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AUPOL103 Introduction to Global and Political Studies Course Page

Description: Introduction to the ideas and key concepts that comprise the vocabulary of global and political studies. The course considers such ideas as democracy, order, power, authority, justice, freedom, development, globalization and equality. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGDS 103 and AUPOL 103.

AUPOL104 Introduction to Politics: Processes and Institutions of Government Course Page

Description: Introduction to the design and operation of political institutions as well as the electoral and policy processes of liberal-democratic government. Topics include legislatures, executives, constitutions, courts, interest groups, and the media and politics.

AUPOL200 The Research Process Course Page

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the research process and various methodological approaches within political studies, while helping students to develop research and information literacy skills. Topics include: research design and communication, quantitative and qualitative methods, exploring and assessing sources of information, and various approaches to the study of politics. Prerequisite: AUPOL 103 or AUPOL 104.

AUPOL201 Political Studies and Information Literacy Course Page

Description: Introduction to library research skills in the discipline of Political Studies. Prerequisite: Second-year standing in a Political Studies degree program. Corequisite: Any senior course in Political Studies that requires library research. Notes: The corequisite must be taken concurrently. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 201, AUCRI 260, AUSOC 231.

AUPOL210 History of Political Thought I Course Page

Description: Historical and critical survey of the development of political and social philosophy focusing on classical Greece and Rome, with selected readings from such major political writers as Plato, Aristotle, and Thucydides. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104, consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 210 and AUPHI 240.

AUPOL211 History of Political Thought II Course Page

Description: Historical and critical survey of the political ideas of early-modern Europe, with readings from such selected major writers as Hobbes, Locke, Marx, and de Tocqueville. The course treats issues of authority, liberty, property, equality, and democracy. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104, 210, consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 211 and AUPHI 241.

AUPOL215 Political Ideology Course Page

Description: Introduction to the history of political ideas and the movements formed around them from the French Revolution to the present. Included are liberalism, socialism, nationalism, fascism; and contemporary social movements, environmental and otherwise.

AUPOL221 Canadian National Government and Politics Course Page

Description: Structure and function of the Government of Canada, especially the Crown, public service, House of Commons, Senate, and judiciary, in relation to political culture, regionalism, multiculturalism, gender and interest groups.

AUPOL228 Politics in Alberta Course Page

Description: Aspects of politics and governance in Alberta. Emphasis is given to any or all of political economy, political culture, parties and institutions, federal-provincial relations, prairie political ideas, the particular experience of rural Alberta, and comparative study of other prairie and/or resource-based provinces and United States. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104, consent of the instructor.

AUPOL233 United States Government and Politics Course Page

Description: Institutions of the United States government with emphasis on the national level. The course covers the constitution, presidency, Congress, national bureaucracy, judiciary, and public policy-making. Prerequisite: AUPOL 103 or 104.

AUPOL239 Cuban Government and Politics Course Page

Description: Survey of Cuban state institutions, political ideas, the Organs of Popular Power, the Communist Party of Cuba, and mass organizations. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 239 and AUSPA 252. The course is available only as part of the Augustana-in-Cuba Program.

AUPOL240 Introduction to International Relations I Course Page

Description: Introduction to the key themes in the study of relations between states and other key actors engaged in world politics. Students will study the historical evolution of the international system; key theories of international relations; and major institutions such as the United Nations. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104, consent of the Instructor.

AUPOL241 Introduction to International Relations II Course Page

Description: Introduction to the study of international political economy and examination of major issues in world politics. Issues may include: nuclear proliferation; the weaponization of space; development and inequality; terrorism; the regulation of international economic relations; global environmental politics; and the differential experiences of gender and race internationally. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 240, consent of the Instructor.

AUPOL248 Model United Nations/International Organization Course Page

Description: Preparation for and participation in a multiple-university, international Model United Nations Assembly or similar competition. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, by application. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUPOL250 Introduction to Comparative Politics Course Page

Description: An introduction to the theory and methods of the comparative study of political systems. The course focuses on institutional structures, political participation, political outcomes and contemporary political issues in a variety of countries in both the Global North and South. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 104 and AUPOL 250.

AUPOL300 Third-Year Seminar Course Page

Description: Students undertake research on a topic of their choice, leading to the production of a draft paper and an oral presentation. The course builds on the skills from AUPOL 200 and involves further instruction on research methods, building research proposals, conducting research projects, and approaches to the study of politics. Prerequisite: AUPOL 200.

AUPOL310 Contemporary Political Thought Course Page

Description: Exploration into the prospects of democratic governance and political community through the reading of selected twentieth and twenty-first century writings. Prerequisites: AUPOL 210 or 211, or consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 310 and AUPHI 340.

AUPOL312 Selected Topics in the History of Political Thought Course Page

Description: In-depth examination of the texts of a particular theorist or of an issue central to the history of political thought. Topics vary from year to year. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 210, 211, consent of the instructor.

AUPOL321 Provincial Politics Course Page

Description: A survey of provincial politics focused on Alberta, including comparisons to other Canadian provinces and addressing the relationship between the politics of these provinces and the institutions and ideas of federalism in Canada. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104, consent of the instructor.

AUPOL324 Selected Topics in Canadian Politics Course Page

Description: Advanced study of a particular dimension of Canadian politics. Topics may vary from year to year, depending on instructor and student interest. Prerequisite: AUPOL 221.

AUPOL325 Contemporary Issues in the Politics of Indigenous Peoples Course Page

Description: Study of selected themes related to the political life and organization of Indigenous peoples, primarily in Canada and set within the context of diverse nationhood, traditional conceptions of governance, the history of relationships with settler states, and global Indigenous movements and settings.

AUPOL328 Environmental Politics Course Page

Description: Examination of contemporary debates in, and the evolution of, environmental policy and politics. This course will focus on Canadian issues in a comparative perspective, exploring topics such as environmental political theory, the policy cycle, social movements, international issues, and related case studies. Prerequisite: *3 credits in either Environmental Studies/Science or Political Studies. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 328 and AUENV 328.

AUPOL329 Politics and Culture Course Page

Description: Drawing on existing work in the areas of political culture, cultural studies and popular culture, this course explores the relationship and tension between politics and culture in western states, with a focus on Canada. Prerequisites: AUPOL 103 or 104.

AUPOL341 The Global South and World Politics Course Page

Description: Entry of the non-Western world into international relations, economic and political relations between "North" and "South," and diplomacy in an age of tremendous inequality, cultural diversity, and pressing global problems such as the environment.

AUPOL343 Selected Topics in International Political Economy Course Page

Description: Advanced study of a particular dimension of international political economy. Topics may vary from year to year, depending on the instructor and student interest. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 241, consent of the Instructor.

AUPOL344 Selected Topics in International Relations Course Page

Description: Topics vary from year to year. The focus is on contemporary issues in world politics. Prerequisite: AUPOL 240 or consent of the instructor.

AUPOL346 United States Foreign Policy Course Page

Description: United States foreign policy in the postwar era of predominance in international relations, viewed through a range of theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 240, consent of the Instructor.

AUPOL348 Model United Nations/International Organization Course Page

Description: Preparation for and participation in a multiple-university, international Model United Nations Assembly or similar competition. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, by application. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

AUPOL349 Ethics in World Politics Course Page

Description: Examination of ethical questions that emerge out of political practice at a time when ideas of global governance, economy, and culture are increasingly commonplace. Subjects may include war, genocide and humanitarian intervention, human rights, refugees, reconciliation in post-conflict societies, the distribution of wealth, citizenship and moral responsibility; and the historic tension between statist-nationalist, cosmopolitan, and other expressions of identity and ethical orientation. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 240, senior standing in a related discipline, consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 349, 449.

AUPOL350 Comparative European Politics Course Page

Description: Comparative analysis of selected issues in western European politics, focusing on Britain, Germany, and other countries. Prerequisite: AUPOL 103 or 104.

AUPOL353 Law, Politics, and the Judicial Process Course Page

Description: Examination of the Canadian judicial branch of government in comparative perspective. The course probes court structures; judicial independence, appointment, discipline, and removal; judicial decision making processes; and courts and the public policy process. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104, 221, AUCRI 160, AUIDS 160. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 353 and AUCRI 353.

AUPOL355 Gender and Politics Course Page

Description: Exploration of the social and political construction of gender and the impact of gender on politics through an examination of gender with regards to one or more of the following areas: representation, social policy, feminist political thought, international relations, development, and/or globalization. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104, AUIDS 230.

AUPOL356 China Tour: Experiencing Development and Change Course Page

Description: A three week study trip to China, including travel to educational institutions in Zhuhai, the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone and other locations depending on the year. Through lectures, tours and research taking place in China, this course explores the effects of economic and institutional reforms as well as those of globalization, with links to China's history and to its culture. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUECO 356 and AUPOL 356.

AUPOL357 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics Course Page

Description: Advanced study of a particular dimension of comparative politics. Topics may vary from year to year, depending on instructor and student interest. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104.

AUPOL358 Economic Development and Institutional Change in China Course Page

Description: A survey of China's growth and economic development in the pre reform and post reform periods, exploring ideology, institutional structures, and state planning, and analyzing the impact of globalization on China's business and political practices. Prerequisite: AUECO 101 and one of AUPOL 103 or AUPOL 104; or consent of the instructor. Note: Credit maybe obtained for only one of AUECO 354 and AUPOL 358.

AUPOL399 Political Internship Course Page

Description: Students have the opportunity to combine work experience with academic study through the development and completion of an internship program related to politics. As part of the internship, students are required to complete a major research paper related to their work. Prerequisites: Third-year standing in a Political Studies major and consent of the instructor. Notes: Students must develop an internship program and have it approved by a supervisor. Normally, students must also have a GPA of 3.5 or better in Political Studies to be eligible for this course.

AUPOL400 Research Seminar Course Page

Description: A research and reflection intensive course for students to conduct and finalize an in-depth independent project within a seminar setting. Instruction may also involve questions regarding methodology, theory, political action and the presuppositions of researchers. Prerequisite: AUPOL 300. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGDS 400 and AUPOL 400.

AUPOL400A Research Seminar Course Page

Description: A research and reflection intensive course for students to conduct and finalize an in-depth independent project within a seminar setting. Instruction may also involve questions regarding methodology, theory, political action and the presuppositions of researchers. Prerequisite: AUPOL 300. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGDS 400 and AUPOL 400.

AUPOL400B Research Seminar Course Page

Description: A research and reflection intensive course for students to conduct and finalize an in-depth independent project within a seminar setting. Instruction may also involve questions regarding methodology, theory, political action and the presuppositions of researchers. Prerequisite: AUPOL 300. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGDS 400 and AUPOL 400.

AUPOL401 Directed Reading I Course Page

Description: Intensive study of a specific area of political studies as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Notes: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course. The course is intended primarily for a student planning to pursue graduate studies.

AUPOL402 Directed Reading II Course Page

Description: Intensive study of a specific area of political studies as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: AUPOL 401 and consent of the instructor. Notes: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course. The course is intended primarily for a student planning to pursue graduate studies.

AUPOL405 Research Seminar Course Page

Description: A research and reflection intensive course for students to conduct and finalize an in-depth independent project within a seminar setting. Instruction may also involve questions regarding methodology, theory, political action and the presuppositions of researchers. Prerequisites: AUPOL 300.

AUPOL405A RESEARCH SEMINAR Course Page
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AUPOL411 International Relations Theory Course Page

Description: Critical survey of the principal contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of international politics. Prerequisite: AUPOL 240.

AUPOL412 Selected Topics in the History of Political Thought Course Page

Description: In-depth examination of the texts of a particular theorist or of an issue central to the history of political thought. Topics vary from year to year. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 210, 211, consent of the instructor.

AUPOL422 The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Course Page

Description: Study of the Canadian Charter and its effect on Canadian politics and government. The course traces the development of Charter jurisprudence and examines the Charter's effect on federalism, public policy (including criminal law), and political culture. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 103, 104, 221, AUCRI 160, AUIDS 160. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 422 and AUCRI 422.

AUPOL424 Selected Topics in Canadian Politics Course Page

Description: Advanced study of a particular dimension of Canadian politics. Topics may vary from year to year, depending on instructor and student interest. Prerequisite: AUPOL 221.

AUPOL443 Selected Topics in International Political Economy Course Page

Description: Advanced study of a particular dimension of international political economy. Topics may vary from year to year, depending on the instructor and student interest. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 241, consent of the Instructor.

AUPOL444 Selected Topics in International Relations Course Page

Description: Topics vary from year to year. The focus is on contemporary issues in world politics. Prerequisite: AUPOL 240 or consent of the instructor.

AUPOL449 Ethics in World Politics Course Page

Description: Examination of ethical questions that emerge out of political practice at a time when ideas of global governance, economy, and culture are increasingly commonplace. Subjects may include war, genocide and humanitarian intervention, human rights, refugees, reconciliation in post-conflict societies, the distribution of wealth, citizenship and moral responsibility; and the historic tension between statist-nationalist, cosmopolitan, and other expressions of identity and ethical orientation. Prerequisite: One of AUPOL 240, senior standing in a related discipline, consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 349, 449.

AUPOL453 Women and the Law Course Page

Description: This course explores historical and contemporary relationships between women and the Canadian legal system. The course uses feminist legal theory to explore the evolution of areas of Canadian law of particular interest to women (for example: reproduction, abortion, family law, rape laws, criminal law) and political activism around the law and women's issues. Prerequisites: One of AUCRI 353, AUPOL 353, 355 or AUIDS 230. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCRI 453 and AUPOL 453.

AUPOL455 Ethnicity and Politics Course Page

Description: Exploration of the social and political construction of ethnicity and race through the lens of one or more aspects of ethnic politics, such as nationalism, immigration, multinational states, diasporas, and/or genocide. Prerequisites: One of AUPOL 103, 104; minimum third year standing.

AUPOL494 Political Psychology Course Page

Description: An examination of psychological theory and research applied to the political realm. Topics covered may include psychological methods applied to political thought/action, political attitudes, political values and orientations, voter behaviour, effects of political campaigning, intergroup relations, motivating collective political movements, and the psychology of terrorism. Prerequisite: AUPSY 102; third year standing; One of AUPSY 240 or AUPSY 220 is highly recommended. Note: Credit may be obtained for only on of AUPSY 448 and AUPOL 494.