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B.C. Politics and Government

Course Code: POLI 2205
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Political Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

British Columbia’s politics is the Wild West of Canadian politics. This course examines the evolution of the province’s politics and government. This examination will be considered from both descriptive and comparative perspectives, with a focus on the structural approach to exploring the ideas, institutions, and political actors that have played a role in the development of British Columbia. The focus of the course will be on current political issues facing the province, its future development, and on the provincial legislature, First Nations, cities, towns and villages, and regional districts.

Course Content

  1. The political, social, and economic context of British Columbian government and politics.
  2. The ideal and practice of democracy in British Columbia.
  3. The evolution of British Columbian political institutions.
  4. Contemporary policy issues facing all levels of government in British Columbia.
  5. Future challenges.

Methods of Instruction

Instructor presentation of the course will involve the use of formal lectures, structured group work, and in-class discussion of assigned materials. Audio-visual and interactive materials may be used.

Means of Assessment

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 30% will be assigned to the various components of a formal research essay. Specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor in course outlines.

One example of an evaluation system:

Quizzes 10%
Participation 10%
Mid-term exam 25%
Term essay  30%
Final exam 25%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of how politics and government in British Columbia evolved pre- and post-Confederation;
  2. discuss the institutions, ideas, and political decision-makers that have shaped British Columbia ’s political institutions from structural and other perspectives;
  3. identify and critically assess the various policy issues facing all levels of government in British Columbia today.

course prerequisites

POLI 1101 or POLI 1102 or permission of instructor

curriculum guidelines

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.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.