Seminar: TM 3 / PW-TM5: "The True North strong and free": Politics and Society in Canada and Quebec - Details
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Course number 04-03-VN-00117
Semester SS 2015
Current number of participants 2
expected number of participants 25
Home institute Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Institut fuer Kanada-Studien
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue , 14.04.2015 14:00 - 15:30, Room: 3065 Gebäude D (Kapazität: 9 Studierende)
Pre-requisites The course will be taught in English. Thus, most of the literature will be in English. However, some of it might be – for obvious reasons – in French.
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Modul (veraltet; neu: Modulverzeichnissuche bzw. LV-Gruppen-Zuordnung) BA Sozialwissenschaften:
PO 2012 TM 3 (12 LP Modul);
PO 2009 PW-TM 5 (6LP)
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise COURTNEY, J. C., and SMITH, D. E. (eds.), 2010. The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

RUSSELL, P.H., 2004. Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People? Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
ECTS points 6


The seminar is meant to be an introductory course into Canadian and Quebecois politics, history, and society. Starting with the political system of Canada and the nature of Canadian federalism, the course will deal with the special position of Québec and its conflictive relationship with the rest of Canada. Examining the roots of this conflict and the nature of a distinct Quebecois society, we want to understand how this highly decentralized Canadian federation was able to survive until today. Therefore we also have to take a closer look at the political actors (parties) in this “game”.

The second part of the course will deal more with the societal issues of the Canadian and Quebecois nation. We will examine Canadian multiculturalism and Quebecois “interculturalisme” as well as questions of aboriginal governance and Canadian/Quebecois nation-building.

Students will gain in-depth insights into Canadian and Quebecois politics by discussion and reading key texts of political scientists and political sociologists.

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