Spring 2022 - POL 222 D100

Introduction to Canadian Politics (3)

Class Number: 5065

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 3510, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SSCC 9000, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    POL 100 or 151 or permission of department.



An introduction to the social and participatory basis of Canadian politics, covering topics such as political culture, regionalism and other political divisions, political parties, elections, interest groups and new social movements.



This course looks at the political dynamics that make Canada such an interesting country. Just what are the cleavages that divide our population and what impact have they had over the years? These are questions you will explore in the class, as you learn more about the regional, linguistic, ethnic, class, gender, and age divisions evident in Canada. How political parties operate and what opportunities Canadians have to engage during elections are central issues in how citizen demands get channelled. Social movements and interest groups provide other important ways in which Canadians can try to influence public policies. The exclusion of indigenous peoples over the years has led to various demands and attempts to redress inequities and engage in reconciliation. The vital role played by the media, both commercial and social, will be a continuing theme in appreciating how we learn about our society and how issues and groups get portrayed to others.

Course Format:

There will be a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial each week.


  • Quiz 5%
  • Midterm Exam 10%
  • Term Paper 40%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Tutorial Participation 15%


Students are required to submit their written assignments to the Turnitin.com service in order to get credit.



Cochrane, Blidook & Dyck, Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches Ninth Edition.

ISBN: 9780176883881

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.