Fall/Winter Timetable

POL316H1F L0101

Contemporary Canadian Federalism


Is Canadian federalism working? This course explores how the rules and norms of Canadian federalism play out in practice. In the first part of the course, we examine theoretical underpinnings in the study of federalism in Canada and globally, such as classical federalism, co-operative federalism, and open federalism. Then, we will survey intergovernmental policy processes and ask whether federalism is working for people in Canada, including marginalized groups. Topics include the distribution of power, constitutionalism, judicial review and the notwithstanding clause, fiscal federalism, the social union, Indigenous governance, treaty federalism, and separatism in Quebec and the West.

Format and Requirements

One two-hour lecture per week. Course requirements TBA.


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

POL316Y1/ POL316Y5/ POL353Y5 /POLC54H3/POLC57H3