Fall/Winter Timetable

POL490H1S L0101

Topics in Canadian Politics I

Identity Politics in Canada


Canada is often described as a diverse country, and much of our political activity involves balancing group interests. In this course, we will examine the foundations of identity politics in Canada, including theoretical and historical perspectives. We will also explore contemporary issues and strategies of identity groups in Canada who are seeking to bolster or defend their interests. Topics include the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, colonialism, bilingualism, multicultural policies, federalism, separatist movements, and activist movements including women’s rights, 2SLGBTQI+ rights, Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, and Every Child Matters.


No textbook (readings online)

Format and Requirements

One two-hour seminar per week. Essay outline (15%), peer review (10%), essay (40%), short presentation (15%), seminar participation (20%).


POL214Y1 or POL214Y5 or POLB50Y3 or POL224Y1 and 1.0 other POL credit in Canadian Politics. See Department's website for POL courses by area group: http://politics.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/courses/fallwinter-timetable/