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This course provides an introduction to the study of welfare states through a comparative lens with a particular focus on Western democracies. The first part of the course provides an introduction to welfare states and welfare regimes. The second part examines challenges facing the welfare state. The third and final part of the course introduces students to comparative welfare attitude research. This course examines the history of the welfare state, the current state of the welfare state, welfare regime types, globalization and the welfare state, demographic challenges to the welfare state, provides a brief introduction to select welfare policies, welfare, migration and citizenship, welfare state retrenchment and finally there is a particular focus on comparative welfare attitude research. This is a writing intensive course.

The purpose of this course is to examine the politics of fracking through an international relations lens. The course introduces students to hydraulic fracturing, energy security issues, environmental issues, and national and international anti-fracking movements. Additionally, the course explores policies relating to unconventional gas development in North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, public attitudes towards unconventional gas development, and national and international anti-fracking movements. Additionally, the course provides an insight into Dr. Andersson-Hudson’s current research. This is a writing and research-intensive course.

This course either focuses on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department or program or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program. [Note 1: Prerequisite set by Department/Program when the topic and level are announced. Note 2: When a Department or Program intends to offer a course under this designation, it must submit course information, normally at least three months in advance, to the Dean. Note 3: Students may register for POLS 4991 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Variable) Wednesday 11:30 to 2:20PM Avard Dixon 117.
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) Monday 12:30 to 3:20PM Avard Dixon G10.
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 1:00 to 2:20PM Bennett Building G03.
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 10:30 to 11:20AM Avard Dixon 118.
This course is a critical analysis of Canadas place in a rapidly evolving global order. It places particular emphasis on media technology. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 9:50AM Crabtree M14.
This course is a study of the political process in Canada. It presents an overview of the constitution, institutions, and political actors that represent the essential components of Canadas political culture and government. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Avard Dixon G12.
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.