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Course Description

Rear view of Parliament Hill in Ottawa

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Course Topics

  • The Context of Canadian Politics
  • Political Culture and Ideology in Canada
  • Assimilation, Accommodation and Integration in Canadian Politics
  • Canadian Politics and the World

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Group Discussions (4 x 4%) 16%
Blog Topic 4%
Quizzes (2 x 5%) 10%
Term Paper 30%
On Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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