Summer 2023 - POL 324 D100
The Canadian Constitution (4)
Class Number: 3336
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Aug 13, 2023
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
1 778 782-3043
Prerequisites:Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.
An analysis of the Canadian constitution from a theoretical and comparative perspective. Amendment, entrenchment, civil rights.
This course sheds light on the interplay between formal and informal constitutional rules, between law and politics. Students considering law school will benefit from this introduction to constitutional law, and others will gain insights into how Canada's constitution works in theory and practice. You will learn about the vast discretion judges have, the principles they use in their decisions, and the shifting interpretations they have given to Canada’s constitutional documents. The central focus will be on the division of responsibility for specific areas of public policy between the federal and provincial governments. The course will also explore constitutional conventions, the informal rules that dramatically modify how some of the formal rules operate in practice. You should take away from this course an appreciation of how intertwined politics and law are, both in the work of judges and in the rules governing Canada’s political actors.
Four-hour lecture per week for the first half of term, with a two-hour lecture and a two-hour tutorial in the second half.
- Mid-term exam 10%
- Term paper 45%
- Presentation 10%
- Attendance 5%
- Final exam 30%
* Students are required to submit written assignments to the Turnitin.com service in order to get credit.
P. Monahan, B. Shaw, & P. Ryan, Constitutional Law, 5th Edition. ISBN 9781552214411
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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Department Undergraduate Notes:
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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