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.

For general registration information, please visit students.usask.ca.

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 302.3 — 1/2(3L)
The Politics and law of Work and Employment

After exploring the broad understanding of ‘work’ and the political questions surrounding the social reproduction of work, this course will investigate unique legal definition of ‘employment’ as a strict legal relationship between those who sell their labour for a wage and those who purchase that labour in order to create additional value through profit. In Canada, the employment relationship has been regulated through numerous legal regimes, each of which will be described and discussed throughout the class. This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding of both the individual and collective nature of Canada’s employment regimes, while also developing a richer understanding of the politics of work.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 303.3 — 1/2(3L)
Public Law and the Courts in Canada

Introduces students to Canada's constitution, with special emphasis on the judicial system. It will also examine Canada's constitutional debates, with specific emphasis on the judicial role in shaping federal/provincial division of powers since Confederation.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS


POLS 304.3 — 1/2(3L)
Democracy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Introduce students to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Special attention is devoted to the intersection between law and politics, including debates surrounding the introduction of the Charter and those regarding the exercise of judicial power. The course will include extensive case reviews.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS (Students are encouraged to take POLS 303 before taking POLS 304).
Note: Students with credit for POLS 307 Topics in Canadian Politics: Law, Politics and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (offered in 2010-11 and 2011-12) may not take this course for credit.


POLS 305.3 — 1/2(3L)
Provincial Politics and Policy

An examination of the institutions and processes of Canadian provincial political systems with particular emphasis on Saskatchewan.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 306.3 — 1/2(3L)
Local Governance and Policy

An examination of various aspects of local government in Canada, including the evolution of the structures, functions, finances and powers of local government, and the purposes and politics of various contemporary reform issues.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.
Note: This course is typically offered every second year.


POLS 307.3 — 1/2(3L)
Topics in Canadian Politics

An examination of major issues of contemporary concern in Canadian politics, such as issues relating to the constitution, gender and the environment. The content of the course varies from year to year, but is announced in advance of registration deadlines.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units of 100-level POLS or 30 credit units at university level.


POLS 322.3 — 1/2(3L)
First Nations Management and Administrative Systems

An examination of current and emerging systems of management and administration at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels within the First Nations sector in Canada.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS; or POLS 222.


POLS 323.3 — 1/2(3L)
First Nations Policies and Programs

An examination of government policies and programs within the First Nations sector in Canada,including those established by the federal and provincial governments as well as those developed by First Nations communities themselves.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS; or POLS 222.


POLS 326.3 — 1/2(3L)
Comparative Public Policy

Introduces the approaches and methods for comparing the public policies of various countries. The focus is on the nature and determinants of the similarities in their respective policies, and the structures and processes that produced them.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS and 30 credit units at the university level.


POLS 327.3 — 1/2(3L)
Political Marketing

Political marketing is a sub-field of political science that applies concepts from business marketing literature to the study of politics. It explores the use of marketing techniques by political parties to win elections, governments to ‘sell’ their policies to citizens, and social movements to sway public opinion in their favour and lobby decision-makers. In this course, students will learn the basic concepts of political marketing and apply these concepts to examples from Canada and around the world.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 328.3 — 1/2(3L)
Public Policy Analysis

An introduction to the purposes, approaches, methods, ethics and politics of public policy analysis. It is designed to provide an understanding of how to produce and analyze documents needed for policy-making and decision making purposes in various organizational settings both in the governmental sector and in the non-governmental sector.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS and 30 credit units at university level.
Note: This course is typically offered every second year.


POLS 329.3 — 1/2(3L)
Government Relations with Business and NGOs in Canada

Introduces students to government relations with businesses and community based organizations in Canada, the factors that affect those relations, and the effects of those relations on politics, public policies and programs, and public management. Special attention is devoted to the evolution of those relations within changing political-economic contexts at the global, national and sub-national levels.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units of 100-level POLS, or 60 credit units of undergraduate courses, or by permission of the instructor.


POLS 336.3 — 1/2(3L)
Justice and Democracy

Justice and democracy are two key ideas in contemporary politics. While we generally think they are harmonious ideas, often times they come into conflict. This course addresses contemporary theoretical approaches to the relationship between justice and democracy. Issues to be covered include, what is to be done when democracies reach unjust decisions, what kind of democracy does justice require and how can democratic institutions be designed to produce more just outcomes.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 236 and 237; or PHIL 262.


POLS 337.3 — 1/2(3L)
Canadian Ideologies and the Pursuit of the Common Good

This course will examine all of the major ideological currents in Canada such as Toryism, conservatism, liberalism, social democracy, feminism, environmentalism, English Canadian nationalism, Québécois nationalism, and Indigenous nationalism. Focusing on the various political parties and actors that represent these traditions, the course will further explore how these conflicting ideologies purport to pursue the common good.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 236 and 237 (formerly POLS 235); or PHIL 262.


POLS 341.3 — 1/2(3L)
Asian Government and Politics

The course provides an introduction to the government, politics of the Asia Pacific countries, as well as some of the pressing issues that confront the region. It seeks to provide students with a foundation for a lifelong engagement with a fascinating and increasingly important part of the world.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111.3 and (POLS 112.3 or IS 110.3).


POLS 343.3 — 1/2(3L)
Ukraine Processes and Problems of Nation and State building

This course examines the historical as well as contemporary political, social and cultural processes that have shaped Ukraine’s national identity while exploring their impact on current state-building efforts.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 349.3 — 1(3L)
Politics of Canadian Diversity

Provides an analysis of the factors that affect diversity and diversity management in Canada. Special attention is devoted to issues and options related to various diversity management policies and programs such as immigration, multiculturalism and interculturalism, anti-racism, human rights, and employment equity. It also examines Canadian diversity management issues and options within the context of various nation-building projects and rights regimes espoused by governments and groups in Canada.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 362.3 — 1/2(3L)
Global Political Economy

This course introduces students to the foundations and theory of political economy including Classicism, Neo-Classicism, Marxism, Keynesianism, and Neoliberalism. The course also explores how recent shifts in the global political economy have challenged the legitimacy of liberal democratic states.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units POLS or 60 credit units at university level.


POLS 364.3 — 1/2(3L)
International Terrorism

Examines the goals, strategies and actions of international terrorist groups, the efforts of governments to combat terrorism, and the effect of international terrorism on contemporary international relations. Special attention is given to philosophies of violence and to ethical issues surrounding terrorist and counter-terrorist actions.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 112.3 or permission of the instructor.


POLS 368.3 — 1/2(3L)
Comparative Foreign Policy in the Global Era

An examination of comparative Foreign Policy since 1945, starting with the dominant role that the US has played in shaping this policy context and the alternative voices that are increasingly challenging this role. Major attention is given to the economic, political, and institutional order generated during the period of American hegemony and the actors and circumstances that are challenging this order. Pedagogically, there is an emphasis on providing the tools to undertake foreign policy analysis.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 261.3 or permission of the instructor.


POLS 370.3 — 1(3L)
War and Diplomacy in the International System

Seeks to identify and assess those issues that historically have generated conflict and examines the various political and diplomatic efforts that followed epochal wars to create international orders and mechanisms that would manage, control or prevent future international conflicts.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 372.3 — 2(3L)
Peacebuilding and Political Reconciliation

This course examines various approaches to peace-building in the aftermath of conflict, focusing on the restorative role of political reconciliation.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 375.3 — 1/2(3L)
Canadian Foreign Policy in the Global Era

Introduction to Canada's role in the world, studying the factors that continue to shape the country's position on global issues and the processes by which its foreign policy is made.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 365 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 379.3
Washington Center Topics in Political Studies

Covers topics in Political Studies, offered by the Washington Center, Washington D.C. Possible courses include Religion and Global Politics, Peaceful Solutions, The Road to the White House, Ethics and the U.S. Congress, How Washington Really Works, U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century, Peaceful Solutions, International Human Rights, The Rationality/ Psychology of Conflict, Violence, and War, Most Dangerous Woman in the World, Intercultural Communications, Public Policies that Reduce Hunger and Poverty, U.S. and China in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Global Policy Issues, Strategic Communication for the Policy Making Process, Press, Politics, and Power, Campaigning for a Cause, Scandalous Washington, Crime, Power, & Punishment, Citizenship in Multicultural Society, Government and Business in the New Economic and Political Reality, Introduction to Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, International Organizations and Humanitarian Law, Managing the American Intelligence Community, Non-profit Leadership and Management, or other topics approved by the Department of Political Studies.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units of university level study including 6 credit units senior POLS
Note: Registration in this course is restricted to students selected for the Washington Center Term Abroad program.


POLS 383.3 — 1/2(9P)
Career Internship

Designed to provide students with an opportunity to study policy, management, and administrative matters of importance to organizations in Saskatchewan through a combination of direct observations, directed readings, and research and analysis.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units at university level and permission of the department.


POLS 384.3 — 1/2(1.5S-5P)
Aboriginal Administrative Internship

Provides an opportunity for students involved in the Aboriginal Administrative Internship to deepen their understanding of various governance, policy, management and administrative issues in the Aboriginal sector, through a combination of direct observations, directed readings and research and analysis.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units at the university level and permission of the department.


POLS 398.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

POLS 399.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.