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2021-2022 POLS 101

Introduction to Political Thinking

An introduction to the basic concepts, institutions, and ruling ideas in political thought and action. Through the study of classic political texts, competing concepts like equality and freedom, justice and power, are introduced within the context of conflicting ideologies like liberalism, socialism, and conservatism. The meaning of citizenship in postmodern contemporary liberal democracies are examined and contrasted with competing visions of the good society.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
2021-2022 POLS 211

International Politics

This course is an introduction to the theoretical and empirical concerns of international politics. It is designed to go beyond the simple observation of international politics and delve into the ways we seek to explain and predict how political actors behave. The first section of the course is dedicated to understanding the history of the field of international relations as a foundation for further study. The second section will consider the traditional Realist perspective of international relations and then move on to deal with more modern revisions of received scholarship such as Liberalism, Marxism, Feminism, and Constructivism. Along the way, we will encounter explanations for war and peace, cooperation and dispute, as well as explanations for the creation of major international treaties and organizations such as the United Nations. The third section of the course will begin to deal with modern challenges and themes in international political economy and security.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
2021-2022 POLS 234

CDN Government & Politics

Provides the student with an overview of the Canadian system of government in a comparative approach that includes study of British, American, and Canadian political and government institutions and practices. A comparative study of how basic concepts, principles, and institutions associated with different expressions of liberal-democratic governments highlight the diversity of political experience, reveal the interdependence of political systems and show the uniqueness of Canada's political system. Particular attention is given to the manner in which Parliament attempts to facilitate and develop public policy that reflects the diverse interests and aspirations of its citizens.Cross-listed:

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
Cross-listed: SOCI 234.
2021-2022 POLS 237

Co-Existence, Genocide, Reconciliation: Indigenous Nationhood and Canada

The history of First Nations, Métis Nations and Inuit Nations in Canada from time immemorial through to the present from various perspectives gained from interactions with Indigenous authors and guest speakers and cultural experiences such as immersion trips to Indigenous territories. Engage broad economic, social and political themes associated with Canada's settler society and gain cultural intelligence by analyzing from an Indigenous perspective how standard narratives of progress shaped early encounters, the fur trade economy, governmental policy, Christianity and culture, residential schools, land reserves and self- government. Considers the ways in which Indigenous nations utilized and reshaped Canada's historical narrative to resist assimilation, paternalism, "civilization"ť, marginalisation, and integration. Examines arguments for partnership, cooperation, negotiation and reconciliation in a movement towards peaceful co-existence.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
2021-2022 POLS 250

Classical Political Philosophy

Examines the impact of Christianity on Western thought with respect to politics and political philosophy. It explores the unique encounter between Jerusalem and Athens that has been described as the "secret vitality of the West."ť Special attention is paid to the disagreement or conflict between a theological and philosophical approach to the study of political life.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): POLS 101
2021-2022 POLS 308

Political Economy of Dev. Nations

This course provides an analysis of the relationship of government policies and economic development in selected Asian, African, and Latin American countries. Topics include the role of leadership and public policy; challenges of development; obstacles to democratization; and the interaction of domestic and global political/economic structures.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 and 211, or instructor's consent.
2021-2022 POLS 310

Issues in Social Justice

An examination of ethical issues that pertain to social justice, addressing such topics as the distribution of wealth, affirmative action and quotas, sexual equality, gay rights, the morality of war, punishment, and responsibility.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 3 sem. hrs. of political studies or philosophy; or third year standing
Cross-listed: PHIL 310/510.
2021-2022 POLS 312

Globalization and Global Governance

Examines the causes and consequences of globalization and the transitional institutions established to cope with this process. The course examines the meaning of global governance and how this differs from governance of domestic societies. It also identifies the significant international institutions involved in global governance and assesses their contribution. The role of various international governmental and non-governmental organizations are studied in relation to such issues as global trade, the environment, human rights, economic development, and international migration.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 and 211, or instructor's consent.
2021-2022 POLS 314

International Political Economy

A study of the globalization of the world economy and the political factors that shape this process. Students become familiar with the recent history of international trade, global economic relations, and the role of various players in foreign economic policy making. Using case studies of representative governments, students explore models of fiscal and monetary policy and types of trade protection. Other topics include political factors affecting emerging and transitional economies, role of trade groupings, impact of multinational corporations, negotiations in the World Trade Organization, and the problems related to global industries such as airlines or oil.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 and 211, or instructor's consent.
2021-2022 POLS 320

Social and Political Philosophy

An examination of foundational ideas and problems in political life and thought. Both classical and contemporary texts are used. Concepts treated include the state, the citizen, democracy, liberty, equality, authority, obligation, and disobedience.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 3 sem. hrs. of political studies or philosophy; or third year standing
Cross-listed: PHIL 320.
2021-2022 POLS 330

Law and Canadian Politics

This course provides students with an overview of important themes in Canadian law: its sources, theories of jurisprudence, federalism and the courts, and how the legal framework and the Supreme Court decisions shape public discourse in Canada on political issues. Through the examination of milestone court cases, particularly Supreme Court decisions since the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1981), the symbiotic relationship between the judiciary and the legislative branches of government are established.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): POLS 101 and 234.
2021-2022 POLS 332

Issues in the History of British Columbia

The history of British Columbia from its earliest beginnings to the late 1980s. The province's move from regionalism, to provincialism, to internationalism by examining many of the social, cultural, political, and economic forces Canada. Specific aspects of BC's history that particularly enlighten us about the character of the region, its unique place in Canadian history, and how these events have shaped the Province today change which shaped the "West Beyond the West"ť in Canada.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Political Studies including POLS 234, or instructor's consent.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
Cross-listed: HIST 332
2021-2022 POLS 334

Canadian Government and Politcs

Provides the student with a detailed examination of the political issues that divide and unite Canadians. Course topics include discussion of alternative theoretical approaches to Canadian politics; regionalism, citizenship, and political participation; the French-English Cleavage; provincialism versus federalism; aboriginal politics; gender and class issues; the United States' and Canada's uneasy relationship; multiculturalism and bilingualism as key indicators of Canadian political culture; the Executive in Parliament dispute; legislative politics and judicial interpretation; law and constitution.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of political studies including POLS 234, or instructor's consent
Cross-listed: HIST 334.
2021-2022 POLS 335

Dev't of the Canadian Constitution

A survey of the historical development of the Canadian Constitution from 1867 to the present. The search for an amending formula and the patriation of the Constitution. The evolving nature of the federation; the Meech Lake Accord; the Charlottetown Accord; the October 26 Referendum; western demands for major changes to the Senate and other national institutions of the federation; and the unfinished constitutional agenda. The profound effect on law and public policy development resulting from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of political studies including POLS 234, or instructor's consent.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
Cross-listed: HIST 335
2021-2022 POLS 352

Government and Politics of the USA

An introduction to American politics, including the major branches of government: the presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. The dynamics of American political institutions and their interaction. The prime emphasis is on national politics, especially the interaction of the executive and legislative, including presidential decision-making.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of political studies including POLS 234, or instructor's consent.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
Cross-listed: HIST 352.
2021-2022 POLS 355

American Foreign Policy

A study of principal themes in United States foreign policy with in-depth review of postSecond World War Presidential periods. Students analyze the causes and results of American policy choices in the context of evolving world order. The course explores philosophy and leadership styles.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of political studies including POLS 234, or instructor's consent.
Cross-listed: HIST 355
2021-2022 POLS 361

Political Science Practicum

A supervised field experience in an approved political, governmental, or related setting.

Course Credits: 1
Prerequisite(s): Honours, major, concentration, or minor in Political Studies or International Studies. Second year standing or higher, 6 sem. hrs. of Political Studies, and at least a C+ average. Students may include a maximum of 6 sem. hrs. in their Political Studies major, concentration, or minor, and a maximum of 9 sem. hrs. in their degree.
NB: Pass/Fail courses.
2021-2022 POLS 377

20th Century China and East Asia

A cultural and political history of China and Japan since 1900 with an emphasis on late 20th century issues. Course includes discussion of Hong Kong and Taiwan as Chinese territories and Korea as a primary neighbour of China and Japan. Of special interest are the relations of Japan and China with the United States.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of political studies including POLS 211, or instructor's consent.
Cross-listed: HIST 377.
2021-2022 POLS 378

Politics and Development of the Asia-Pacific Region

This course explores the contemporary political, economic, and social conditions of countries in east and southeast Asia as case studies of development. Central to the course is the so-called Asian Miracle: what are its causes and why have some countries been left behind? Other topics include Japan's and Singapore's models of development; response to China's economic and political power in the region; international relations including selected conflict areas; and the prospects for regional integration. Countries typically covered in this region face the Pacific in a chain from Indonesia in the south to Korea and Japan in the north.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of political studies.
2021-2022 POLS 391

Canadian Governmental Leadership

"‹"‹In the setting of the historical Booth Mansion in Ottawa, students are invited to explore the history of Canadian political leadership. Using the historical method, including research in primary sources, they will evaluate the leadership of Canadian Prime Ministers and examine how they addressed the needs and crises of the nation. By means of their enquiries into Canada's political leadership, students will develop their own theories of effective leadership.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Admission into Laurentian Leadership Centre.
Cross-listed: HIST 391; SOCI 391