Political Science

Political Science program description.

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

POLS1103North American Politics3 ch (3C) [W]

Introduces students to the major issues and concepts involved in the study of political science through a comparison of politics in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The course is built around an exploration of the links between the institutions and processes of government (executives, legislatures, courts and elections) and the political society of each country (its values, cultures, ideologies, and social conflicts).

POLS1203Political Issues that Divide Canadians3 ch (3C) [W]

Examines contemporary and enduring issues within the context of the Canadian political system. Topics may include: Quebec and national unity, aboriginal self-government, cultural and regional diversity, class conflict, and electoral reform.

POLS1303Pivotal Political Events3 ch (3C) [W]

Considers the political origins and long-term political impact, as well as the effect on the field of political science, of crises which have shaped the contemporary world, such as the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, the dropping of the atomic bomb, the Cold War, the rise of the welfare state, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

POLS1403Contemporary Political Ideas and Ideologies3 ch (3C) [W]

Introduces students to the important political ideas and movements of the past century that shape present day society. Tracing the development and thinking about political life in the twentieth century, it examines such diverse ideologies as: liberalism, social Darwinism, existentialism, feminism, ecologism, and post-modernism.

POLS1503Law, Power, and Politics3 ch (3C) [W]

Introduces students to some of the main concepts of political science, including: constitutionalism, the rule of law, rights, citizenship, obligation, authority, and legitimacy. Students will also study the concrete applications of these principles in specific circumstances by examining selected political problems, public policies, and legal procedures.

POLS1603Politics of Globalization3 ch (3C) [W]

The term 'globalization' has quickly become one of the most popular, yet least understood, words in the contemporary political vocabulary. This course introduces students to the key issues involved in the study of globalization. Topics examined may include: militarization and warfare, the rise of the global neo-liberal order, the end of the Cold War, international ecological politics, transnational corporations, the condition of women in the global economy, changing relations between North and South, and the impact of globalization on the role of the nation-state.

POLS1703Issues in World Politics3 ch (3C) [W]
This course investigates the most pressing issues in contemporary world politics with a particular focus on conflict and security challenges which have arisen since the end of the Cold War. Debates over war and terrorism, international law and human rights, and humanitarian intervention are considered, along with new challenges connected to economic development, population growth and environmental pressures.
POLS1803Politics of Climate Change (A)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course surveys the politics of climate change in a global context.  In the coming decades, climate change will drive politics at the international, national, and sub-national levels.  Specific topics include climate change itself, international treaties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, humanitarian crises and climate change refugees, climate change and the media, and climate change deniers.

POLS2013Introduction to Political Economy3 ch (3C) [W]
This course surveys the basic themes of Political Economy analysis.  Themes include the nature of capitalism, the work experience, class and class struggle, political organizations and parties, business associations and unions, corporations, poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, the role of the state, militarization, and imperialism.
POLS2202Canadian Politics3 ch (3C) [W]
An introductory course in Canadian government and politics, dealing with the following topics: the constitution and civil liberties; federalism, with some focus on Quebec; the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government; political parties and interest groups; representation and electoral behaviour; nationalism in Canada.  Students cannot hold credit for both POLS 2200 and POLS 2202.
POLS2303Politics of the Developing World3 ch (3C) [W]

This course introduces students to key political issues facing developing countries using a comparative politics approach. Key themes include state formation; sovereignty, democracy and accountability; economic strategy; impact of globalization.

POLS2503Women and Politics3 ch (3C) [W]

This course maps the rise of the Second Wave feminist movement in North America, examining women’s engagement with politics on issues concerning citizenship, the economy, legal status, the division of public and private, and bodily autonomy.

POLS2603Comparative Politics of the Industrialized World (A)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course introduces students to similarities and differences in the political culture, political institutions and public policies of countries in the industrialized world (Western Europe and North America primarily).

POLS2703Introduction to International Relations3 ch (3C)

A general introduction to the theory and practice of international relations. Issues examined include: war, the global economy, international organizations, and the environment.

POLS3011European Imperialism, 1815-1914 (Cross-Listed: HIST 3011)3 ch (3C)

Examines the evolution of European imperialism in Africa and Asia from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the outbreak of the First World War.  Topics to be covered include: causes of the revival of imperialism; the French conquest of Algeria; British expansion in South Africa; the evolution of British rule in India, French rule in Indochina, and Dutch rule in Indonesia; the European powers and informal imperialism in China; the expansion of European control in Africa; theories and practices of colonial rule; the role of explorers and missionaries; race, gender, and class in colonial societies; the promotion of imperialism in popular culture; and resistance to imperialism.

POLS3012European Imperialism, 1914-1975 (Cross-Listed: HIST 3012)3 ch (3C)

Examines the evolution of European Imperialism after the outbreak of the First World War, and ends with a detailed examination of post-1945 decolonization.  Topics to be covered include: the impact of the First World War on European empires; gender, race, and class relations in colonial societies; cultures of imperialism in the 1920s and 1930s; the evolution of imperial systems of control; the rise of anti-colonial nationalist movements; the impact of the Second World War; counter-insurgency and colonial wars after 1945; the causes and dynamics of decolonization; and the legacies of empire.

Prerequisite: Prior completion of HIST 3011 is an asset but not required.

POLS3103Rights in Conflict in North America3 ch (3C) [W]

Investigates competing visions of rights in contemporary North American politics in historical, ethical and theoretical perspective. 

POLS3104African American Politics (O)3 ch (3C) [W]
This course surveys African-American history and politics from Reconstruction to Barack Obama.  Specific topics include segregation, repression, civil rights, and the changing politics of race in America.
POLS3105American Politics (A)3 ch (3C) [W]
Surveys the American political experience with a focus on the post-1945 period. Topics include the paranoid tradition in American politics, the New Deal consensus, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, the Second Wave feminist movement, the war against Vietnam, the rise of the New Right and post-9/11 American Foreign policy.  Students cannot hold credit for both POLS 2101 and POLS 3105.
POLS3211Canadian Governance in the Global Era3 ch (3C)

Introduces students to the complex mechanisms through which governance has taken shape, with a particular emphasis on recent policy shifts. 

POLS3212Topics in Provincial Public Administration3 ch (3C) [W]

Focuses on the study of selected aspects of the structure and process of provincial public administration.

POLS3213Capitalism, Canada and Class3 ch (3C) [W]

This course examines the shifting class structure of Canada from the standpoint of the evolution of global capitalism. Topics covered include the decline of the established worker, the growth of non-standard work, migrant labour, unemployment, the deregulation of labour law, the minimum wage debate and the gendering of low-wage sphere.

POLS3215Issues in Canadian Public Policy (O)3 ch (3C) [W]
Major issues in Canadian public policy-making and related approaches to policy analysis are examined from the perspective of political science. Topics will include health policy, economic policy, and cultural policy. Students cannot hold credit for both POLS 2203 and POLS 3215.
POLS3227Poverty, Governance, and Citizenship in Canada3 ch (3C) [W]

This course explores the relationships between poverty policy, governmental forms, and conceptions of citizenship. Students will critically evaluate major documents from Confederation to contemporary policy debates. The central objective is to map out shifts, turning points, and transformations in governing practices and sensibilities.

POLS3233Empire and Resistance in New York City: From Wall Street to Zucotti Park (A)3 ch (3c) [W]
This course explores the dynamic relationship between New York City and the contradictions of the American Empire—NYC as the centre of global financial and industrial capital!  Themes explored may include its status as the financial capital of the world, its place in the history of American capitalism, the city’s importance as a site of political resistance, the 9/11 tragedy and its far-reaching repercussions, New York’s continuing prestige as a destination for both tourists and immigrants, its illicit economy, its stark contrasts between wealth and poverty, the city’s artistic, ethnic, and cultural richness, and its role as home to the United Nations.  To explore these themes, we will visit museums, art galleries, monuments, political organizations, media outlets, neighbourhoods, governmental organizations, and other related sites around the five boroughs.  Normally taught on location.
POLS3237The Politics of Memory in Canada and the United States3 ch (3C) [W]

What gets remembered and how it gets remembered are necessarily political. This course will examine specific aspects of the national memory in Canada and the United States from the late nineteenth-century through to the present. Topics will include the Native in the North American imagination, the commemoration of slavery, the commemoration of military events (for example, the Great War in Canada, the Vietnam War in the United States), and history and the tourist gaze. 

POLS3241Canadian Foreign Policy3 ch (3C) [W]

An analysis of the foreign policy formulation process and a consideration of sectors other than the Canadian-American relationship.

POLS3242Canadian-American Relations3 ch (3C) [W]

An analysis of the political aspects of sectoral relations between Canada and the United States. Restriction: Credit may not be obtained for both POLS 3242 and HIST 3364 (History of Canadian-American Relations).

POLS3247Trudeau's Canada3 ch (3C) [W]

This course will focus on Canadian and Quebec politics in the Trudeau era. Topics will include the Quiet Revolution, constitutional renewal, the 1980 referendum and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The course will also focus on the Charter era through an examination of key legal decisions. Finally, the course will examine Trudeau as a cultural icon in English Canada. 

POLS3251Canadian Federalism3 ch (3C) [W]

Considers theories of federalism, the development of the Canadian federal system, and the impact of current issues.

POLS3257Law and Politics in Canada3 ch (3C) [W]

Analyzes the relationship between law and politics in Canada, with an emphasis on the impact of judicial decisions on Canadian politics. Topics covered include the Rule of Law in the Canadian Constitution, the judicial process, the Canadian Court system, judicial recruitment and selection, judicial independence, judicial review, and judicial decision-making.

POLS3263Canadian Provincial Politics3 ch (3C) [W]

Designed to provide the student with an overall grasp of the nature of government and political processes in the Canadian provinces.

POLS3267Quebec Politics and Government3 ch (3C) [W]

A survey of the political and social evolution of Quebec from the 17th century to the present day. Emphasis is placed on 20th century events and on the nationalist dimension of Quebec politics, particularly its modern incarnation in the period since 1960.

Recommended prior coursePOLS 2202.
POLS3271Community Culture in Canadian Politics3 ch (3C) [W]

A consideration of the impact of cultural and regional differences on prospects for political unity and political change in Canada. Topics will include: English-French differences in political culture and their policy implications; Indian and Inuit culture and its relevance for the political process; the growth and political impact of regionalism and provincialism; the politics of Canadian multiculturalism in comparative perspective.

POLS3282The Canadian Political System3 ch (3C) [W]

An analysis of the Canadian political system with emphasis on the constitution, federalism, parliamentary government, and the Canadian political culture.

POLS3284The Concentration of Power in Canadian Politics (A)3 ch (3C) [W]

In recent years, there has been considerable focus on the role of Prime Minister in Canadian politics.  Many believe power has become excessively concentrated in the hands of the Prime Minister and a handful of close advisors, with important implications for the democratic quality of our political system.  This course examines the concentration of power in Canadian politics, looking at both theoretical and historical dimensions of the issue, as well as its manifestation in current political debates.

POLS3292Self-Government and Aboriginal Community3 ch (3C) [W]

A systematic analysis of the principles, structures and institutions of traditional and contemporary Indian self-government in Canada.

POLS3312Political Sociology (Cross-Listed: SOCI 3312)3 ch (3C)

Examines the relations between society and the state by comparing traditional political sociology with the contemporary approach. Issues include the nation state as the center of political activity, how power is exercised through institutions, social groups, class, the production of identity or subjectivity, how globalization and social movements de-center state political activity, the impact of these changes on citizenship and democracy.

 

POLS3313Political Psychology (A)3 ch (3C) [W]
This course examines theories and perspectives from the field of psychology that provide insight into a wide range of political phenomena, including political participation, political communication, ethnic group relations, public policy design and foreign policy decision-making. Particular emphasis is placed on seminal thinkers and core ideas from the domains of cognitive psychology, social psychology and personality psychology that challenge the "rational actor" model often used in political science analysis.
POLS3323Cities in the 'Urban Century'3 ch (3C) [W]

In the 21st century, half of the world’s population will be urban dwellers. The importance of enhancing our knowledge of cities has never been greater. This course will address cities within the context of globalization, economic change, state reform, citizenship, and social justice. While emphasis will be placed on Canadian examples, comparisons with other countries also will be made.

POLS3387Theories of Comparative Politics (A)3 ch (3C) [W]
This course offers a survey of some of the major theoretical questions and perspectives in the field of comparative politics. Topics covered include the rise of the modern state, revolution, democratization, ethnic conflict, and economic development and underdevelopment. Particular attention is given to the use of the comparative method - focused comparisons of two or more states - to study variations in political development and shed light on theoretical debates.
POLS3391Governance3 ch (3C)

Investigates shifts that are occurring in the rationales, strategies, and practices of governance, with a particular focus on contemporary transformations. Students will be introduced to traditional tools of public administration analysis as well as new analytical tools that have emerged at the turn of the 21st century. They will also be asked to explore how new governing mechanisms take shape through shifting discourses, programs, and techniques. 

POLS3392Comparative Public Administration3 ch (3C) [W]
A detailed study of contemporary public administration in selected countries in Europe and North America with the emphasis on a comparative study of selected issues and topics.
POLS3410Survey of Political Thought6 ch (6C) [W]

A survey of the most important writers and the main currents of political thought from Ancient Greece to the beginning of the 20th century.

POLS3413Modern Theories of the State3 ch (3C) [W]

Examines the emergence of the modern conception of the state, and discusses some of the important theoretical arguments concerning the scope and justification of the state.

POLS3415Liberalism (O)3 ch (3C) [W]

The historical and textual foundations of the liberal tradition and its contemporary variants. Central concepts and problems in the development of liberal thought to be examined will include: rights, property, liberty, toleration, and political participation.

POLS3418Politics and Protest Music (A)3 ch (3C) [W]
This course surveys political protest music. Themes covered may range from Mozart's "The Magic Flute" to the ballads of Woody Guthrie through to anti-war songs over the last century.
POLS3423The Politics of Repression3 ch (3C) [W]

Examines a variety of thinkers and movements that are concerned with the question of repression. Attempts to answer such questions as: what is repression and what causes it? Are some groups in society particularly repressed? What are the varieties of repression?

POLS3433Late Modern Political Thought3 ch (3C) [W]

This course surveys recent political thinkers from the celebrated critic of modernity Friedrich Nietzsche to the post-modernist Jean-François Lyotard. It coheres thematically by focusing on their implicit and explicit responses to the three grand questions of the 20th century: What is wrong with modernity? What happened to the proletarian revolutions of Europe? How can the Holocaust be explained? Other thinkers examined include Lukács, Weber, Gramsci, Cassirer, Horkeimer, Arendt, de Beauvoir, Voegelin and Foucault. 

POLS3441Women Political Thinkers3 ch (3C) [W]

Examines women’s contributions to the history of Western ideas on politics, rationality, autonomy and the body, and violence and war. Key women thinkers include Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir. 

POLS3443Feminist Issues in Political Thought3 ch (3C)

Examines critical issues in feminist theory. Its central focus is on the understanding of women's political and social roles found in the history of political thinking and the response to these arguments presented by contemporary feminist theorists.

POLS3446Subjects, Citizens, Individuals: Politics of the Early Modern World (O)3 ch (3C) [W]
Upheaval, change and disorder, a “world turned upside down”: these are all terms associated with political life in seventeenth-century England.  How did political writers, from Thomas Hobbes and Margaret Cavendish, to the Levellers and John Locke, conceive of this flux, and what roles did they envision for subjects, citizens and individuals in the early modern world?  In this lecture/seminar course, we will map the rise of modern liberalism, individualism, notions of property, the state and the body.
POLS3461Public Policy Analysis3 ch (3C) [W]

A critical examination of the institutions that form public policy, as well as the policy process in relation to a number of selected areas.

POLS3471When Bards are Bothered: Political Critique in Literature (O)3ch (3C)[W]

Examines the nature of political critique found in literature. It surveys different literary genres and forms, including tragedy, comedy, satire, poetry, the essay, the short story, and the novel. Some of the authors discussed may include Aristophanes, Sophocles, Thomas More, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, and more recent writers such as Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, and John Steinbeck.

POLS3473Marxism and Anarchism: Alternative Political Communities3 ch (3C) [W]

Surveys the organization, political and social rationale, and critiques of alternative political communities. Topics may include the utopian socialist societies and anarchist experiments of the nineteenth century, the Israeli kibbutzim, European co-operative networks, and the North American counter-culture communities of the twentieth century.

POLS3475The Political Left (A)3 ch (3C) [W]
This course surveys the dominant currents on the political left after Marx and the International Workingmen’s Association.  Lecture focus is on the 2nd International, the Comintern, the permutations of Trotskyism, Marxist humanism, the social democratic tradition and socialist reformism, the New Left, eco-socialism, World Social Fora and the politics of Occupy.
POLS3531Political and Policy Writing (A)3 ch (3WS) [W]
This course familiarizes students with various writing styles relevant to the study and practice of politics with the goal of expanding and enhancing written communication skills. In addition to academic essay writing, styles and formats suited to public policy analysis, political advocacy and journalistic commentary are covered. Classes typically follow a workshop format emphasizing practical exercises, class discussion and peer feedback. Open to students from all disciplines.
POLS3533Research Methods in Political Science3 ch (3C) [W]

Intended to familiarize students with processes, methods and techniques of inquiry in political science. Required for all Honours students. Strongly recommended for Majors students.

POLS3614Ethics and International Politics (O)3 ch (3C) [W]

The course explores the importance of moral values, ethical reasoning, and reflection in international relations.  It presents the concepts, theories, methods, and traditions of ethical analysis, and applies them to a wide range of transnational and global issues such as political reconciliation, human rights, war, foreign intervention, and economic sanction.  It also examines the justice of international structures, institutions, and rules, as well as their impact on issues such as the moral obligation on the part of wealthy states to provide economic assistance to poor nations or to admit a large number of refugees, the challenge of climate change and energy conservation, and the prosecution of crimes against humanity. Normally taught online.

POLS3615International Relations Theory (O)3 ch (3C) [W]
Introduces students to the intellectual history of North American IR, through in-depth exploration of some of the most significant works of IR theory. Theories explored will include: realism; liberalism; constructivism; Marxism; feminism; post-colonial theory. Contemporary issues in IR (e.g. war, migration, the environment) are examined through these theoretical lenses.
POLS3635The Critical Study of War (O)3 ch (3C) [W]

Explores the nature of war in terms of the social relations of class, race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Particular focus is given to WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War, the Afghan War, the Iraqi Wars of 1991 and 2003, and the war on terror.

POLS3637Capitalism and War (A)3 ch (3C) [W]
This course examines the scholarly literature on the link between warfare and world capitalism over the last century. Themes raised may include the extent of US arms spending, Western military doctrines, the Cold War, regional warfare, humanitarian crises and UN intervention. Specific focus is given to the wars in Vietnam, Central America, the Horn of Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. (Students cannot obtain credit for both POLS 3637 and 4637.)
POLS3643United Nations (A)3 ch (3C) [W]
Examines international organizations and law in the contemporary period with a particular focus on the UN.  Topics addressed include the direction and scope of UN reform, the role of international organizations in the global economy, human rights groups, the World Court, and the European Community.
POLS3645Society, Politics, and War in 5th Century Greece3 ch (3C) [W]
An examination of the socio-political aspects of the late archaic and early classical periods in Greece. Themes surveyed include endemic class struggles, the social dimension of 5th-century BCE tragedy and comedy, the open political conflicts between the forces of democracy and the forces of oligarchy, the rise of Athenian imperialism, and the general sway of cultural criticism. Specific topics will range from mythological representations of war on the temples and the politics of Perciles ambitious building program to the peace plays of Aristophanes or the devastating plague in Athens at the outset of the Peloponnesian War. This course will be taught only in the Travel Study program and is designed to take advantage of the various site visits.
POLS3647Democratic Disengagement3 ch (3C) [W]

Examines the sources of democratic discontent and declining political participation in Canada and other established democracies, along with potential remedies. Topics covered include civil society and social cohesion, the changing role of political parties and the merits of institutional changes such as electoral reform and direct democracy.

Recommended prior coursePOLS 2202 or POLS 2603
POLS3711Political Economy of Development in Africa3 ch (3C) [W]

This course explores the political economy of development in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on challenges in the last two decades and drawing on several case studies from the region to explore how they have unfolded in specific countries. The course emphasizes the role of states, corporations, and international institutions in the development process. It examines several recent challenges for the continent such as food, poverty reduction, agriculture and rural development, urbanization and informalization, and HIV/AIDS.

Recommended prior coursePOLS 2303POLS 2703, or IDS 2001
POLS3712Globalization and Everyday Life (A)3 ch (3C) [W]

The course examines the globalization of production, work and consumption as localized changes that affect people on a daily basis. The course explores their transnational links by utilizing one case study a year (such as clothing, toys, food products or footwear) and emphasizing North-South relationships.

Recommended prior coursePOLS 2303POLS 2703 or IDS 2001
POLS3713The Global Economy: Production, Profits, Power and People3 ch (3C) [W]

Surveys the primarily theoretical and empirical literature on the global political economy. Issues addressed include imperialism, dependency, U.S. hegemony, the internationalization of production, global finance, and the evolution of the Fordist production regime.

Recommended prior coursePOLS 2303POLS 2703 or IDS 2001
POLS3714Imperialism and Crisis (A)3 ch (3C) [W]
This course examines the analytical writings on capitalist imperialism down to the 2008 global crisis.  Classical and contemporary writers surveyed may include Marx, Luxemburg, Hilferding, Lenin, Baran, Amin, Wood, Harvey and Callinicos.  Topics addressed will range from militarism and warfare through to dependency, underdevelopment, cultural homogenisation, and 21st- century austerity.
POLS3715Work in the World Economy (A)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course surveys the social relations of power in the workplace in the 21st century.  Topics covered may include the global division of labour, workplace restructuring, the feminisation of work, global unemployment and underemployment, migrant labour, falling rates of unionization, low-wage work, contract work, temp work, precarious labour, homework and employment in the informal sector.

POLS3717The Politics of Nationalism3 ch (3C) [W]

A general examination of nationalism as an ideology and political force, with some focus on specific nationalist movements in both the developed and developing worlds. Topics include: competing definitions of nations and nationalism, the underlying causes of nationalist unrest and secessionism, and methods of conflict management in ethnically divided societies.

Recommended prior coursePOLS 2303 or POLS 2603
POLS3718International Security in Theory and Practice (A)3ch (3C) [W]
Critically examines one of the most central and contested concepts in International Relations theory and practice: security. Questions considered include: what does it mean to be secure? What causes various forms of insecurity? How should we identify security threats: what 'counts' as an international security problem? What happens when issues are framed as security problems? The course examines theoretical approches to security in IR including national, human, feminist, and critical security theories, and considers contemporary challenges that have been identified as international security problems, including terrorism, health/disease, climate change and migration.
POLS3721The Politics of Drinks: from Rum to Coffee to Bottled Water3 ch (3C) [W]

This course explores the politics of international development by investigating the historical development of international processes and markets for beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, juice, wine, rum and water. The course uses these case studies to ground theoretical analysis of development strategies, trade institutions, corporate practices, worker struggles and consumer initiatives.

POLS3725The Political Economy of Latin American Society (O)3 ch (3C) [W]

Surveys the social and economic foundations of South and Central American politics. Specific issues examined include the relationship of the region to the global economy, state/military relations, state repression, U.S. regional hegemony, political reform and revolutionary movements.

POLS3900Independent Study in Political Science6 ch (6C)

Upon application through the co-ordinator of honours and majors programs, students pursuing an honours or majors degree in Political Science may undertake independent studies with a member of the department. It is expected that students will have a clear idea of their intended area of study and will submit a written proposal justifying it as an independent studies course.

No student will be allowed to take more than 6chs of independent study in completing the requirements for a majors or honours degree in political science. Independent studies courses will NOT count as meeting the honours thesis requirements.

POLS3903Independent Study in Political Science3 ch (3C)

Upon application through the co-ordinator of honours and majors programs, students pursuing an honours or majors degree in Political Science may undertake independent studies with a member of the department. It is expected that students will have a clear idea of their intended area of study and will submit a written proposal justifying it as an independent studies course.

No student will be allowed to take more than 6chs of independent study in completing the requirements for a majors or honours degree in political science. Independent studies courses will NOT count as meeting the honours thesis requirements.

POLS3905Independent Study in Political Science3 ch (3C)

Upon application through the co-ordinator of honours and majors programs, students pursuing an honours or majors degree in Political Science may undertake independent studies with a member of the department. It is expected that students will have a clear idea of their intended area of study and will submit a written proposal justifying it as an independent studies course.

No student will be allowed to take more than 6chs of independent study in completing the requirements for a majors or honours degree in political science. Independent studies courses will NOT count as meeting the honours thesis requirements.

POLS4000Directed Reading and Research in Political Science6 ch (6C) [W]

A compulsory reading and research course for fourth year honours students. The student prepares a research program in consultation with a professor in the field concerned and is expected to present a research essay after regular consultations with the professor concerned who will be assigned to the student by the chair of the department.

POLS4723The Rise of the Far Right (O)3ch (S) [W]

Recent years have witnessed the rise of various political parties and movements of the far right in both Europe and North America. This course will examine these organizations and the broader political environment in which they have emerged in order to better understand the causes and consequences of this troubling trend.

POLS4416Canadian Political Thought3 ch (3S) [W]

Historical and comparative examination of the various strands of thought that make up the Canadian political tradition: liberalism, conservatism, socialism and nationalism. (Students cannot earn credit for this course and POLS 3416 ).

POLS4463Eros and Leadership: The Philosophy of the Good Ruler Through the Ages (A)3 ch (3S) [W]

This course surveys the intellectual and philosophical criteria for political leadership as they were established by past thinkers. Some of the intellectual material addressed may include the assessment of Pericles by the ancients, Plato's nations of philosophical rule, Aristotle's conception of class rule, Plutarch's biographies, Marcus Aurelius reflections, Machiavelli's counsels, Marx's critique of bourgeois rule, Lenin's conception of vanguardism, Weber's observations regarding charisma and Gramsci's defence of the organic intellectual. Throughout the course the standards set in the past are applied to current political leaders, and the concerns raised by contemporary intellectuals like Christopher Lasch and Neil Postman are broached and assessed. (Students cannot earn credit for this course and POLS 3463). 

POLS4483Hegel & Marx (A)3 ch (3S) [W]

Examines the theories of history and the historical process in Hegel and Marx, paying particular attention to the question of the causes of historical change.  It then discusses these theories in their relation to Hegel’s and Marx’s political thought.  (Students cannot earn credit for this course and POLS 3483.)

POLS4495Gender and War: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (O)3 ch (3S) [W]
Exploring a range of topics from women’s experiences as soldiers to the social construction of masculinities to suit the war system, and drawing upon a range of sources, including historical writings by women on war, drama, poetry and fiction, as well as recent political theorizing and analysis, this course puts the gendered aspects of war under the microscope.  Writers considered include Margaret Cavendish, Virginia Woolf, Sara Ruddick, Judith Butler, R.W. Connell and Michael Kimmel.
POLS4496Thucydides: War and Empire (A)3 ch (3S) [W]

This course will examine The History of the Peloponnesian War as the founding text of International Relations. The course will also focus on the various readings of the History.

POLS4534Quantitative Approaches in Political Science (A)3 ch (3S) [W]

This course provides a basic grounding in methods of quantitative commonly used in political science. In addition to statistical theory and techniques, the course also focuses on interpretation of quantitative political science literature and provides students with instruction in conducting statistical analysis using public opinion and election data sets.

Recommended prior or concurrent course: POLS 3533. (Students cannot earn credit for this course and POLS 3534.)
POLS4703Seminar in Contemporary Issues in World Politics (A)3 ch (3S) [W]

This course deals with current trends and developments on the international science including the global balance of power, relations between the superpowers, ideological conflicts, the Third World and North-South tensions: war, revolution and coups d'etat as these occur. (Students cannot earn credit for this course and POLS 3703.)

POLS4713The Future of Work (O)3 ch (3S) [W]
With a focus on Canada, this seminar investigates structural features of the contemporary global economy as they affect prospects for work, employment and income. Topics may include emerging and declining industries, employment security, as well as the impact of education, income support, migration and unpaid work. Students cannot work obtain credit for both SOCI 4325 and POLS 4713.
POLS4722Women, Gender and Development (A)3 ch (3S) [W]

This course introduces students to critical issues in the study of women, gender and socio-economic development. The course presents contending theoretical approaches, and applies them through case studies that explore how women are affected by and in turn shape socio-economic development processes in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. (Students cannot earn credit for this course and POLS 3722 ). 

POLS4724Topics in Environment History and Politics (O)3 ch (3S) [W]

This course surveys topics in North American environmental politics and history, including climate change, resource development, and water management.  It examines the role of governments, the environmental movement, and industry.  Finally, it examines how the environment as an idea has changed over time.

POLS4727The Politics of Global Health3 ch (3S) [W]

This course considers challenges in contemporary global health governance by examining the global response to a specific disease/health issue, focusing on how the global South is implicated in this governance and disease response. Questions we will explore include: how is health global? What is the relationship between 'the global' and 'the local' in global health governance? How effective are various global health strategies, programs and frameworks, and in what ways do they have uneven effects on different populations and regions? What are the power relations between actors including states, international and multilateral organizations, social movements, and the private sector? What are the structural and political drivers of health inequity?

Recommended prior coursePOLS 2303POLS 2703, IDS 2001, IDS 2003 or permission of course instructor.
POLS5345Natural Resources, Industrialization and the Environment in Atlantic Canada (Cross-Listed: HIST 5345)3 ch (3C)
Explores the political, economic and environmental implications of the dependence on natural resources in Atlantic Canada, through an examination of the historical development of the forest, fishing, agricultural and mining industries from the eighteenth century to the post-Second World War Period.