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
POLI 1111: Canadian Government and Politics is divided into three units, which are further
divided into topics of study:
Unit 1: The Canadian State and Structures of Governance
- 1.1 Introduction to Politics
- 1.2 The Constitution and the Charter
- 1.3 Federalism: Levels of Government
- 1.4 Division of Power: Branches of Government
Unit 2: Democratic Participation
- 2.1 The Canadian Party System
- 2.2 Elections
- 2.3 Interest Groups
- 2.4 The Media in Politics
Unit 3: Politics and Canadian Society
- 3.1 Canadian Political Culture
- 3.2 Canadian Regionalism
- 3.3 The Politics of Nationalism: Quebec and First Nations
- 3.4 Multiculturalism, Minorities, and Globalization
Required text and materials
Students will receive all course materials including the textbooks in their course package.
- Brooks, S. (2015). Canadian Democracy. 8th edition. Don Mills, ON: Oxford
Type: ISBN: 9780199011155
- Brooks, S. (2016). Canadian Democracy (updated 8th edition). Don Mills, ON: Oxford
Type: ISBN: 978-0-19-902876-4
Either edition is acceptable.
Computer with Internet is required for this course.
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 final
examination and 50% overall. The following chart shows how the final grade is determined for
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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.