POLI 201 Learning Objectives

Introduction to Canadian Government

By the end of the course, students will know:

  • Basic geographic, demographic, and economic facts about Canada relevant to description and analysis of the Canadian political system
  • The basic timeline of Canadian political history
  • Canada’s central regime principles: responsible government; popular rule; equality; liberty
  • The characteristics and functions of the principal political institutions of Canada: Constitution, Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Federalism; House of Commons; Senate; Executive (Prime Minister, Civil Service); Judiciary; Electoral System; Parties, Interest groups

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Use Canada’s central regime principles to analyze changes and events in Canadian politics and political institutions
  • Describe and analyze the structure, history, and implications of Canada’s central political institutions
  • Analyze actions taken by political actors in Canada in the context of Canada’s political institutions

By the end of the course, students will have acquired and refined the following skills:

  • Use primary data sources, peer-reviewed research literature and other sources of credible information and dialogue on Canadian Politics for the purposes of analysis
  • Recognize and generate sound argument to conduct political analysis
  • Summarize and synthesize scholarly literature in Canadian politics
  • Effectively communicate political analysis in written and oral forms
  • Practice informed Canadian citizenship and engage with all aspects of the Canadian Political System