today. Each part begins with an overview of the main historical and geographical aspects of North and South America. The following parts focus more on the different socio-economic aspects significant to each continent. North America is the third largest continent with 24,346,000 sq km, about 16.5% of the planet's land area. It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southeast by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by the North Pacific Ocean. So it goes from close to the North Pole down beyond the Tropic of Cancer. With 530 million people, it is fourth in population after Asia, Africa, and Europe. This continent is primarily made up of two huge countries, and a medium-sized one: Canada, the second largest country in the world: 9,984,670 sq km

[...] Miami MEXICO USA USA USA USA USA USA CANADA USA USA Its extreme racial and ethnic diversity The USA recognizes six different races: White, American Indian, Asiatic, African American, and native Hawaiian. To this we must add the largest minority group, the Hispanics. In Canada, the largest ethnic origins are English, French, Scottish, Irish, German, Italian, Chinese, First Nations[or Aborigines], Ukrainian and Dutch. The diversity of its population will continue to grow The proportion of foreign-born, which is already 20% will grow to 25% by 2030, and about 55% would be of Asian origin. [...]

[...] and Kean, A., American cultural studies, London and NY: Routledge. Crowther, Kavanagh Oxford guide to British and American Culture for learners of English. Oxford: OUP. Ferguson, N The Rise and Fall of the American Empire. London: Allen Lane. Henderson, S. Aspects of American History. London and New York: Routledge. Mauk, D. and Oakland, J American civilization, an Introduction. London and New York: Routledge. Zinn, H A people's History of the United States: from 1492 to present. London: Longman/Pearson Websites http://www.census/gov [archives, search and special reports] CANADA 1. [...]

[...] The main objective is to help the members reach an equal, autonomous and quick development, thanks to the Andean, South American and Latin American integration, which will contribute to sustainable and fair human development considering the economic, political and social differences. Among the associated countries, there are Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. At the beginning they established a closed model to protect the national industries, imposing high custom duties on imported products. In the 90's this orientation changed completely toward an open model, creating a free trade zone, which had a lot of advantages for the inter-communitarian commerce: creation of employment and liberalization of the services. [...]

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