Introduction to Canadian Government
1. The Canadian Constitution
This section covers the origins and evolution of the Canadian constitution, the formal executive, the monarchy and Governor General, the structure of the judiciary, federal and provincial legislative authority, the 1982 patriation of Canada’s constitution and key post-1982 events such as the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords, the 1995 Quebec succession referendum, and the Clarity Act.
This section examines and evaluates concepts of Canadian federalism. The major challenges to federalism will be examined in terms of dualism (French/English), Quebec nationalism, and the regional dynamics that influence the legislative authority of both federal and provincial governments.
3. The Prime Minister, Ministry, and Cabinet
The role and powers of the political executive are examined, with particular emphasis on the prime minister. Cabinet formulation and structure as well as the roles of Cabinet ministers are discussed. Policy formulation at the executive level is examined, with reference to major coordinating agencies such the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office.
4. Legislative Politics
The structure and roles of the Canadian parliament are examined, with particular reference to the governing and opposition parties, parliamentary processes, the committee system, and the roles of elected members of Parliament.
5. The Civil Service
The basic structure and role of the civil service is explored, with particular emphasis placed on the role the civil service plays in terms of the development and implementation of public policy.
Instructor presentation of the course will involve the use of formal lectures, structured group work, in-class discussion, and student presentations or formal debates. Additional readings may be assigned for each course unit and placed on library reserve or via selected websites. Audio-visual and interactive materials may be used.
The course evaluation will be based on course objectives and in accordance with the policies of Douglas College and the Department of Political Science. A minimum of 40% of the student’s course grade will be assigned to examinations, a minimum of 30% will be assigned to the various components of a formal research essay, and a maximum of 30% will be based upon components such as quizzes, short essays, participation, and class presentations. Specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor in course outlines.
One example of an evaluation system:
Mid-term exam 25%
Research essay 30%
Final exam 25%
Upon conclusion of the course, successful students will be able to:
- Distinguish between pluralist, public choice, class, state-centred, and globalization approaches to the study of Canadian government;
- Describe major institutions in the Canadian political system, for example, the constitution, the political executive, Parliament, the courts, and the civil service;
- Explain the functions of the main institutions of Canada’s political system such as passing, implementing, executing, and adjudicating legislation;
- Apply understanding of course objectives and content in a formal research essay;
- Pursue study in more advanced work in Canadian government and politics courses.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
Textbooks and readers will be selected based on instructor expertise and preference, and in consultation with the Department of Political Science. There are a range of textbooks and readers that can fulfill course objectives. Some examples include:
Bickerton, James and Alain-G. Gagnon. eds., Canadian Politics. Fifth edition (Toronto: University of
Toronto Press, 2009).
Brooks, Stephen. Canadian Democracy: An Introduction. Sixth edition (Toronto: Oxford University
Dyck, Rand. Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches. Sixth edition (Toronto: Nelson, 2011).
Malcolmson, Patrick and Richard Myers. The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to
Parliamentary Government in Canada. Fourth edition (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009).
Mintz, Eric, Livianna Tossutti, and Christopher Dunn. Democracy, Diversity and Good Government:
An Introduction to Politics in Canada (Toronto: Pearson Education, 2011).
No prerequisite courses.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
|Institution||Transfer Details for POLI 1102|
|Athabasca University (AU)||AU POLI 2XX (3)|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO PSC 104 (3)|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU POL 104 (3)|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||COTR POLI 203 (3)|
|Coquitlam College (COQU)||COQU POLI 101 (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU POLI 1120 (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG POLI 1119 (3)|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC POLI 111 (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU POL 221 (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU POLI 1110 (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU POLS 1XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO POLI 101 (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV POLI 101 (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC POLS 1XX (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||DOUG POLI 1102 (3) & DOUG POLI 2202 (3) = UNBC POLS 200 (3) & UNBC POLS 2XX (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV POSC 110 (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC POLI 201 (1.5)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU POLI 221 (3)|