Political Science

Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Graduate Courses

POL S 515 TOPICS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY *3 (0-3s-0)

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W16 91249 SEM B1 W 1300 - 1550 T 1 83 Sevan Beukian

POL S 520 TOPICS IN CANADIAN POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

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Taught in conjunction with POL S 421

X01 Intergovernmental Relations in Canada

This course examines the evolution of Canadian intergovernmental relations (IGR), both in theory and in practice. Special focus is placed on the institutions that govern federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) and provincial-territorial (PT) affairs. The course is designed to expose students to the full range of literature on the topic of IGR in Canada, while engaging them in a term long simulation exercise. The latter will involve students in a series of mock intergovernmental negotiations, requiring them to research a particular actor's interests; develop common briefing materials; prepare and submit formal briefing binders; and negotiate on behalf of their constituencies. While students will be required to work in a series of groups, individual grades will be assessed based on the quality of each member's performance. Taught in conjunction with POL S 440.

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F15 65747 SEM A1 R 0930 - 1220 T 1 83 Steve Patten
F15 66438 SEM X01 R 1800 - 2100 T 10 4 Jared Wesley
W16 91299 SEM X50 R 1800 - 2100 T 10 4 Jared Wesley

POL S 540 TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY *3 (0-3s-0)

A1 Public Policy and Health

The course is designed to ground the student in the structures and processes associated with public policy, and to facilitate the critical multi-disciplinary evaluation of selected health-related incidents and issues, with a specific emphasis on health promotion. While emphasis is placed on the Canadian context, case examples and general readings come from a variety of international jurisdictions. Taught in conjunction with POL S 424.

B1 Canadian Public Policy: City-Regions

Taught in conjunction with POLS 435.

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F15 64186 SEM A1 R 1230 - 1520 T B 100 John Church
W16 87986 SEM B1 M 1300 - 1550 T 11 11 Jim Lightbody
W16 87992 SEM B3 T 1400 - 1650 T B 121 Reza Hasmath

POL S 543 GLOBALIZATION, ETHNIC POLITICS AND THE NATION-STATE *3 (0-3s-0)

Theories of nationalism and the nation-state in an era of globalization. Taught in conjunction with POL S 443.

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F15 65778 SEM A1 W 0900 - 1150 T 10 4 Yasmeen Abu-Laban

POL S 544 GLOBAL CRITICAL RACE THEORY *3 (0-3s-0)

Politics of race, racialisation and anti-racism in international and comparative perspective.

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W16 90656 SEM B1 R 1230 - 1520 T 10 4 Malinda Smith

POL S 551 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS: INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES *3 (0-3s-0)

A1 State, Society and Transformation

This course examines state-society relations from a comparative perspective. The course will consider issues of state building, state strength/weakness, clientelism, creating state-society synergies, and state collapse. Students will also explore societal influences on political change, and review a range of approaches to the study of civil society, social movements, as well as gender and class-based approaches to state-society relations. The course will draw on material from developed and developing countries, democratic and non-democratic states to elucidate how state and society transforms each other. Taught in conjunction with POL S 470.

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F15 66392 SEM A1 T 1400 - 1650 T 10 4 Jennifer Hsu

POL S 560 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS *3 (0-3s-0)

A1 Chinese Foreign Policy

This course seeks to understand Chinese perspectives toward foreign affairs through the consideration of international relations theory, the behavior of national leaders and foreign policy-making institutions, and China’s major geopolitical partnerships and historical rivalries. A secondary goal is to grasp how China’s rising political influence has been perceived by other states in the Asia Pacific region, including Canada and the United States. A third, and related objective, is to determine what China’s neighbors plan to do: Will they actively support, accommodate, or inhibit the expansion of Chinese territorial claims and influence? Over the course of the semester, students will be expected to conduct theoretically nuanced and empirically informed analyses of China’s foreign policy as well as to appraise the global outlook for peace in Asia during the early 21st century. Taught in conjunction with POL S 445.

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F15 63164 SEM A1 T 1230 - 1520 T 1 83 Ashley Esarey
F15 65825 SEM A3 T 0930 - 1220 T B 125 Siobhan Byrne
W16 91913 SEM B1 T 0900 - 1150 T B 100 Roger Epp

POL S 565 TOPICS IN FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS *3 (3-0-0)

Current approaches to the study of foreign policy that focuses the explanations upon factors within the state.

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W16 82914 SEM B1 M 1300 - 1550 T 1 83 Greg Anderson

POL S 566 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY *3 (3-0-0)

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W16 88000 SEM B1 W 1300 - 1550 T B 121 Rob Aitken

POL S 571 TOPICS IN ISLAMIC POLITICS *3 (3-0-0)

Political ideas and practice in Islamic countries, including historical and contemporary constructions of Islam. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.

A1 Muslims/Islam, Modernity and Democracy

This advanced seminar is designed to examine the complex relationship between Muslims/Islam, modernity and democracy both in theory and the real world of Muslim countries.Taught in conjunction with POL S 477.

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F15 59870 SEM A1 M 1300 - 1550 T 10 4 Mojtaba Mahdavi
F15 63018 SEM A2 T 1400 - 1650 T B 109 Reza Hasmath
W16 91422 SEM B2 M 1300 - 1550 T 1 104 Mojtaba Mahdavi

POL S 578 ASIAN SYSTEMS *3 (0-3s-0)

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W16 84204 SEM B1 T 1230 - 1520 T 1 108 Jennifer Hsu

POL S 580 EUROPEAN POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

This course examines some of the key political and policy challenges that the EU faces today, including energy security and climate policy, migration, economic reform and eurozone governance, the threat of Brexit and eurosceptic politics. The aim of this course is to understand the causes and consequences of the political and financial elements of these crises, and evaluating alternative proposals for policy reform. Taught in conjunction with POL S 487.

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F15 66619 SEM A2 W 1300 - 1550 T B 109 Lori Thorlakson
W16 91453 SEM B2 T 1230 - 1520 T B 60 Lori Thorlakson

POL S 596 TOPICS IN GENDER AND POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

A1 Gender Politics and Mass Media

In May, the "FHRITP" phenomenon became a hot topic in local and national news when a fed-up CityNews reporter, Shauna Hunt, confronted her harassers during a live taping. One of the offenders was fired from his job, and a media feeding frenzy ensued. (Check it out) Why was this event a media sensation? How is it political? What does it reveal about gender and power relations? And why should we care about media coverage? These are the sorts of questions we will address as we examine the ways in which media products socially construct and politicize gender. Readings, in-class exercises, presentations and assignments are designed to analyze the complex and often intersecting meanings communicated about politics, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation by the mass media. We'll focus on news, especially political news, but because other media texts convey ideological messages, construct identities, and reinforce (and sometimes contest) power relations, we'll also look at photographs, TV ads, and reality TV shows. Taught in conjunction with POL S 455.

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F15 65953 SEM A1 R 1230 - 1520 T 10 4 Linda Trimble

POL S 599 INTRODUCTION TO THE DISCIPLINE OF POLITICAL SCIENCE *3 (0-3s-0)

An introduction to the professional skills and ethics training expected in Political Science as an academic discipline. POL S 599 is graded on a pass/fail basis.

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F15 67160 SEM X01 T 1800 - 2100 T 10 4 Rebecca Graff-McRae


POL S 600 THEORIES AND METHODS OF COMPARATIVE POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

Traditional and critical perspectives.

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F15 67459 SEM A2 W 1400 - 1650 HC 4 96 Julian Castro-Rea

POL S 610 POLITICAL THEORY *3 (0-3s-0)

A review of major thinkers and themes. Core course for PhD students preparing comprehensive exams in political theory.

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W16 91013 SEM B1 MWF 1000 - 1050 T 1 108 Cressida Heyes, David Kahane, Catherine Kellog

POL S 622 CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN POLITICAL ISSUES *3 (0-3s-0)

Current debates in Canadian politics and public policy.

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W16 90608 SEM B1 R 0930 - 1220 T B 100 Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez

POL S 660 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS I *3 (0-3s-0)

A review and critique of the traditional theories of international politics and their contemporary challenges.

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F15 67229 SEM A1 M 1300 - 1550 Greg Anderson

POL S 680 THEORIES AND METHODS OF POLITICAL INQUIRY *3 (0-3s-0)

Required course for PhD students.

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F15 65947 SEM A1 M 0900 - 1150 T 11 11 Yasmeen Abu-Laban

POL S 690 GENDER AND POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

A survey of various theoretical perspectives on gender, ranging from liberal to postmodern, as well as issues and debates in gender research. Also addressed are questions of difference, identity, and conflict arising from, among others, race, class, sexuality, and north-south relations.

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W16 90682 SEM B1 T 1230 - 1520 T B 104 Lois Harder