Winter 2021

WINTER 2021 COURSES

100-LEVEL COURSES

POL S 101 - INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS
An introduction to major political concepts and to the study of politics. Note:  Not open to students with credit in POL S 100 or 103.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1000-1050          Greg Anderson              greg.anderson@ulberta.ca
LEC B2                 MWF                   1100-1150          Dax D'Orazio                 dorazio@ualberta.ca
LEC B3                 TR                       1230-1350          Rob Aitken                     raitken@ualberta.ca


200-LEVEL COURSES

POL S 211 - INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY OF POLITICAL THEORY
Explores how texts from the history of western political theory, from ancient Greece to the 20th century, help to deepen and diversify our understanding of themes like justice, freedom, equality, property, rights, and democracy.
Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 210.  Prerequisite:  POL S 101 or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1200-1250          Mark Blythe                        dblythe@ualberta.ca
LEC B2                 TR                       1100-1220          Mark Blythe                        dblythe@ualberta.ca

POL S 212 - INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY
Explores how texts in contemporary western political theory help to deepen and diversify our understanding of current political themes like war, climate change, sex, work, or democratic reform. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 210. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1000-1050          Luke Sandle                  sandle@ualberta.ca               
LEC B2                 TR                       1230-1350          Fiona Nicoll                   fnicoll@ualberta.ca
 
POL S 224 - CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
Examines the constitutional and institutional foundations of Canadian government. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 220. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1200-1250          Angelia Wagner              angelia@ualberta.ca
LEC B2                 TR                        1100-1220         Angelia Wagner              angelia@ualberta.ca
 
POL S 225 - CANADIAN POLITICS
Examines the context and dynamics of Canadian politics. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 220. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1000-1050          Hajar Amidian                     amidian@ualberta.ca
LEC B2                 TR                       0930-1050          Mark Blythe                         dlbythe@ualberta.ca

 POL S 235 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Examines the concepts and approaches used to compare political issues across countries and regions. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 230 or 240. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

LEC B1               TR                   100-1220        Julian Castro-Rea        jcrea@ualberta.ca
LEC B2               MWF               1100-1150       Navid Pourmokhtari    npourmok@ualberta.ca                        

POL S 250 - THE POLITICS OF GENDER
An examination of gender, diversity and relations of power in political life. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 TR                        0930-1050          Siobhan Byrne              siobhan.byrne@ualberta.ca

POL S 261 - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS      

An introduction to contemporary international relations that attempts to develop an understanding of political events at the international level. The course covers the nature of foreign policy, the dynamics of interactions between states, the causes of war, imperialism and the role of non-state actors. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 260. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1300-1350          Isaac Odoom                   iodoom@ualberta.ca
LEC B2                 TR                       0930-1050          Ghada Ageel                   ageel@ualberta.ca

 

300-LEVEL COURSES

 POL S 302 - TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY

LEC B1 – Intro to Disability Theory
A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1100-1150          Joshua St Pierre               jstpierr@ualberta.ca

POL S 305 - CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY: Anarchy and Radical Democracy

Focuses on struggles over citizenship, the self, and social justice through the work of theorists like Arendt, Beauvoir, Freud, Fanon, Foucault, Rawls, and Tully. Prerequisite: POL S 210 or 211 or 212 or consent of Department.

LEC B2                 T                           1230-1520          David Kahane                  david.kahane@ualberta.ca

POL S 323 - ELECTIONS IN CANADA

Why, how, and which Canadians vote and run for office; campaign strategies; role of media; election policies, dynamics, and outcomes. Prerequisite: POL S 224 or 225 or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1200-1250          Linda Trimble                  ltrimble@ualberta.ca

POL S 324 - TOPICS IN CANADIAN POLITICS
LEC B1 - Neoliberal Canada
A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1000-1050          Justin Leifso                      leifso@ualberta.ca

POL S 328 - MANAGING MODERN GOVERNMENT

Areas of focus include: organizational forms and managerial approaches for the public sector, fostering partnerships with the private/civil society sectors, and the behaviour of micro-level actors embedded in government.   Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S course or consent of the Department.

LEC B1                 TR                        1100-1220          Reza Hasmath                 reza.hasmath@ualberta.ca

POL S 329 - GLOBAL INDIGENOUS POLITICS

Indigenous political dynamics and realities at the global level. Particular attention to Indigenous-state relations under settlercolonialism, and current Indigenous issues and resistance. Prerequisite: Any 200-level course in POL S or NS or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 MWF                   1000-1050          Rachel George                 rachel.george@ualberta.ca

POL S 354 - TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS
LEC B1 – Governance Innovations in Latin America
The focus of this course changes yearly to reflect current issues in comparative politics and faculty research interests. Information about the specific topics can be obtained from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

LEC B1                 TR                        1400-1520          Julian Castro-Rea              jcrea@ualberta.ca

POL S 359 - TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
LEC B1 – The Politics of Money
This course examines contemporary controversies in international politics. Information about specific topics are available from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

LEC B1                TR                        0930-1050          Rob Aitken                       raitken@ualberta.ca
 
POL S 371 – POPULISM & DEMOCRACY IN CENTRAL EUROPE
Democratic transition, consolidation and backsliding in Central Europe, with a focus on nationalism, the politics of memory, European integration and Euroscepticism. Prerequisite: Any 200- level course in POL S or consent of Department.

LEC B2                 MWF                   1100-1150          Lori Thorlakson               lori.thorlakson@ualberta.ca

POL S 375 - POLITICS OF EAST ASIA: Geopolitics and Governance 

A comprehensive introduction to East Asian politics in the postwar period, covering Greater China (Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong), Japan and the two Koreas. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240), East Asian Studies Major/Minor or Department consent.

LEC B1                MWF                   1000-1050          Ashley Esarey                  esarey@ualberta.ca

POL S 380 - POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Evolution, future, and global significance of Middle Eastern regional politics. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240) or Department consent.

LEC B1                 TR                        1100-1220        Navid Pourmokhtari           npourmok@ualberta.ca

 POL S 399 - THIRD-YEAR HONORS SEMINAR

Research design and research methods for Political Science Honors Students. Note: Restricted to Honors Students in Third Year or those with consent of Department.

LEC B1                 F                           1300-1550          Ashley Esarey                  esarey@ualberta.ca

 
400-LEVEL COURSES

POL S 404 - TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY
SEM B1 – Speed, Ability and Politics
A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.

SEM B1               R                          0930-1220          Joshua St Pierre               jstpierr@ualberta.ca

POL S 410 - TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY
SEM B1 – Radical Prefigural Politics
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 B1               W                         1300-1550          David Kahane                  david.kahane@ualberta.ca

POL S 421 - TOPICS IN CANADIAN POLITICS
SEM B1 - Political Behaviour
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 B1               W                         1300-1550          Feodor Snagovsky             feodor@ualberta.ca

 POL S 425 - ETHNICITY, IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL POLICY

Social policy theories and practices designed to integrate ethnic minorities and immigrant communities, in Canada and globally. Prerequisite: POL S 235 or 261 or consent of Department.

SEM B1               R                          1230-1520          Reza Hasmath                 reza.hasmath@ualberta.ca

POL S 436 - TOPICS IN INDIGENOUS POLITICS
SEM B1 - Reconciliation and Resurgence
A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 327, POL S 329, POL S 331 or consent of Department.

LEC B1                 M                         1300-1550          Rachel George                 rachel.george@ualberta.ca 

POL S 440 - TOPICS IN CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY
SEM B1 – The Politics of Rural Places
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 B1               T                           1230-1520          Roger Epp                        repp@ualberta.ca 

POL S 443 - GLOBALIZATION, ETHNIC POLITICS AND THE NATION-STATE

Theories of nationalism and the nation-state in an era of globalization.  Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

SEM B1               W                         0900-1150          Yasmeen Abu-Laban              yasmeen@ualberta.ca

POL S 455 - TOPICS IN GENDER AND POLITICS
SEM B1 - Sex, Gender & Protest

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of any 200-level POL S course, POL S 350 or Department consent.

SEM B1               T                           0930-1220          Margot Challborn                    mchallbo@ualberta.ca

POL S 458 - UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY

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

SEM B1               W                         1300-1550          Greg Anderson               greg.anderson@ualberta.ca

POL S 460 - GLOBAL SECURITY

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.

SEM B1               R                          1230-1520          Ashley Esarey                  esarey@ualberta.ca

POL S 468 - INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

An examination of theoretical debates on international cooperation and international institutions and their application to contemporary international politics. Prerequisite:  One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

SEM B1               W                         0900-1150          Andy Knight                     andy.knight@ualberta.ca

POL S 469 - ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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.

SEM B1               R               0930-1220           Will Kujala                           wkujala@ualberta.ca                   

POL S 479 - NGO GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

Organizational features, actor/stakeholder relationships, and management challenges contemporary NGOs face. Prerequisite: POL S 235 or 261 or consent of Department.

SEM B1               T                           1230-1520          Reza Hasmath                 reza.hasmath@ualberta.ca

POL S 499 - HONORS ESSAY:  FOURTH-YEAR HONORS POLITICAL SCIENCE

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

SEM C1 (B)         F                           1300-1550          Linda Trimble                  ltrimble@ualberta.ca