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

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


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