POLS 2910 B Outline Fall 2016-17 - Faculty of Liberal Arts...

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Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Department of Political Science York University AP/POLS2910 6.0 B Term F Fall 2016 Course Syllabus Canadian Democracy in a North American Context Class Times: Section B: Wednesday 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Class Location: CLH B Professor: G. Goshulak (F)/ R. MacDermid (W) Office: Goshulak: South Ross 612 Email: [email protected] Office Hours Tuesdays 5:00 to 5:30 Wednesdays 1:00 to 1:30 Or by appointment Course Information Course Description This course outlines the basic theoretical and empirical background to understanding the institutions of the Canadian state in a North American context. A central theme of the course will be the democratic challenges faced by Canadians and the Canadian state at the turn of the twenty-first century. Throughout the course, the quality of democratic institutions in the Canadian state will be assessed. The relative roles of the executive and the legislature, the organization of political parties and elections, and the nature and development of federalism will all be assessed in terms of the quality of democratic representation and participation. The impact of the North American context, particularly the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in influencing the quality of democracy will be considered as part of this overall evaluation of political institutions and processes. The course considers these themes in light of the challenges that have arisen to those decision makers’ authority by non-state actors and what new ideas regarding power and political representation have emerged. Required Texts (Fall): Dyck, Rand. 2014. Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches . 7 th edition. Toronto, ON: Nelson Thomson Learning. Mark Charlton and Paul Barker, eds., 2013. Contemporary Political Issues. 7 th Edition. Toronto, ON: Nelson Education
POLS 2910 A: FW 2016-17 Fall Term Page 2 of 7 Course Requirements for the Fall Term First Term Tutorial Participation: 10% Debate Paper 10% (Due week of November 30) Debate 5% Midterm Exam 20% (During fall exam period) Library Research Assignment 5% (Due January 11) Total: 50% Course Assignments and Evaluation NOTE: All papers must be handed in to your TA in TUTORIAL. Any papers handed in after tutorial will be considered late. (Please see late penalty policy listed in class policies below). Readings Students are expected to do all the required readings and come to class/tutorial prepared to discuss the readings assigned that week. Students are also encouraged to keep up with current events by reading a newspaper daily or by reading a Canadian politics news aggregator site like Canadian Politics at . You should read try to read the politics sections of one of the Globe and Mail , the Toronto Star or the National Post every day. Some of these are now behind paywalls but can be accessed through the University Library’s e-resources .

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