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4000 LEVEL COURSES

AP/POLS 4010 3.0 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT

A seminar examining a major theme or problem derived from the writings of one or more central figures in Western political theory.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
AP/POLS 4015 3.0 THEORIES OF JUSTICE

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a competent understanding of a fundamental aspect of social and political life. Conceptions of justice are of the greatest importance, as every person has some such conception and expects that society in general, and the state in particular, will honour its commitments regarding justice.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4025 3.0 FREEDOM AND EQUALITY

Freedom and equality are two of the fundamental conditions for democracy, and as such they provide the ethical basis for much of contemporary political theory. The course explores conflicting conceptions of freedom and equality, their interrelationship, and the implications of contemporary developments in this important field of political morality.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4030 3.0 CLASSICAL POLITICAL THEORY

An analysis of a number of texts in classical political theory, focusing on primary texts rather than secondary works, relevant to Greek, Hellenistic and Roman politics.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4035 6.0 THE EMERGENCE OF MODERNITY

This course examines the emergence of modernity as a response to Enlightenment crisis. Focusing on conflicting conceptions of reason, values and emotional experience in the modern institutional context, the modern bases of contemporary social and political life are explored.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Thought
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Cross-Listed: AS/AP/SOSC 4500 6.0 Course Credit Exclusion: GL/PHIL 3637 6.0, GL/POLS 3637 6.0

AP/POLS 4045 3.0 ECOLOGY, POLITICS AND THEORY

This course includes discussion on "deep" ecology, Marxian environmentalism, feminist ecology, social ecology, postmodern approaches, Heideggerian ecology and the approach to the analysis of the domination of nature in the Frankfurt School.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4055 3.0 THE IDEA OF DEMOCRACY

This course investigates the competing visions of democracy, and attitudes towards it, at key moments in political history. Starting from the assumption that democracy is contested terrain, it examines crucial debates over democracy in ancient Greece, during the era of the English, American and French Revolutions, within Marxist and Feminist thought, and in light of contemporary processes of economic globalization.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Course Credit Exclusion: AS/POLS 4000N 3.0, GL/POLS 4640 3.0

AP/POLS 4065 CRITICAL THEORY: SOCIETY AND POLITICS

Is modern western thought a coercive and dominating ideology? This course uses critical theory to explore this question about rationality and its relation to exploitation, culture, language and the body.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4000K 3.0

AP/POLS 4071 3.0 THE POLITICS OF CYBERSPACE: INFORMATION AND POWER IN THE SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY

As a component of the information revolution and globalization, cyber, digital technology, the internet, cyborg (cybernetic organism), artificial life (AL), artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, prosthetics, robotics and tissue engineering – has since 1989 rapidly emerged as a feature of contemporary politics. The cyber is subject to competing claims regarding its positive and negative impact of power relations and individual identities.

This course focuses on a variety of interpretative methods that are applied to cyber and cyberspace – communication theory, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism, posthumanism, international relations, identity theory, information theory, technological determinism, and political economy.

The characterization of cyber and cyberspace as a new medium and its political significance will be emphasized. The course will examine the influence of "non-place" on democratic development, social power and interaction, as well as new identity formation.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Organizing & Communication
  • Political Thought

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4000L 3.0, AS/AP/POLS 4670 3.0

AP/POLS 4075 3.0 ENCOUNTERS OF ISLAM AND MODERNITY

This course is a secular and comparative examination of religious institutions, movements, and texts crucial to the public culture of Islam from the 18th century onwards. Course material includes critical readings on encounters between Islam and other religions and civilizations.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4000V 3.0

AP/POLS 4080 3.0 THE PHILOSOPHY OF TOLERATION

This course explores a range of issues concerning the philosophy of toleration. What does it mean to "tolerate" other people's religious, social, or political beliefs and practices? Why should we be tolerant? What role does toleration play in a multicultural society?

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4004A 3.0

AP/POLS 4090 3.0 CLASSICAL MARXIST THEORY

This course focuses primarily on the writings of Marx and Engels with some consideration of Marxism as it first developed as an ideology of mass parties in the context on the Second International.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4091 3.0 MARXISM, FEMINISM AND POST MODERNISM

The central focus of this course is Marxism, but the contemporary evolution of Marxism cannot be understood separately from its interplay with two of the most powerful theoretical currents in the modern world: feminism and post-structuralism.

THEMES:

  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4102 3.0 ABORIGINAL POLITICS

An examination of critical issues in Aboriginal Peoples' relationships with the state, society and economy in Canada. Major themes addressed include the legacy of colonialism; the tensions between Aboriginal selfdetermination and public policies on self-government; and the place of indigenous difference within the social and constitutional fabric of Canada.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4103 3.0 DIVERSITY POLITICS IN CANADA

This course critically analyzes the limitations and possibilities of diversity in Canada by exploring policies concerning immigration, multiculturalism, Aboriginal peoples and francophones, as well as examining the systemic oppression of racial, ethnic, linguistic, sexual and gender groups within Canada.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
AP/POLS 4105 3.0 JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION IN CANADA

An overview of judicial administration in Canada. The course focuses on factors students need to understand to tackle the serious problems in courts: civil and criminal processes, case flow management, judicial independence, court structure, and current issues in the justice system. The course includes a court observation exercise, and two mock jury deliberations.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Law, Social Justice, & Inclusion

Prerequisite: AS/POLS 3600 3.0 or AS/POLS 3605 3.0

Course Credit Exclusion: AP/POLS 4600 3.0

AP/POLS 4106 3.0 ETHICAL POLITICS

This course focuses on selected practical problems, cases and hypothetical questions that a) deal with the conduct of public servants in regard to conflicts of interest, undue influence, dishonesty and accountability, b) arise when there is controversy over what governments ought to do to address injustices and, c) draw politicians into responding to conflicting demands from citizens over quality of life issues and autonomy.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Thought
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Students are urged to take AP/POLS 4105 3.0 prior to taking this course (refer to previous page). Course Credit Exclusion: AP/POLS 4605 3.0

AP/POLS 4110 3.0 CANADIAN URBAN POLITICS

This course examines the influence of government policy on the development of cities and the characteristics of urban life. It provides a historical, institutional and theoretical framework for understanding and analyzing Canadian urban policy-making and policy implementation.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion

Cross-listed: AP/SOSC 4720 3.0

AP/POLS 4115 6.0 THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF STATE FINANCE

This course critically evaluates different approaches to state finance, linking the development of democratic institutions to the expansion of the modern fiscal state; students consider the limits and opportunities of a globalizing economy for pursuing an independent national macroeconomic policy. The second semester features a budget simulation where the task will be to develop a federal budget from various political party perspectives.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Public Policy & Administration

Course Credit Exclusions: AP/PPAS 4115 6.0, AP/POLS 4114 3.0

AP/POLS 4117 3.0 THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF NAFTA

This course provides students with an overview of the economic, political and social challenges facing the three nation-states—Canada, Mexico and the United States—that comprise the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA). The political economy of trade and regional economic integration within NAFTA is examined from its historical origins to current trade developments and frictions.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Economy & Political Power
AP/POLS 4120 6.0 POLITICAL LEADERSHIP IN CANADA

A study of the psychological, sociological, and institutional aspects of leadership. Special emphasis will be placed on examining the prime ministerial tradition, analyzing its role and assessing the contributions of various prime ministers to Canadian politics.

Course Credit Exclusion: GL/POLS/SOSC 4920 3.0

AP/POLS 4125 3.0 WOMEN AND CURRENT POLICY ISSUES

This course explores a range of public policy issues relevant to women's lives. We will explore these issues in light of different feminist concerns and strategies for state intervention. We begin with a look at the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women and the strengths and weaknesses of how it saw women's issues shaping public policy. We then examine policy developments in subsequent decades, and the impact of state policies in the areas of: economics, human rights, reproduction, family, sexuality and violence.

We will critically explore feminist strategies for change throughout this time period and the ways state structures and processes responded to the pressure for change.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Public Policy & Administration
AP/POLS 4135 3.0 THE POLITICS OF AGING

This course studies how the unprecedented aging of the population in developed nations impacts political de- bates, conflicts, and public policies. The course focuses on recent social policy developments in Canada, with comparison to other nations.

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4135 3.0

AP/POLS 4151 3.0 PROVINCIAL AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT IN ONTARIO

This seminar course examines the theory and practice of the Ontario provincial system of government within the Canadian federal system, including an overview of the federal-provincial and provincial-municipal arrangements, and an examination of the organization of the executive branch and selected ministries and agencies within the Ontario government. The course assesses how the several levels of government interact, and how special purpose bodies relate to the various levels of government.

The course includes the participation of various senior provincial and municipal public servants.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Public Policy & Administration

Course credit exclusion: AK/POLS 4109D 3.0, AS/POLS 4650 3.0

AP/POLS 4155 3.0 THE POLITICS OF THE CANADIAN WOMEN'S MOVEMENT

This course examines the women's movement in Canada with particular emphasis on the political dimensions of its historical and contemporary development. To begin, we survey interpretations of the first-wave women's movement, focusing on the dynamic between the women's movement and its intersection with existing political parties and parliamentary institutions.

We then explore the growth of a wide range of women's organizations and explore how each represents "women's" interests. Our investigations may focus on national organizations, regional organizations, or organizations based on particular groups of women (for example: NAC, CACSW, LEAF, native women, Quebec women, black women, or lesbian women). Particular women's organizations will be studied in light of internal dynamics within the organizations and external political pressures, including: constitutional developments, federalism, party politics, and the fiscal crisis of the state.

Finally, we reflect on the implications of these political forces for the development of a politically effective women's movement that reflects the diversity of women in Canada.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Organizing & Communication
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion

Cross-listed: AS/AK/WMST 4503 3.0, GL/POLS 4603 3.0

AP/POLS 4161 3.0 HEALTH POLICY IN CANADA

The critical issues in health care delivery are quality, cost, and availability. Interactions among health care actors are examined in terms of their impact on those three central issues.

The course is interdisciplinary in content, and highly interactive in style, with all members of the seminar being relied on to contribute extensively.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4162 3.0 ISSUES IN CANADIAN HEALTH POLICY

This course will apply the analytical framework developed in AP/POLS 4161 3.0 to the study of specific aspects of the Canadian health care system. The specific topics addressed will be determined both by their timeliness and by the expressed interests of students in AP/POLS 4161 3.0.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4165 3.0 CANADIAN SOCIAL POLICY IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

The course analyzes the design and implementation of social policy in Canada, seen in the context of social policy development in other Western societies, including the United States and Western Europe.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion

Cross-Listed: AP/HREQ 4165 3.0, AP/POLS 4165 3.0,

AP/POLS 4175 6.0 CANADIAN CONSTITUTIONALISM IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

This course examines the evolution of the Canadian constitution in comparative context. Particular emphasis will be placed on the institutions and processes of federalism and the interpretation and application of rights under the Charter.

Course Credit Exclusion: AS/AP/POLS 4175 6.0

AP/POLS 4176 3.0 POLITICS OF PROVINCES & TERRITORIES

A central feature of the political economy of Canada is the important role played by subnational governments and economies. This course examines the contemporary context of provincial and territorial politics in a world of globalization and new forms of regional governance, as well as the distinct institutional features of these governments.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Global Politics
  • Public Policy & Administration
AP/POLS 4180 6.0 POLITICS AND THE MASS MEDIA IN CANADA

An examination of the political functions of the mass media, with attention to normative, empirical, and critical theories of the media and their application in Canada.

Discussion will focus on the role of the media in public policy discourse and in election campaigns.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Thought
  • Political Organization & Communication
AP/POLS 4185 6.0 CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION

Since at least the mid-nineteenth century, the growth of modern mass media industries has transformed the culture of advanced capitalism. This course will introduce some of the theories of culture and society, particularly in the critical Marxist tradition, which have responded to the social, economic, aesthetic and, most vehemently, political dimensions of this process. We will emphasize the kinds of analysis which come from broader theories as well as issues of political practice - state policy, propaganda and "effects", oppositional media, relationship to social movements and political parties.

Among the themes for close discussion: women and media, advertising and class, race and gender, media in elections and wars, state and culture in Canada, aesthetics of particular media, the media picture of the world and imperialism, corporate organization and control, and particular features of Canadian media.

We will emphasize film and television.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Organizing & Communication
  • Political Thought
AP/POLS 4200 6.0 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

This course examines some of the major contending theories of global politics. The first term will focus on the development of the mainstream approaches to the discipline in the English speaking world. This will include the work of writers such as Morgenthau, Carr, Bull, Waltz and Keohane.

The second term will examine critical challenges to the mainstream, including Frankfurt School critical theory, gender perspectives, and post-modern critiques.

This will include the work of such writers as Linklater, Enloe, Weber, Walker, and Campbell.

THEMES:

  • Development and Inequality in the Global South
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Thought
AP/POLS 4205 3.0 NEW GERMAN POLITICS AND EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

This course analyzes Germany's domestic and foreign policies in the wake of German Unification and in the context of the end of the Cold War. After reviewing the historical background of the "German Question", the course discusses how the twin processes of German "Unification" and the reshaping of Europe have affected German domestic and foreign politics and policies.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power
AP/POLS 4210 3.0 PEACE RESEARCH

This course is to examine the rationale, assumptions, and key issues of Peace Research, focusing on the possible contributions which peace research can bring to the understanding and processes of social change.

The course examines the distinctions between the assumptions of peace research and those of the more traditional approaches to the study of war, peace and security, analyzing traditional and alternative understandings of power, power relations and cooperative processes in the international, political, economic and social environments. Within this context, the course examines a number of case studies.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Violence & Security
AP/POLS 4212 3.0 GLOBAL JUSTICE AND HUMANITARIAN INTERNATIONALISM

In the context of international humanitarianism and advocacy, this course provides a general introduction to international justice, drawing on basic philosophical ethics. It begins with theoretical schools of thought to then enable students to apply ethical analysis to particular controversies.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
  • Violence & Security

Cross-Listed: ES/ENVS 4312 3.0

AP/POLS 4215 3.0 MULTILATERALISM

This course explores the institutions and practices of global and regional cooperation, with a particular emphasis on the forces shaping multilateralism (e.g. states, cultures, social movements) and the way multilateralism can influence global structural change.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Public Policy & Administration
AP/POLS 4220 3.0 CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY POLICY: ISSUES AND PROBLEMS

An analysis of contemporary issues and problems in Canadian national security policy.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Violence & Security
AP/POLS 4225 3.0 CANADA AND THE AMERICAS

The course assesses the dynamics and implications of Canada's recent emergence as an active member of the inter-American system. Intensive readings and debate will deal with such major issue areas as the NAFTA and FTAA, security and governance, human rights, migration, sustainable development, and the so-called "emerging architecture" of the Americas. Previous course work on the economic and political evolution of Latin America and inter-American relations is as important as background knowledge of Canadian foreign policy decision-making.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
AP/POLS 4230 3.0 CANADIAN DEFENSE POLICY

This course examines the issues, and the interests, involved in the making of Canadian defence policy with a particular emphasis upon the transition from the cold war to the post-cold war decision-making milieu. Accordingly, the course focuses on three areas of study: Canadian's role in the North American air/aerospace defence of the continent (NORAD), in European security, and in Peacekeeping.

The course examines the history of Canada's role within each of these areas and situates that history within the contemporary global environment of transition from bi-polarity to an as yet indefinable new world order.

The results of the analysis consistently are applied to the assumptions of the major perspectives in international relations theory, in order to test the on-going viability of those perspectives.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Violence & Security
AP/POLS 4240 6.0 NATIONALISM AND CITIZENSHIP

Analyzes ideologies of nationalism and comparatively examines their role in state formation, especially in citizenship and immigration policies.

Further examines the formation of interlocking identities of nation, ethnicity, 'race', gender and class on practices of assimilation, accommodation and resistance.

Course Credit Exclusion: AK/POLS, SOCI, SOSC 4760 6.0

AP/POLS 4245 3.0 GENDER AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

This course explores both the theoretical and empirical issues raised by the introduction of a consideration of "gender" in international relations. Issues covered include: gender and the environment, militarism, human rights, international political economy, and so on.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Organizing & Communication
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Prerequisite: AS/POLS 2930 6.0 (previously 2920) or GL/ILST 2920 6.0 and AK/GL/AS WMST 3516 3.0 Cross-listed: AS/AK/GL/WMST 4802 3.0

AP/POLS 4250 3.0 CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY

This seminar is devoted to an examination of Canadian foreign policy. The course focuses on the determinants of government decision-making, comparing case studies of some key decisions to the foreign policy theoretical literature. Of special interest are the dynamics of 'transition' decision-making; the overlap of status-quo and transition forces in the post-Cold War era.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context

Course Credit Exclusion: GL/POLS 4280 6.0

AP/POLS 4255 6.0 ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

This survey course facilitates active student participation in the examination of classical and contemporary debates on the history, legitimacy, forms of application and limits of application of the critical knowledge of the working mechanisms (strengths and weaknesses, as well as gaps within) of the contemporary human rights regime. While the first term is dedicated primarily to theoretical accounts, the second term is allocated for case-studies.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
AP/POLS 4260 3.0 CONTEMPORARY SECURITY STUDIES

The course examines the understandings of international security which are being produced in the contemporary world. There is an extremely lively debate in security studies about the nature of security and how it can and should be achieved. At the same time, those responsible for providing security globally are grappling with the practical problems of security in a changing world.

In this course we will explore both of these sites of developing understandings of security, by asking about the links between them.

The course explores these links through an examination of a series of current issues in international security, which may include: culture and security, environmental change, population movements, the future of NATO, communal conflict, and nuclear proliferation.

THEMES:

  • Violence & Security
  • Global Politics
AP/POLS 4265 3.0 HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY IN ASIA

The course examines the international politics of human rights and democracy in East, Southeast and South Asia as a window on debates over the nature, universality, purposes and limitations of international human rights norms. It examines these debates and also the experiences of human rights in the region in the context of globalization and of the growing global influence of Asian societies and states.

 

 

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4705 3.0

AP/POLS 4270 3.0 UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY

Intensive readings will examine the post-cold war evolution of US foreign policy. The overall purpose of the seminar is to compare and assess alternative analytic approaches regarding the formulation and implementation of US foreign policy after the demise of the Soviet Union, and with particular reference to the Clinton and Bush years.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Economy & Political Power
AP/POLS 4275 3.0 POLITICS OF SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE

An examination of the nature of security and intelligence and its effect on policy-making. Among topics studied are disinformation, counter-intelligence strategies, internal security mechanisms, accountability, and the relation between security and intelligence, democracy and peace.

THEMES:

  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
  • Violence & Security

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4170 3.0

AP/POLS 4280 6.0 RUSSIA IN WORLD AFFAIRS

This seminar explores the roles Russia has played in international affairs since World War I to the present. The political, military, economic, social and ideological factors which have shaped Soviet foreign policy from Lenin to Putin, new issues of international politics in post-Soviet Eurasia, relations between Russia and the West since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Violence & Security

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4280 3.0

AP/POLS 4285 3.0 THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EASTERN ASIA

This seminar examines the changing dynamics of political, economic and security relations in and among the countries of Eastern Asia.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Violence & Security

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4700 3.0

AP/POLS 4290 3.0 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

An examination of the actors, processes and issues involved in the politics of international economic relations.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power
AP/POLS 4291 3.0 CAPITAL AND POWER IN GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

The seminar focuses on the connection between capital and power in international political economy. The changing interaction between capital, labour, states and other social groups is examined analytically and historically, with particular attention to the implications of transnational capital accumulation for broader social and international transformations.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power
AP/POLS 4292 6.0 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CAPITAL ACCUMULATION

The course examines capital as the central power institution of capitalism. It traces the evolution of accumulation from conceptual, historical and empirical perspectives, while helping students develop their ability to engage in independent research.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Global Politics (continued on next page)
  • Political Economy & Political Power

AP/POLS 4295 3.0 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL FINANCE
The course examines the functioning and broader ramifications of global finance. Discussion is organized around several key themes, including:

(1) Concepts and building blocks: what are financial markets, who are the players and why are they there?

(2) The alchemy of finance: how do financial markets work?

(3) The evolution and globalization of financial markets: how have money and credit engulfed the world?

(4) The political-economy of finance: how do financial markets, the economy and politics interact at the domestic and international levels?

(5) Trends, cycles, manias and crashes: contemporary developments in historical retrospect.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

Prerequisite: AS/AP/POLS 3275 3.0

AP/POLS 4296 3.0 GENDER AND PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

The course analyzes the public purse from the perspective of gender-responsive and participatory budgeting.

Both approaches to the theory and practice of public finance are recent global civil society initiatives meant to scrutinize public budgets and to present alternatives from a social justice standpoint.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

Prerequisite: AP/POLS 3275 3.0

AP/POLS 4297 3.0 FINANCING DEVELOPMENT

The course analyzes current theoretical and policy debates on aid effectiveness and human development.

The course will survey early interventions lauding the 'development enterprise' and consider current critiques of the development record by focusing on human capabilities, financial flows between North and South and recent commitments by multilaterals such as the Millennium Development Goals.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

Prerequisite: AP/POLS 3275 3.0

AP/POLS 4300 6.0 PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH

This course examines the application of social science research techniques to the public policy process. Social science research techniques may be used either in conjunction with the design of public policies, or for evaluating policies which have already been implemented.

 

The course covers both aspects.

The policy design part of the course (Part I) is intended to develop a capacity for the design, conduct, and critical analysis of public policy research, particularly as it is directed to the development of policy and to the understanding and improvement of the policy process.

We will discuss some of the main theoretical approaches to the analysis of public policy and will critically examine several examples of public policy research. The programme evaluation part of the course (Part II) is designed to help Public Policy and Administration students become familiar with techniques, approaches, and theoretical issues in evaluating the effectiveness of government or private agency programmes. Students are assumed to have a basic knowledge of statistics, research design, and a computer programme for analyzing statistics.

After com-pleting this part of the course, students will possess the skills to design and conduct programme evaluations in a professionally competent manner.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Public Policy & Administration

Prerequisites: Completion of AP/POLS 2300 6.0 and AP/POLS 3300 6.0

Cross-Listed: GL/POLS 4300 6.0 Course credit exclusion: AK/POLS 4200 6.0

AP/POLS 4340 PRACTICUM IN SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS

This course provides the theoretical background and practical skills needed to conduct surveys. Using computerized telephone survey facilities of the Institute for Social Research, students take part in questionnaire design, interviewing, data processing, statistical analysis and report writing.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Public Policy & Administration

Cross-listed: AP/SOCI 4080 6.0

AP/POLS 4401 3.0 SYSTEMS OF JUSTICE

An overview of procedures in the Canadian justice system, with comparisons to other common law justice systems and some civil law systems. The course begins with a study of civil and criminal procedure, and then proceeds to a review of recent issues relevant to justice system procedures.

THEMES:

  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4601 3.0

AP/POLS 4402 3.0 PROTEST MOVEMENTS AND DEMOCRACY

This seminar surveys the critical understandings of democracy articulated by several mass protest movements throughout the world, including populism; women's movements; labour activism; and the politics of difference.

We explore democracy as a contested concept in various spatial and historical contexts.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Organizing & Communication
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4000Z 3.0

AP/POLS 4403 3.0 ECONOMIC UNIONS AND GLOBALIZATION

This course explores how economic globalization fosters the tendency to form regional sub-global economic and political entities. Topics include an analysis of the trajectories of a number of economic unions like the EU, NAFTA, Mercosur and others.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Global Politics

AP/POLS 4404 3.0 NEOLIBERAL URBANISM

This course examines, first, the origins and historical development of neoliberalism as a political ideology of municipal governments, and, second, the impacts of the implementation of neoliberal policies on social/political/ cultural relations in contemporary cities. Students will also analyze theoretical and political debates surrounding neoliberal urbanism as these debates have unfolded in various cities of the world, including controversies about what constitutes justice and democracy under neoliberal urban policy implementation.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Political Economy & Political Power

AP/POLS 4406 3.0 THE POLITICS OF WORK AND INDUSTRY

An analysis of the ability of capitalist economic and political institutions to restructure and project themselves anew, including more flexible forms of production and new political alliances.

The historical forces which have shaped the politics of work and industry are examined, as well as the contemporary restructuring of work, the new industrial policy debate, and the altering spatial patterns of production and trade.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Organizing & Communication
  • Course credit exclusion: AP/POLS 4640 3.0

AP/POLS 4410 3.0 SOCIAL JUSTICE AND POLITICAL ACTIVISTS
This seminar surveys alternative philosophical terrains for discussing social justice and past approaches to constructing a better world. Its main focus is social justice in modern capitalism - not just as a matter of alternative policies, but of alternative politics.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Law, Social Justice, & Inclusion

Course credit exclusion: AS/AP/POLS 4810 3.0

AP/POLS 4420 3.0 PEOPLE POWER AND COLOUR REVOLUTIONS: ACHIEVING DEMOCRACY IN AUTHORITARIAN SOCIETIES

Are the recent colour and flower revolutions a new form of democratic political change in authoritarian societies? How do authoritarian governments respond to the threat of civil society and people power? Can we expect more such revolutions in the future?

Normal applicable prerequisites for fourth year political science courses.

AP/POLS 4430 6.0 COLONIALISM AND DEVELOPMENT

A comparative introduction, at the more advanced level, to social struggle and change in countries subject to colonial domination, with particular attention to cultural issues and to forms of contestation involving 'race' and racism, sexuality and gender, and social class.

AP/POLS 4470 3.0 WORKING CLASS POLITICS IN CAPITALIST DEMOCRACIES

This seminar examines how working classes have been changed by such factors as international migration, women's increased participation in the labour force, global competitiveness and structural unemployment, and asks how effectively trade unions, political parties and social movements have responded to these changes.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Economy & Political Power
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

AP/POLS 4510 3.0 ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHINESE POLITICS

This course allows students to examine advanced topics in the politics of contemporary China, and compare competing social science research methods for field investigation.

The course is organized according to two major topics in Chinese politics: 1) political reform in China; 2) the political economy of China's transition. Key issues include: the changing role and character of the Chinese Communist Party; the reorganization of the Chinese state; democratization and new state-society relations; gender relations, environmental protection, rural development, and other policy priorities; China's inward international economic linkages; China's outward investment and foreign aid relations; China's "peaceful rise"; China's new role in global governance; new directions in Chinese foreign policy.

The language of instruction will be English. Students will however be expected to apply key Chinese terminology used in the study of Chinese politics.

The prerequisite for the course is POLS 3510 or POLS 3515. The prerequisite can be waived with the permission of the course instructor.

AP/POLS 4515 3.0 THE EUROPEAN UNION

This course examines the key institutions, processes, and policies of the European Union in the context of recent developments. We focus on the major current issues facing the EU: the future of economic and monetary union, eastern enlargement, democratic legitimacy and constitutional reform, and new forms of governance.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4445 3.0

AP/POLS 4520 3.0 NATIONALISM, COMMUNISM AND IMPERIALISM

A study of the development of nations under communist governments in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The course examines conflicts and interactions between communist and nationalist ideas, the social, economic and political sources of nationalism, Soviet nationality policies, the role of nationalism in the democratic revolutions of 1989-1991 and in post-Soviet politics.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Political Thought
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion

AP/POLS 4541 3.0 HUMAN RIGHTS IN EUROPE AND CANADA

This course examines the European Human Rights Convention system in Strasbourg and its political significance in Europe, with a focus on the work of the European Commission and European Courts of Human Rights in the context of national politics and policy priorities of the member-states.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Course credit exclusion: AP/POLS 4440 3.0

AP/POLS 4545 3.0 APPROACHES TO AMERICAN POLITICS

This seminar introduces participants to broad and encompassing interpretations of American politics. We critically examine conflicting arguments about the character, contents, driving forces, and boundaries of political debate and public policy in the United States. The role of the Constitution and state forms, of political culture, of regionalism, and of relations between capitalism and democracy in shaping American politics are specifically investigated.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Political Organizing & Communication
  • Political Economy & Political Power

AP/POLS 4546 3.0 POLITICS, SOCIETY AND DEMOCRACY IN THE UNITED STATES

This seminar explores the disjunction between U.S. democratic ideals and practices within their politicaleconomic context. We scrutinize social, economic, and ethnic inequalities in light of the strong symbolism provided by the U.S. constitution and democratic institutions.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Canadian Democracy in a North American Context
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4001D

AP/POLS 4555 3.0 LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT

An examination of the processes and issues connected with development in Latin America including the impact of political economy on culture and on women.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 4235 3.0

AP/POLS 4561 3.0 THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST

This course prepares students to work in Middle Eastern Studies with an emphasis on political debates. We examine the history of state building, regional issues, nationalism, ideological trends, political movements and political parties in the modern Middle East.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics
  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Prerequisite: AS/AP/POLS 3260 6.00 or AS/AP/POLS 4075 3.00

AP/POLS 4575 3.0 THE POLITICS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

This course examines South Africa's racial capitalist system and resistance to it – focusing on the present transition to a more equitable political and economic system; it also explores the current situation in other southern African countries (Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe).

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

Course Credit Exclusion: AS/POLS 4000S 3.0

AP/POLS 4576 3.0 CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE STATE IN AFRICA

This course examines contemporary civil society-State relations in sub-Saharan Africa. It considers the role of domestic and regional social forces in these relations in the context of social policy-making by national governments and international political and economic institutions.

Note: This courses is only offered through the Internet and requires the permission of the course instructor to enrol.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

Prerequisites: AP/POLS 3570 3.00 and AP/POLS 4575 3.00 or AP/POLS 4900 3.00 A

AP/POLS 4590 3.0 POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH ASIA

The course explores the various dimensions of South Asian political development, with emphasis on politicaleconomy and development issues. It examines the similarities and differences between South Asian nations and explores their contemporary dynamic in a historical context.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

AP/POLS 4595 3.0 ASIA IN THE NEW GLOBAL ORDER

Using Southeast Asia as its focus, this course ad- dresses questions relating to economic development, political change and regional security in the emerging global order. It stimulates interest in politics and international relations of developing countries in Southeast Asia.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South
  • Global Politics
  • Political Economy & Political Power

Course credit exclusion: AS/POLS 3595 3.0

AP/POLS 4901 3.0 THE GLOBAL SOUTH POLITICS CAPSTONE

This course examines diverse approaches to understanding the challenges, political and economic, that confront "the South" within the global capitalist system, emphasizing issues of "underdevelopment," poverty and resistance and making comparisons between diverse states, movements and development strategies across regions.

THEMES:

  • Development & Inequality in the Global South

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AP/POLS 4900 3.0A, AP/POLS 4770 3.0

AP/POLS 4902 3.0 Section A & B GLOBAL POLITICS CAPSTONE: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

This course examines diverse approaches to understanding the political, economic and social challenges of global politics. Issues discussed include globalization, citizenship, global governance, development and democratization from a human rights perspective.

THEMES:

  • Global Politics

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/POLS 4900B 6.0, AS/AP/POLS 4985 6.0

AP/POLS 4903 3.0 CANADIAN DEMOCRACY IN A NORTH AMERICAN CONTEXT POLITICS CAPSTONE

This course connects your knowledge of Canadian politics to effective engagement in public life. We explore assumptions, concepts and values in politics and examine how power is exercised to shape policy decisions and influence the quality of Canadian society.

THEMES:

  • Canadian Democracy in the North American Context

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/POLS 4900 3.0C

AP/POLS 4904 3.0 POLITICAL ORGANIZING & COMMUNICATION POLITICS CAPSTONE

This capstone course for the Political Organizing and Communication theme, focuses on everyday politics and activism in Canadian democracy, including the role of

THEMES:

  • Political Organizing & Communication

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/POLS 4900 3.0D

AP/POLS 4905 3.0 POLITICAL ECONOMY & POLITICAL POWER POLITICS CAPSTONE

We often take power's meaning for granted. Where does it come from? How does economic power influence political power? Students consider how production, wealth, and accumulation affect the framing and resolution of political questions.

THEMES:

  • Political Economy & Political Power

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/POLS 4900 3.0E

AP/POLS 4906 3.0 POLITICAL THEORY POLITICS CAPSTONE

The political theory capstone offers an integrative experience by each year focusing in depth on a particular major author or theme in the history of political thought to the present.

Attention will be paid both to primary and important interpretive works.

THEMES:

  • Political Theory

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/POLS 4900 3.0T

AP/POLS 4907 3.0 GENDER, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION POLITICS CAPSTONE

Reflecting on courses taken from the Gender & Diversity theme, we examine gender and identity, race, and sexuality, as well as nationalism and human rights. We reflect on how 'inclusivity' fundamentally transforms conceptions of politics and informs our political choices.

THEMES:

  • Gender, Diversity, & Inclusion

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/POLS 4900 3.0G

AP/POLS 4908 3.0 PUBLIC POLICY & ADMINISTRATION POLITICS CAPSTONE

This course analyses in depth several high-profile current policy issues relevant to Canada, Ontario, and Toronto. Students will use what they have learned in their prior studies to research and analyze a current policy issue of interest to them.

THEMES:

  • Public Policy & Administration

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/AP/POLS 4300 6.0

AP/POLS 4909 3.0 LAW, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ETHICS POLITICS CAPSTONE

This capstone course for students interested in the areas of law, politics and justice allows them to utilize skills and insights developed during their years in university, and to apply them in tackling current legal, political and judicial issues.

THEMES:

  • Law, Social Justice, & Ethics

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/POLS 4900 3.0J, AS/POLS 4602 3.0

AP/POLS 4910 3.0 VIOLENCE & SECURITY POLITICS CAPSTONE

This course is the Capstone for the Violence and Security theme. Students will reflect on their past study of the theme, and consider how issues of violence and security affect their lives beyond the university, as members of demo- cratic societies.

THEMES:

  • Violence & Security

Course Credit Exclusion: Any other POLS CAPSTONE course, AS/POLS 4900 3.0V

AP/POLS 4980 3.0 UNDERGRADUATE HONOURS COLLOQUIUM

This course is designed for Honours students planning to do graduate studies. It offers a unique opportunity to develop research interests in a collegial framework in their final year. Enrolment will be by permission only - contact the Undergraduate Office.

Prerequisite: Open to program majors with a GPA of B+ or higher.

AP/POLS 4985 6.0 GLOBAL POLITICAL STUDIES COLLOQUIUM

The Colloquium is the Global Studies Honours Seminar for students in the Global Political Studies program. The readings range widely and cover current issues and debates in international relations and comparative world politics. Such issues include globalization, international security, political economy, global civil society, citizenship, international human rights, international law, sovereignty, multilateralism, global governance, global and regional development and democratization.

The purpose of the readings is to allow the class to explore and deepen its understanding of a number of important intellectual issues that arise in attempts to study global politics.

AP/POLS 4990 3.0/6.0 SUPERVISED READING AND RESEARCH

A supervised reading course allows a student to work one-on-one with a faculty member to complete a course. Students may take a supervised reading/ research course, either on a full-year or half-year basis, if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed at least 84 credits (fourteen full course equivalents) completed at the University
     
  • Currently majoring in Political Science, normally with at least 30 credits (five full course equivalents) in Political Science in good standing
     
  • Have identified a full time faculty member from the LA&PS Political Science department whose research interests match his/her proposed topic(s) and who is willing to work with you on the course
     
  • Not duplicate the scope and content of a regularly scheduled course, and should be on a topic in which the student already has done some course work
     
  • Observe the normal term deadlines for complet- ing work and submitting grades

Steps to take:

  1. Pick up the Supervised Reading and Research contract form from the Political Science Undergraduate Office(S672 Ross).
     
  2. Consult with full-time members of the Depart- ment to locate a full-time faculty member willing to work with you on your course. Approach faculty members in person with a written plan of what you would like to do, including a bibliography. For a list of full-time faculty in LA&PS Political Science, see the faculty section of our minicalendar.

    Note: LA&PS faculty members are often unavailable during the summer, so it is best to plan a reading course for September to April.

  3. In consultation with the faculty member, complete the form, including an outline, a description of the reading course, grade breakdown, and reading list, etc.
     
  4. The student must return the signed form, in per- son, to the Undergraduate office (both the faculty member and the student must sign.)
     
  5. Once the Undergraduate Director approves the course, you will be given special permission to access the course through the Online Enrolment System