Department of Political Science
Political Science 1103A
Law, Power, and Canadian Politics
Professor T. Bateman
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 11:30am, or by appointment
It's hard to know
who poses the greater threat to a democratic regime: the person who
thinks he (it is usually a he') knows everything about politics
and has a one-line answer for all our ills; or the person blissfully
ignorant of even the obvious details of political life.
This course attempts
to remedy both ills. It will provide the conceptual and institutional
background that a citizen needs to participate intelligently in the
political life of this country It will offer a sense of the complexity
of political issues and encourages you to understand both well-intentioned
and malevolent people who purport to act in the public interest. It
will also provide the conceptual and institutional background that a
citizen needs to participate intelligently in the political life of
this country. This course will introduce you to Canada as a liberal-democratic,
parliamentary regime organized along federal lines.
and Richard Myers, The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary
Government in Canada. 2nd edition. (Peterborough: Broadview, 2002).
and Roger Epp, eds., Braving the New World: Readings in Contemporary
Politics. 3rd edition. (Scarborough: Thomson Nelson, 2004).
Assignment #1 10%
Assignment #2 10%
Assignment #3 15%
Mid-term exam 25%
Unscheduled quizzes/assignments 10%
Final Exam* 30%
*Note: Final exam
date is December 9, 9:00am.
1. Unless otherwise
noted, the Political Science Department Guidelines will govern this
2. Students' travel arrangements must accommodate the exam schedule.
3. Plagiarism will be penalized to the full extent of STU policy.
4. Late assignments will be penalized 1 point per day or part thereof
late. An assignment marked out of 5 points which is one day late will
have 20% deducted.
5. Assignments not submitted in class at the beginning of class
on the due date will be considered late.
6. All out-of-class assignments must be word-processed. No hand-written
work will be accepted.
7. All such assignments must be stapled once in the top-left corner.
No covers or folders, please.
8. Students may be required to withdraw from this for reasons of repeated,
Week of: Topic
Sept 9 Introduction
Sept 14 Principles
of the Canadian Regime MM, chapter 1
Sept 21 The Canadian
Constitution MM, chapter 2; appendix
Sept 28 Responsible
Government in Canada MM, chapter 3
Oct 5 The Federal
Principle MM, chapter 4; appendix
Oct 12 Entrenched
Rights: The Charter MM, chapter 5; appendix
Oct 19 The Executive
Branch: Crown, Cabinet, MM, chapter 6
and Administration BNW, Savoie
Oct 26 The Legislative
Branch: Commons and MM, chapter 7
Senate BNW, Urquhart
Nov 2 The Judicial
Branch: The Courts MM, chapter 8
Nov 9 Elections
and Election Machinery MM, chapter 9
BNW, Gibbins and Berdahl
Nov 16 Political
Parties MM, chapter 10
Nov 23 Media, Interest
Groups, and Participation MM, chapter 11
Nov 30 Catch-up