This course is an introduction to the foundations of politics through the medium of political theory, Canadian politics, comparative politics, or international politics. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Distribution: Social World-b) (Exclusion: POLS 1000) Monday Wednesday and Friday 9:30 to 10:20AM Crabtree M14.
This course examines democratic thought from its origins in the ancient polis through to its modern incarnation in the writings of Rousseau, Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill and selected contemporary theorists. It places particular emphasis on the conflict between participatory and elite models of democratic citizenship. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)(Exclusion: Any version of POLS 2001 previously offered with a different title) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Barclay 02.
This course introduces several of the major theories, structures, processes, and issues in international relations. After introducing the current theoretical approaches to the study of global politics, the course addresses a series of topics from among the following: systems of global governance; the concept terrorism; non-state actors in global politics such as corporations, social movements, and non-governmental organizations; human rights and human security; gender and international politics; poverty,development, and inequality; and the environment.[Note 1: This course is cross-listed as INLR 2301 and may therefore count as 3 credits in either discipline.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)(Exclusion: Any version of INLR/POLS 2301 previously offered with a different title) Monday Wednesday and Friday 11:30 to 12:20PM Avard Dixon 118.
This course examines the modern tradition of political thought from its origins in Hobbes and Locke to its zenith in Rousseau and Marx. It emphasizes the defining problems of freedom, history, property, revolution, and the state. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: Any version of POLS 3011 previously offered with a different title) Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 to 3:50PM Bennett Building G03.
This course examines the political process in the United States. It presents an overview of the constitution, institutions, and political actors that represent the essential components of American political culture and government. It may also focus on one or more important policy areas. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: POLS 2201) Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 to 5:20PM Barclay 021.
This course examines the factors shaping international politics in the Middle East. It considers issues such as war, conflict resolution, regional alliance behaviour, and the relationships between regional states and the great powers, examining them from the perspective of traditional theories of international relations that emphasize balance of power politics, as well non-traditional theories that emphasize political and economic underdevelopment and dependency. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)(Exclusion: POLS 3991 Middle East Politics; Any version of POLS 3321 previously offered with a different title) Friday 12:30 to 3:20PM Avard Dixon 112.
This course examines American foreign policy during the post-World War II period. The first half of the course introduces key concepts and theories concerning the making of American foreign policy. The second half of the course considers the Post-Cold War security environment and the challenges facing US policy makers in the contemporary environment. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Avard Dixon 120.
This course examines a selected problem in the history of political thought. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours) (Exclusion: Any version of POLS 4000 previously offered with a different title) Wednesday 2:30 to 5:20PM Avard Dixon 117.
This course examines interest groups and social movements primarily from a Canadian perspective. It studies the development and role of interest groups and social movements both in the past and present. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours) Wednesday 11:30 to 2:20PM Avard Dixon 230.
This course permits senior students, under the direction of faculty members, to pursue their interest in areas not covered, or not covered in depth, by other courses through a program of independent study. [Note 1: Permission of the Department/Program Advisor. Students must obtain consent of an instructor who is willing to be a supervisor and must register for the course prior to the last day for change of registration in the term during which the course is being taken. Note 2: A program on Independent Study cannot duplicate subject matter covered through regular course offerings. Note 3: Students may register for POLS 4950/51 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Independent Study)