POL S 400 Courses

POL S 410 TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY *3 (0-3s-0)

A critical examination of contemporary trends in political philosophy. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 210 or equivalent.

B1 Postcolonial Theory and Practice in Political Philosopjhy

This is a combined senior undergraduate and graduate level course that runs in a seminar style.  This is a special topics course in political philosophy, however, the readings are chosen to bring theoretical (and normative) questions with case-study applications.  The theoretical perspectives will reinforce student knowledge of the debates and critiques around postcolonialism, the empirical cases are meant to show the applicability of postcolonial theories/perspectives in a variety of contexts.  Moreover, the course will explore the themes and perspectives linked to postcolonialism from various loci of enunciation: western and non-western perspectives, to encourage students to ponder comparatively in political theory.  The weekly themes are geared toward introducing a new concept in relation to postcolonialism, such as orientalism, occidentalism, memory, human rights, recognition, reparations, modernity, in order to build a multidimentional understanding of postcolonialism.  The course is designed to cover the different debates in the field from an interdisciplinary perspective, as reflected in the selection of weekly readings. As such, students are encouraged to access  sources from different languages, loci of enunciation, and medium of communication (though these are optional for the course).

The principal objective of this course is to introduce a critical reading of postcolonialism in relation to the concepts and themes mentioned above.  After completing this course, students will have acquired skills to critically analyze readings/texts from western and non-western perspectives and voices; to develop links between several dimensions and angles of postcolonial theory and its interdisciplinary applications; to communicate theoretical perspectives and complex themes through various assignments formats, which are geared to accomplish all these objectives in this course; and to think comparatively in the field of political theory.

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W16 91215 SEM B1 W 1300 - 1550 T 1 83 Sevan Beukian

POL S 421 TOPICS IN CANADIAN POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

The focus of this seminar changes yearly to reflect current issues in Canadian politics and faculty research interests. Information about the specific topic is available from the department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 220 or consent of Department.

A1 Conservatism in the Harper Era



Taught in conjunction with POL S 520.

B1 Topic Media and Politics in Canada

Most Canadians get their information about Canadian politics and government from the news.  So, little of what we know about politics is first-hand and unfiltered.  Instead, it's selected, framed and evaluated by news providers, from mainstream media organizations to citizen pundits. This class investigates the processes of mediation (how political actors, events and issues are presented to the public through the mass media), and mediatization (how news organizations and politicians adapt their behavior to the audience-driven logic of the marketplace).  It also explores the rapidly changing nature of the media market, especially the impact of web-based and social media.  How is "media shock" (as David Taras characterizes recent monumental changes in the media environment) shaping the ways in which journalists, editors, politicians and citizens think and behave?  What does it mean for citizenship, identity and democracy?

X50 Topic Prairie Politics

Politics on the Canadian Prairies are puzzling.  The provinces share a common landscape and history, but they have nurtured three distinct political environments -- Alberta is Canada's bastion of conservatism, Saskatchewan its cradle of social democracy, and Manitoba its progressive centre.  This seminar-based course explores the roots and persistence of these unique political worlds; the trends that have shaped their commonalities and divergence over time; and the trajectory of prairie politics in the 21st Century.

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F15 65744 SEM A1 R 0930 - 1220 T 1 83 Steve Patten
W16 90583 SEM B1 R 0930 - 1220 T 10 4 Linda Trimble
W16 91298 SEM X50 R 1800 - 2100 T 10 4 Jared Wesley

POL S 424 HEALTH POLICY *3 (0-3s-0)

Examining public policy making structures and processes. Prerequisite: POL S 220 or consent of Department.

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 540.

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F15 64184 SEM A1 R 1230 - 1520 T B 100 John Church

POL S 429 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF ALBERTA *3 (0-3s-0)

Note: readings selected for 4th year students 

We start with historical foundations, reading about the settlement and early post-colonial development of the territory. The readings will focus on the critical political economy and ecology of the province over the last 25 years, and ask what this literature tells us about societal decisions facing Alberta’s citizens and the future paths open to them. 

There will be a seminar (discussion-based) format, and a research essay will be part of the course requirements.  

Recommended: Meenal Shrivastava and Lorna Stefanick, eds., Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada (Athabasca University Press, 2015). http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120251.  This book is “free access” but printed copies are available at Audrey’s Books on Jasper Ave. and 107th Street.

Other course readings will be available on the website and from the library.

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W16 91416 SEM B1 W 1300 - 1550 T 1 108 Laurie Adkin

POL S 435 METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT *3 (0-3s-0)

The comparative study of the political economy of metropolitan government. Prerequisite: POL S 223 or 230 or 240 or consent of Department.

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W16 89784 SEM B1 M CANCELLED

POL S 440 TOPICS IN CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY *3 (0-3s-0)

Selected topics of contemporary interest in Canadian public policy. Information about the specific topic is available from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 220 or consent of Department.

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 520.

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F15 66437 SEM X01 R 1800 - 2100 T 10 4 Jared Wesley
W16 87990 SEM B1 T 1400 - 1650 T B 121 Reza Hasmath

POL S 443 GLOBALIZATION, ETHNIC POLITICS AND THE NATION-STATE *3 (0-3s-0)

Theories of nationalism and the nation-state in an era of globalization. Prerequisite: POL S 230 or 240 or consent of Department. Taught in conjunction with POL S 540.

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F15 65774 SEM A1 W 0900 - 1050 T 10 4 Yasmeen Abu-Laban

POL S 444 GLOBAL CRITICAL RACE THEORY *3 (0-3s-0)

Politics of race, racialisation and anti-racism in international and comparative perspective. Prerequisite: POL S 230, 240 or 260.

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W16 90654 SEM B1 R 1230 - 1520 T 10 4 Malinda Smith

POL S 445 TOPICS IN GLOBALIZATION AND GOVERNANCE *3 (0-3s-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 230 or 240 or 260 or consent of Department.

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 560.

A2 Global Terrorism and Counter-terrorism







Political Science 445 is an international relations topics course focused on “global terrorism and counter-terrorism”. The course is a senior level undergraduate course which aims to ground students in the field of terrorism studies with a particular focus on innovative approaches to counter-terrorism.

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F15 63162 SEM A1 T 1230 - 1520 T 1 83 Ashley Esarey
F15 65821 SEM A2 W 0900 - 1150 T B 100 John McCoy
F15 65823 SEM A3 R 0930 - 1220 T B 100 Siobhan Byrne
F15 65948 SEM A4 R 1400 - 1650 T B 109 Reza Hasmath
W16 90662 SEM B3 R 1230 - 1520 T B 104 Ashley Esarey
W16 92362 SEM B5 W 1400 - 1650 T 1 100 Julian Castro-Rea

POL S 455 TOPICS IN GENDER AND POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: Any of the POL S 200-level core courses or consent of Department.

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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 596.

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F15 65952 SEM A1 R 1230 - 1520 T 10 4 Linda Trimble

POL S 458 UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY *3 (0-3s-0)

The contemporary foreign policies of the United States and their causes. Prerequisite: POL S 260 or consent of Department.

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W16 82912 SEM B1 M 1300 - 1550 T 1 83 Greg Anderson

POL S 459 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 260.

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F15 65824 SEM A1 T 0930 - 1220 T B 125 Siobhan Byrne

POL S 460 GLOBAL SECURITY *3 (0-3s-0)

Historical and contemporary political issues of global security are examined from various theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: POL S 260 or consent of Department.

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W16 92254 SEM B1 W 0900 - 1150 T 1 104 Andy Knight

POL S 462 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE *3 (0-3s-0)

Competing analytical frameworks within international political economy; social and ideological dimensions of governance in a globalized world. Prerequisite: POL S 364 or consent of Department.

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W16 87998 SEM B1 W 1300 - 1550 T B 121 Rob Aitken

POL S 469 ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS *3 (0-3s-0)

Sources of and debates on ethical issues in international relations, especially surrounding human rights, economic justice and war. Prerequisite: POL S 260 or consent of Department.

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W16 91912 SEM B1 W 0900 - 1150 T B 100 Rob Aitken

POL S 470 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 260.

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 551.

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F15 66391 SEM A1 T 1400 - 1650 T 10 4 Jennifer Hsu

POL S 475 POLITICS OF CHINA AND JAPAN *3 (0-3s-0)

Domestic politics and foreign policy of China and/ or Japan. Note: Not open to students with credit in POL S 473. Prerequisite: POL S 240 or 375 or East Asian Studies major/minor or consent of Department.

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W16 84202 SEM B1 T 1230 - 1520 T 1 108 Jennifer Hsu

POL S 477 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. Prerequisite: POL S 240 or 380 or consent of Department.

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 571.

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F15 59868 LEC A1 M 1300 - 1550 T 10 4 Mojtaba Mahdavi
W16 91421 LEC B1 M 1300 - 1550 T 1 104 Mojtaba Mahdavi

POL S 486 TOPICS IN EUROPEAN POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

Current debates in Europe, including the emergence of new radical right parties, green parties and movements, market liberalization and political change in Eastern and Central Europe, and the resurgence of nationalist discourses. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 230 or consent of Department.

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W16 91452 SEM B1 T 1230 - 1520 T B 60 Lori Thorlakson

POL S 487 TOPICS IN EUROPEAN UNION POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 230 or consent of the Department.

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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 580.

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F15 66618 SEM A1 W 1300 - 1550 T B 109 Lori Thorlakson

POL S 499 HONORS ESSAY: FOURTH YEAR HONORS POLITICAL SCIENCE *3 (0-3S-0)

Preparation of the Honors Essay, required in the fourth year of the Honors program. Prerequisite: POL S 399.

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F15 52068 SEM C1 F 1300 - 1550 T 10 4 Steve Patten
W16 76880 SEM C1 F 1300 - 1550 T 10 4 Steve Patten