POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLITICAL SCIENCE 1000
Introduction to Political Studies

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Basic concepts for political inquiry such as power, authority, state. Examination of governmental institutions and systems.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2110
International Relations

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Relations among nations, covering such topics as foreign policies of major powers, nature and functions of international organizations, international law and contemporary world problems.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2210
Canadian Politics and Government

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Canadian political system, with special attention to political parties, the nature of federalism and functioning of the parliamentary system.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science, or completion of seven courses (21.0 credit hours) in Arts and Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2240
The Administration of Justice

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Function of law in a democratic society and underlying theories of jurisprudence. Organization of the Canadian judicial system, procedure in civil and criminal cases, preservation of law and order, and protection of civil rights.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2310
Comparative Political Studies

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Comparative study of power, authority, administration, law, leadership and participation in selected political systems.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science, or completion of seven courses (21.0 credit hours) in Arts and Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2410
Public Administration

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Role of administration in modern government including problems in personnel administration, the budgetary process, administrative regulation and government organization.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science, or completion of seven courses (21.0 credit hours) in Arts and Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2511
Introduction to Political Theory

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A selective introduction to the basic concepts of western political theory, focusing on ideas such as rights, consent, obligation, citizenship and the common good. Readings drawn from classical (e.g., Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill) and contemporary (e.g., Walzer, Taylor, MacIntyre, Nozick, Rawls) theorists.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 2610
Introductory Research Methods

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Concepts and methods of political inquiry; organization, development and articulation in research papers.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3001
Studies in Political Science (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Specific political issues depending upon student interest and available faculty.

Prerequisites and recommended backgrounds will be specified for individual offerings.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3120
Canadian Foreign Policy

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Process and institutions. Environmental, historical, social and economic influences on the process; external forces, including bilateral and multilateral commitments.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2110 or 2210.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3130
International Political Economy

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A review of the major theoretical approaches of the field. These theoretical perspectives will then be applied to various issue areas, such as international trade, foreign investment, regional integration, North-South relations, migration, labour, and the environment.

Prerequisites: Political Science 1000 and 2110.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Political Science 3130 and Political Science 3850 (International Political Economy).

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3160
International Law and Organization

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Development, structure, policies and problems. Accomplishments and limitations of universal and regional organizations and law.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2110.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3170/MANAGEMENT 3670
The Politics of Canadian Trade Policy

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Focus on the political economy of Canadian trade policy. Exploration of political, economic, and institutional factors shaping Canada's participation in international agreements on trade and related issues. Examination of the interaction of regional, economic, intergovernmental, and societal factors with trade policies in Canadian domestic politics. Students will also be exposed to theoretical literature related to international political economy, public policy, Canadian federalism, and Canadian foreign policy.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2110 or 2410.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3221
The Politics of Canadian Federalism

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Historical and current roles of federalism and regionalism in evolution of Canadian politics and policy; major issues including regional representation in federal institutions, federal-provincial and inter-provincial relations, influence of transnational and aboriginal politics, and impact of federalism on Canadian economic and social policies.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3230
Provincial Government and Politics

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Comparative study of Canadian provincial political systems with emphasis on political culture and party politics. Some discussion of the territories.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3241
Canadian Constitutional Law I: The Structures and Powers

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Basic principles of Canadian constitutional law. The concept and practice of judicial review. Constitutional provisions for legislative, executive and judicial institutions. Judicial independence. Basics and evolution of the constitutional division of powers. Aboriginal rights and First Nations. Evolution and process of constitutional amendment.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210 or 2240.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3242
Canadian Constitutional Law II: The Charter

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Basic principles of Canadian constitutional law and the power of judicial review. The notion of civil liberties; civil liberties before and since the entrenchment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Application and limits of the Charter. The notwithstanding clause. The evolution of judicial interpretation of the Charter.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210 or 2240.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3245
Women and the Law

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Overview of political and historical developments in the laws affecting women, specifically in Canada; recent legal developments in the areas of sexuality, violence and family law (marriage, property, custody of children, marital property).

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000, 2210, or 2240.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3250
Alberta Politics and Government

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Problems in Alberta provincial politics; the formal and informal institutions of the Provincial government.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3260
Canadian Public Policy

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Factors and processes that enter into the making of Canadian public policy. Emphasis on specific policy areas which change periodically to take into account current government activities.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3270
Political Economy of Canada

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Historical and current influence of political economy in Canadian politics; major domestic and external factors influencing Canadian economic policies; the political and legal framework for Canadian economic policy; relationship between economic and social policies.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210.

Recommended background: Economics 1010 or 1012.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3275/MANAGEMENT 3804
Business and Government in Canada

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Examines historical and current roles of business in Canadian political system and economic policy; structural policies which create framework for business and economic activity; extent and limits of business influence on policy decisions, politics and public opinion.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210.

Recommended background: Economics 1010.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3280
Canadian Political Behaviour

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Mass and elite political behaviour in Canada, including political culture, public opinion, political participation, voting and elections.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3285
Cyberpolitics in Canada

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Information, communication and politics: governments, parties, elected officials. Cyber-campaigning. Cyber-activism. E-governance. Privacy, security and encryption issues. Cyber-terrorism and cyber-war. Long-term implications: anarchy, hyper-democracy or cyber-authoritarianism?

Prerequisite: Political Science 2210.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Political Science 3285 and Political Science 3850 (Cyberpolitics).

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3320
Western European Political Systems

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A comparative examination of the government and politics of selected Western European countries such as Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2310.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3322
Eastern European Political Systems

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A comparative examination of the communist legacy and the post-communist government and politics of selected Eastern European countries such as Russia, Poland, Hungary and Romania.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2310.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3324
European Integration

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An analysis of post-war integration of (Western) Europe, particularly its political and economic dimensions. History, institutions and policies of the European Union. Comparative national attitudes to integration.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2310.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3340
The Government and Politics of the United States

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Emphasis on American governmental institutions, political parties and behaviour and civil rights.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2310.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3350
Government and Politics of South Asia

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Survey of current political situations in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with emphasis on India. Impact of colonialism, economic planning and ethnic tensions on politics.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2310.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3360
Developing Nations

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Comparative study of socio-economic and political development and modernization in selected African, Asian, Carribean, Latin American, and/or Middle Eastern countries, including general comparisons with some Western political systems.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2310.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3385
Representation and Electoral Systems

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Concepts of political representation, institutional implementation of these concepts, methods of election, qualitative and quantitative analysis of the political effects of electoral systems in democracies, including Canada.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2310.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3390
Politics and Democratization in Latin America

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A comparative examination of the political development and politics of selected Latin American countries. Historical and current processes. Failures and limits to democratization. Presidentialism and party politics.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2310.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3421/MANAGEMENT 3051
Managing People and Organizations

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The course is designed to enable students to integrate theory, knowledge, and practice from two broad domains of management knowledge, specifically organizational analysis and human resource management. Instruction covers understanding how managers can structure organizations and mobilize human resources to sustain competitive advantage in a global environment.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2410, Management 2030 (3030), or admission to the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management program.

Note: Credit is allowed for only one of Political Science 3421/Management 3051, Political Science 3420/Management 3050, and Management 3850 (Managing People and Organizations).

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3510
History of Political Thought I: Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Political Thought

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Political thought from the ancient Greeks and Romans through the classical Christian period to the Renaissance and Reformation, with particular attention to Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas, and Machiavelli and Hobbes; and to such themes as constitutionalism, state, power and the individual.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2511.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3512
History of Political Thought II: Modern Political Thought

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Political thought from the 17th to the 19th Century, with special attention to Rousseau, Marx, Mill, Weber and Nietzsche and their understanding of modern western culture.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2511.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3514
History of Political Thought III: Contemporary Political Thought

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Political thought in the 20th Century, including fascism, existentialism, communitarianism, neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism and feminism.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2511.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3521
Religion and Politics in Canada

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Political analysis of the delicate relationship between religion and politics in Canada. Religion and liberalism, constitutional law, religious pluralism, church-state relations, rights of religious minorities, secularization, religious attitudes of political elites, religion and schools, and church activism and interest groups.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or completion of seven courses (21.0 credit hours) in Arts and Science.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Political Science 3521 and Political Science 3850 (Religion and Politics in Canada).

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3522
Religion and Politics in the World

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Examination of the interaction between religion and politics around the world, such as in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Fundamentalism, rights of religious minorities, secularization, globalization, interreligious dialogue, church-state relations, constitutional law, and Western and non-Western understandings of religion and politics.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or completion of seven courses (21.0 credit hours) in Arts and Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3531
Politics and Literature

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Political analysis of how selected works of literature from antiquity to the present time articulate visions of order and disorder, with a view for understanding the way that principles of political theory are represented in these works.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2511.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 3850
Topics in Political Science

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Topics offered according to student and instructor interest.

Prerequisites and recommended backgrounds will be specified for individual offerings.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 4110
International Relations Theory

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A broad review of the major theoretical approaches to the field. The four main traditions of international relations theory (realist, liberal, historical-structural, and constructivist/reflectivist). The relevance of international relations theory to the formulation of foreign and domestic policy.

Prerequisite: Political Science 2110.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Political Science 4110 and Political Science 4620 (International Relations Theory).

POLITICAL SCIENCE 4310
The Politics of Human Rights

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Human rights within the national and international setting.

Prerequisite: Three 3000-level courses (9.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 4610
Scope and Methods

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Theoretical and practical problems of research methodology. Basic research methods, empirically-oriented models and theories, quantitative measures and the analysis of data.

Prerequisite: Three 3000-level courses (9.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

POLITICAL SCIENCE 4620
Department Seminar (Series)

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Selected issues in Political Science.

Prerequisite: Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

Recommended background: Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours).

POLITICAL SCIENCE 4710
Canadian Political Parties

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Structure and functions of national and provincial parties, their impact on political institutions and electoral behaviour.

Prerequisites: Political Science 2210 and third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours).

POLITICAL SCIENCE 4995
Undergraduate Thesis

Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours: Variable

This is a research-oriented course in which students will conduct empirical research, submit a report in the form of an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available, and report orally on the work. In consultation with their Thesis Supervisor, students will define a research problem and formulate a research plan.

Prerequisites: Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours), with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher.

Completion of Political Science 2610 and three of 2110, 2210, 2310, or 2511.

Completion of at least two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

Note: Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.

See Part 7 - Arts and Science, Sections 5.c. (p. 90), 6.c. (p. 92), and 7.c. (p. 93).