Canadian democracy in theory and practice (Carleton University)

Program: Advanced Inuit studies 1902X
Term: Fall
Course code: PSCI 1100

Many of the courses in the NS program touch on the connection between Nunavut, the Inuit, and the Government of Canada. This course deals directly and comprehensively with the structure and operation of the federal government in examining Canadian democracy in theory and practice. It begins with an overview of the principal features of Canadian society (geography, ethnicity, gender, and class) and their political implications; it then details how the demands of various groups get transmitted to government actors (elections and political parties); and finishes by exploring the institutions of government and how they respond to societal forces. In the process, the course examines such modern political ideas as equality, representation, and participation, and the impact of these ideas on the policy-making institutions in Canada.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Be able to describe how the Canadian political system functions
  • Understand the main features of Canadian society, how they relate to the federal government, and variations in the representation, participation, and influence of different groups
  • Be able to identify how the Canadian political system relates to their own experience
  • Have enhanced their basic research and academic writing skills
Learning Activities
  • Lectures and class discussions
  • Documentary research
  • Interaction with individuals and groups engaged in the policy-making process