A comprehensive introduction to the Canadian political system. The first term examines the Constitution and institutions including parliamentary government, federalism, the judiciary, and the Charter of Rights. The second term explores the ideas, issues, and societal forces that drive Canadian politics including ideology, political culture, regionalism, language and gender, multiculturalism, political parties, interest groups, elections, and media.
Stephen Brooks, Canadian Democracy: An Introduction, 6th ed. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2009); Peter H. Russell et al., eds., Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010).
Format and Requirements
Weekly lecture, two essays (45%), 2 two-hour term tests (45%) and a participation component (10%).
4.0 credits including 1.0 POL credit