Fall 2021 - POL 322 D100
Canadian Political Parties (4)
Class Number: 3860
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3535, 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?
- Three quizzes in class 30%
- Attendance and Participation 10%
- Short paper 15%
- Term paper 30%
- Asynchronous contributions to the online discussion board 15%
All books available as ebooks from Vital Source.
Canadian Parties in Transition ed. Alain-G. Gagnon and A. Brian Tanguay, 4th edition (University of Toronto Press 2017) ISBN: 9781442634701
Digital Politics in Canada: Promises and Realities ed. Tamara A. Small and Harold J. Jensen (University of Toronto Press 2020) ISBN: 9781487587581
Partisan Odysseys: Canada’s Political Parties by Nelson Wiseman (University of Toronto 2020) ISBN: 9781487525392
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