Political Science (POLI)

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POLI 1201  Contemporary Issues  
3 credit hours  

This course explores the multi-faceted nature of contemporary politics, and, in so doing, introduces students to various aspects of the Political Science discipline. The aim of the course is to convey how ideas, frameworks, institutions and actors relate to current political debates and ongoing democratic challenges, both locally and globally. Through a critical examination of significant political theories and practices students will develop a broad and general understanding of the nature, scope and range of political action in the contemporary world.

POLI 1210  Poli Ideas:"Isms' & Beliefs  
3 credit hours  

An introduction to political ideologies (including liberalism, conservatism, socialism, fascism, feminism, anti-racism and green ideology) and their role in shaping modern political life. Particular attention is given to the meaning of “ideology” in general and its place in contemporary politics, as well as to the emergence of new ideologies and their relationship to social, economic and cultural forces.

POLI 1220  Political Analysis  
3 credit hours  

An introduction to the theoretical approaches and techniques used in analyzing political events and claims. Emphasis is placed on critical and institutional perspectives, as well as on debates over various approaches to political analysis and to the question of the interpretation of political issues and conflicts.

POLI 1230  Law and Politics  
3 credit hours  

An examination of the practical and theoretical connections between law and politics. The course will concentrate on contemporary public law issues and constitutional reform in liberal-democracies.

POLI 1240  Politics and Business  
3 credit hours  

An introduction to the relationship between politics and business. This course is based on developing an understanding of the dynamics of business-government relations, with special emphasis on Canada from a comparative perspective. Special attention is given to business organization and lobbying, government regulation, and selected public policy issues and agencies.

POLI 1250  Politics and Globalization  
3 credit hours  

This course will introduce students to the political, economic, social and cultural processes which commonly fall under the term globalization. The objective is to introduce students to some of the central global forces that are shaping our contemporary political world.

POLI 1260  Pol & Dev:People, Ideas & Good  
3 credit hours  

Students examine the politics of the relationship between the Global North and Global South. Students study various aspects of Political Science and International Development by exploring the themes of global flows – that of ideas, peoples, and goods.

POLI 2304  Canadian Politics 21st Cent  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course introduces students to the institutions, ideas and identities which structure and shape Canadian governance in the 21st century. Political features and forces are outlined, grounded historically and considered in light of current developments. Shifting political as well as economic, social and cultural climates are examined. Throughout, fundamental representational and democratic challenges are evaluated.

POLI 2307  Provincial Gov and Politics  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

An analysis of the dynamics and structure of selected provincial government in Canada. Provincial political parties, voting behaviour, legislatures, bureaucracies and policy formulation constitute the core of this course. Inter-provincial and federal-provincial relations are examined.

POLI 2335  History of Political Thought  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

A survey of significant developments in Western political thought from the classical period of Athens to the 20th century through a focus on major Western political theorists. Key thinkers may include Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Wollstonecraft, Marx, Goldman and Nietzsche.

POLI 2381  Comp Pol I-Poli Regimes & Govt  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours at the 1000 level in POLI

Students are introduced to the field of Comparative Politics with an emphasis on the core concepts, government institutions, and political regimes around the world. The nature of political authority, democratization processes, and social and economic transformations are explored in the context of domestic politics in a number of different countries.

POLI 2382  Comp Pol II-Ideas, Cult, Inter  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: POLI 2381

Students examine the field of Comparative Politics with an emphasis on the role of ideas and interests in modern politics. Topics include revolutions, nationalism and related political identities, linkages between gender, ethnicity, race, and politics, and the role of religion and ideology.

POLI 2383  Intl Relations:Actors, Struct  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours at the 1000 level in POLI

Students are introduced to the field of International Relations with an emphasis on the main political actors, the dominant international structures, and central global processes of international and world politics.

POLI 2384  Intl Relations II:Ideas, Ident  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: POLI 2383

Students explore the field of International Relations with emphasis on how ideas, identities, and borders shape our understanding of international and world politics.

POLI 3205  Politics and Sex  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

The study of politics is about the study of power. The overall objective of this course is to show how power infuses gender in ways that focus on sexuality. Students explore the connections between politics, gender and sexuality by looking at such topics as rape, sexual violence, pornography, prostitution and trafficking.

POLI 3245  Public Policy I  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students examines the theories of public policy analysis by addressing key concepts, problem definition, policy instruments and design, and policy implementation within the context of modern governance.

POLI 3246  Public Policy II  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: POLI 3245

This course is a critical analysis of selected public policies, associated policy communities and networks, and their impacts upon society. A case study approach is used to examine selected public policies, apply theories and models of public policy analysis, and contextualize them in terms of political, economic and social forces.

POLI 3303  Democracy & Cosmopolitanism  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students examine such fundamental concepts in democratic theory as ‘rights’, ‘equality’, ‘liberty’, ‘reciprocity’, ‘deliberation’, and ‘cosmopolitanism’ from the modern era to the present. Special emphasis is placed on the shift of both theoretical and practical focus: from questions of the equality of citizens in a nation-state to those of human diversity and difference in a cosmopolitan, global arena.

Note: Students who have taken POLI 3302 may not receive credit for POLI 3303.
POLI 3310  Government and the Media  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

An examination of the influence of the media, and the impact of government policy, especially as set out in federal and provincial legislation, on the growth and operation of the mass media in Canada. Particular attention will be given to the continuing debate over television and radio regulation and ownership, restraints on film and the press, and issues raised by new technology.

POLI 3312  American Government  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

An analysis of the American political system, its political culture, social base, constitutional order, governmental structure and policymaking processes. Special emphasis is placed on the party system, voting behaviour, and the Presidency.

POLI 3314  Politics of Developing Areas  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students examine politics and development in selected countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the Middle East.

POLI 3315  Canadian Foreign Policy  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course is an introduction to the study of Canadian foreign policy. Straddling the subfields of Canadian politics and international relations, this course provides students with tools to analyze Canada’s role in the global and globalizing context.

POLI 3316  Politics of the European Union  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students review the origins and development of the European Union (EU) with a focus on its institutions, policy-making processes and the challenges inherent in the creation and functioning of a supranational political regime. Students examine theories of integration as they pertain to the EU.

POLI 3318  Politics of The Middle East  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

The politics of the Middle East Region are addressed, including a survey of the regional states and non-state actors, the international dynamics of politics within and among the Arab states, Turkey, Israel, and Iran, as well as the impact of Western interactions with the region.

POLI 3321  International Organization  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students examine the tensions between emerging forms of global governance and existing structures of inter-governmentalism. Students explore international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and topics such as international peacekeeping, humanitarian law, international trade, and civil society.

POLI 3322  Global Political Economy  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course explores the theory and practice underlying the political forces structuring the global economy. Particular attention will be paid to interactions between the global economy and international organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

POLI 3330  Public Administration  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

A study of the structure and operation of the administrative branch of government, both in theory and practice. Included will be an examination of the evolution of the Canadian federal public administration and public service, with some attention for comparative purposes to related experiences in other nations. The administrative responsibilities and powers of the modern state will be

POLI 3350  Indig POLI:Past,Present & Fut  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours at the 1000 level in POLI

Students examine Indigenous politics with a focus on political legacies, contemporary challenges, and future political opportunities and constraints. Students explore Indigenous politics vis-à-vis legislatures, courts, and international bodies through broader notions of governance and justice, movement mobilization and protest. The focus is on Canada, but may include comparative political dimensions.

POLI 3418  International Law  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

A study of the features of public international law as they have developed and have been invoked in diplomatic practice, international law adjudication, and national courts.

POLI 3419  Comparative Constitutional Law  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

A comparative analysis of constitutional systems, this course focuses upon the theory and exercise of judicial review, in the context of Canadian, American, European, or other constitutions. It combines lectures, readings, and the case method.

POLI 3425  Spying and International Polit  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

An analysis of the development, role, techniques, and impact of spying on the conduct of international relations.

POLI 3440  Canadian-American Relations  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course focuses on Canadian-American relations since 1945. The course examines different theoretical approaches to the relationship, as well as a variety of case studies to analyze the nature and extent of Canada-U.S. relations both in the bilateral context and in the multilateral context.

POLI 3447  Canadian Political Parties  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

The purpose of this course is to identify and explain continuity or change in Canadian party politics. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ability of political parties to adapt to new challenges posed by Canada’s rapidly transforming economic, social and political context.

POLI 3450  Women and Canadian Politics  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students explore various dimensions of women‘s participation in Canadian politics, which is broadly conceived and includes women‘s activism outside traditional political institutions. Studies of the political participation of women in other countries may also be examined as points of comparison.

POLI 3454  Issues in Canadian Defence  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course examines Canadian defence policy and arms procurement strategies. Particular emphasis will be placed on political, economic, and technological challenges to contemporary Canadian defence policy-making.

POLI 3456  Issues in International Securi  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course examines issues such as international conflict, transnational crime, environmental change and terrorism, taking such perspectives as national security, common security, cooperative security and human security.

POLI 3457  Politics & Gov in Ireland  [IRST 3457]  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

A survey of Irish history will lead to more detailed consideration of British administration in Ireland, and of government in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland.

POLI 3462  Political Ideas of the Enlight  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI.

A critical examination of the political ideas and theories that grew out of the modern European Enlightenment. Special attention is paid to Immanuel Kant’s understanding of the nature, role and effects of “public reason” and to his assessment of the conditions necessary for international cooperation and peace. Other thinkers to be discussed may include John Locke, the Baron of Montesquieu, David Hume, G.W.F. Hegel, Harriet Taylor and John Stuart Mill.

POLI 3463  Modern Political Thought  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

A survey and critical investigation of modern responses to liberal Enlightenment thought, from the analyses first undertaken by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Edmund Burke, through to the crucial contributions to this tradition made by Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and the critical theorists who followed in their wake. Special attention is paid to the critique of individualism and to alternative ideals of community and civil society.

POLI 3470  Empirical Democratic Theory  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Six (6) credit hours in POLI

An examination of the findings and impact of modern behavioral research and their impact on the theory and practice of democratic government. Particular attention will be given to the interplay between classical democratic theory and current political science research.

POLI 3501  Research Methods  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course is an examination of contemporary methodologies in political science. Included is a discussion of theories and approaches developed by the empirical school of political scientists. Emphasis is placed on the selection of methods as related to theory and research questions.

POLI 3546  Political Parties & Dem Change  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

The historical evolution, as well as the contemporary promises and pitfalls of political parties are critically examined. The party ideal is appraised in relation to changing political and representational realities. Given growing public dissatisfaction with political parties as democratic vehicles, representational alternatives are examined. The focus is on Canada, but party politics and democratic change in other countries will provide comparative insights.

NOTE: Courses at the 4000-level are reserved for upper-level students who have successfully completed at least two years of full-time study in university (60 credit hours).

POLI 4001  Politics & Peace: N. Ireland  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students examine a wider range of political, social and economic issues related to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Students draw upon a selection of primary and secondary sources directly related to better understanding what is euphemistically known as “The Troubles”.

POLI 4150  Comparative Immigration POLI  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI at the 1000 level in addition to the Department`s Policy for 4000-level courses.

Students gain an advanced level of understanding of the dynamics driving the politics of immigration in liberal-democratic states, focusing primarily on Canada, the United States, Western Europe, and Australia. Students examine the factors that impact immigration policy-making (e.g., history and culture of immigration, public opinion and the media, and key political actors) and the politics of immigrant integration in each national context. The normative challenges that international migration poses for liberal democracies are debated.

POLI 4311  Nations and Nationalism  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course provides a survey of the theories of and approaches to the study of nationalist thought and practice. Phenomena of nations, nation-states, and nationalist ideologies and nationalist movements are explored.

POLI 4317  Charter Pol & Constit'l Change  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

A comparative examination of selected sources and authorities respecting fundamental law in democratic countries. The course will provide students of constitutional law with a theoretical basis for the analysis of constitutions and relevant judicial decisions.

POLI 4402  Model United Nations  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: POLI 3321 (or equivalent) and instructor approval.

The objective of this course is to foster a greater understanding of the United Nations (UN). The course will revolve around the possible participation in a university-level Model UN simulation. Students will be given an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the UN’s organizational structure, activities and rules of procedure by engaging in experiential learning in and outsdie the classroom.

POLI 4404  Advanced Model United Nations  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: POLI 4402 Model United Nations and instructor approval.

The objective of this course is to offer students an opportunity for advanced level research on the United Nations. Students must have successfully completed POLI 4402 and attended a university level UN simulation.

POLI 4449  Public Policy Challenges  [WMST 4449]  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course examines a number of contemporary public policy debates and dilemmas in light of gender, race and class dynamics. The aim is to gain a better appreciation of the complexity of approaches to, and experiences of, various policy areas. The course begins by unpacking the nature and effects of the state and state policies and then moves to explore a range of economic, social, political and legal policy concerns.

POLI 4451  Gender & Intl Relations  [WMST 4451]  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students explore theoretical and empirical issues raised by a “gender-based analysis” of international relations.

POLI 4465  Modern Theories of the State  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

An investigation of modern thought concerning the roles, scope, and limits of the state in society. This course emphasizes the historical roots of state theory through the study of such essential theorists as Jean Bodin, Thomas Hobbes, GWF Hegel, Mikhail Bakunin, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

POLI 4466  Contemp Theories of the State  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

A survey of contemporary theories concerning the nature of the state in the present global, ‘transnational’ moment. The diversity of the theoretical field will be emphasized through an examination of liberal, Marxist, structuralist, feminist and continental approaches to state theory.

POLI 4470  Marx: The Early Writings  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students in this advanced political theory seminar will examine Karl Marx’s early political and philosophical writings to explore how he reinterprets and transforms the liberal democratic values of rights, freedom and equality. The focus on primary and selected secondary texts is intended to provide students with an introduction to Marx’s political-philosophical thought.

POLI 4471  Marx: The Later Writings  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students in this upper-level political theory seminar will examine the later writings of Karl Marx, including his advanced political economic theories. Close readings of primary texts, along with an introduction to 20th century developments in Marx scholarship clarify how Marx’s political, philosophical and economic theory fundamentally challenges the liberal democratic tradition.

POLI 4480  Human Rights, Mod Perplexities  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI at the 1000 level in addition to the Department`s Policy for 4000-level courses.

Students gain an understanding of the historical and philosophical context in which human rights emerged as a modern political concept. Students consider the evolution of human rights from early modern natural law theory, through the French Revolution of 1789, to the aftermath of 20th century totalitarianism, focusing in particular on the intersections between nature, politics, philosophy and the law.

POLI 4481  Human Rights, Contemp Paradox  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI at the 1000 level in addition to the Department`s Policy for 4000-level courses.

Students develop an appreciation of the conceptual difficulties related to international human rights in the contemporary context. Recent debates in critical political and legal theory, particularly regarding the issue of international interventions and humanitarian aid are examined.

POLI 4493  Global Social Movements  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

This course examines global social movements as new political forces within world politics. It will explore the main theoretical perspectives in the field of international relations that have addressed the political significance of global social movements. The course will also examine the forms of interaction between the constituents of global social movements (e.g. non-governmental organizations) and the institutions of global governance.

POLI 4494  UK Politics in Transition  [HIST 4494]  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

Students explore current political debates in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland). The contemporary status of longstanding political structures, processes and discourses in the UK is evaluated. Students question whether traditional state forms, institutions, ideas, and identities are being challenged and changed.

POLI 4500  Honours Thesis  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: open to honours students in political science.

Through regular meetings with their Honours Supervisor, students will use this course to prepare an honours essay in their major area of study.

POLI 4510  Honours Seminar  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: open to honours students in political science.

The Honours Seminar will examine selected aspects of one of the fields of the discipline: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Thought.

POLI 4520  Honours Colloquium  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: open to honours students in political science.

The Honours Colloquium will expose honours students to specialized dimensions of the discipline of Political

POLI 4826  Selected Topics in POLI  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: Three (3) credit hours in POLI

The subject matter of particular half-credit courses will be announced from time to time by the Department. These courses will analyze specialized areas of political science not normally covered in our regular Departmental offerings.

POLI 4850  Directed Reading-Poli Science  
6 credit hours  
Prerequisite: permission of Department.

These courses, with the department’s approval, are organized by an individual faculty member in agreement with the department as a whole, and are designed to supplement or provide an alternative to regular courses in political science, according to the special needs and interests of individual students and faculty members.

POLI 4876  Directed Study Political Sci  
3 credit hours  
Prerequisite: permission of Department.

These courses, with the department’s approval, are organized by an individual faculty member in agreement with the department as a whole, and are designed to supplement or provide an alternative to regular courses in political science, according to the special needs and interests of individual students and faculty members.