400-level courses

POL S 404 – TOPICS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY *3 (0-3s-0) – The Politics of Culture – What does it mean to approach culture as political and to approach politics as cultural?  

‘Culture’ has become a euphemism for some of the most intractable problems that face us today. Responsibility for sexual assault and harassment is slated to the ‘laddish culture’ of corporations, sporting clubs, gaming subcultures and educational institutions; racism is rationalized as the symptom of a ‘dysfunctional culture’ in the workplace and in policing and carceral institutions; rainbow flags are hoisted as evidence of ‘cultural diversity’ and LGBT inclusion; Indigenous people are celebrated as ‘cultural custodians’ even as their claims on the body politic are dismissed as excessive, naïve or dangerous; asylum seekers, displaced by war, poverty or climate change, appear as threats to ‘our culture’; disability activism is dismissed by neoliberal commentators as a symptom of an expensive ‘culture of entitlement’. Religious beliefs and practices are presented as the cause of ‘cultural clashes’ while ‘cultures of poverty’ are juxtaposed to the ‘risk cultures’ of high finance. Concerns over surveillance and the right to privacy compete for public attention with celebrations of the affordances of living in an ‘algorithmic culture’.  

This course considers the ‘work of art’ in activating dialogue about problems that resist easy political solution and cultural accommodation. Over the semester relevant theoretical frameworks are introduced to inform your engagement with projects across different media, art forms and cultural industries. These theoretical frameworks include but are not confined to critical studies of: race and whiteness, disability, finance, Indigeneity, asylum, gender, sexuality, religion, surveillance and the post-human. By the end of the course you will be able to: understand the role of art in specific social and political struggles, contribute to interdisciplinary debates on aesthetics and politics; develop creative and pragmatic approaches to problems within the institutions, organizations, corporations or subcultures of which you form part.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

86617

SEM B1

R

0930-1220

TB 100

Nicoll, Fiona


POL S 410 – TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
*3 (0-3s-0) – Food, Democracy & Systems Designs.  Taught concurrently with POL S 514 A1.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

65730

SEM A1

M

1300-1550

T4 4

Kahane, David


POL S 417 – PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES OF HUMAN RIGHTS
*3 (0-3s-0) – An enquiry into the idea(s) of human rights and the adequacy of their philosophical grounding.  No open to student with credit in POL S 417.  Taught concurrently with POL S 517 B1

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

85532

SEM B1

W

1400-1650

T1 83

Kellogg, Catherine

 

POL S 419 – POLITICS OF THE CANADIAN CONSTITUTION *3 (0-3s-0)

Term

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Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

86446

SEM X50

M

1800-2100

T1 108

Urquhart, Ian

 

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

A3 – Political Economy of Canadian Development This combined senior undergraduate and graduate seminar examines the relationship between politics, public policy and economic development and the political challenges that these relationships have generated from the outset of the British colonial process in North America to the contemporary period.  In the first half of the course, the readings focus on the Canadian political economy tradition, the politics of indigenous dispossession and settler societies, and contours of Canada’s three major national policies.  In the second half of the course, the focus shifts to contemporary issues in Canadian political economy, including oil sands development and the so-called resource curse, reconciliation, and income inequality.  Taught concurrently with POL S 520 A3.

B1 – Media and Politics in Canada *3 (0-3s-0) 

X02 – Intergovernmental Relations in CanadaThis 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 concurrently with POL S 440 X02.

X52 – Prairie Politics in Canada – 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.  Taught concurrently with POL S 540 X52.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

66592

SEM A3

W

1300-1550

T10-4

Brodie, Janine

Winter/17

85580

SEM B1

T

0930-1220

T10 4

Trimble, Linda

Winter/17

86681

SEM B2

M

0900-1150

T1 83

Wildcat, Matthew

Winter/17

86766

SEM X52

R

1700-2000

T10 4

Wesley, Jared

 

POL S 424 – HEALTH POLICY *3 (0-3s-0) – Taught concurrently with POL S 540 A1.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

61333

SEM A1

R

1230-1520

TB 100

Church, John

 

POL S 433 – CITY POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0) - The theory and practice of city politics in modern Canada.  The course will normally employ as resource persons senior elected and appointed officials from governments.  Taught concurrently with POL S 526 A1.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

65753

SEM A1

M

1300-1550

T11 11

Lightbody, Jim

 

POL S 435 – METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT *3 (0-3s-0) – Taught concurrently with POL S 540 B1.

Terms

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

80895

SEM B1

M

1300-1550

T11-11

Lightbody, Jim

 

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

A2 – Ethnicity, Immigration and Social Policy - Populations of visible ethnic minorities have steadily increased over the past few decades in immigrant-receptive societies. While a complex calculus of push and pull factors has motivated this increase, one of the main impetuses for this migration has been the search for employment, better wages and a higher standard of living. It is therefore not surprising that the educational attainments of the first generation and beyond have achieved convergence with, or exceeded the non-ethnic minority cohort. These outcomes may suggest a greater propensity for ethnic minorities to attain labour market success and to fully integrate within the community. However, the lessons learned from recent studies suggest an uneasiness to boldly claim this as the most convincing conclusion at this juncture. This course engages with this narrative by examining the occupational success of ethnic minorities during the job search, hiring and promotion process. Moreover, it discusses the interactive role an individual’s non-cognitive skills and social network, a firm’s working culture, and social trust in a community, plays in the integration process. Each lecture will discuss a salient topic of interest to the understanding of ethnicity and immigration, and further engage with the applicable social policy theories and practices using a myriad of jurisdictions’ experiencesTaught concurrently with POL S 540 A2

X02 – Intergovernmental Relations in CanadaThis 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 concurrently with POL S 520 X02.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

65719

SEM A1

T

0930-1220

TB 100

Hasmath, Reza

Fall/16

66959

SEM X02

R

1700-2000

T10 4

Wesley, Jared

 

POL S 441 – GENDER AND PUBLIC POLICY *3 (0-3s-0) – This course invites students to explore the forces that organize and regulate our intimate lives. Among the questions we will consider are: how do we come to understand familial life as private and natural; how do identities (gender, race, sexuality, class) get articulated in laws that regulate the family; what happens when political struggle and social processes lead to new family functions and configurations; what are the state’s interests in regulating family forms; and how are intimate relationships bound up with the nation and citizenship.  Taught concurrently with POL S 596 B3.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

86566

SEM B3

W

0900-1150

T10 4

Harder, Lois

 

POL S 442 – CANADIAN STATE/IDENTITY POLITICS 3* (0-3s-0) – The relative power, impact and interconnections of both territorial (regional) divisions and other non-territorial divisions (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, and class).  Taught concurrently with POL S 542 B1.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

85442

SEM B1

M

0900-1150

T11 13

Abu-Laban, Yasmeen

 

POL S 444 – GLOBAL CRITICAL RACE THEORY *3 (0-3s-0) – Politics of race, racialization and anti-racism in international and comparative perspective.  Taught concurrently with POL S 544 B1.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

85577

SEM B1

TR

1400-1520

T10 4

Smith, Malinda

 

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

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

62509

SEM A1

R

0930-1220

TB 100

Byrne, Siobhan

Fall/16

62703

SEM A2

T

1400-1650

TB 117

Hasmath, Reza

Winter/17

85489

SEM B1

T

1230-1520

TB 104

Esarey, Ashley

Winter/17

86542

SEM B5

TR

0930-1050

T1 119

Smith, Malinda

 

POL S 459 – TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0) – Gender, Conflict and Security.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

62511

SEM A1

T

0930-1220

TB 125

Byrne, Siobhan

 

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

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

85494

SEM B1

W

1300-1550

TB 104

Knight, Andy

Winter/17

85915

SEM B2

R

1230-1520

TB 100

Esarey, Ashley

 

POL S 461 – INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST *3 (0-3s-0) – Taught concurrently with POL S 561 B1.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

85547

SEM B1

M

1300-1550

TB 104

Mahdavi, Mojtaba

 

POL S 462 – POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE *3 (0-3s-0) – A1 – Global Cultural and Political Economy - This course is an 'advanced introduction' to issues of global political and cultural economy. Although the field of International Political Economy (IPE) has long been focused on issues of trade, production and finance, it has also recently embraced concerns relating to culture and art. This development reconnects IPE to a broader range of questions that have long preoccupied political economists: What is the relationship between culture and economy? Do art and culture reinforce dominant political and economic tendencies or do they act as sources of resistance and contestation? What kind of glimpses of the global economy are afforded through the windows provided by art and culture? This course does not deal exhaustively with these questions but introduces students to a series of concepts that have helped political economists understand and debate the many possible answers. Organized loosely along chronological lines, this course explores these concepts by examining the relationships between culture and economy over the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries. We will focus, where possible, on particular cultural artifacts in order to ground these debates more concretely. Along the way we will debate questions about the relationships between culture and economy, art and power, domination and resistance, creativity and conformity.  Taught concurrently with POL S 566 A1.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

66540

SEM A1

W

0900-1150

T10 4

Aitken, Rob

 

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:  One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

65826

SEM A1

M

1300-1550

TB 109

Das, Surma

 

POL S 470 – TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0) –  A3 – Governing Gambling:  Sovereignty, Subjectivity and PlayThis course examines the politics of gambling:  the role of the state in gambling, the relationship between gambling and play, the distinctions between gambling and finance, the cultural and social dimensions of gambling and issues relating to addiction, regulation, and Indigenous sovereignty.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

66746

SEM A1

R

0930-1220

TB 109

Nicoll, Fiona

Winter/17

85517

SEM B1

W

0900-1150

T1 83

Beukian, Sevan

 

POL S 477 – TOPICS IN ISLAMIC POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0) – Islam, Modernity and DemocracyThis advanced seminar is designed to examine the complex relationship between Islam, modernity and democracy both in theory and the real world of Muslim countries.  The major goal of this course is to introduce a critical perspective on the relationship between Islam, modernity and democracy.  After completing this course, students will have developed their analytical skills and theoretical tools in critical understanding if Islam, Islamist movements and culture and politics of the Muslim World.  Taught concurrently with POL S 571 A1.

 

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

58755

SEM A1

M

1300-1500

T10 4

Mahdavi, Mojtaba

 

POL S 484 – TOPICS IN U.S. POLITICS AND POLICY *3 (0-3s-0) –  B1 - U.S. Politics and Law in Fiction –This seminar considers fictional portrayals of several of the many guises of American politics and law – elections, legislatures, courts, the presidency, news media, foreign policy, war, grassroots activism, political economy, structures of (in)justice, etc.  Our primary “texts’” are fictional films and TV shows; scholarly articles and books provide a basis for understanding, analyzing, contextualizing, and critiquing both the fiction and reality of American politics and law.  We will read at least one novel or play from which a movie was adapted.  Note:  All assigned reading and almost all assigned viewing are “homework” and preparation for class discussions.  Some of the viewing will be shows/film on Canadian Netflix.  Prerequisite:  The Beatracks-enforced prerequisite for this course is POL S 332 or permission.  Anyone who has completed POL S 390 has my permission to register (through the Political Science Undergraduate Office, 10-11 Tory).

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Winter/17

85512

SEM B1

R

0930-1220

TB 60

Garber, Judy

 

POL S 486 – TOPICS IN EUROPEAN POLITICS *3 (0-3s-0) – A1 - This course examines a variety of case studies and explanations for the support for European populist right wing parties. While these parties have transformed their programs and images in various ways over time, they continue to constitute a "party family" insofar as they construct a people versus elite framing of political conflict, articulated to strong anti-immigration and nativist positions. These parties began to make electoral gains in the mid-1980s, in the context of neoliberal economic restructuring, deindustrialization, rising structural unemployment, the decline of Communist parties, and the ongoing crisis of social democracy. Four decades later they are entrenched players in political party systems and in some countries are the second or third party in terms of electoral support. The literature reviewed in the course seeks to explain who supports these parties and why, and how factors such as electoral systems, political party systems, party programs and discursive strategies may account for differences among these parties' electoral success and political influence.  

 
Pols 580 A1 is offered in conjunction with Pols 486 A1 in a seminar format, on Wednesday afternoons. 
 
Prerequisite: Pol S 230 or 235, or consent of instructor.

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

65622

SEM A1

W

1300-1550

T11 13

Adkin, Laurie

 

POL S 499 – 4TH YEAR HONORS ESSAY *6 (0-3s-0)

Term

Class #

Section

Days

Times

Location

Instructor

Fall/16

51913

SEM C1

F

1300-1550

T10 4

Patten, Steve

Winter/17

71763

SEM C1

F

1300-1550

T10 4

Patten, Steve