Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (06.10.2017)
Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (01.09.2016)
Recommended materials from Jinonice Library:
Saymour Lipset: Continental Divide, The Values and Institutions of the United States and Canada
Rocher, Francois and Miriam Smith: New trends in Canadian federalism
Whittington, Michael and Glen Williams: Canadian politics in the 21st century
Last update: doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc. (08.06.2016)
Lectures combined with discussion seminars with students. Comparative approach will be encouraged.
Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (02.10.2018)
1. Active participation, including thorough preparation for each class and class discussion 20% (Maximum one uncertified absence)
2. Newspaper review 10%
3. Research Paper 30% / 40%
4. Final exam 40% / 30%
100-90 points - (A)
89-80 points - (B)
79-70 points - (C)
69-60 points - (D)
59-50 points - (E)
less than 49 points - (F) failed
Active participation in class discussion 20%
Students are required to read and discuss assigned texts. The texts are either available online (if there is a link in the syllabus) or through the SIS.
In reading the texts you should be prepared to discuss what are the main points of the article, the issues or concerns raised by the article. You might pose questions about the shortcomings of its argument or analysis. You could also raise questions about the broader implications of an article. You should try to compare the situation in Canada with the U.S.
News review 10%
Each student is to prepare one newspaper summary (the links to major Canadian dailies is available in the section recommended materials) of a major political and social issue raised by Canadian media that week. The assigned student will choose one most interesting article that she/he will send by e-mail to class colleagues by Wednesday evening and prepare an oral 3minute presentation. The selected article is mandatory to everybody and it will be discussed in the class. If two students are assigned for one week, they should coordinate their selections. Possibly one student can focus on federal political scene, the other on provincal politics.
Research paper 30% or 40%
Students are to write an INDIVIDUAL term paper exploring one using a methodology of content or discourse analysis. It means that student will have to choose one current or historical topic, identify sample of texts that you will analyse. You can choose between discourses by political actors (official statements, official documents) or media (TV, on-line or print media, social media) or social movements. Comparative analysis is also possible. The paper of approximatively 6 pages (max. 10 000 characters with spaces). Deadline for submission is by January 20, 2019. Late submission will mean 0,2 points deduction from final grade for each day. Be diligent in using resources, quoting and managing your citations (Chicago footnote style or MLA in-text citation style with brackets). The required content/discourse analysis methodology will be discussed more in details in the class. This methodology requires using primary resources (political platforms, speeches, government documents) and academic secondary literature (books and academic journal). Media articles can be used only as supplementary sources.
B/ Team project - group project (40%)
The students are asked to self-form their small TEAMS of 2-3 students and write a research paper based on methodology of content or discourse analysis. Each team will select a current or historial topic (from the list below or come up with their own topic) and identify sample of texts that you will analyse. You can choose between discourses by political actors (official statements, official documents, speaking notes) or media (TV, on-line or print media, social media) or social movements. Comparative analysis between different level of federation or between different political parties or analysis comparing elites/movement/media discourse is welcome. The paper of approximatively 10 pages (max. 18 000 characters with spaces) for group of 2 students or 15 pages for group of 3 students. Deadline for submission is by January 20, 2019. Late submission will mean 0,2 points deduction from final grade for each day. Be diligent in using resources, quoting and managing your citations (Chicago footnote style or MLA in-text citation style with brackets).The required content/discourse analysis methodology will be discussed more in details in the class. This methodology requires using primary resources (political platforms, speeches, government documents) and academic secondary literature (books and academic journal). I highly recommend the website Poltext (https://www.poltext.org/en/home), where you can find many textual data for your policy analysis. Media articles can be used only as supplementary sources.
For this academic year 2018/2019, students can choose one of the following topics or come up with their own topics as long as they are specific and approved by the lecturer:
o Religion in the public sphere (i.e. sharia law, Quebec charter of values, hijab at citizenship oath, representation of muslims in the media)
o Multiculturalism debate (Trudeau government vs. Harper/Kenney government)
o Canadian asylum policy (i.e. media coverage of refugee crisis, representation of a refugee claimant in the discourse)
o Canadian immigration discourse
o Aboriginal issues: Urban Aboriginal Policy, grassroot movement Idle no more, Reconciliation action plan, aboriginal people in the media, Acculturation vs. appropriation
o Analysis of 2015 election campaign in Canada (possible also comparative analysis with previous campaigns)
o Reform of the Senate
o Reform of Canadian electoral system
o Trade Policy ( comparing US vs. Canada priorities in the NAFTA renegotiations)
o Foreign Policy (comparing Stephan Dion vs. Chrystia Freeland under Trudeau government, Harper vs. Trudeau priorities)
o Canada's climate change debate (pros and cons in the carbon tax debate, comparing different provincial perspectives on carbon tax)
o Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic
o Canada-US border - security vs. trade
o Analysis of current Canada-EU relations (CETA)
o Canadian federalism (federal/provincial issues) - analysis of challenges of current equalization payment system or sustainable health care funding for provinces or coordination of energy policy puzzle, environmental policy differences across provinces, higher education funding (Quebec), responsible government (Yukon, Nunavut)
Note that a topic is not automatically a problem of investigation, you should clearly state your thesis (individual or collective paper) or identify public policy problem (team position paper). Students can come up with their own topics as long as they are specific and approved by the lecturer.
Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism:
(A) Any use of quoted texts in seminar papers and theses must be acknowledged. Such use must meet the following conditions: (1) the beginning and end of the quoted passage must be shown with quotation marks; (2) when quoting from periodicals or books, the name(s) of author(s), book or article titles, the year of publication, and page from which the passage is quoted must all be stated in footnotes or endnotes; (3) internet sourcing must include a full web address where the text can be found as well as the date the web page was visited by the author.
(B) In case the use of any texts other than those written by the author is established without proper acknowledgement as defined in (A), the paper or thesis will be deemed plagiarized and handed over to the Disciplinary Commission of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The key to avoiding plagiarism is to learn how to do research and how to cite sources properly. The following web sites provide advice: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_plagiar.html
Final exam 40% (students with individual paper) or 30% (students with team projects)
The final exam will consist of open ended questions focusing on information and arguments provided in the mandatory readings and essay questions. The first part will contain questions focusing on the assigned readings and the second part will contain a choice among two more general questions which will require a longer analytical response based on thorough understanding of the course materials.
Last update: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (02.10.2018)
WEEKLY TOPICS AND READINGS:
(4.10.) Introduction, Organization of the course, Historical Background
Mandatory text: John Thompson and Mark Richard, Canadian History in North-American Context, in James and Kasoff, Canadian Studies in the New Millenium (Toronto: UTP, 2007), available in the SIS.
(11.10.) Canadian Identity
Mandatory text: S. Lipset, Continental Divide, Chapter 3 (Canadian Identity), Routledge, 1990, Available in the SIS.
Recommended text: "Is the Canadian Political Culture Becoming Americanized?" in Crosscurrents, Contemporary Political Issues, Charleton and Barker eds.
Mandatory text: Michael Broadway, Canada: Too Much Geography?, Chapter 1, pp. 8-35, Available in the SIS.
Recommended text: John Ibbitson, The Collapse of the Laurentian Consensus, Literary Review of Canada, 2012, http://reviewcanada.ca/essays/2012/01/01/the-collapse-of-the-laurentian-consensus/
(25.10.) Political system
Recommended: Emmett MacFarlane, Senate Reform: THe GOod, the Bad and the Unconstitutional, IRRPP Policy Option, Sept, 2015,´http://policyoptions.irpp.org/issues/september-2015/the-future-of-the-senate/senate-reform-the-good-thebad-and-the-unconstitutional/.
(1.11.) No class
(8.11.) Political Parties and Electoral system
Mandatory text: Keneth Carty and William Cross, Political Parties and the practice of Brokerage politics, Chapter 11 in John C.Courtney and David E. Smith, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics. pp. 191-208, available in the SIS.
Recommended: Cochrane, Christopher, "Left/Right Ideology and Canadian Politics", Canadian Journal of Political Science 43. 3 (Sep 2010): 583-605, available electronically via Proquest.
Stephen Clarkson, "Has the Centre Vanished?", Literary Review of Canada, 2011, http://reviewcanada.ca/essays/2011/10/01/has-the-centre-vanished/
(15.11.) Managing diversity I: Quebec and bilingualism
Ch. Taylor: Reconciling the Solitudes: Essays on Canadian Federalism and Nationalism, Chapter 8 Shared and Divergent Values, (MQU, 1993), available in the SIS.
Celine Cooper, The Quebec Question in the 21st Century, Magazine of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (December 2012, January 2013), http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/MLIInsidePolicy/December2012/Cooper.pdf
Bothwell, Robert," A Province in Search of a Country, 1976-1982", Chapter 9 in Canada and Quebec, 1995, in the SIS.
(22.11.) Managing diversity II: Aboriginal Policy
Mandatory text: Papillon, Martin. "The Rise (and Fall?) of Aboriginal Self-Government". In Canadian Politics, 6th ed. eds. J. Bickerton and G. Gagnon (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014), 113-131, available in the SIS.
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future,Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconsiliation Commission of Canada, 2015, Introduction, 1-23, available at: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf
Flanagan and Cairns on Aboriginal Policy, IRPP Policy Option, September 2001, pp. 43-53, available in the SIS.
Terry Fenge, Tony Pinekett, "Paper Promises", Literary Review of Canada, July-August 2014, http://reviewcanada.ca/magazine/2014/07/paper-promises/
Christina Woolner, Re-Storying Canada's Past: A Case Study in the Significance of Narratives in Healing Intractable Conflict, http://www.beyondintractability.org/casestudy/woolner-re-storying
(29.11.) Managing diversity III: immigration and refugee policy
Mandatory text: Irene Bloemraad, Understanding Canadian exceptionalism in immigration and pluralism policy, Migration Policy Institute, July 2012, http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/CanadianExceptionalism.pdf
Randall Hansen interview: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ethnicstudies/2013/02/qa-with-randall-hansen-major-debates-and-challenges-in-immigration-canada-and-europe/
Newsletter: Valdajeva Božena
(6.12.) Managing diversity IV: multicultural policy
Mandatory text:´Will Kymlicka, Solidarity in diverse societies: beyond neoliberal multiculturalism and welfare chauvinism, Comparative Migration Studies 20153:17, DOI: 10.1186/s40878-015-0017-4. https://comparativemigrationstudies.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40878-015-0017-4
Recommended: Will Kymlicka, Testing the Bounds of Liberal Multiculturalism?, For distribution to the 2006 Trudeau Foundation's Conference on Public Policy, "Muslims in Western Societies", November 16-18, 2006, Available in the SIS.
Keith Banting,Is there a Progresssive Dilemma in Canada? Immigration, Multiculturalism and the Welfare State, Canadian Journal of Political Science 10, 2010, 797-802, available at http://post.queensu.ca/~bantingk/Progressive%27s_Dilemma.pdf
(13.12.) Canadian Foreign Policy (Background on Liberal internationalism)
Mandatory text: Cynthia Kite and Douglas Nord, "Canadian Foreign Policy", Canadian Studies in the New Millenium, pp. 245-276, available in the SIS.
Recommended: Harper`s foreign policy: "The wealth of Western economies is no more inevitable than the poverty of emerging ones", by Stephen Harper, verbatim, speech pronounced on Jan. 26, 2012, published in Policy Options, April 2012, available as pdf at http://www.irpp.org/po/issue.php?month=April&year=2012. The whole issue of Policy Options of April 2012 is devoted to current Canadian foreign policy.
Omer Aziz, Alienating the United Nations: What’s at stake?, AND Smith, J., Reinventing Canada: Stephen Harper’s Conservative Revolutio
(20.12.) Canadian Foreign Policy II (Current issues, US-Canada relationship)
Mandatory: Trudeau doughnut strategy, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/world/canada/canadas-trump-strategy-go-around-him.html