Fall 2023 - POL 351 D100

Immigration, Integration, and Public Policy in Canada (4)

Class Number: 3973

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Fri, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

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



Explores the governance challenges related to immigration and integration in Canada using a public policy approach. The course deals with topics concerning immigrant selection (including immigration categories, temporary/permanent Immigration, intergovernmental agreements, etc.) and focuses on immigrant's integration into society (such as nation-building strategies, integration Indicators and discrimination). Students who have taken Selected Topics course POL 359 with this topic may not take this course for further credit.


Course Description: 

Canada’s population has reached 40 million this year. The historic pace of the increase has been mainly driven by immigration.  We will examine how institutions have responded to immigration and discuss the effects of immigration on policy and politics. Public policy has exhibited an openness to immigration while, at other times, more closure. Empirical and normative dimensions will be considered.  We will explore debates on the topic among experts.  Who is getting and who should get in?  What is the basis of Canadian citizenship?  How are those decisions made? How does immigration intersect with race, gender, country of origin, and class? The course also considers the effectiveness of policies to integrate immigrants and the interaction between multiculturalism and immigration.

Course Organization:

There will be two hours of lecture and a one-hour tutorial per week. Tutorials start in week two.


  • Two timed quizzes in lecture, each worth 20% 40%
  • Attendance and Participation in tutorial 10%
  • Attendance and Participation in lecture 10%
  • Two Reading Critiques, each worth 15% 30%
  • Two Discussions on Canvas, each worth 5% 10%



Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Ethel Tungohan, and Christina Gabriel, Containing Diversity: Canada and the Politics of Immigration in the 21st century (University of Toronto press, 2022)  ISBN: 9781442609068

Jennifer Elrick, Making Middle-Class Multiculturalism: Immigration, Bureaucrats and Policy-making in Postwar Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2021).  Available digitally from Vital Source.  ISBN: 9781487527792


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.