Summer Timetable

POL214Y1Y L5101

Canadian Government and Politics


A comprehensive introduction to the Canadian political system. The first term explores public policy and public administration. Topics include the constitution, federalism, interest groups, the courts, and the Charter of Rights. The second term examines the ideas, issues, and societal forces that drive Canadian politics. Topics include the socio-economic setting, ideology, political culture, regionalism, Quebec and language, multiculturalism, aboriginal issues, media, and the electoral system.


Stephen Brooks, Canadian Democracy: An Introduction, updated 8th eds. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015); Peter H. Russell et al., 2nd eds., Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2016).

Format and Requirements

Two weekly lectures and a tutorial. This course will include two essays, 2 term tests, and a tutorial participation component.


1.0 POL credit or 4.0 full course equivalents

POL214Y5 or POL224Y1 or POLB50H3 or POLB50Y3 or POLB52H3