Canadian Politics

Canadian Politics

 

Courses in this area explain and assess the constitutional, institutional, legal, political, cultural, behavioral, social, and economic features of Canadian politics and government. They address persistent issues such as regionalism, leadership, party competition, pressure groups, divisions of interest and identity, and political reform. Attention is given, in various courses, to all or one of three levels of Canadian government.

POLS 2003: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY AND THE PUBLIC GOOD 
This course examines the notion of a “public” and asks: what’s the role of government in a liberal democratic society? Students are introduced to the public policy process with a focus on how issues emerge, ideas are framed, priorities are established, and agendas are set and managed.

POLS 2006 CANADIAN POLITICS
An introduction to the basic principles, structures, and practices of Canadian politics and government. The course examines the institutions and constitutional foundations of Canadian government, as well as the processes, groups, and parties of Canadian politics.

POLS 2706 IDENTITY AND CITIZENSHIP IN CANADA
The course examines different conceptions of equality and of identity to understand the intersection of cultural categories, self-understandings and political power. Particular attention will be paid to identity-based social movements, including those of French-Canadians, First Nations' peoples, feminists, and lesbians and gays.

POLS 3063 INDIGENOUS LAW AND GOVERNANCE IN CANADA 
Students focus on how the rich, complex nature of Indigenous knowledge (IK) informs contemporary Indigenous legal thought and governance across Canada. After an overview of diverse Indigenous knowledge systems, students are introduced to interpretations and expressions of IK in the law and governance. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3103 THE POLITICS OF FRENCH CANADA
This seminar course considers the relationship between language and politics in Canada, identifies and assesses the changes in Quebec since the Quiet Revolution, considers the political and policy concerns of the French-speaking minority who live outside Quebec and examines how the politics of gender, ethnicity and class are playing themselves out within Quebec. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3303 MULTICULTURALISM IN CANADA
Questions of human rights, ethnicity and national identity, citizenship and multicultural policy underpin this seminar course on multiculturalism in Canada. Students will assess both the development of public policies, government programs and practices that will help to promote an inclusive society and the challenges and opportunities that arise in an increasingly ethnically diverse society. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3463 LAW AND POLITICS IN CANADA
An introduction to the structure and functions of the judiciary and its role in the Canadian political process. Topics include the nature of judicial power and its constitutional framework in Canada, judicial appointments, and judicial policy-making. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3503 CANADIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
The twin themes of bureaucratic power and bureaucratic accountability. In particular, attention will be paid to the classical and contemporary theories or organization, the structure and function of the Canadian Civil Service, and the various methods of limiting bureaucratic power. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3563 WOMEN, GENDER AND THE LAW IN CANADA 
This course examines legal issues that are especially relevant to women. Students will analyze laws, policies, and court rulings on issues including adoption, marriage, and prostitution. This approach will allow students to understand the issues themselves, how law is gendered, and the workings of government and politics. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3603 CANADIAN PROVINCIAL POLITICS
The twin themes of bureaucratic power and bureaucratic accountability. In particular, attention will be paid to the classical and contemporary theories or organization, the structure and function of the Canadian Civil Service, and the various methods of limiting bureaucratic power. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3703 ISSUES IN CANADIAN POLITICS
The study of politics by way of a systematic investigation of one or more issues of topical relevance in Canadian public policy. The particular issues of the course will be available from the department in the semester prior to its being offered. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3803 CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES
The origins, development, and present legal positions of the various forms of local, regional and metropolitan systems of municipal government in Canada. Special attention is paid to the problems of urban government, the territorial extent of local government, and local community development. The position of municipal government within the federal states. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 3903 CANADIAN POLITICAL PARTIES
A survey of the evolution of Canadian political parties, with particular emphasis on patterns of support, ideological change, and styles of leadership. Prerequisite: POLS 2006 with a minimum grade of B, or permission of the instructor.

POLS 4103 CANADIAN FEDERALISM
The theory and practice of federalism, including inter-governmental relations, constitutional politics and the federal nature of Canadian society. Prerequisite: POLS 2006 with a minimum grade of B, or permission of the instructor.

POLS 4203 POLITICS IN MARITIME CANADA
An exploration of political changes in Maritime Canada. Particular attention is paid to regional political cultures, electoral styles, party politics, leadership, federalism, Maritime Union, and public policy. Prerequisite: POLS 2006 with a minimum grade of B, or permission of the instructor.

POLS 4303 CDN POLITICS: ISSUES/APPROACHES
Explores both classical and modern analyses of Canadian politics. The course attempts to understand the interconnections between political culture, political institutions, party politics, and public policy in Canada and to draw conclusions about the nature of political power in Canada. Prerequisite: POLS 2006 with a minimum grade of B, or permission of the instructor.

POLS 4403 CANADIAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
An examination of the role performed by the judicial and legislative branches in constitutional protections in Canada. Topics include leading constitutional decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada and the major trends in Canadian constitutional law including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the division of powers. Prerequisite: POLS 2006 with a minimum grade of B, or permission of the instructor.

POLS 4603 FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES: LAW, POLITICS AND POLICY IN CANADA
This seminar course explores the socio-political, historical, legal, economic and cultural aspects of the decolonization and self-determination efforts of First Nations peoples in Canada. Students will explore the multiple dimensions of aboriginality, the evolution of Aboriginal-State relations, the legal battles for Aboriginal rights to land, resources, and self-government, and the evolving political status and aspirations of First Nations’ peoples. Prerequisite: Second-year standing (i.e. >24h completed).

POLS 4803 CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY 
The social, political, cultural, and institutional forces which shape the form and content of public policy, the rationality of the policy process, the mushrooming of state activities, and the actual impact of governmental programs. Prerequisite: POLS 2006 with a minimum grade of B, or permission of the instructor.