Spring 2023 - POL 222 D100

Introduction to Canadian Politics (3)

Class Number: 5070

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2023
    8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    WMC 3260, 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.


Course Details:

This course looks at the political dynamics that make Canada such an interesting country. Just what are the cleavages that divide our population and drive our politics? 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 an important 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. 9th Edition.  ISBN 9780176886608  


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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