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POLI-111 - Canadian Government & Politics - 3.00 Credits

POLI-111 - Canadian Government & Politics - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This is a general course in Canadian politics which will focus on the structures of power, the functions of political institutions and the conflicts within the political system as a whole. While the focus of the course is federal politics, some time will be devoted to understanding the provincial and municipal levels of government. Attention will be given to some contemporary political issues (Quebec separation and Aboriginal concerns) and Aboriginal self-government.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Associate of Arts Degree- Criminology - Year 1
  • First Nations Public Administration Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 equivalency or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per Week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to: 

    • gain the political institutions in Canada and how they function;

    • acquire the facility to analyze and dissect key elements of federal institutions;

    • acquire the facility to discuss major current issues and difficulties in governing Canada;

    • ability to depict and explain the dynamics of politics;

    • understand the basic elements of Canadian institutions;

    • ability to distinguish between types of institutions;

    • define and distinguish between the concepts of state and nation; politics and government; self-determination and nationalism;

    • describe the main geographic and demographic factors that condition politics in Canada;

    • define constitution and constitutionalism;

    • distinguish between unitary, co-federal and federal systems of government;

    • the historical roots of Quebec nationalism to today;

    • the three main components of the formal and political executive and describe the role of each;

    • the three major functions of the Canadian legislature in general, and discuss the district functions of the House of Commons and the senate in particular;

    • the two basic organizational structures found in the Canadian federal bureaucracy (aside from central agencies), and explain what they do;

    • differentiate between civil and criminal law in the Canadian legal system;

    • distinguish between political parties and interest groups and name at least five functions each performs in the political process;

    • trace the origins and developments of the Canadian electoral system and the general historic pattern of votes in Canada; and,

    • enhance skills in the areas of communication, computer literacy, research, interpersonal and group interaction skills.

    Text and Materials:
  • White, Walter L., Wagenberg, R.H., Nelson, R.C. (1994). Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government. (6th ed.). Toronto: Harcourt Brace Canada.

  • Richardson, Boyce. (1989). Drum Beat, Anger and Renewal in Indian Country. Summerhill Press: Assembly of First Nations.
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