Political Science 200
Introduction to Canadian Government
Length of Course: 14 weeks
Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours lecture
Number of Credits: 3 Credits
Prerequisites: 12 credits and Psci 100 or Psci 202
Corequisite: English 100
Text: Canadian Government and Politics in Transition, 6th Edition, Ch 1-13. Robert J. Jackson and Doreen Jackson. Pearson: Toronto, 2017.
This course will introduce students to the basic components and structure of Canadian government. It examines the societal norms and institutions that have informed Canadian politics over time. It introduces students to Canada's branches of government and their role in informing Canadian democracy, as well as the politics and political parties that dominate it.Students will examine the policy-making environment in Canada, impact of the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the lives of Canadians, intergovernmental relationships between the federal government and the provinces, as well as consider the evolving place of First Nations people within Canada. Finally, students will examine the role of the media and ethics in Canadian government.
At the end of this course, students will be able to identify Canada's branches of government and key democratic institutions. They will be familiarized with common debates in Canadian politics and evaluate them critically. Students will be able to identify trends in Canadian government, politics and policy-making. Furthermore, this course builds on students' writing and analytical skills. Finally student's will have a better understanding of, and be better able to participate in, the politics of Canada.
|Week 2||Themes in Canadian Government: Centrifugal and Centripetal Forces|
|Week 3||The Canadian Constitution: Setting the Rules of the Game|
|Week 4||The Canadian Federation: Federal-Provincial Relationships, Power and Finances|
|Week 5||The Canadian Nation: The English, Quebecois and First Nations - Seeking Social Justice|
|Week 6||The Executive of Canada: The Prime Minister and the Queen|
|Week 7||The Legislature of Canada: The Senate and the Commons|
|Week 8||The Administration of Canada: Bureaucracy and Policy-Making|
|Week 9||The Canadian Justice System|
|Week 10||Canadian Democracy 1: The Parties of Canada and the Role of Interest Groups|
|Week 11||Canadian Democracy 2: Elections, the Media and Political Participation|
|Week 12||Canadian Democracy 3: Ethics in Canadian Government|
|Week 13||Canada and the World: Foreign Policy|
Students’ grades will be based on their completion of the following activities:
Matt Wadsworth, PhD (ABD); MPA