Canadian Political Science
Lecture 13: Start of Semester Two
Why Study Canadian Society?
• It is important to know the society we live in and the properties we share. If
you are going to lead a company you need to know the different views of
what the country is and isn’t.
• It is important to see how politics shapes society, for the good or the bad.
Politics and political views expand by studying societies.
Why do you believe the things you believe?
• Moral intuition? – We have immediate reactions to things. We think
abortion is wrong because it goes against their morals.
• Experiences? – The things we learn shape our beliefs.
• Socialization? – Teachers and relatives instill their beliefs on us.
• Network? – Our friends may pressure us within a group to believe things.
• Elite Influences? – Scientists and politicians help us form our opinions on
global warming. We look to elites for answers.
• Personality? – Genetics may even have a role that creates a connection
and disconnection with ideas and people.
• A Moral Wrong it is different from a wrong, since not following an immoral
law can be a moral right. It harms someone, or goes against the beliefs of
a large group (murdering someone, or incest), unlike a wrong (a student
not wearing a uniform at a uniform school).
• Human beings are guided by intuit