This course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lectures
- audio visual material
- small group discussions
- research projects and research papers
- History of gambling in Canada
- Political, legal, social, economic, cultural forces shaping gambling globally and within Canada
- Provincial-federal relations with respect to lotteries and other forms of legal gambling
- Pathological and problem gambling, how it is measured, assessed, treated
- Operational and regulatory models of legal gambling in Canada
- The status of First Nations gambling in Canada
- The gambling-crime nexus
- Global gambling expansion and its impact on Canadian gambling policies
- The future of such gambling activities as: bingo, casinos, Video Lottery Terminals, and Internet gambling
- Community perceptions of the costs/benefits of gambling
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and discuss the key dates and circumstances surrounding amendments to the gambling sections of the Criminal Code of Canada.
- Examine the legal, social, political, and economic forces that have shaped Canada’s gambling laws and policies.
- Explain the role played by provincial governments in monopolizing and expanding legal gambling in Canada.
- Critically assess the extent and impact of problem gambling in Canada.
- Describe and explain the strategies developed to ameliorate problem gambling in Canada.
- Identify and discuss the economic costs and benefits of expanded legal gambling
- Examine the nature of the global expansion of gambling and its impact on Canadian gambling policies.
- Discuss and critique the relationship between gambling and crime
- Explain the regulatory and operational models of gambling in Canada, including the status of gambling in First Nation territories.
- Analyze the prospects of continued expansion of legal gambling, such as casinos, lotteries, and Internet-based gambling.
|Term Assignment (e.g. Term Paper)||30%|
|Term Exams (x2)||50%|
Course pack of relevant selected readings will be available, subject to copyright approval.
Texts will be updated periodically.
Examples may include:
- Belanger, Y.D. (2011) First Nations Gambling in Canada, University of Manitoba Press. Winnipeg.
- Cosgrave, J. & Klassen, T.R. (2009) Casino State: Legalized Gambling in Canada, U. of T. Press, Toronto.
- Morton, S (2003) At Odds: Gambling & Canadians 1919-1969, U. of T. Press, Toronto.