Canadian Government and Politics
A comprehensive introduction to the Canadian political system. The first term examines the constitution, the machinery of government, federalism, the courts, the Charter of Rights, and the electoral system. The second term explores the ideas, issues, and societal forces that drive Canadian politics including ideology, political culture, regionalism, Quebec and language, multiculturalism, aboriginal issues, media, and interest groups.
Stephen Brooks, Canadian Democracy: An Introduction, 8th ed. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015); Peter H. Russell et al., eds., Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics, 2nd. ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2016).
Format and Requirements
Weekly lecture, two essays (45%), 2 two-hour term tests (45%) and a tutorial participation component (10%).
1.0 POL credit or 4.0 full course equivalents