Government and Social Welfare

Course Code: POLS 1050

Academic Year: 2021-2022

This course introduces learners to the Canadian social welfare system. It examines the nature of political power, and the way competing theories posit the role of government and the rights of citizens to access social welfare. It also explores the historical, social, political and economic factors that shape the development and delivery social welfare in Canada. Additionally, the course investigates the role of civil society in creating the Canadian social welfare system, and in developing (and defending) progressive notions of wealth redistribution and universal services. The course also scrutinizes the adequacy of social welfare coverage for specific at-risk populations and how social service providers can effectuate policy change.