CAN190 - The Canadian Political System

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Subject Title
The Canadian Political System

Subject Description
Some political theorists have argued that Canada is one of the most successful democracies in the world.  Yet, Canada is a country of contradictions.  Canada is huge in area, and small in population.  It is surrounded by the mightiest industrial power on earth, but known little abroad for its own manufacturing prowess.  It is racked by tensions between its two founding cultures and its regions; at the same time, it is considered a model of cooperation.  This subject examines the historical, social and political foundations of the Canadian political process.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

This course was designed in keeping with Seneca’s core literacies of

  1. identify ways in which the Canadian political process affects our lives;
  2. explain the origins and evolution of the Canadian parliamentary democracy government;
  3. critically assess the nature and continuing significance of the British and American governmental systems on Canadian democracy;
  4. analyze and explain the relationship between the three branches of Canadian government;
  5. draw models of  various aspects of the Canadian political process;
  6. explain the origin and the elements of the Canadian Constitution;
  7. identify and assess the societal cleavages that impact political life in Canada;
  8. explain the role of the media, political parties and interest groups in the political process;
  9. predict the potential impact on Canadian governance of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, with reference to historical Canadian political values;
  10. assess the social and economic context within which the Canadian political process operates and the relationship between the various levels of government in Canada;
  11. debate current issues in Canadian politics;

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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