Fall/Winter Timetable

POL490H1F L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2102H1F L0101

Topics in Canadian Politics I

Change and Continuity in Canadian Electoral Politics


Long term trends in Canadian electoral politics will be examined from the perspective of theories of realignment/dealignment and social change. Utilizing data from the Canadian election studies, we will assess the effects of social and economic forces in establishing continuities in Canadian electoral politics. We will also consider the ability of short term factors such as election campaigns, social media, or new issues and problems to disrupt or alter these. Following an analysis of elements that have shaped the contours of Canadian federal elections in recent years, we will consider the implications of the 2019 and 2021 federal election campaigns and election outcomes for future electoral alignments in Canada.


Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson, Lawrence LeDuc and Jon H. Pammett. Absent Mandate: Strategies and Choices in Canadian Elections. University of Toronto Press, 2019
Laura B. Stephenson, Allison Harell, Daniel Rubenson and Peter John Loewen. Canadian Election Studies 2021 and 2019 Online Survey Codebooks. Download from http://www.ces-eec.ca/

Format and Requirements



POL214H1 or POL214Y1 or POL215H5 or POL216H5 or POL224H1 or POL224Y1 orPOLB50Y3; 1.0 other POL credit in Canadian politics. See the Department's website http://politics.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/courses/fallwinter-timetable/ for POL courses by area group.