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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 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 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.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Political Science 2110 or Political Science 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.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 1000 AND
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(s):
Political Science 2110

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.
Prerequisite(s):
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(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.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2210

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(s):
Political Science 2210

Political Science 3243

Courts, Law, and Politics in Canada
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
The Canadian judicial system; the Canadian legal profession; functions of courts and roles of judges; judicial appointment and judicial independence; courts, judges, and federalism; judicial power in the age of the Charter; constitutions, statutes, and judicial interpretation; theories of judicial decision-making; the role of judicial disagreement; judicial impact theory; legal mobilization theory; courts and technology; the future of the courts.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2210

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(s):
One of Political Science 1000 or Political Science 2210

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 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(s):
Political Science 2210 AND
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 3290

Digital Politics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
The impact of digital communications technologies on the political process, including representation, campaigning, citizen activism and participation, and e-government.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Political Science 2210 or Political Science 2310

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 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 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 3400

Public Administration
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Role of administration in modern government including trends and challenges in government organization, interdepartmental and intergovernmental relations, administrative regulation, budgetary processes, and personnel administration.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2210
Substantially Similar:
Political Science 2410 (prior to 2012/2013)

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 Management 2030, admission to the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management program, or one 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science AND
One of Writing 1000 or a university English course (3.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
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 4100

Seminars in International Relations (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Seminars on topics in international politics, such as international relations theory, human rights, the environment, international security, diplomacy, the global economy, technology, international institutions and law, and conflict management.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2110 AND
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Political Science 4110 (International Relations Theory) (prior to 2012/2013) is equivalent to the same offering in the Political Science 4100 Series

Political Science 4200

Seminars in Canadian Politics and Government (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Seminars on topics in Canadian politics and government, such as aspects of the judiciary, business and government, Canada-US relations, political parties, pressure groups, the media, public policy, political institutions, and political behaviour and/or the interaction thereof.
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2210 AND
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Political Science 3275/Management 3804 (Business and Government in Canada) (prior to 2012/2013) is equivalent to the same offering in the Political Science 4200 Series;
Political Science 4710 (Canadian Political Parties) (prior to 2012/2013) is equivalent to the same offering in the Political Science 4200 Series

Political Science 4300

Seminars in Comparative Politics (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Seminars on topics in comparative politics, such as democratization and democratic breakdown, comparative development, political institutions and executives, representation and electoral systems, voter turnout and compulsory voting, state formation and dissolution, rise and decline of nations and great powers, comparative federalism, comparative public policy, comparative party politics. Countries vary by topic(s).
Prerequisite(s):
Political Science 2310 AND
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Political Science 3385 (Representation and Electoral Systems) (prior to 2012/2013) is equivalent to the same offering in the Political Science 4300 Series

Political Science 4511

Seminars 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 AND
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 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) AND
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher AND
Political Science 2610 AND
Three of Political Science 2110, Political Science 2210, Political Science 2310, or Political Science 2511 AND
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. 103), 6.c. (p. 105), and 7.c. (p. 106).