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Political Science (POLI)

Political Science (POLI)
Faculty of Arts and Science

Political Science 1000

Introduction to Political Science
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(s):
One of 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(s):
One of Political Science 1000, a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science, or 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(s):
One of Political Science 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science

Political Science 2310

Comparative Politics and Government
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(s):
One of Political Science 1000, a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science, or 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(s):
One of Political Science 1000, a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science, or 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(s):
One of 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(s):
One of 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.
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) 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.

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.
Equivalent:
Political Science 3850 (International Political Economy) (prior to 2002/2003)

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(s):
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.

Political Science 3210

Local Government and Politics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Municipal policy-making and administrative decision-making, financial functions, legal powers, land use management, public participation, and relations between municipalities and higher levels of government.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2210
Equivalent:
Political Science 3850 (Urban Politics) (prior to 2009/2010)

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.

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(s):
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.

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.

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).

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(s):
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(s):
Political Science 2410

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(s):
Political Science 2410;
One course (3.0 credit hours) in Economics

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(s):
Political Science 2210

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(s):
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(s):
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(s):
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(s):
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(s):
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, Caribbean, Latin American, and/or Middle Eastern countries, including general comparisons with some Western political systems.
Prerequisite(s):
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(s):
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(s):
Political Science 2310

Political Science 3420/Management 3050

Human Resource Management
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The course provides an introduction to the field of human resource management. The intent is to increase the understanding of how human resource functions are a system that contributes to the organization’s strategic objectives and how human resource management operates in a larger organizational, social, and legal context through the study of topics such as job analysis/competencies, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, legal issues, compensation, and labour relations.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Political Science 2410, Management 2030, or admission to the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management program;
One of Writing 1000 or a university English course (3.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Management 3850 (Managing People and Organizations) (prior to 2003/2004);
Political Science 3421/Management 3051 (prior to 2006/2007)

Political Science 3510

Political Thought Before 1500
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 late Middle Ages. Various philosophers may be studied, such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, and Dante, and their views on virtue, wisdom, the best regime, politics and religion, friendship, justice, just war, and/or natural law.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2511

Political Science 3511

Political Thought Since 1500 (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Examination of modern and post-modern political thought, from the 16th to 21st century. The focus of each offering will vary, and may include philosophers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Tocqueville, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Arendt, Strauss, Oakeshott, and Voegelin, and their views on issues such as fortune, the state, liberty, democracy, equality, totalitarianism, Gnosticism, problem of natural right, and technology.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2511

Political Science 3525

Politics and Religion
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Philosophical examination of the interaction between politics and religion. Liberal democracy, Islam, Antiquity, Middle Ages, modernity, politics of reason and revelation, separation of church and state, civil religion, meanings of “secular,” and conscience.
Prerequisite(s):
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.
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) 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(s):
Political Science 2110
Equivalent:
Political Science 4620 (International Relations Theory) (prior to 2004/2005)

Political Science 4275/Management 4804

Business and Government in Canada
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Detailed overview of political, economic, and historical factors shaping government engagement with economy and business, contested perspectives of business power, major structural factors shaping government policies and processes for developing economic policies, and regulation of businesses and efforts by businesses and other interest groups to influence government policies.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2410
Recommended Background:
Economics 1010;
Political Science 3260
Equivalent:
Political Science 3275/Management 3804 (prior to 2009/2010)

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

Political Science 4511

Advanced Themes in Political Philosophy (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Themes in political philosophy, such as friendship, enmity, justice, war, equality, democracy, liberty, virtue, law, empire, technology, tyranny, religion. Texts vary yearly.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2511;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Political Science 4610

Scope and Methods
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
History and evolution of political science as an academic discipline. Overview of the main subfields. The scientific method and its application to research. Quantitative versus qualitative approaches. Viability of experimentation and formal models. Key journals in the discipline.
Prerequisite(s):
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(s):
One of 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.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2210;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Political Science 4995

Undergraduate Thesis
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: 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.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher;
Political Science 2610;
Three of Political Science 2110, Political Science 2210, Political Science 2310, or Political Science 2511;
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. 98), 6.c. (p. 100), and 7.c. (p. 101).