This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2018 to April 2019.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2018-2019, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


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POLS 204.3 — 1/2(3L)
Canadian Political Institutions

Introduces students to the main structures and processes of Canadian government, including the Constitution, Parliament, cabinet, federalism, provincial governments, municipal governments, electoral systems, and First Nations' governments.

Formerly: POLS 203
Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 203 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 205.3 — 1/2(3L)
Canadian Politics and Society

Introduces students to the societal context of Canadian political life, including political culture, political sociology and history, social movements, political parties, political identities, regionalism, and nationalism.

Formerly: POLS 203
Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 203 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 221.3 — 1/2(3L)
Global Indigenous Politics

What does it mean to be Indigenous? In what ways are Indigenous politics similar and different in the Global North and Global South? Which political issues dominate the landscape of contemporary Global Indigenous politics? While the course examines contemporary Indigenous politics in Canada, it privileges a more global and comparative perspective to explore the connections between the Global South (e.g. Africa, Asia, Latin America) and Global North (e.g. Australia, Europe, United States). More specifically, the course is organized around key sections which consider the following: the contentious politics of defining Indigeneity, the diverse historical experiences of Indigenous peoples, the politics around land and natural resources, and global challenges around Indigenous peoples' struggles in the areas of cultural survival and human rights. The course concludes by using a case study approach to consider the above issues in greater detail in select political contexts across Africa, Latin America, North America and Oceania.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 222.3 — 1/2(3L)
Indigenous Governance and Politics

An analysis of existing and emerging systems of Indigenous governance and politics at the local, regional, provincial and national levels in Canada.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or INDG 107; or 60 credit units at university level.


POLS 225.3 — 1/2(3L)
Canadian Public Administration and Administrative Law

An introduction to the basic structures, processes, and principles of public administration system at the national and sub-national levels in Canada. In addition to an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of various policy-making and implementation agencies, it also provides an introduction to regulatory and administrative law regimes.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 220 may not take this course for credit. This course is typically offered every second year.


POLS 226.3 — 1/2(3L)
Canadian Public Policy

An introduction to conceptual and theoretical frameworks for describing and analyzing the nature, determinants, and effects of public policy in Canada. Special attention is devoted to genesis, evolution, and politics of some policies, such as population, Indigenous, immigration, intercultural relations, minority rights, social, education, and environmental, as well as others that students may wish to explore for a particular class assignment. The precise mix of policies that will receive special attention may vary over time.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 220 may not take this course for credit. This course is typically offered every second year.


POLS 236.3 — 2(3L)
History of Political Theory

An introduction to the ideas of key historical political theorists, including Plato, Aristotle, Niccolo Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes. Emphasis will be placed on the emergence of their ideas in their historical context as well as on their ongoing relevance for politics today. Issues to be covered include the origins of political authority, the causes of stability and revolution, the nature of justice and the value of democracy.

Formerly: POLS 235.
Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 235 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 237.3 — 2(3L)
Modern Political Theory

An introduction to political theory in the modern era. It will focus specifically on the development of liberal democratic thought and the responses of its critics. Key issues to be examined include the idea of equality, the nature of freedom and the concept of rights. Political theorists to be studied include John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx.

Formerly: POLS 235.
Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 235 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 244.3 — 1/2(3L)
Governance and Development in the Global South

Introduces students to the conceptual and theoretical approaches to understanding the politics of developing countries on a comparative basis. Topics studied include the nature and role of an engaged civil society, as well as theoretical frameworks such as ’neo-patrimonialism’ to explain the nature of political relationships and political competition. An understanding of these conceptual and theoretical dimensions will enable students to analyze politics in any region of the developing world.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 246.6 may not take POLS 244.3 for credit.


POLS 245.3 — 1/2(3L)
Topics in the Politics of Developing Countries

Introduces students to the politics of developing countries, particularly such as those in Sub-Saharan Africa or the Middle East. This course will focus on the diverse political challenges facing independent countries in the region. Themes covered include political leadership, the nature and role of political opposition, political parties, elections, corruption, human rights, and, the politics of ethnic divisions.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 246.6 may not take POLS 245.3 for credit.


POLS 249.3 — 1(3L)
American Government and Politics

Examines the formal and informal processes of the American system of government. Topics include the institutions of the Presidency, the Congress, and the bureaucracy and their interaction, as well as the mass media, public opinion, political parties and interest groups.

Formerly:POLS 242.
Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 250.3 — 1/2(3L)
Understanding the State in a Global Era

Examines various theories in order to understand the state within a global context. Theories studied include liberalism, realism, pluralism, feminism, Marxism, as well as new theories such as ecologicalism.

Formerly: POLS 252.
Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 252 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 251.3 — 1/2(3L)
Social Movements and Change

Focuses on the study of social movements and their roles in political change and stability. The course also explores the various theoretical approaches and concepts relevant to the study of social movements and collective behaviour.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 252 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 253.3 — 1/2(3L)
Conquest and Revolution in Latin America

Presents a comparative analysis of Latin American politics at the introductory level with a focus on the historic roots of the revolutionary upheavals that engulfed the region in the latter part of the 20th century, the legacies of these revolutions, and the factors that led to the wave of democratic transitions by the end of the 20th century.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 247.6 may not take POLS 253.3 for credit.


POLS 254.3 — 1/2(3L)
Democratization and Development in Latin America

Offers a comparative analysis of Latin American politics from the period of democratization (the end of the 20th century) to the eras of neoliberalism and post-neoliberalism.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 247.6 may not take POLS 254.3 for credit.


POLS 256.3 — 1/2(3L)
Understanding Political Science Research

An introduction to political science research design, including research questions, sampling, and selected methods of data collection, and ethics.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 255 may not take this course for credit. This course is offered every second year.


POLS 261.3 — 1/2(3L)
Global Politics

An introduction to the dynamics of international politics. It introduces students to the evolution of international politics with a focus on major events and ideas in the development of the modern international system, with particular emphasis on political concepts, ideologies and theories regarding the nature, meaning and development of the international system.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 260 will not receive credit for this course.


POLS 262.3 — 1/2(3L)
Global Governance

Examines major international and non-governmental organizations and institutions such as the UN, EU, NATO, Red Cross, Greenpeace as well as the role of traditional states to understand how they work and to assess their success in dealing with various issues that challenge the international community. The issues considered include conflict and security, the environment, human rights, humanitarian intervention, as well as economic development and well-being.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 260 will not receive credit for this course.


POLS 263.3 — 1/2(3L)
The Politics of International Law

In the absence of a “world government”, the international system is often characterized as anarchic. However, despite there being no overarching authority, international actors have developed international organizations, laws, and norms to provide rules and structures to manage transnational relations and contribute to the solutions for problems of global scope. While some view international organizations and law as simply a means by which powerful states pursue their own interests, others argue that international law has power beyond politics and can rein in self-interest and provide the means and methods for cooperation, coordination, and respect for human rights. This course introduces students to the history, design, and contemporary operations of some of the legal structures underpinning international relations, such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court, and explores how politics and law interact in shaping contemporary international relations and the lives of individuals globally.

Prerequisite(s): Any two of IS 110, POLS 111, POLS 112; or 18 credit units at the university level including at least 3 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 298.3 — 1/2(3L)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

POLS 299.6 — 1&2(3L)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.