Spring 2022 - POL 221 D900

Introduction to Canadian Government (3)

Class Number: 5100

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SRYC 2740, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 26, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SRYE 4016, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    POL 100 or 151 or permission of department.



An introduction to the institutional order and political structure of the Canadian state. The course will include topics such as the constitution, parliament, cabinet, judiciary, public service and federal-provincial relations.



Welcome to Political Science 221: In this course will introduce you to the academic discipline of Political Science and the Canadian Political System.

The course is organized to introduce various methods of analysis, which will be helpful in understanding a complex subject of Canadian government. Politics as a subject is concerned about some permanent and non-permanent issues, which must be faced constantly but may be variously solved. The solutions differ in method as they do in substance. Rest assured, you will learn about both the problems and solutions in the domain of Canadian government. The course will concentrate on Canadian Political culture, the issue of Quebec and other unique aspects of Canadian Government. 


The objective of the course is to promote critical engagement with a wide range of empirical, historical and theoretical literature. Students will learn to display this engagement through analytical essay writing and the presentation of complex arguments in tutorial discussions and presentations. By the end of the course, they should have acquired a sound knowledge of key theoretical and practical debates in Canadian government.


  • Participation/Discussion 15%
  • Term Paper 25%
  • Test (2) 30%
  • Final Exam 30%



Canadian Politics Today: Democracy, Diversity and Good Government. Livianna Tossutti Eric Mintz, Kathy L Brock, Doreen Barrie

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.