Fall/Winter Timetable

POL356H1F L0101

Canadian Political Parties


The emergence, evolution, and setting of Canada’s federal and provincial political parties. Topics include theoretical perspectives on party systems, behavioral and cultural characteristics of Canada’s parties, ideology and policy, party organization, membership, leadership selection, elections and campaigning, the electoral system and voting, and the representation of interests.


Nelson Wiseman, In Search of Canadian Political Culture (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007).
Also recommended: Hugh G. Thorburn and Alan Whitehorn, eds., Party Politics in Canada 8th ed. (Toronto: Prentice Hall, 2001) [On Course Reserves at Robarts Library, 4th Floor]; and Alain-G. Gagnon and A. Brian Tanguay, eds., Canadian Parties in Transition, 3rd ed. (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2007). (E-book)

Format and Requirements

Weekly lecture, research proposal (10%); one essay (50%), one two-hour test (25%), class attendance and participation (15%).


POL214Y1 or POL224Y1