Course Description

Everything You Need to Know About Alberta Politics

Alberta politics is strange. Or is it? We’ve only changed provincial governments four times since becoming a province in 1905, we’ve been the birthplace of many parties (like Social Credit) and our voting habits don’t often seem to have much of a relationship to what’s going on in the rest of the country. The course will cover everything you need to know to easily follow provincial politics in Alberta. What powers do provincial governments actually have? What is the relationship between Alberta's government, municipalities and the federal government? Why do Albertans vote the way they do? Other topics include, provincial sales tax, Daylight Saving Time, equalization, and energy policy.

Course Details

Course Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify the most important issues in Alberta provincial politics, some historical and more background in nature, some more topical.
  • Discuss Alberta provincial politics.

Paul Fairie has been a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary in political science since 2010. Paul is also a data scientist at Centrality Data Science in Calgary, and a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail where he tries to make political science research accessible to the general public.

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Online Synchronous
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Mar 05, 2022 to Mar 19, 2022
Schedule and Location
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Course Fees
Fee before GST non-credit $75.00
Reading List / Textbook

No textbook required.

Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

This course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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