This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2017 to April 2018.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2017-2018, 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 403.3 — 1/2(3S)
Advanced Topics in Public Law and Public Policy

Students will be introduced to theories of law, politics and justice in modern Canadian society. In addition to examining judicial decision-making, the course will also question how law influences administrative actors with regards to such policy fields as labour, immigration, health, multiculturalism, the environment and aboriginal rights.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units at the university level including 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 404.3 — 1/2(3S)
Canadian Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

An examination of Canadian federalism that deals with enduring and contemporary issues such as the constitutional division of powers, intergovernmental relations, fiscal federalism, the federal spending power, regionalism, the role of Quebec in the federal system, and constitutional change.

Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 405.3 — 1/2(3S)
Canadian Elections and Political Parties

Elections and political parties are crucial components of Canadian democracy. This course explores the ideology and organization of Canadian political parties as well as how these parties interact with the media and the role they play in our parliamentary institutions.  The course will also examine various aspects of Canadian elections such as vote choice, political marketing, party financing, campaign strategy, social media, and electoral regulations.

Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 422.3 — 1/2(3S)
Aboriginal Development Strategies

Examines Aboriginal development strategies in Canada with particular attention to Aboriginal Nations in Saskatchewan. Attention is devoted to cultural, economic and political development. The course examines the various factors that foster or inhibit the various types of development within Aboriginal communities. It is designed to provide students with an academic basis for analyzing existing development strategies in Aboriginal communities.

Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and 112.


POLS 425.3 — 1/2(3S)
Multilevel Governance and Partnerships

An analysis of the growth and importance of partnerships between governmental and non-governmental organizations in developing and implementing programs and services within various jurisdictions in Canada.

Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 431.3 — 1/2(3S)
Contemporary Political Theory

An advanced seminar covering a selected topic at the forefront of debates in contemporary political theory. Possible topics include, social justice, political authority and obligation, and human rights.

Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS.


POLS 446.3 — 1/2(3S)
Development Challenges and Prospects

An assessment of the prospects for multi-party democracy in Africa. Special attention is given to issues of re-democratization since 1989 and to the setbacks which have resulted from military interventions or from autocratic rulers manipulating their instruments of power to block a successful political transition.

Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): POLS 246, or POLS 253 and POLS 254, or IS 211 and IS 212.


POLS 460.3 — 1/2(3S)
Ethics and Global Politics

An examination of the ideas and debates that inform international ethical thought, including Realism, Marxism, Feminism and Liberalism, among others, followed by consideration of contemporary international politics about which difficult ethical choices have been made or about which there is ethical controversy, including international intervention, threatened use of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, sanctions, and promotion of international human rights.

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


POLS 461.3 — 1(3S)
Topics in International Studies

Designed as a selected topics seminar in international relations. Each offering will focus on one of the subfields- including Canadian Foreign Policy Processes, Ethical Issues in International Relations, International Terrorism, International Political Economy, International Trade and Globalization. The undergraduate students will investigate the methodology and applications of the theory and evidence related to that subfield.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 246; or POLS 261.3 and 262.3; or IS 211 and IS 212; or permission of the department.
Note: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the Department to ensure that the topics covered are different. Students may not receive credit for both POLS 461 and POLS 867.


POLS 465.3 — 1/2(3S)
Nationalism

Designed to introduce the senior undergraduate student to the phenomenon of nationalism as a historical and modern political force, this course focuses on the theoretical and political aspects of nationalism, highlighting its origins, evolution, contradictions, and implications for both the nation-state and the international system.

Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): POLS 261.3 and 262.3.


POLS 471.3 — 1/2(3S)
Globalization and Challenges

An examination of the impact of globalization, with emphasis on groups such as labour, women, and the poor, and on the effects of particular transnational processes such as environmental degradation, refugee flows and the spread of ethnic conflicts.

Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): POLS 261.3 and 262.3.


POLS 482.6 — 2
Saskatchewan Legislative Internship

The study of Saskatchewan's provincial political institutions, politics, public policies, public management and public administration through a combination of direct observations, mentorship, comparative study and research analysis.

Note: Admission to the course is by application and selection through the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 382 will not receive credit for this course.


POLS 498.3 — 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 499.6 — 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.