POL S - Political Science

Offered By:
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Below are the courses available from the POL S subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times

POL S 101 - Introduction to Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to major political concepts and to the study of politics. Note: Not open to students with credit in POL S 100 or 103.


POL S 201 - Introduction to Indigenous Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Core concepts in the field of Indigenous politics. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or Department consent.


POL S 211 - Introduction to History of Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Explores how texts from the history of western political theory, from ancient Greece to the 20th century, help to deepen and diversify our understanding of themes like justice, freedom, equality, property, rights, and democracy. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 210. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.


POL S 212 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Explores how texts in contemporary western political theory help to deepen and diversify our understanding of current political themes like war, climate change, sex, work, or democratic reform. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 210. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.


POL S 223 - City Government and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Selected public policies of city governments and the political and administrative processes through which they are produced. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.


POL S 224 - Canadian Government View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Examines the constitutional and institutional foundations of Canadian government. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 220. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.


POL S 225 - Canadian Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Examines the context and dynamics of Canadian politics. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 220. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.


POL S 235 - Introduction to Comparative Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Examines the concepts and approaches used to compare political issues across countries and regions. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 230 or 240. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.


POL S 237 - Introduction to Chinese Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduces the Chinese political system, institutional structure, and political history.


POL S 250 - The Politics of Gender View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of gender, diversity and relations of power in political life. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.


POL S 261 - International Relations View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to contemporary international relations that attempts to develop an understanding of political events at the international level. The course covers the nature of foreign policy, the dynamics of interactions between states, the causes of war, imperialism and the role of non-state actors. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 260. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.


POL S 298 - Topics in Political Science View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or Department consent.


POL S 299 - Citizenship for Democracy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Power, politics and political activism. Approaches to participatory and democratic citizenship.


POL S 302 - Topics in Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.


POL S 304 - Modern Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Diverse perspectives on rights, revolution, and democracy through the work of theorists like Burke, Wollstonecraft, de Tocqueville, Douglass, Marx, and Mill. Prerequisite: POL S 210 or 211 or 212 or consent of Department.


POL S 305 - Contemporary Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Focuses on struggles over citizenship, the self, and social justice through the work of theorists like Arendt, Beauvoir, Freud, Fanon, Foucault, Rawls, and Tully. Prerequisite: POL S 210 or 211 or 212 or consent of Department.


POL S 321 - The Politics of Health Care in Canada I View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 3)(EITHER, 18 HOURS)

The development of Canada's health care system, its legislative and philosophical grounds, as well as financing and delivery. Note: Open only to students in the Faculty of Nursing. Not open to students with credit in SC PO 320.


POL S 322 - The Politics of Health Care in Canada II View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 3)(EITHER, 18 HOURS)

Current stresses in the health care system such as challenges to universality; alternative health delivery system from a comparative perspective. Note: Open only to students in the Faculty of Nursing. Not open to students with credit in SC PO 320. Prerequisite: POL S 321.


POL S 323 - Elections in Canada View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Why, how, and which Canadians vote and run for office; campaign strategies; role of media; election policies, dynamics, and outcomes. Prerequisite: POL S 224 or 225 or consent of Department.


POL S 324 - Topics in Canadian Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 326 - Canadian Health Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Examines major health care issues and the interaction of the key ideas, institutions and interests that shape the Canadian health care system. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 327 - Aboriginal Peoples and Politics in Canada View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course is an examination of different historical and contemporary issues associated with Aboriginal politics. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220), NS 110 or 111.


Starting: 2021-09-01

POL S 327 - Indigenous Politics in Canada

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Historical and contemporary issues associated with Indigenous politics in Canada. Prerequisite: Any 200-level course in POL S or NS or Department consent.


POL S 328 - Managing Modern Government View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Areas of focus include: organizational forms and managerial approaches for the public sector, fostering partnerships with the private/civil society sectors, and the behaviour of micro-level actors embedded in government. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S course or consent of the Department.


POL S 329 - Global Indigenous Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Indigenous political dynamics and realities at the global level. Particular attention to Indigenous-state relations under settlercolonialism, and current Indigenous issues and resistance. Prerequisite: Any 200-level course in POL S or NS or consent of Department.


POL S 330 - Urbanization and Urban Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to the major theoretical traditions and key contributions of Political Science to the study of urban development. Prerequisite: One of POL S 223, 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 331 - Indigenous Feminist Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Indigenous women's/LGBTAIQ2S' voices and politics as they cut across theories, methodologies and practices. Prerequisite: Any 200-level course in POL S or NS or Department consent.


POL S 332 - Introduction to United States Politics and Government View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The actors, institutions, and processes of American politics and governance, and the forces that influence them. Prerequisite: Any of the 200-level POL S core courses or consent of Department.


POL S 333 - Ecology and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course examines different approaches to understanding the links between politics, society and ecology. Prerequisites: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 334 - North American Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Comparative study of political institutions of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and their interaction with NAFTA. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent


POL S 351 - Topics in Gender and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: Any 200-level course in POL S or consent of Department.


POL S 354 - Topics in Comparative Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The focus of this course changes yearly to reflect current issues in comparative politics and faculty research interests. Information about the specific topics can be obtained from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 359 - Topics in International Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course examines contemporary controversies in international politics. Information about specific topics are available from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 360 - Politics of International Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The theories that shape international development, and the actors and institutions involved. Prerequisite: One of POL S 230, 235, 261 (or 240 or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 364 - Introduction to International Political Economy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course provides an introduction to the ideas, institutions, and forces which are shaping the new international political economy. It examines the politics of trading blocks such as NAFTA and the EU, North-South relations, and the interactions of markets and states in the global economy. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 365 - Canadian Foreign Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Major trends and developments in Canadian foreign policy since 1945. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 369 - The Politics of Money View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Political questions animating money and finance in Canada and globally, e.g., financialization, financial crises, consumer debt, popular resistance. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S course or Department consent.


POL S 370 - Politics of the European Union View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of European Union institutions, processes, politics, and policy issues. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 371 - Populism and Democracy in Central Europe View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Democratic transition, consolidation and backsliding in Central Europe, with a focus on nationalism, the politics of memory, European integration and Euroscepticism. Prerequisite: Any 200- level course in POL S or consent of Department.


POL S 374 - Politics and Society of Postcolonial Africa View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An intensive survey of selected African politics and societies from colonialism to globalization. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240), MEAS major/minor or Department consent.


POL S 375 - Politics of East Asia View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A comprehensive introduction to East Asian politics in the postwar period, covering Greater China (Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong), Japan and the two Koreas. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240), East Asian Studies Major/Minor or Department consent.


POL S 380 - Politics in the Middle East View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Evolution, future, and global significance of Middle Eastern regional politics. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 390 - Law and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Relationships between law and politics in Canada and the United States including dispute resolution, societal and governmental influences on the judiciary, the policy-making role of courts, and the criminal process. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225, 235, (or 220, 230 or 332) or Department consent.


POL S 391 - Canadian Political Parties View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Topics include party systems; ideologies and programs, members and supporters, organization and resources, and electoral and governmental activities. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 398 - Topics in Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S course or Department consent.


POL S 399 - Third-Year Honors Seminar View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 0-3S-0)

Research design and research methods for Political Science Honors Students. Note: Restricted to Honors Students in Third Year or those with consent of Department.


POL S 404 - Topics in Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.


POL S 405 - Democratic Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An investigation of different conceptions of democracy in political thought. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.


POL S 410 - Topics in Contemporary Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A critical examination of contemporary trends in political philosophy. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.


POL S 417 - Philosophical Issues of Human Rights View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An enquiry into the idea(s) of human rights and the adequacy of their philosophical grounding. Prerequisite: One of POL S 211, 212 (or 210) or Department consent.


Starting: 2021-09-01

POL S 417 - Topics in Human Rights

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course that may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: Any 200-level course in POL S or Department consent.


POL S 418 - Media and Politics in Canada View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Political roles played by mainstream and social media in Canada. Prerequisite: POL S 224 and 225.


POL S 419 - Politics of the Canadian Constitution View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The political implications of judicial decisions in the areas of civil liberties, federal-provincial relations and international agreements. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 421 - Topics in Canadian Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The focus of this seminar changes yearly to reflect current issues in Canadian politics and faculty research interests. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225, (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 423 - Canadian Federalism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The analysis of the development and theories of Canadian Federalism. Attention will be given to current problems of the federal system. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 424 - Health Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Examining public policy making structures and processes. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 425 - Ethnicity, Immigration and Social Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Social policy theories and practices designed to integrate ethnic minorities and immigrant communities, in Canada and globally. Prerequisite: POL S 235 or 261 or consent of Department.


POL S 429 - Government and Politics of Alberta View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The study of selected aspects of Alberta government and politics. Topics may range from political institutions, through political parties, to areas of public policy. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 433 - City Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The theory and practice of city politics in modern Canada. The course will normally employ as resource persons senior elected and appointed officials from governments. Prerequisite: One of POL S 220, 224, 225, 230, 235, 240 (or 223) or Department consent.


POL S 435 - Metropolitan Government View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The comparative study of the political economy of metropolitan government. Prerequisite: One of POL S 220, 224, 225, 235 (or 223, 230, or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 436 - Topics in Indigenous Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 327, POL S 329, POL S 331 or consent of Department


POL S 437 - Indigenous Political Thought View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Engaging the works of critical Indigenous thinkers. Prerequisite: One of POL S 327, POL S 329, POL S 331 or Department consent.


POL S 440 - Topics in Canadian Public Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Selected topics of contemporary interest in Canadian public policy. Information about the specific topic is available from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 441 - Gender and Public Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The relationship between gender and public policy in Canada. Of particular concern are effects of restructuring, decentralization, privatization and deregulation on women. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220 or 350) or Department consent.


POL S 442 - The Canadian State and Identity Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The relative power, impact and interconnections of both territorial (regional) divisions and other non-territorial divisions (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, and class). Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.


POL S 443 - Globalization, Ethnic Politics and the Nation-State View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Theories of nationalism and the nation-state in an era of globalization. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 444 - Global Critical Race Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Politics of race, racialisation and anti-racism in international and comparative perspective. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240 or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 445 - Topics in Globalization and Governance View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 448 - Gender Politics and Mass Media View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Ways in which mass media socially construct and politicize gender. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S or WGS.


POL S 450 - Topics in Comparative Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Seminar in major areas of comparative theory such as political economy and the politics of collective action. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 452 - Politics in the Middle East and North Africa View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Examines contemporary social movements and revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. Prerequisite: One of POL S 230, 235, 240; 380; or Department consent.


POL S 455 - Topics in Gender and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of any 200-level POL S course, POL S 350 or Department consent.


POL S 458 - United States Foreign Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The contemporary foreign policies of the United States and their causes. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 459 - Topics in International Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 460 - Global Security View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Historical and contemporary political issues of global security are examined from various theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 461 - International Relations of the Middle East View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Contemporary international politics of the Middle East. Prerequisite: One of POL S 260, 261; 380; or Department consent.


POL S 462 - Political Economy of Global Governance View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Competing analytical frameworks within international political economy; social and ideological dimensions of governance in a globalized world. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 464 - Gender, Conflict and Security View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Approaches and debates in international relations and security studies, such as feminist foreign policy, gender and militarism, anti-war activism, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, feminist intersectional perspectives. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S course or consent of the Department.


POL S 467 - Chinese Foreign Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

China's approach to foreign affairs and rising global influence, with a focus on Chinese leaders and institutions, China's geopolitical partnerships, and international relations theory. Prerequisite: POL S 235, 237, 261 or consent of Department.


POL S 468 - International Organization View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An examination of theoretical debates on international cooperation and international institutions and their application to contemporary international politics. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 469 - Ethics in International Relations View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Sources of and debates on ethical issues in international relations, especially surrounding human rights, economic justice and war. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.


POL S 470 - Topics in Comparative Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Selected topics of current interest in comparative politics and government. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 475 - Politics of China and Japan View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Domestic politics and foreign policy of China and/ or Japan. Note: Not open to students with credit in POL S 473. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240 or 375) East Asian Studies major/minor or Department consent.


POL S 477 - Topics in Islamic Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Political ideas and practice in Islamic countries, including historical and contemporary constructions of Islam. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 240 or 380) or Department consent.


Starting: 2021-09-01

POL S 477 - Islam, Modernity, and Democracy

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Political ideas and practice in Islamic countries, including historical and contemporary constructions of Islam. Prerequisite: Any 200-level course in POL S or Department consent.


POL S 479 - NGO Governance and Management View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Organizational features, actor/stakeholder relationships, and management challenges contemporary NGOs face. Prerequisite: POL S 235 or 261 or consent of Department.


POL S 483 - United States Constitutional Law View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Individual liberties and the equal protection of groups in the United States, focusing on court rulings about the Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment, controversies over constitutional interpretation, and the political of rights. Prerequisite: One of POL S 390, 419 or Department consent; also open to Law students.


POL S 484 - Topics in United States Politics and Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: POL S 332 or Department consent.


POL S 486 - Topics in European Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Current debates in Europe, including the emergence of new radical right parties, green parties and movements, market liberalization and political change in Eastern and Central Europe, and the resurgence of nationalist discourses. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230) or Department consent.


POL S 487 - Topics in European Union Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230) or Department consent.


POL S 488 - The Politics of Mexico View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Mexico's post-revolutionary politics, its current dynamics, and their continental impacts. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.


POL S 499A - Honors Essay: Fourth-Year Honors Political Science View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 0-3S-0)

Preparation of the Honors Essay, required in the fourth year of the Honors program. Prerequisite: POL S 399.


POL S 499B - Honors Essay: Fourth-Year Honors Political Science View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 0-3S-0)

Preparation of the Honors Essay, required in the fourth year of the Honors program. Prerequisite: POL S 399.


POL S 504 - Policy Studies: Theories and Approaches View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Empirical, practical, and critical perspectives on the study of public policy.


POL S 505 - Democratic Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An investigation of different conceptions of democracy in political thought. Not open to students with credit in POL S 405.


POL S 514 - Contemporary Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 515 - Topics in Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 517 - Philosophical Issues of Human Rights View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An enquiry into the idea(s) of human rights and the adequacy of their philosophical grounding. Not open to students with credit in POL S 417.


Starting: 2021-09-01

POL S 517 - Topics in Human Rights

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course that may be repeated if topics vary.


POL S 520 - Topics in Canadian Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 522 - Canadian Federalism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 524 - Health Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Examining public policy making structures and processes.


POL S 525 - Ethnicity, Immigration and Social Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Social policy theories and practices designed to integrate ethnic minorities and immigrant communities, in Canada and globally.


POL S 526 - Selected Topics in Urban Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 527 - Power, Politics, and Policymaking in Canada View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The institutions, processes, and dynamics involved in developing public policy in Canada.


POL S 528 - Topics in the Politics of Public Administration View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Selected topics in the practice of public administration; content may vary from year to year.


POL S 529 - Politics, Policy, and Governance in Alberta I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The interface between the political system, policy development, and implementation of public policy in Alberta.


POL S 530 - Politics, Policy, and Governance in Alberta II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Current debates in Alberta politics and public policy. Prerequisite: POLS 529 [Politics, Policy, and Governance in Alberta] or consent of Department.


POL S 531 - Law and Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The management of policymaking processes amid legal and political pressures.


POL S 532 - Indigenous Engagement, Governance, and Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The study and practice of public policy by, and as it relates to, Indigenous peoples.


POL S 536 - Topics in Indigenous Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.


POL S 537 - Indigenous Political Thought View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Engaging the works of critical Indigenous thinkers.


POL S 540 - Topics in Public Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 542 - The Canadian State and Identity Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The relative power, impact and interconnections of both territorial (regional) divisions and other non-territorial divisions (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, and class).


POL S 543 - Globalization, Ethnic Politics and the Nation-State View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Theories of nationalism and the nation-state in an era of globalization.


POL S 544 - Global Critical Race Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Politics of race, racialisation and anti-racism in international and comparative perspective.


POL S 545 - Selected Fields of Public Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

In-depth examination of a selected public policy domain; content may vary from year to year.


POL S 551 - Topics in Comparative Politics: Industrialized Countries View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 558 - Gender Politics and Mass Media View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Ways in which mass media socially construct and politicize gender. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S or WGS.


POL S 559 - Topics in Comparative Public Policy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Selected topics and approaches in comparative public policy; content may vary from year to year.


POL S 560 - Topics in International Relations View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 561 - International Relations of the Middle East View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Contemporary international politics of the Middle East.


POL S 565 - Topics in Foreign Policy Analysis View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Current approaches to the study of foreign policy that focuses the explanations upon factors within the state.


POL S 566 - Topics in International Political Economy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 571 - Topics in Comparative Politics: Comparative Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 577 - Islam, Modernity, and Democracy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Political ideas and practice in Islamic countries, including historical and contemporary constructions of Islam.


POL S 578 - Asian Systems View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 579 - NGO Governance and Management View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Organizational features, actor/stakeholder relationships, and management challenges contemporary NGOs face.


POL S 580 - European Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 596 - Topics in Gender and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 599 - Introduction to the Discipline of Political Science View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An introduction to the professional skills and ethics training expected in Political Science as an academic discipline. POL S 599 is graded on a pass/fail basis.


POL S 600 - Theories and Methods of Comparative Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Traditional and critical perspectives.


POL S 610 - Political Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A review of major thinkers and themes. Core course for PhD students preparing comprehensive exams in political theory.


POL S 621 - Canadian Government and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The advanced study of politics, government and political science in Canada.


POL S 622 - Contemporary Canadian Political Issues View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Current debates in Canadian politics and public policy.


POL S 629 - Readings in Canadian Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 650 - Comparative Studies in Industrialized Countries View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A survey of the study of the politics of industrialized countries. Concepts, theories, and analyses of various state and society issues will be examined.


POL S 660 - Theories of International Politics I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A review and critique of the traditional theories of international politics and their contemporary challenges.


POL S 668 - Readings in International Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 670 - Studies in Comparative Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A survey of the critical concepts and theories in development politics.


POL S 680 - Theories and Methods of Political Inquiry View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Required course for PhD students.


POL S 690 - Gender and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A survey of various theoretical perspectives on gender, ranging from liberal to postmodern, as well as issues and debates in gender research. Also addressed are questions of difference, identity, and conflict arising from, among others, race, class, sexuality, and north-south relations.


POL S 696 - Readings in Gender and Politics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

POL S 803 - Policy Studies Practicum I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(VAR, 30 HOURS)

Students must complete a minimum 30-hour research project with a policy organization chosen in consultation with the Program Coordinator. POL S 803 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: consent of Department


POL S 804 - Policy Studies Practicum II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(VAR, 30 HOURS)

Students must complete a minimum 30-hour research project with a policy organization chosen in consultation with the Program Coordinator. POL S 804 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


POL S 900 - Directed Research Project View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)
There is no available course description.

POL S 900A - Directed Research Project View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)
There is no available course description.

POL S 900B - Directed Research Project View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)
There is no available course description.

POL S 901 - Directed Study in Policy Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Analysis of selected research problems and design of research projects in policy studies, planned by the student in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


POL S 902 - Policy Studies Capstone Seminar View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Integrate and synthesize public policy concepts, principles, and theories and apply critical thinking and communication skills in a project of relevance to the study and practice of policy studies. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


POL S 906 - Directed Research Project View Available Classes

★ 6 (fi 12)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)
There is no available course description.

POL S 906A - Directed Research Project View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)
There is no available course description.

POL S 906B - Directed Research Project View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)
There is no available course description.