The 21st century is challenging Canadians to rethink several key questions concerning how society will be organized and how we can live as one nation. Many of these questions are related to how we want to build our democracy. From questions concerning the future of our health care system, to the ethics of euthanasia, to debates about populist politics and crime and punishment, Canadians are being asked to carefully consider the kind of life that they want to live and the kind of nation they wish to pass on to future generations. In this course we will examine eight significant and controversial questions for Canadians to debate. Focusing on the issues of participatory democracy multiculturalism, abortion, censorship, euthanasia, the right to health care, abortion, punishment and obedience to the law, we will examine the arguments used to support various viewpoints and encourage informed discussion so that we may all live fulfilling lives in Canada.
Students who have taken POLS 004 Debating Democracy cannot take this course.