This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2016 to April 2017.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2016-2017, 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 111.3 — 1/2(3L)
Democracy in Canada and the United States

An introduction to the study of politics through an examination of contemporary issues and ideas that arise in and between the democratic systems of Canada and the United States, including democracy, sovereignty, aboriginal issues, NAFTA, globalization, identity, rights, representation and political participation.

Formerly: POLS 110.6


POLS 112.3 — 1/2(3L)
Political Ideas and Change in Global Era

An introduction to political ideas and change in a global era. The course explores themes such as nationalism, ideology, development, democratization, globalization, sovereignty, conflict and human rights.

Formerly: POLS 110.6


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, First Nations governments and electoral systems.

Formerly: POLS 203
Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
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): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 203 may not take this course for credit.


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

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

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; 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 regimes and administrative law regimes.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 220 may not take this course for credit.


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

An introduction to the basic conceptual frameworks for describing and analyzing the nature, determinants, and effects of public policy within the Canadian political system at the national and sub-national levels. Special attention is devoted to the fundamental nature of policies such as health, education, welfare, family, immigration, intercultural relations, language, environmental, and Aboriginal, as well as other policies of interest and importance at the time the course is offered.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 220 may not take this course for credit.


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

This course will provide 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): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 235 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 237.3 — 2(3L)
Modern Political Theory

This course is an introduction to the development of political theory in the modern era. It will follow the development of liberal democratic thought and 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 examined include John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx.

Formerly: POLS 235.
Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
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

This course introduces students to the conceptual and theoretical elements in understanding the politics of developing countries on a comparative basis. Topics include the nature and role of an engaged ‘civil society’, and theoretical frameworks such as ‘neo-patrimonialism’ to explain the nature of political relationships and political competition. These elements have a significant relevance in analyzing the evolving nature of the political world in developing countries. An understanding of these conceptual and theoretical dimensions will enable students to analyze politics in any region of the developing world.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
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

This course will introduce students to the politics of developing countries such as those in Sub-Saharan Africa or the Middle East, in each version of the course focusing on the diverse political challenges facing independent countries. These political challenges include political leadership, the nature and role of political opposition, political parties, elections, corruption, human rights, and, the politics of ethnic divisions.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
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

Will examine the formal and informal processes of the American system of government. Topics will 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): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 242 may not take this course for credit.


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

This course examines various theories to understanding the state within a global context, such as liberalism, realism, pluralism, feminism, Marxism and new theories of ecologicalism.

Formerly: POLS 252.
Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or SOC 111 and SOC 112; or 60 credit units at the university level.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 252 may not take this course for credit.


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

This course focuses on the study of social movements as they contribute to political change and stability and offers various theoretical approaches and concepts relevant to the study of social movements and collective behaviour.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or SOC 111 and SOC 112; or 60 credit units at the university level.
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

This course is a comparative analysis of Latin American politics at the introductory level and it has three main objectives: Firstly, it aims to introduce students to the key issues and concepts of politics in the region. Secondly, it intends to study critically the 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 ‘wave’ of democratic transitions by century’s end. Finally, the course seeks to develop student’s research, writing and analytical skills.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111.3 and POLS 112.3; or 60 credit units at the university level.
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

This course is a comparative analysis of Latin American politics at the introductory level and it has three main objectives: Firstly, it aims to introduce students to the key issues and concepts of politics in the region. Secondly, it intends to study critically two major developments which have marked Latin America’s recent history (since the end of the 20th century), the twin developments of democratization and neoliberalism, which some have referred to as the silent revolutions. Finally, the course seeks to develop student’s research, writing and analytical skills.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 111.3 and POLS 112.3; or 60 credit units at the university level.
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): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 255 may not take this course for credit.


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): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
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): POLS 111 and POLS 112; or 60 credit units at university level.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 260 will not receive credit for this course.


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.

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

Will introduce 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

Will 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, ongoing debates concerning judicial power and 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.


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

An examination of major issues of contemporary concern in Canadian politics, such as constitutional and environmental issues and issues affecting women. 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)
Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal sector in Canada.

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


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

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

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


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

Introduction to the approaches and methods for comparing the public policies of various countries. Introduction to the nature and determinents of the similarities/differences in the substance of their respective policies, and the structures and processes used to produce them.

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


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: Students with credit for POLS 327 may not take this course for credit.


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 ( formerly POLS 235); 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 and issues that face the countries of the Asia Pacific region, and 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 100.3).


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 will introduce students to the foundations and theory of political economy including Classicism, Neo-Classicism, Marxism, Keynesianism, and Neoliberalism. The course will further introduce students to the concept of globalization, exploring 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 American foreign policy since 1945, with an emphasis on how American ideological perspectives affect American political, economic, and military objectives and strategies. Major attention is given to imagery in the post-Cold War period and to American efforts to promote democracy and human rights.

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 Canada's position on global issues and the processes by which Canadian 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 topics 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 Political Studies Department.

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.

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 a 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 448.3 — 1/2(3S)
Implementing and Evaluating Development Strategies

Is designed to introduce students and practitioners to Monitoring and Evaluation models and techniques that can be applied to governmental programs and projects at the national, provincial/regional and local levels, to donor country development assistance programs, as well as to international and national non-governmental organizations' projects and assistance offered by international institutions such as the United Nations Development Program. The focus is on developing countries in an effort to sensitize students to the challenges of M&E in different cultural settings. This course will draw on extensive field-based research to offer a more appropriate Monitoring and Evaluation model for development.

Prerequisite(s): IS 211 and IS 212 or POLS 246 or POLS 253 and POLS 254..


POLS 456.3 — 1/2(1.5L-1.5P)
Introduction to Political Analysis

This course provides students with an applied introduction to quantitative analysis in political science. Building on students’ prior understanding of social science data collection research methods (through the completion of POLS 256 Methods of Political Research or an equivalent course), POLS 456 introduces students to a variety of univariate and bivariate quantitative techniques, up to but not including regression analysis.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 256 or an equivalent social science research methods course; and 60 credit units at university level.


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.

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.

POLS 807.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in Canadian Governance and Politics

An examination of selected aspects of Canadian governance and politics. Topics include the Canadian constitution, the prime minister and cabinet, Parliament, the courts, political parties, elections, public opinion, federalism, political culture, and provincial governance and politics.

POLS 809.3 — 1/2(3S)
Theories of Canadian Governance and Politics

Provides an examination of some of the major theories employed in the modern study of Canadian governance and politics. It pays particular attention to the theoretical works and perspectives of scholars who are engaged in the study of institutions, processes and/or policies at the national level of Canadian politics.

Prerequisite(s): B.A. in Political Studies.


POLS 815.3 — 1/2(3S)
Research Design and Methods in Political Science

A required course for all graduate students in Political Science. Introduces students to conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues in the discipline of Political Studies and teaches them skills that will prepare them to write their thesis. It also examines current themes in the political and policy discourse.

Formerly: First half of 818.6.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 818.6 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 819.3 — 1/2(3S)
Theoretical Readings in Political Studies

A required course for all graduate students in Political Studies. Sub-disciplines are explored through an examination of theoretical and some attendant empirical literature by means of reading, student presentations, and seminar discussion. Seminars are led by faculty teaching and researching in the respective sub-disciplines.

Formerly: Formerly half of POLS 818.3 and formerly POLS 816.3
Prerequisite(s): Honours degree or its equivalent in Political Studies.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 818 or POLS 816 will not receive credit for this course.


POLS 826.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in Aboriginal Public Policy and Administration

An examination of selected topics in Aboriginal public policy and administration. Topics include Aboriginal policy in Canada, comparative Aboriginal-state relations, political theory and rights of Aboriginal peoples, and Aboriginal administrative and management systems.

POLS 827.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in Public Policy and Administration

An examination of selected topics in public policy and administration. Topics include immigration, citizenship, and multiculturalism; health care and social policies; science, technology and innovation; the new public management; management of intergovernmental relations; and accountability in the public service.

POLS 837.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in Political Thought

Examines a topic or issue in political theory, or the work of a particular political theorist, through the examination of selected works in classic and/or contemporary political theory. Topics include problems in the philosophy of social sciences, natural rights, the public interest, justice, obligation, and freedom.

POLS 839.3 — 1/2(3S)
Contemporary Political Philosophy

This course studies the scope of Political Theory and the methods of analysis and argument used in the area through an examination of selected classic and contemporary works in political theory.

POLS 847.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in Comparative Government and Politics

An examination of selected topics in Comparative Government and Politics. Topics include Comparative Public Policy, Comparative Politics: Developing Countries, Comparative Politics: Industrialized and Post-Industrialized Countries, Comparative Federalism, and Political Parties and Voting Behaviour.

POLS 848.3 — 1/2(3S)
Development Implementation at the Base Monitoring and Evaluation

Is designed to introduce students and practitioners to Monitoring and Evaluation models and techniques that can be applied to governmental programs and projects at the national, provincial/regional and local levels. The goal is to sensitize students to the challenges of M&E in different cultural settings. Local indigenous communities draw on different values, patterns of leadership and behavioral norms than is assumed within Western analytical frameworks. The course will draw on extensive field-based research to offer a more appropriate Monitoring and Evaluation model for development.

Permission of the department is required
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Graduate Studies and Research
Note: Students in the M.N.G.D. program can only receive credit for one of POLS 828 and POLS 848. Students not in the M.N.G.D. program that would like to receive credit for both of POLS 828 and POLS 848 should consult the Head of the Department of Political Studies.


POLS 849.3 — 1/2(3S)
Theory and Method in Comparative Government and Politics

Investigates the range of theories that are being used in contemporary Political Science to examine political phenomena from a cross-national perspective. Also examines the methodological issues that arise in approaching the study of politics and government in this way.

POLS 855.4 — 1/2(3S)
Northern Governance

This course will constitute a venue for students interested in comparing governance challenges in a circumpolar North context, and contribute to capacity-building among Northerners concerning governance challenges resulting from large-scale changes effective participation in politics, management and industrial developments, including the integration of local knowledge in support of decision-making.

Note: Students with credit for POLS 825 will not receive credit for this course.


POLS 858.4 — 1/2(3S)
Research and Planning Methods for the North

This course will provide students with an understanding of the various conceptual, theoretical, methodological, ethical, and political issues of relevance for policy and program planning, analysis and evaluation in the North. Students will also produce documents that are commonly used in governmental and non-governmental sectors in Northern communities.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the College of Graduate Studies and Research
Note: Students with credit for POLS 898 "Policy, Planning and Evaluation in Northern Communities" or POLS 828 cannot receive credit for this course.


POLS 867.3 — 1/2(3S)
Topics in International Relations

An examination of selected topics in International Relations. Topics include The Canadian Foreign Policy Process, Ethical Issues in International Relations, International Terrorism, Nationalism, International Political Economy, and International Trade.



POLS 869.3 — 1/2(2.5S)
Theories of International Relations

Surveys and assesses major theories of international relations and examines the assumptions and methodological approaches that underlie them. While this is a survey course and many different theories are examined, the major emphasis is upon those that concern the nature, causes and significance of terrorism in contemporary international relations.

POLS 898.3 — 1/2(3L)
Special Topics

Reading, essays, and discussion in an approved special field.

POLS 899.6 — 1/2(3L)
Special Topics

Reading, essays, and discussion in an approved special field.

POLS 990
Seminar

Papers and discussions on topics in political studies. Graduate students are required to attend and take part in these meetings.

POLS 992.0
Political Studies Major Research Project

This is a research course for graduate students in the Project Option of the Master's Degree Program in Political Studies. The major research paper should be approximately 40 pages in length and be written on a topic agreed upon by the supervisor and the student. It should demonstrate the student's ability to undertake advanced research, his/her knowledge of literature relevant to the chosen topic, and his/her capacity to articulate a research question and address it in a coherent, organized and well-written manner. The paper will be evaluated by the faculty member who is the supervisor and who has expertise in the field of the topic.

Prerequisite(s):Open to students admitted to the Department of Political Studies in the Major Research Project Option of the Master's program.


POLS 994
Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course in each term before completion of their degree.

POLS 996
Research

Students writing a Ph.D. thesis must register for this course.