Political and Contemporary Issues
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This is an introductory course that maps the origins of Canadian politics since Confederation up to the present day. In this regard, we will examine the nature, structure, and workings of the Canadian political system through an analysis of the role of power and influence in Canadian democracy, the state and its institutions (the constitution, the government, bureaucracy, media, military and so forth), the executive, cabinet, the electoral system, political parties, interest groups, political culture, regionalism and so on. The course enables students to understand the process of political decision making and its effects on the social, economic and political development of Canadian society. Students will cultivate an understanding of how policies derive from political decision making. They will also gain an understanding of recently implemented contemporary Canadian policies, the relationship between these policies and local and global issues, and how students themselves are affected as individuals.