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Government and Politics in Canada - JMM592
Anglický název: Government and Politics in Canada
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2018
Semestr: zimní
Body: 4
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:kombinovaná
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (0)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: čeština
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.
Neslučitelnost : JMM526
Záměnnost : JMM526
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: FIRTOVA (12.09.2012)
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of Canada. The course is organized into three major sections. The first part of the course will focus on brief ovierview of Canadian history. The second part of the course will focus on political structure of the Canadian polity and the third part will discuss some crutial public policies. By examining the institutions and counstitutional foundations of government and politics in Canada, the aim of the course is to develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the North America. Current and historical events will be employed as examples and used as a basis for class discussions. Non-mandatory, however useful prerequisite for this course is Dejiny Kanady (JMB034).

Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Ing. Magda Pektorová (29.10.2019)

By examining the institutions and counstitutional foundations of government and politics in Canada, the aim of the course is to develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the North America. Current and historical events will be employed as examples and used as a basis for class discussions

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (17.09.2015)

Recommended materials:

  • Abelson, Donald E.: The myth of the sacred: the Charter, the courts and the politics of the constitution in Canada, 2002.

  • Carty, R. Kenneth, William Cross, and Lisa Young: Rebuilding Canadian party politics, Vancouver: UBC Press, 2000.

  • Jackson, Doreen: Politics in Canada: culture, institutions, behavior and public policy, 2001.

  • Rocher, Francois and Miriam Smith: New Trends in Canadian Federalism, Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1995.

  • Thorburn, Alan Whitehorn: Party politics in Canada, 2001.

  • Whittington, Michael and Glen Williams: Canadian politics in the 21st century, Scarborough: Nelson, 2000.

Recommended websites

 

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (01.09.2016)

Lectures combined with discussion seminars with students. Comparative approach will be encouraged.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (12.09.2017)

ASSIGNMENTS:

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%

Grade:

100-88 points - 1 (A)

87-75 points - 2 (B)

75-60 points - 3 (C)

59-0 points - failed (D)

 

Active participation in class disussion 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%


A/ Individual paper (30%)

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 22, 2018. 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 reserach 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 partiers 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 22, 2018. 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.

 

For this academic year 2017/2018, 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

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 or  grassroot movement Idle no more, Reconciliation action plan, aboriginal people in the media

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 Canada's climate change debate

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)

o  NAFTA renegotiations

o  Priorities of Canadian foreign policy

 

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 secon 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.

 

 

 

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Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (02.10.2018)

WEEKLY TOPICS AND READINGS:

See JMMZ319

 
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