CDST 350B 101 Constitutions in Canadian History: From Pre-Contact to the Charter of Rights
Term 1: Tue-Thu. 11:00-12:30 pm; BUCH D 312 Instructor: Prof. Bradley Miller
This course examines the the history of the Canadian constitution. It explores the history of constitutions and constitutional thought from the era of revolutions in the eighteenth century to the age of the Canadian Charter of Rights in the twentieth and twenty-first. It examines how constitutions defined, entrenched, and often limited the rights of individuals and groups, such as religious, linguistic, and racial minorities. Students will also explore how constitutions organized political power and democratic government, providing crucial frameworks for both popular politics and the emerging system of federal governance in post-Confederation Canada. Finally, students will examine the growing influence of human rights in the early and mid-twentieth century and the resulting push for a Canadian bill of rights. We will finish by focusing on the role of Charter of Rights in debates over issues like Indigenous rights, abortion, gay marriage, and euthanasia.