This course is an investigation into the Canadian system of government and the central
questions in this country's political life. Students learn about our constitutional
arrangements, the structure and processes of our national government and the relationship
between politics and society. Students examine the future of democracy as analyzed through the
political effects of globalization, concentrated economic power and the ideology of limited
Upon successful completion of POLI 1111, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of facts, concepts, and terms relating to Canadian government and
- Write about Canadian government and politics in ways that show broad understanding,
analysis, and synthesis of your readings.
- Explain the workings of component parts of the Canadian government and their
- Assess the reality of Canadian democracy.
- Critically reflect on your political ideology and positions.
- Outline and explain your priorities for change in the Canadian political system.
- Explain how the individual can have an impact on power in Canada in ways that "make a
- Demonstrate critical awareness of media treatment of political issues, how it affects
issue perception by yourself and others, and how you can glean reliable information from
- Analyze and respond to current events affecting Canadian government and politics.
- Analyze the political effects of globalization, concentrated economic power, and the
ideology of limited government.
- Demonstrate a willingness to become an active, responsible, engaged, and effective
Unit 1: The Canadian State and Structures of Governance
Unit 2: Democratic Participation
Unit 3: Politics and Canadian Society
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- Brooks, S. (2020). Canadian democracy (updated 9th ed.). Oxford University Press
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-199-03250-1
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50% on the mandatory
final examination and 50% overall. The following chart shows how the final grade is determined
for this course.
|Assignment 1: The Canadian State and Structures of Governance
|Assignment 2: Democratic Participation
|Assignment 3: Politics and Canadian Society
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the "mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. Students will receive the
necessary contact information starting the course.