Moodle site: POE205-F16S1-77037 – Summary notes for each week are on Moodle
Hours (fall term):
Wednesday Thursday 1000-1100
Any time by appointment
I expect to be absent 10-18 November for a conference in Oslo. We will use Moodle
It will be important to use Moodle effectively from the first day of the course. Please see me if you have difficulty with it.
Your absences require an absence from class form. You can send these to me by email or see me in class.
If this course looks like a lecture course, I am doing something wrong. You are responsible for your learning, and I am facilitating it. You will be treated fairly, but not necessarily equally. I am committed to your success; whatever your learning style, you will have every opportunity to succeed. For more details, see this note on teaching and learning.
This introduction addresses political culture and socialization, federalism and the regions, parties and the electoral system, federal institutions, organization and accountability of the public service and armed forces, equity and diversity, role of the media, and Canada’s place in the world.
An introduction to Canadian Civics and Society is part of the common core curriculum of the Royal Military College of Canada for all degree programs, and is deemed to be a necessary part of pre-commissioning professional military education.
Rand Dyck, Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, Sixth Edition, (Toronto: Nelson, 2011). ISBN 0176509461
Rand Dyck, Studying Politics: An Introduction to Political Science, Fourth Edition, (Toronto: Nelson, 2012) ISBN 0176503420
Your Nelson textbooks come with online student resources. Some links to external news sources are attached here. No claims are made about their objectivity or balance.
Awareness of current events and discernment about sources of information is an important part of participation in this course. Please see this page about where you get your information.
Participation 10 percent
Written assignments 50 percent
Research design 15
Major paper 25
Final exam 40 percent
All chapters listed are from Dyck (2011) Critical Approaches. Additional resources are linked to weekly notes and Moodle. For anticipated dates, see calendar.
Note that the sequence may be different from other sections. This course conforms to the commonality policy under an asymmetrical federal model.
This online teaching resource was developed by David Last at RMC as part of a normal teaching load. It is housed on a private web site. It is neither the property nor the responsibility of RMC. All content is for teaching purposes and does not necessarily reflect personal opinions or institutional views or policies. Please direct any questions about the site to David Last.