A comprehensive introduction to the Canadian political system. The first term examines the constitution and governmental institutions including parliament, federalism, the judiciary, the Charter of Rights, and the electoral system. The second term explores the ideas, issues, and societal forces that drive Canadian politics, policy, and public administration, including ideology, political culture, regionalism, Quebec and language, multiculturalism, aboriginal and gender issues, interest groups, and media.
Stephen Brooks, Canadian Democracy: An Introduction, 7th ed. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2012); Peter H. Russell et al., eds., Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010).
Format and Requirements
Weekly lecture, two essays (45%), 2 two-hour term tests (45%) and a tutorial participation component (10%).
4.0 credits including 1.0 POL credit