Fall/Winter Timetable

POL214Y1Y L0101

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

POL214Y5 or POL224Y1 or POLB50H3 or POLB50Y3 or POLB52H3