W A Douglas Jackson
Critical analysis of parliamentary institutions, political parties, and the federal system in Canada. Offered: jointly with POL S 341.
Students are introduced to the major steps in the formation of the Canadian political entity from New France to the present. Canada achieved statehood and independence without violence. Students are exposed to the major constitutional stages through which Canada passed from French and British colonies to independent status. The structure of the Canadian political system and Canadian political parties are discussed in the context of Canadian parliamentary democracy. This is a critical course for students majoring in Canadian Studies.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Essentially a lecture course. Lectures are supplemented with extensive classroom discussions, relevant videos and films and other visual aids.
A background in Canadian history and a knowledge of the government of the United States are deemed useful, but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Readings from Canadian textual sources, newspapers and other hand-outs represent a major portion of the assignments. Students are encouraged to access Canadian radio, TV and/or to Canadian items on the Internet.
Evaluations are based on attendance and participation in classroom discussions. One or two short papers, quizzes and an understanding of the lectures and readings.
papers (40%), quizess (50%), participation (10%)