Summer 2021 - POL 221 D100

Introduction to Canadian Government (3)

Class Number: 3292

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    TBA
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    POL 100 or 101W or 151 or permission of department.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to the institutional order and political structure of the Canadian state. The course will include topics such as the constitution, parliament, cabinet, judiciary, public service and federal-provincial relations.

COURSE DETAILS:

Many Canadians are deeply alienated from their politicians, and many Quebeckers would like to leave Canada to set up their own country.  What has gone wrong? This class focuses on Canada’s Constitution and government institutions, as a way to see what works well and what doesn’t. This should help you understand how our country is being governed, how political power is channelled and exercised.  Knowing that, we can have a much better idea of what can and should be fixed, and perhaps a better appreciation of the limitations of the current political institutions to accommodate deep divisions within our society.

COURSE ORGANIZATION

The class will run asynchronously with some recorded video lectures, in addition to weekly synchronous tutorials (beginning in Week 2).  Please refer to scheduled days/times for tutorials.

A synchronous midterm and take-home final exam will be held, schedule TBA.

Grading

  • Mid-term exam * 10%
  • Term paper * 40%
  • Tutorial participation 20%
  • Final take-home exam * 30%

NOTES:

* Students are required to submit their written assignments to the Turnitin.com service in order to get credit.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Cochrane, Blidook & Dyck, Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, 9th Edition


ISBN: 9780176886608

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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

TEACHING AT SFU IN SUMMER 2021

Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).