This  course is for honours students in POLS and HMRT who plan to write an honours thesis.

This course is an introduction to the institutions and processes of Canadian government.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts, institutions, and debates of Canadian federal politics.  Upon completion of the course, students should have a basic grasp of government and politics in Canada.  The course considers the institutional contexts of Canadian politics, as well as political processes.  Among topics investigated are: the constitution; federalism; parliament; elections; the courts; interest group action; and political party activity.

This course is a survey of the history of Canadian constitutionalism and constitutional politics.

This course provides an introduction to the comparative politics of developed countries.  Early in the term, broad comparative issues are addressed, such as the nature of the state and of the nation.  The course then pursues its goal via a combination of the study of a selected group of individual countries and of a series of thematic issues.  Specifically, four countries representing a range of institutional and politico-economic arrangements – the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Germany – are investigated.  Using these countries as examples, there is thematic comparison of parliamentarism versus presidentialism, unitary versus federal government, electoral systems, political parties, etc.

This course is an introduction to the origins and interpretation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The European Union is beset by multiple ‘challenges’.  For the first time in its history, it is losing a member state; its response to the 2015 migration crisis is fragile, dependent upon a fractious partner, Turkey; the design flaws in its iconic economic policy, the single currency, exposed by the 2008-09 financial crisis, remain unresolved; and the liberal democratic and supranationalist assumptions upon which it has been built are under widespread attack.  It is an open question whether the Eurozone, or indeed the EU itself, can survive.  This course considers each of these ‘challenges’ in the context of the EU as a political system.