Fall/Winter Timetable

POL214Y1Y L0101

Canadian Government and Politics


A comprehensive introduction to the Canadian political system. The first term explores 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. The second term examines public policy and public administration. Topics include the constitution, federalism, interest groups, the courts, and the Charter of Rights.


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 (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010).

Format and Requirements

Weekly lecture, two essays (45%), 2 two-hour term tests (45%) and a tutorial participation component (10%).