Government and Social Welfare

Course Code: POLS 1050

Academic Year: 2017-2018

This course introduces learners to the Canadian political system, focusing on the nature of political power, and on the way competing theories understand the role of government, the rights of citizens, and democracy itself. It will explore the historical role played by civil society in creating the Canadian social welfare system, and in developing (and defending) progressive notions of wealth redistribution and universal services. Examining the evolution of social welfare nets in Canada, the course will also consider the adequacy of coverage for specific at-risk populations, and the current political battles surrounding such questions.