Political Science

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Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
POLS6101 Topics in American Politics Topics examined will include race, class, gender, and religion in American politics and in American foreign policy in the post-1945 period, with a special focus on the 1960s and the rise of the New Right as a reaction to the 1960s. 3 ch
POLS6241 Canadian Foreign Policy 3 ch
POLS6251 Canadian Federalism 3 ch
POLS6257 Law and Politics in Canada 3 ch
POLS6292 Self-Government and Aboriginal Community 3 ch
POLS6293 Topics in Canadian Politics 3 ch
POLS6295 Topics in Public Policy Examines selected themes in the area of public policy -- for example: poverty policy, health care policy or urban politics. Precise topics covered will vary depending on the instructor. 3 ch
POLS6413 Modern Theories of the State 3 ch
POLS6433 Late Modern Political Thought 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. 3 ch
POLS6443 Feminist Issues in Political Thought 3 ch
POLS6461 Public Policy Analysis 3 ch
POLS6483 Hegel and Marx 3 ch
POLS6491 Topics in Comparative Politics 3 ch
POLS6492 Topics in International Relations 3 ch
POLS6493 Topics in Political Theory 3 ch
POLS6495 Gender and War: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives This course considers theoretical, historical and epistemological issues surrounding the study of women, gender and war and exposes students to the broad range of genres and styles in which the subjects of women, gender and war are taken up. We will explore how war and militarism are gendered, as well as the ways in which the discipline of political science itself is gendered in its study of the subject of war. Writers to be covered include historical figures, such as Margaret Cavendish and Virginia Woolf, as well as contemporary feminist critics of international relations from Cynthia Enloe and Christine Sylvester to Sara Ruddick. 3 ch
POLS6496 Thucydides: War and Empire This course will examine "Thucydides" History of the Peloponnesian War, with special focus on the politics of Athens and the author's of the War and the Athenian Empire. 3 ch
POLS6533 Research Methods in Political Science Intended to familiarize students with processes, methods and techniques of inquiry in political science. 3 ch
POLS6615 International Relations Theory 3 ch
POLS6647 Democratic Disengagement 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. 3 ch
POLS6713 The Global Economy in the New Millennium 3 ch
POLS6727 The Politics of Global Health 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 explored 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? 3 ch
POLS6851 Independent Study in Political Science Under the direction of a faculty member, students undertake independent study on a particular subject area within one sub-field of political science. 3 ch
POLS6901 Advanced Research Issues and Approaches in Political Science Students will be introduced to various perspectives and approaches bearing on a single core theme in political science. Each year, the seminar is led by one faculty member who determines the theme to be examined in the course. Other faculty members participate in seminars on a regular basis, providing specific topics for consideration and required readings for seminar participations. The general aim is to provide students with an appreciation of the breadth of the discipline and to acquaint them with the particular research interests and approaches of UNB's political science faculty. 3 ch
POLS6911 Major Research Paper Reading Course Under the guidance of their supervisor, students will prepare a comprehensive bibliography and undertake preliminary reading in preparation for the Major Research Paper. Additional assignments will be determined by the student's supervisor. 3 ch
POLS6912 Thesis Reading Course Under the guidance of their supervisor, students will prepare a comprehensive bibliography and undertake preliminary reading in preparation for the Thesis. Additional assignments will be determined by the student's supervisor. 3 ch
POLS6995 Major Research Paper Under the direction of a faculty supervisor, students prepare a major research paper which contributes to scholarly research. The paper is a substantial piece of research, reflecting a sound grasp of the relevant secondary literature and providing significant evidence of original thinking and analysis.Prerequisite: POLS 6911. 9 ch
POLS6997 Master's Thesis Normally completed over two academic years, with the thesis defence scheduled in the spring of the student's second year. Pre-requsites: POLS 6912. cr
IDS6103 Advanced Topics in International Development Studies This course explores evolving perspective and schools of thought in the field of International Development Studies ranging from earlier modernization theory through to recent 'grassroots postmodernism.' Specific subjects covered may include the movement of peoples, the legacy of failed states and protracted regional conflicts, agrarian transformation, the impact of infra-structural projects, the question of sustainable development, global development organizations, and political resistance. 3 ch