Spring 2020 - POL 322 D100

Canadian Political Parties (4)

Class Number: 5251

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 3253, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.



Development of the Canadian party system. Party ideologies, organization, campaigns and elections.


This course analyzes the contribution of political parties to Canada’s democracy.  How do political parties organize to serve divergent interests?  Which individuals are more likely to join political parties?  How democratic is the process by which candidates are nominated and the national party leaders are selected?  Regulations pertaining to party financing have been recently changed.  Have these changes enhanced representative democracy?  How strongly do Canadian voters identify with a particular party, and what impact does the perception of the leader have on voter choice?  What is the nature of the relationship between parties and the media?  What new challenges does the current federal election present for the Liberal Party? What is the impact of digital technologies on political parties in Canada? How far can the Conservative Party broaden its appeal from a Western base of support?  Why has a country with a first-past-the post electoral system produced so many electorally effective third parties, such as the NDP and the Green Party?


  • Class Participation 10%
  • Small group exercises 10%
  • Short paper 15%
  • Term paper proposal 10%
  • Term paper 25%
  • In class Quizzes 30%



ed. Alain-G. Gagnon and A. Brian Tanguay, Canadian Parties in Transition, 4th edition (University of Toronto Press 2017)
ISBN: 978-1-4426-3470-1

Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson, Lawrence Leduc, and Jon H. Pammett, Absent Mandate: Strategies and Choices in Canadian Elections (University of Toronto Press 2019)
ISBN: 9781487594800

A custom courseware available at the SFU Bookstore.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
For details, see http://www.sfu.ca/politics/undergraduate/program/related_links.html and click on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Dishonesty” .

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