400-level courses

POL S 404  TOPICS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (0- 3s-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.

SEM A1 - Law and Violence

Sem B1 - The Politics of Culture: Bodies, Borders and the Work of Art explores urgent questions about ‘the work of art’ within frameworks developed by different critical theorists to understand political struggles surrounding bodies and borders. These struggles include, but are not restricted to, race, disability, Indigeneity, space, religion, asylum, gender and sexuality and the (post) human.  Informed by a developing understanding of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation process, students are equipped over the semester to collaboratively develop creative projects addressing cultural and political aspects of citizenship and belonging on Treaty Six territories.  

 
Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17  SEM A1  75215  1300-1550  TB 100  Catherine Kellogg
Winter/18  SEM B1  93264  0930-1220  TB 100  Fiona Nicoll

 

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

A critical examination of contemporary trends in political philosophy.  A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.

SEM A1 - Contemporary Critical Political Theory

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17  SEM A2  75216 1300-1550  HC2 15  Catherine Kellogg

POL S 417 PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES OF HUMAN RIGHTS *3 (0-3s-0)

SEM B2 - Human Rights from a Global Perspective
Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/17  SEM B2  95618  1400-1650  TBA  Sevan Beukian 

POL S 418  MEDIA AND POLITICS IN CANADA (0-3s-0)

Political roles played by mainstream and social media in Canada.  Prerequisite:  POL S 224 and 225.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1  93891  0930-1220  TB 109  Angelia Wagner

 

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

The political implications of judicial decisions in the areas of civil liberties, federal-provincial relations and international agreements.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17  SEM X01 74087  1800-2100  T10 4  Ian Urquhart
      

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

The focus of this seminar changes yearly to reflect current issues in Canadian politics and faculty research interests.  A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

SEM A1 - Political Economy of Canadian Development - This course examines the relationships between public policy, economic development, and political change in Canada from early phases of European colonialization to the contemporary period.  The course is divided into 3 parts: the first part examines the political economy tradition, staples theory, and the formation of Canada's settler-colonial state; the second part focuses on Canada's three major economic development strategies, state forms and the idea of crisis; and the third examines selected issues in today's Canadian political economy, including oil, pipelines and the environment, precarious employment, inequality and social policy, and contemporary settler-indigenous reconciliation politics.

SEM B2 - Prairie Politics in Canada

Term Section Class # Day Time Room Instructor
Fall/17 SEM A1 73264 W 1300-1550 T10-4 Janine Brodie
Winter/18 SEM B2 95564 W 0900-1150 TBA Jared Wesley
        

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

The study of selected aspects of Alberta government and politics.  Topics may range from political institutions, through political parties, to areas of public policy.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time Room Instructor
Fall/17 SEM A1 74904 W 1300-1550 TB 109 Laurie Adkin
    

POL S 433  CITY POLITICS (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.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 220, 224, 230, 235, 240 (or 223) or Department consent.

Term Section Class # Day Time Room Instructor
Fall/17 SEM A1 72880 M 1300-1550 T11-11 Jim Lightbody
    

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

The comparative study of the political economy of metropolitan government.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 220, 224, 225, 235 (or 223, 230 or 240) or Department consent.

Term Section Class # Day Time Room Instructor
Winter/18 SEM B1 92068 M 1300-1550 T11 11 Jim Lightbody
    

POL S 440  TOPICS IN CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY (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:  One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

SEM A2 - Intergovernmental Relations in Canada - This course examines the evolution of Canadian Intergovernmental relations (IGR), both in theory and in practice.  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 interest; develop common briefing materials; prepare and submit formal briefing binders; and negotiate on behalf of their constituencies.

SEM X50 - The Politics of Oil

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17 SEM A2  75752  0900-1150  T10 4  Jared Wesley 
Winter/18  SEM X50  95043  1800-2100  T10 4  Ian Urquhart
      

POL S 441  GENDER AND PUBLIC POLICY (0-3s-0)

The relationship between gender and public policy in Canada.  Of particular concern are effects of restructuring, decentralization, privatization and deregulation on women.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220 or 350) or Department consent.

SEM B2 - Governing Intimate Life in Canada and Anglo-American Democracies - 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 and intimate relationships; 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 intimate life; and how are intimate relationships bound up with the nation and citizenship.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B2  95127 0900-1150  T10 4 Lois Harder 
    

POL S 442  THE CANADIAN STATE AND IDENTITY POLITICS (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).  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1  92680  0900-1150  T10 4  Yasmeen Abu-Laban
    

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

SEM B2 - Critical Race Theory and Movement - Politics of race, racialization and anti-racism in international and comparative perspective.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240 or 260) or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B2  95040  1230-1520  T10 4  Malinda Smith 
      

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

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240 or 260) or Department consent.

SEM B1 - Globalization, Anti-Globalization and Resistance - This course surveys historical and contemporary resistance and decolonization movements.  Selected case studies may include anti-colonial, anti-slavery, suffragettes, anti-apartheid, Zapatistas, Indignados, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and Idle No More.

SEM B2 - Governance Innovations in Latin America - Latin America is commonly seen as a global region rife with conflict and political instability.  This perspective misses the important contributions that the region has made to governance, in particular every since most Latin American countries have transitioned to democracy.

This seminar, intended both for senior undergraduate and graduate students, will invite students to explore the governance experiments carried out in Latin America; evaluating through systematic research their success and shortcomings.  Prerequisites: POL S 235, 240, 266, 299 or consent of instructor.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17  SEM A2  74282  1230-1520  T1 108  TBA
Winter/18  SEM B1  92696  T 0930-1220  TB 109  Malinda Smith
Winter/18  SEM B2  93850  TR 1400-1520  TBA  Julian Castro-Rea 
        

 POL S 448  GENDER POLITICS AND MASS MEDIA (0-3s-0)

Ways in which mass media socially construct and politicize gender.  Prerequisite:  Any 200-level POL S or WGS.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1  95332  T 0930-1220 T10 4 Linda Trimble 

POL S 450  TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE THEORY *3 (0-3s-0)

SEM B1 - Trauma, Recognition, and Reconciliation

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1 95563  1300-1550  T11 13  Sevan Beukian 

 

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

The contemporary foreign policies of the United States and their causes.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1  93830  1300-1550  T10 4 Greg Anderson
    

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

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

SEM A2 - Modern Terrorism

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17 SEM A2  75889  0930-1220  T10 4  John McCoy
    

 POL S 460  GLOBAL SECURITY (0-3s-0)

Historical and contemporary political issues of global security are examined from various theoretical perspectives.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1  92704  0900-1150  ED B 76  John McCoy
Winter/18  SEM B2  92972  1230-1520  TB 104  Andy Knight 
        

POL S 461  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST (0-3s-0)

Contemporary international politics of the Middle East.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 260, 261, 380 or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17  SEM A1  74902  1300-1550  T10 4  Mojtaba Mahdavi
      

POL S 468  INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (0-3s-0)

An examination of theoretical debates on international cooperation and international institutions and their application to contemporary international politics.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S261 (or 260) or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17  SEM A1  74350  1230-1520  TB 109  Andy Knight 
      

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

Selected topics of current interest in comparative politics and government.  A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.  Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

SEM A1 - Conservatism in the Americas - Donald Trump's election and the Brexit vote are only the most visible events representing an emerging global political trend: the growth of right-wing alternatives to governance.  The same trend is manifested throughout the Americas, where the political right is doing away with the "pink tide" that swept the Hemisphere around ten years ago.

This seminar, intended both for senior undergraduate and graduate students, will explore the origins, development, scope and implications of this global trend; by engaging into original comparative research of case studies based in the Americas.  Prerequisite: POL S 230, 240, 235, 266, 334 or consent of instructor.

SEM B2 - Governing Gambling: Sovereignty, Subjectivity and Play - provides a historically nuanced and theoretically informed account of gambling policy in Alberta and beyond.  An interdisciplinary reading program and interactive classroom activities, together with field trips and presentations from key stakeholders, provide students with a strong platform to pursue employment and research opportunities related to gambling and gaming industries.

 
Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17 SEM A1  74378  TR  1400-1520  ED B 77 Julian Castro-Rea
Winter/18 SEM B2  95683 0900-1150 TBA  Fiona Nicoll
      

POL S 477  TOPICS IN ISLAMIC POLITICS (0-3s-0)

SEM B1 - Islam, Modernity and Democracy - 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:  One of POL S 235 (or 240 or 380) or Department consent.

Term  Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1  94696  1300-1550  T10 4  Mojtaba Mahdavi 
    

POL S 484   TOPICS IN UNITED STATES POLITICS AND POLICY (0-3s-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.  Prerequisite:  POL S 332 or Department consent.

SEM B1 - US 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 original written text.  Note:  All assigned reading and almost all assigned viewing are "homework" and preparation for class discussions.  Some of the viewing will be shows/films on Canadian Netflix or iTunes.  Prerequisite: The Beartracks-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 Advisor's Office, T10-11).

Term  Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1  92728  0930-1220  T10 4  Judy Garber 
    

 POL S 486  TOPICS IN EUROPEAN POLITICS (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:  One of POL S 235 (or 230) or Department consent.

SEM A1 - The Politics of Central East Europe - The European Union member states of Central and East Europe have experienced a remarkable political, social and economic transition, first following the fall of communism and then with their accession to the European Union. Today, the durability of these new democracies is called into question with the rise of strongman leaders and challenges to the rule of law.  

This seminar course critically examines the political development of East and Central Europe during the post-communist period with the aim of explaining democratic transition, consolidation and erosion. Topics include the impact of institutional design on democratic consolidation, party development and party system change, the role of communist successor parties, the emergence of populist and nationalist politics, the role of civil society, the strategies, successes and costs of economic transition to market economy and how accession to the EU has affected the political development of the region. 

SEM B1 - Populist Far-Right Parties

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17  SEM A1  75018  1300-1550  TBA  Lori Thorlakson
Winter/18  SEM B1  94698  1300-1550  TBA  Laurie Adkin
      

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

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.  Prerequisite:  One of POL S 235 (or 230) or Department consent.

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Winter/18  SEM B1  93898  1230-1520  T10 4  Lori Thorlakson 

 

POL S 488  THE POLITICS OF MEXICO *3 (0-3s-0)

SEM B1 - Mexico's 20th century, post-revolutionary politics: state-building, nationalism, development project. The controversial transition to democracy in 2000, as a backdrop to discuss that country’s current political dynamics. Continental impacts, including NAFTA, the challenges posed by the Trump presidency and consequences for Canada.

This course is a seminar, intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students. They will be expected to produce a research paper on specific contemporary Mexican politics topics by the end of the term.

Term Section Class # Day Time Room Instructor
Winter/18 SEM B1 93835 M 1300-1550 TBA Julian Castro-Rea

 

POL S 499  HONORS ESSAY:  FOURTH-YEAR HONORS POLITICAL SCIENCE (Two term, 0-3s-0)

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

Term Section  Class #  Day  Time  Room  Instructor 
Fall/17  SEM C1  70766  1300-1550  T10 4  Steve Patten 
Winter/18  SEM C1 90778  1300-1550  T10 4  Steve Patten