Through the lens of contemporary political issues, this course will examine the pillars of the Canadian political system - Parliamentary government, federalism and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms - and how they reflect and affect the distinctly Canadian societal cleavages: linguistic, regional, ethnic, national, and sexual. Students will develop an awareness and understanding of these concepts, institutions and processes, which will enhance their ability to interpret current political events and provide a foundation upon which to explore Canadian politics, identity, public policy and governance in upper level political science courses.
Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the various concepts, intuitions, and processes of the Canadian government and contemporary Canadian political issues.
- Critique and interpret current political events
- Examine current political issues from various perspectives.
- Build a foundation upon which to explore Canadian politics, identity, public policy and governance in upper level political science courses.
- The Context of Canadian Politics
- Political Culture and Ideology in Canada
- Assimilation, Accommodation and Integration in Canadian Politics
- Canadian Politics and the World
|Group Discussions (4 x 4%)||16%|
|Quizzes (2 x 5%)||10%|
|On Campus Final Exam||40%|
*Course details are subject to change.