Fall/Winter Timetable

POL356H1F L0101

Canadian Political Parties and Elections


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, campaigning, and voting.


Alain-G. Gagnon and A. Brian Tanguay, eds., Canadian Parties in Transition, 4th ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017), and Nelson Wiseman, In Search of Canadian Political Culture (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007).

Format and Requirements

Weekly lecture; two essays (45%), two two-hour tests (45%), class attendance and participation (10%).


POL214H1 or POL214Y1 or POL215H5 or POL216H5 or POL224H1 or POL224Y1 or POLB50Y3