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Canadian Politics Courses

Canadian politics and government courses involve the systemic study of past and current political issues, government institutions and actors. Political Science courses with a "8" as the second number have been designated as delivering primarily Canadian politics content. (note: applicable credit restrictions and prerequisites not shown -- see courses page for detailed information)

Political Science Honours and Majors candidates may wish to apply Canadian politics courses towards an optional concentration in Canadian Government. A recommended course sequencing for students interested in Canadian Politics is as follows:

  • Begin with 1000 Introduction to Politics and Government and 1010 Issues in Canadian Politics
  • Next, take 2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government
  • Then, take some 38xx courses (more specialized Canadian content)
  • Finally, take 48xx courses (advanced seminars in Canadian politics)

1000 Introduction to Politics and Government: Introduction to Politics and Government is an introduction to basic concepts in the study of politics, power, law, public policy and government, touching on major areas of political ideologies, institutions, and current domestic and international political issues. Suitable for students in all disciplines.

1010 Issues in Canadian Politics: Explores some of Canada's most pressing and interesting political issues. This course profiles important political problems facing federal and provincial politicians and society. Suitable for students in all disciplines who have an interest in Canadian politics and who wish to develop a basic awareness of Canadian government.

2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government: An introduction to the structure and operations of institutions of Canadian government and the nature of political actors. Topics to be examined may include the constitution, federalism, parliament, political parties, political culture and elections.

3800 Federalism in Canada: Examines relationships between governments in the Canadian federation ranging from high-profile disputes to efficient diplomacy. This course reviews longstanding intergovernmental stresses such as the constitution, legislative powers, legal matters, sub-state nationalism (e.g., Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador) and wealth distribution.

3810 Political Executive in Canada: Explores executive institutions and the roles of political actors, such as prime ministers, premiers and ministers, in addressing and shaping important political issues in Canada.

3820 Constitutional Law in Canada: Uses a casebook approach to examine critical issues of Canadian constitutional law. The development of the Canadian constitution and processes of judicial review, as well as the legal development of federalism and protection of civil rights, are examined in detail.

3830 Aboriginal Government and Politics in Canada: An introductory course in Aboriginal governance. It examines Aboriginal culture and traditions, the variety of Aboriginal governments and governing traditions, and Aboriginal and treaty rights. Public policy issues surrounding categories of Aboriginal peoples, intergovernmental relations affecting them, and the role and significance Aboriginal political organizations and actions are explored.

3860 Media and Politics in Canada: Draws upon communications theory to analyze major political problems and processes. Specific attention is given to Canadian politics in the news and to various print, broadcast and online media.

3870 Provincial Politics: A comparative study of politics in selected Canadian provinces and territories. Consequences of varying historical and cultural contexts will be examined with special attention to parties and movements, leadership styles, and orientations to the Canadian federation.

3880 Newfoundland and Labrador Politics: A study of the political process in Newfoundland and Labrador. Topics may include electoral behaviour and attitudes, the party system, leadership styles, the consequences of federalism, and public administration.

3890 Municipal Politics: An examination of the theory, structure and operation of local governments in Canada, with particular emphasis on Newfoundland and Labrador. Recent proposals for reform and the politics of implementing regional government and financial reorganization will be examined.

4860 Elections in Canada: An examination of election campaigns and electoral systems in the Canadian political system, with an emphasis on candidates, parties, voters, electioneering activities and campaign regulations.

4870 Regionalism in Canada: An examination of the economic, social, and institutional determinants of regionalism and the ways in which these forces have shaped decision-making in Canada. Emphasis on the various models and frameworks used to study regionalism.

4880 Research in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics: Requires students to participate in advanced research projects dealing with selected aspects of the politics of Newfoundland and Labrador. Topics to be considered may include the legislature and the executive, the civil service, interest groups, parties, elections and political recruitment.