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POL S101 Introduction to Politics Course Page

Description: An introduction to major political concepts and to the study of politics. Note: Not open to students with credit in POL S 100 or 103.

POL S211 Introduction to History of Political Theory Course Page

Description: Explores how texts from the history of western political theory, from ancient Greece to the 20th century, help to deepen and diversify our understanding of themes like justice, freedom, equality, property, rights, and democracy. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 210. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S212 Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory Course Page

Description: Explores how texts in contemporary western political theory help to deepen and diversify our understanding of current political themes like war, climate change, sex, work, or democratic reform. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 210. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S223 City Government and Politics Course Page

Description: Selected public policies of city governments and the political and administrative processes through which they are produced. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S224 Canadian Government Course Page

Description: Examines the constitutional and institutional foundations of Canadian government. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 220. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S225 Canadian Politics Course Page

Description: Examines the context and dynamics of Canadian politics. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 220. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S235 Introduction to Comparative Politics Course Page

Description: Examines the concepts and approaches used to compare political issues across countries and regions. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 230 or 240. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S250 The Politics of Gender Course Page

Description: An examination of gender, diversity and relations of power in political life. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S261 International Relations Course Page

Description: An introduction to contemporary international relations that attempts to develop an understanding of political events at the international level. The course covers the nature of foreign policy, the dynamics of interactions between states, the causes of war, imperialism and the role of non-state actors. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 260. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S299 Citizenship for Democracy Course Page

Description: Power, politics and political activism. Approaches to participatory and democratic citizenship.

POL S302 Topics in Political Thought Course Page

Description: A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 210 or consent of Department.

POL S304 Modern Political Theory Course Page

Description: Diverse perspectives on rights, revolution, and democracy through the work of theorists like Burke, Wollstonecraft, de Tocqueville, Douglass, Marx, and Mill. Prerequisite: POL S 210 or 211 or 212 or consent of Department.

POL S305 Contemporary Political Theory Course Page

Description: Focuses on struggles over citizenship, the self, and social justice through the work of theorists like Arendt, Beauvoir, Freud, Fanon, Foucault, Rawls, and Tully. Prerequisite: POL S 210 or 211 or 212 or consent of Department.

POL S321 The Politics of Health Care in Canada I Course Page

Description: The development of Canada's health care system, its legislative and philosophical grounds, as well as financing and delivery. Note: Open only to students in the Faculty of Nursing. Not open to students with credit in SC PO 320.

POL S322 The Politics of Health Care in Canada II Course Page

Description: Current stresses in the health care system such as challenges to universality; alternative health delivery system from a comparative perspective. Note: Open only to students in the Faculty of Nursing. Not open to students with credit in SC PO 320. Prerequisite: POL S 321.

POL S324 Topics in Canadian Politics Course Page

Description: A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S326 Canadian Health Politics Course Page

Description: Examines major health care issues and the interaction of the key ideas, institutions and interests that shape the Canadian health care system. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S327 Aboriginal Peoples and Politics in Canada Course Page

Description: This course is an examination of different historical and contemporary issues associated with Aboriginal politics. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220), NS 110 or 111.

POL S328 Managing Modern Government Course Page

Description: Topics include government organization and administration, budgets, policy making, and democratic control and accountability. The focus is on Canada, but other countries are also considered. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225, (or 220 or 230) or Department consent.

POL S332 Introduction to United States Politics and Government Course Page

Description: The actors, institutions, and processes of American politics and governance, and the forces that influence them. Prerequisite: Any of the 200-level POL S core courses or consent of Department.

POL S333 Ecology and Politics Course Page

Description: This course examines different approaches to understanding the links between politics, society and ecology. Prerequisites: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

POL S334 North American Politics Course Page

Description: Comparative study of political institutions of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and their interaction with NAFTA. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent

POL S350 The Politics of Gender Course Page

Description: Relationships between gender, politics and power. From ballot box to bedroom to boardroom, how political and social institutions shape and are shaped by the categories of gender and sex. Prerequisite: Any of the 200-level POL S core courses or consent of Department.

POL S354 Topics in Comparative Politics Course Page

Description: The focus of this course changes yearly to reflect current issues in comparative politics and faculty research interests. Information about the specific topics can be obtained from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

POL S359 Topics in International Politics Course Page

Description: This course examines contemporary controversies in international politics. Information about specific topics are available from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

POL S360 Politics of International Development Course Page

Description: The theories that shape international development, and the actors and institutions involved. Prerequisite: One of POL S 230, 235, 261 (or 240 or 260) or Department consent.

POL S364 Introduction to International Political Economy Course Page

Description: This course provides an introduction to the ideas, institutions, and forces which are shaping the new international political economy. It examines the politics of trading blocks such as NAFTA and the EU, North-South relations, and the interactions of markets and states in the global economy. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent.

POL S365 Canadian Foreign Policy Course Page

Description: Major trends and developments in Canadian foreign policy since 1945. Prerequisite: POL S 260.

POL S370 Politics of the European Union Course Page

Description: An examination of European Union institutions, processes, politics, and policy issues. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent.

POL S374 Politics and Society of Postcolonial Africa Course Page

Description: An intensive survey of selected African politics and societies from colonialism to globalization. Prerequisite: POL S 240 or MEAS major/minor or consent of Department.

POL S375 Politics of East Asia Course Page

Description: A comprehensive introduction to East Asian politics in the postwar period, covering Greater China (Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong), Japan and the two Koreas. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240), East Asian Studies Major/Minor or Department consent.

POL S380 Politics in the Middle East Course Page

Description: Evolution, future, and global significance of Middle Eastern regional politics. Prerequisite: POL S 240 or consent of Department.

POL S390 Law and Politics Course Page

Description: Relationships between law and politics in Canada and the United States including dispute resolution, societal and governmental influences on the judiciary, the policy-making role of courts, and the criminal process. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225, 235, (or 220, 230 or 332) or Department consent.

POL S391 Canadian Political Parties Course Page

Description: Topics include party systems; ideologies and programs, members and supporters, organization and resources, and electoral and governmental activities. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S399 Third-Year Honors Seminar Course Page

Description: Research design and research methods for Political Science Honors Students. Note: Restricted to Honors Students in Third Year or those with consent of Department.

POL S404 Topics in Political Philosophy Course Page

Description: A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.

POL S405 Democratic Theory Course Page

Description: An investigation of different conceptions of democracy in political thought. Prerequisite: POL S 210 or consent of Department.

POL S410 Topics in Contemporary Political Philosophy Course Page

Description: A critical examination of contemporary trends in political philosophy. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.

POL S417 Philosophical Issues of Human Rights Course Page

Description: An enquiry into the idea(s) of human rights and the adequacy of their philosophical grounding. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.

POL S418 Media and Politics in Canada Course Page

Description: Political roles played by mainstream and social media in Canada. Prerequisite: POL S 224 and 225.

POL S419 Politics of the Canadian Constitution Course Page

Description: The political implications of judicial decisions in the areas of civil liberties, federal-provincial relations and international agreements. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S421 Topics in Canadian Politics Course Page

Description: The focus of this seminar changes yearly to reflect current issues in Canadian politics and faculty research interests. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225, (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S423 Canadian Federalism Course Page

Description: The analysis of the development and theories of Canadian Federalism. Attention will be given to current problems of the federal system. Prerequisite: POL S 220 or consent of Department.

POL S424 Health Policy Course Page

Description: Examining public policy making structures and processes. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S429 Government and Politics of Alberta Course Page

Description: The study of selected aspects of Alberta government and politics. Topics may range from political institutions, through political parties, to areas of public policy. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S433 City Politics Course Page

Description: The theory and practice of city politics in modern Canada. The course will normally employ as resource persons senior elected and appointed officials from governments. Prerequisite: One of POL S 220, 224, 225, 230, 235, 240 (or 223) or Department consent.

POL S435 Metropolitan Government Course Page

Description: The comparative study of the political economy of metropolitan government. Prerequisite: One of POL S 220, 224, 225, 235 (or 223, 230, or 240) or Department consent.

POL S440 Topics in Canadian Public Policy Course Page

Description: Selected topics of contemporary interest in Canadian public policy. Information about the specific topic is available from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S441 Gender and Public Policy Course Page

Description: The relationship between gender and public policy in Canada. Of particular concern are effects of restructuring, decentralization, privatization and deregulation on women. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220 or 350) or Department consent.

POL S442 The Canadian State and Identity Politics Course Page

Description: The relative power, impact and interconnections of both territorial (regional) divisions and other non-territorial divisions (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, and class). Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

POL S443 Globalization, Ethnic Politics and the Nation-State Course Page

Description: Theories of nationalism and the nation-state in an era of globalization. Prerequisite: POL S 230 or 240 or consent of Department.

POL S444 Global Critical Race Theory Course Page

Description: Politics of race, racialisation and anti-racism in international and comparative perspective. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240 or 260) or Department consent.

POL S445 Topics in Globalization and Governance Course Page

Description: A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent.

POL S448 Gender Politics and Mass Media Course Page

Description: Ways in which mass media socially construct and politicize gender. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S or WGS.

POL S450 Topics in Comparative Theory Course Page

Description: Seminar in major areas of comparative theory such as political economy and the politics of collective action. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

POL S455 Topics in Gender and Politics Course Page

Description: A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of any 200-level POL S course, POL S 350 or Department consent.

POL S458 United States Foreign Policy Course Page

Description: The contemporary foreign policies of the United States and their causes. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

POL S459 Topics in International Politics Course Page

Description: A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

POL S460 Global Security Course Page

Description: Historical and contemporary political issues of global security are examined from various theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

POL S461 International Relations of the Middle East Course Page

Description: Contemporary international politics of the Middle East. Prerequisite: One of POL S 260, 261; 380; or Department consent.

POL S462 Political Economy of Global Governance Course Page

Description: Competing analytical frameworks within international political economy; social and ideological dimensions of governance in a globalized world. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

POL S468 International Organization Course Page

Description: An examination of theoretical debates on international cooperation and international institutions and their application to contemporary international politics. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

POL S469 Ethics in International Relations Course Page

Description: Sources of and debates on ethical issues in international relations, especially surrounding human rights, economic justice and war. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

POL S470 Topics in Comparative Politics Course Page

Description: Selected topics of current interest in comparative politics and government. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

POL S475 Politics of China and Japan Course Page

Description: Domestic politics and foreign policy of China and/or Japan. Note: Not open to students with credit in POL S 473. Prerequisite: POL S 240 or 375 or East Asian Studies major/minor or consent of Department.

POL S477 Topics in Islamic Politics Course Page

Description: Political ideas and practice in Islamic countries, including historical and contemporary constructions of Islam. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240 or 380) or Department consent.

POL S483 United States Constitutional Law Course Page

Description: Individual liberties and the equal protection of groups in the United States, focusing on court rulings about the Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment, controversies over constitutional interpretation, and the political of rights. Prerequisite: POL S 390 or 419 or consent of Department; also open to Law students.

POL S484 Topics in United States Politics and Policy Course Page

Description: A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 332 or Department consent.

POL S486 Topics in European Politics Course Page

Description: Current debates in Europe, including the emergence of new radical right parties, green parties and movements, market liberalization and political change in Eastern and Central Europe, and the resurgence of nationalist discourses. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230) or Department consent.

POL S487 Topics in European Union Politics Course Page

Description: A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230) or Department consent.

POL S488 The Politics of Mexico Course Page

Description: Mexico's post-revolutionary politics, its current dynamics, and their continental impacts. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

POL S499A Honors Essay: Fourth-Year Honors Political Science Course Page

Description: Preparation of the Honors Essay, required in the fourth year of the Honors program. Prerequisite: POL S 399.

POL S499B Honors Essay: Fourth-Year Honors Political Science Course Page

Description: Preparation of the Honors Essay, required in the fourth year of the Honors program. Prerequisite: POL S 399.

POL S505 Democratic Theory Course Page

Description: An investigation of different conceptions of democracy in political thought. Not open to students with credit in POL S 405.

POL S514 Topics in Contemporary Political Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S515 Topics in Political Philosophy Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S517 Philosophical Issues of Human Rights Course Page

Description: An enquiry into the idea(s) of human rights and the adequacy of their philosophical grounding. Not open to students with credit in POL S 417.

POL S520 Topics in Canadian Politics Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S522 Canadian Federalism Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S526 Selected Topics in Urban Politics Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S540 Topics in Public Policy Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S542 The Canadian State and Identity Politics Course Page

Description: The relative power, impact and interconnections of both territorial (regional) divisions and other non-territorial divisions (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, and class).

POL S543 Globalization, Ethnic Politics and the Nation-State Course Page

Description: Theories of nationalism and the nation-state in an era of globalization.

POL S544 Global Critical Race Theory Course Page

Description: Politics of race, racialisation and anti-racism in international and comparative perspective.

POL S551 Topics in Comparative Politics: Industrialized Countries Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S558 Gender Politics and Mass Media Course Page

Description: Ways in which mass media socially construct and politicize gender. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S or WGS.

POL S560 Topics in International Relations Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S561 International Relations of the Middle East Course Page

Description: Contemporary international politics of the Middle East.

POL S565 Topics in Foreign Policy Analysis Course Page

Description: Current approaches to the study of foreign policy that focuses the explanations upon factors within the state.

POL S566 Topics in International Political Economy Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S571 Topics in Comparative Politics: Comparative Development Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S578 Asian Systems Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S580 European Politics Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S596 Topics in Gender and Politics Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S599 Introduction to the Discipline of Political Science Course Page

Description: An introduction to the professional skills and ethics training expected in Political Science as an academic discipline. POL S 599 is graded on a pass/fail basis.

POL S600 Theories and Methods of Comparative Politics Course Page

Description: Traditional and critical perspectives.

POL S610 Political Theory Course Page

Description: A review of major thinkers and themes. Core course for PhD students preparing comprehensive exams in political theory.

POL S621 Canadian Government and Politics Course Page

Description: The advanced study of politics, government and political science in Canada.

POL S622 Contemporary Canadian Political Issues Course Page

Description: Current debates in Canadian politics and public policy.

POL S660 Theories of International Politics I Course Page

Description: A review and critique of the traditional theories of international politics and their contemporary challenges.

POL S668 Readings in International Studies Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S680 Theories and Methods of Political Inquiry Course Page

Description: Required course for PhD students.

POL S690 Gender and Politics Course Page

Description: A survey of various theoretical perspectives on gender, ranging from liberal to postmodern, as well as issues and debates in gender research. Also addressed are questions of difference, identity, and conflict arising from, among others, race, class, sexuality, and north-south relations.

POL S696 Readings in Gender and Politics Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S900 Directed Research Project Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S900A Directed Research Project Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S900B Directed Research Project Course Page
No description available for this course.
POL S906 Directed Research Project Course Page
No description available for this course.