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First Year Seminar 52S

Undergraduate seminar that focuses on specific ideas, questions, phenomena or controversies, taught by a regular Faculty member deeply engaged in the discipline. Open only to newly admitted first year students. It may serve as a distribution requirement course; see page 40.
100-Series Courses
Note: Students may enrol in only one of the following courses: POL102Y1, POL103Y1, POL108Y1, (180H1 + 181H1). All 100-series POL courses are mutually exclusive. Students enrolled in more than one of these courses will be removed at any time they are discovered.

Critical Issues in Canadian Politics 52L, 26T

A survey course placing contemporary and enduring issues in the context of the Canadian political system. Topics may include: Quebec and national unity, cultural and regional diversity, aboriginal self-government, electoral reform, the public policy process. How do we change our institutions and how are we shaped by them?
Exclusion: POL100Y1, POL103Y1, POL108Y1, 180H1, 181H1

Canada and the World’s Democracies: A Comparative Evaluation of Democratic Performance 52L, 26T

Introduces students to political science by comparing Canada to a wide range of other countries working through the fundamental political concerns of power, authority, democracy and equality, and facing common challenges, such as ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exclusion: POL100Y1, POL102Y1, POL108Y1, 180H1, 181H1

Global Networks 52L, 26T

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of global networks and how networks differ from states and markets. The course begins with an overview of the differences between states, markets and networks in global politics. It then turns to several cases of contemporary networks, including terrorist, civil society, ethnic, and financial networks. The course concludes with an examination of the many challenges of regulating, hacking and holding accountable global networks in the 21st century.
Exclusion: POL100Y1, POL102Y1, POL103Y1, 180H1, 181H1
200-Series Courses
Note: Almost all upper-level POL courses have prerequisites. Students without course prerequisites will be removed at any time they are discovered.

Political Theory: Visions of the Just/Good Society 52L, 26T

A selective presentation of critical encounters between philosophy and politics, dedicated to the quest for articulation and founding of the just/good society. Among the theorists examined are Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke.

Politics of Development: Issues and Challenges 52L, 13T

A survey of the developmental challenges facing societies in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and the efficacy of various development strategies and policies in meeting these challenges.
Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science

Politics and Government of the United States 52L, 26T

Development of government in the United States, the main features of the American political tradition, contemporary patterns of politics and policy-making. Evolution of the Constitution with reference to individual rights, federalism, and governmental powers; the functioning of executives, legislatures, bureaucracies, parties and pressure groups in the context of current policy problems.
Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science/ express permission of the instructor.

Ukraine: Politics, Economy and Society 52L

The history of Ukraine from earliest times to the present. Economic, political, and cultural movements; Kievan Rus’, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Cossack state, national revival, twentieth century statehood, and unification.

Politics and Society in Russia 52L, 26T

Explores the struggles to build democracy and a market economy after communist rule. Topics include: the Soviet system and its collapse; constitutions, federalism, presidential power, and executive - legislative conflict; ethnic politics and ethnonationalism; the new classes; corruption and organized crime; Russia’s relations with its neighbours; and, comparison of the transition process in post-Soviet states.
Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science

Introduction to International Relations 52L, 26T

The course analyzes the impact of the individual, the nation-state, and the international and transnational systems on international conflict and conflict resolution, and examines the major problems the international community confronts in a rapidly changing international environment.
Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science/ express permission of the instructor.
Recommended preparation: Prior reading or study of modern history

Canadian Political Parties 52L, 26T

The evolution and setting of Canada’s federal and provincial party systems. Topics include historical and theoretical perspectives, ideology, leadership selection, elections, financing, media, and representing interests.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL108Y1/(180H1, 181H1)/POL214Y1

Media, Technology and Politics 52L, 26T

Survey of the theory and practice of modern communication as it affects Canadian (and American) politics. Major writers considered include: Ellul, Innis, McLuhan, Chomsky, Meyrowitz. Topics include: media ownership, public regulation, election campaigns, polling, journalism as a “profession.”
Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science

Canadian Government and Politics 52L, 26T

Canada’s political system: its key governmental institutions, especially Cabinet and Parliament; federalism; the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; political parties and voting behaviour; ideologies and political culture; public opinion and pressure groups; regionalism and Quebec. Useful as a general course on Canada and a foundation for more specialized study.
Exclusion: POL100Y1
Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science

Politics and Transformation of the Asia-Pacific 52L, 26T

An introduction to politics in East and Southeast Asia. A particular focus on political regimes and political change. Historical foundations of political regimes in the region. Types of political systems and regimes -democratic, authoritarian, communist, or other? Sources of regime change. Development, regionalism and globalization in the region.
Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science

Equality 26L, 13T

What kind of equality do justice and democracy require? How much equality, in what goods, is desirable? We explore equality’s multifaceted relationship to justice, touching upon such themes as equal opportunity; affirmative action; inequalities of race, class, and gender; multiculturalism; political equality and fair representation; and global inequality.
Exclusion: SSC199Y1(L0351) taken in 1995-96 and 1997-98
Recommended preparation: Some political theory background would be helpful

Freedom 26L, 13T

An introduction to political theory through the theme of freedom. Various ways of thinking about freedom are discussed through a selection of classical and contemporary texts and examples. Authors such as Socrates, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Constant, Mill, Marx, Arendt, Rawls and Foucault are used to illustrate the complexities of freedom and its protection in practice.

Introduction to Research Methods 52L, 26T

This course is aimed at helping Political Science students to understand and use the quantitative methods and research designs now widely employed throughout the discipline.
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.
300-Series Courses
Note: Enrolment in POL 300-series courses is limited. See Registration Handbook and Timetable for details.

Topics in Comparative Politics 26L

An introduction to the field of comparative politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Exclusion: POL300Y1
Prerequisite: A course in POL

State and Society in 20th Century China 52L

This course explores China’s efforts to construct a modern and effective political order in the face of powerful demographic and revolutionary challenges. The clash between competing ideologies, political and social movements and institutional alternatives in the context of rapid social and economic change are analyzed. (Given by the Departments of East Asian Studies and Political Science)
Prerequisite: EAS102Y1/HIS280Y1/HIS328Y1/JMC201Y1/POL215Y1
This is a Humanities and Social Science course

Government and Politics in Africa 52L

The continuing relevance of pre-colonial Africa; the nature and legacy of colonial rule; African nationalism and the consolidation of power in the newly-independent states; government, party and the people; the role of the military; national integration; dependency and neo-colonialism; socialism and development; democracy and human rights.
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Politics in Western Europe 52L

An introduction to comparative politics with a focus on Western Europe: types of democracy, changing economic and social governance, organized interests in Europe, party landscape, social movements. Special attention to Germany, Britain, France, Italy, and the European Union.
Prerequisite: A course in POL/EUR200Y1
Recommended preparation: General history of Europe

Ethnicity and Politics in Canada 52L

Development of political institutions and policies to manage ethnic relations; political strategies and resources for achieving ethnic goals; case studies: self-government and the First Nations; renewed federalism/sovereignty association and the Quebecois; multiculturalism and minority rights.
Exclusion: SOC210Y1
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Politics and Society in Latin America 52L

The colonial heritage, the failure of nation-states to develop as integrated and autonomous power structures, dependent capitalism and political order, contrasting types of domination, rigid monopolization and the flexible use of the state by the ruling sectors, national revolution and the socialist alternative.
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Managing International Military Conflict 52L

Analysis of different aspects of conflict management, including security regimes, U.N. peacekeeping, mediation, bilateral as well as multilateral techniques.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Ideas and Ideologies in Canadian Politics 52L

A study of the ideas that underlie Canadian politics emphasizing the similarities and differences between political parties. The sources and nature of liberalism, conservatism, socialism, nationalism, and multiculturalism in Canada.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Canadian Foreign Policy 52L

Canada’s response to the challenges of globalization and the post-cold war world. The major alternative theoretical approaches, the changing doctrines and patterns of Canadian foreign policy from 1945 to the present, the making of Canadian foreign policy, relations with the United States, within NAFTA, and with other global regions.
Prerequisite: POL108Y1/180H1/181H1/POL208Y1

Politics and Psychology 52L

Psychological implications of political theories. Attention to alternative approaches to research and theorizing. The bearing of psychological perspectives on political issues.
Prerequisite: A course in POL/PSY

Public Opinion and Voting 52L

The attitudes and behaviour of the mass public in Canada and other western democracies, with emphasis on voting and elections. Themes include the nature of social, psychological, and economic forces on public opinion and voting, political participation, mass media, public opinion polling, electoral systems, the role of parties, leaders, and issues in elections. Examination of recent national surveys of Canadian electorate.
Exclusion: POL314H1
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Sexual Diversity Politics 39L

An interdisciplinary examination of the development of political visibility by gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered in the contemporary period; and an analysis of public policy on and state regulation of sexual diversity in Canada, the U.S., Britain, and other European countries.
Exclusion: POL315Y1
Prerequisite: UNI255H1/one full course on the politics of 20th century Europe, U.S., or Canada/one full course on gender or sexuality/permission of the instructor

Contemporary Canadian Federalism 52L

Constitutional, political, administrative, and financial aspects of federal-provincial relations, regionalism, and cultural dualism.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Comparative Public Policy: Developing World Perspectives and Global Change 52L

Draws from the major theoretical traditions in public policy and policymaking of the advanced industrial world, and applies these theories in understanding the developing world context and the new challenges of global change.
Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL108Y1/(180H1, 181H1)/POL203Y1/209Y1/POL214Y1

Canada and the Global Challenge, Part I: NAFTA 26L

Deals with the political economy of Canada’s position in North America. Starting with Harold Innis’s theory of staple growth and the debate about the role of foreign investment in its economic (mis)development, we examine how Canada, having long resisted continental economic integration, turned to free trade as a panacea in the 1980s. The course ends with a detailed investigation of NAFTA’s significance for Canadian public policy options.
Exclusion: POL341H1 (taken in 2003-2004)
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL108Y1/(180H1, 181H1)/POL214Y1
Recommended preparation: ECO100Y1/ECO105Y1

American Constitutional Law 52L

The American Constitution and the Supreme Court’s role in its exposition and development. The fundamental principles of the constitution, judicial power, federalism, civil rights, freedom of speech and religion, criminal procedure. Discussion of Supreme Court cases. Comparisons with Canadian constitutional law throughout.
Prerequisite: POL203Y1/a course in American history

Modern Political Thought 52L, 26T

The development of political thought from the Enlightenment and through the 19th century; implications for political thought in the 20th century. Democratic and anti-democratic tendencies.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1

Ethnic Politics in Comparative Perspective 52L

An exploration of approaches to ethnic conflict management in industrial societies. Topics covered: comparison of Canada and United States (First Nations, multiculturalism, Québecois and visible minorities); West European issues: conflict, consociation, and treatment of immigrant minorities; Israel and South Africa; East European disintegration: Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia; role of nationalities in collapse of former Soviet Union and in post-Soviet developments.
Exclusion: POL321H1
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL108Y1/(180H1, 181H1)/POL214Y1/EUR200Y1

Might and Right Among Nations 78L

An exploration of the issue of justice among nations. Is such justice genuine or is it largely spurious? What are the prospects for a just international order? Careful examination and thorough discussion of texts by Thucydides, Rousseau, Kant, and other first-rate thinkers on these issues.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL208Y1

European Integration in a Global World 52L

Integration in Europe: examines the forces that have historically divided and united the European continent. Particular attention is paid to the politics of regional disparities, the European Union and its institutions, and the dilemmas of including Europe’s peripheries into broader economic and security structures of the continent.
Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/a course in POL

United States Foreign Policy 52L

The foreign policy of the United States: tradition and context of American decision-making, the process by which it is formulated, application to a number of specific regions and problems in the world.
Prerequisite: POL203Y1/POL208Y1

Politics and Morality 78L

The relationship between the individual’s quest for the good life and the political order. The role of the wise person in civil society. Study of a small number of texts.
Exclusion: POL330H1
Prerequisite: POL200Y1

Courts, Law, and Politics in Comparative Perspective 52L

A study of the role, autonomy, and power of courts in countries with different political regimes (USA, France, Russia), and of the problem of legal transition in formerly authoritarian, especially post-communist states.
Recommended preparation: A course in politics or history of the USA, Europe, or USSR/Russia or on courts/constitutionalism.

Quebec Politics and Social Change 26L

Study and analysis of the major events and issues in Quebec society and politics. Concentrates on recent years and on the political implications of post-war economic and social change.
Exclusion: POL334Y1
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Politics and Government of Japan 26L

The course is designed to trace Japan’s rise to global prominence in the 20th century. Why has globalization in recent years prompted such extraordinary political and economic difficulties in Japan? The areas of discussion include also social and cultural aspects of modern public life.
Exclusion: POL335Y1
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Ontario Politics 26L

Government and politics in Canada’s most populous province. Topics include the historical, socio-economic, and comparative settings of provincial politics. Attention is devoted to institutions, parties and elections, intergovernmental relations and the policy continuities and discontinuities of recent years.
Exclusion: POL336Y1
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1

The Canadian Constitution 52L

The moral foundations, historical events, political forces and legal ideas that have shaped the Canadian constitution; the roots, legacies, and judicial interpretation of the Constitution Act 1867, the Constitution Act 1982, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the politics of constitutional change; “differentiated citizenship”, “rights talk”, and the judicialization of politics.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1

The Enlightenment and Modernity 52L

An interpretive study of the meaning and significance of the Enlightenment. Central themes and issues are explored through selected readings and thinkers - Locke, Kant, Hume, Rousseau, Vico, Montesquieu.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1

International Law 52L

International law as an instrument of conflict resolution. Recognition, sovereign immunity, subjects of international law, jurisdiction.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Canada and the Global Challenge, Part II: The WTO 26L

Political economy of Canada’s position in the world trading system. Starting with globalization (understood as the economic and technological forces driving the integration of capital, production, and distribution markets across national borders) and global governance (institutional structures and rules established to manage countries’ international economic behaviour), we focus on how the World Trade Organization affects Canada’s capacity to develop policies for cultural, economic and environmental development.
Exclusion: POL318H1 (taken in 2003-2004)
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL108Y1/(180H1, 181H1)/POL214Y1
Recommended preparation: ECO100Y1/ECO105Y1

Culture and Identity in World Politics 26L

A postpositivist and postmodernist critique of mainstream international relations thinking. In deconstructing prevalent assumptions about world politics as represented primarily by neorealist and neoliberal thought, this course highlights alternative perspectives on the construction and the emancipatory potential of political life.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Women in Western Political Thought 52L

An examination of selected texts in ancient and modern political theory focusing on the conceptual division between private and public spheres of activity and the theorization of sexual difference and sexual equality. Examines contemporary feminist perspectives in political theory. (Given by the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science)
Prerequisite: NEW360Y1/PHL265H1/POL200Y1

Politics of Global Governance 52L

The history and politics of international governance, with particular emphasis on the League of Nations and its 19th century antecedents, the United Nations and the emergence of nongovernmental organizations; informal institutions and structures; and specific issue areas such as development, trade, finance, human rights and the environment.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Social Movements in Europe and North America 52L

A comparative examination of the development of a variety of social movements, and their engagement with state institutions. The women’s movement in Canada, the U.S., and various European countries receive significant attention. Movements focusing on labour, the environment, aboriginal issues, disability, race, and other issues are also discussed.
Recommended preparation: One full course on the politics of 20th century Europe, U.S. or Canada/one full course on gender or sexuality

Becoming Israel: War, Peace, and the Politics of Israel’s Identity 39L

Introduction to Israeli politics. Israel’s political system: its origins, its formal structure, its informal cues, and its current crisis. Particular attention given to the relation between Israel’s political institutions and their ability to withstand the pressures emanating from Israel’s fractured society.
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Environmental Conflict & Security 26L

The relationship between human-induced environmental stress and national and international security, with a special focus on the likelihood of environmentally related violence in the developing world. Some treatment of the technical aspects of global environmental change.
Exclusion: POL346Y1
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/POL208Y1

Politics and Environment in the North and South 52L

The comparative politics of the environment. An examination of the environmental movement in northern countries (Canada, United States, Western Europe), and its extension into southern countries (Latin America, Africa and Asia). Analyzes differences in policies and politics between northern and southern regions, and the local effects of globalization.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL201Y1

Comparative Politics in a Global World 52L

Concepts and theories of comparative politics to understand both developing and advanced industrial states; includes comparative method, modernism/post-modernism, revolution and protest, ethnic conflict and nationalism, democracy, authoritarianism, regime change, political culture, the role of institutions, civil society and corporatism, states and markets.
Prerequisite: A course in POL; minimum 9 FCEs

Globalization and Urban Politics in Europe and North America 26L

Major cities around the world have become intimately involved in a much more globalized world. The focus of this course is the political response of Canadian, American and European cities to this major challenge. Throughout the course, we ask what options are open to our cities effectively to operate in this new arena, while retaining their local values and democratic culture.
Exclusion: POL349H1

Comparative Health Politics and Policy 26L

This course explores the historical and current theoretical debates surrounding health policy. In so doing, it offers a framework for examining different health system arrangements, and the politics of health care policymaking, in both the developed and developing world contexts, including cases from North America, Europe, East Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Prerequisite: 4.0 courses in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including at least one full year course in the social sciences (political science, sociology, history, anthropology, etc.).
POL352H1 Inside Canadian Governments: Understanding the Policy Process 26L
This course provides students with an understanding of how governments in Canada work, that is, the institutions and processes that are involved in making public policies. Topics include budgetary processes, expenditure management, and new public management, including “insider” perspectives presented by civil servants and other participants.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1
POL353H1 Canadian Public Policy in the Global Era 26L
Introduces students to the tools by which to conduct public policy analysis, with a substantive focus on the development of the Canadian welfare state in a global context. Students explore what issues post-industrialism raises for public policy making in Canada in a variety of policy areas.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Research Participation TBA

Credit course for supervised participation in a faculty research project. Offered only when a faculty member is willing and available to supervise. Interested faculty review plans with the Undergraduate Director, and then make the opportunity known to students as appropriate. Check with Undergraduate Office for more details and faculty proposal form.
Prerequisite: Available to students in their third year of study (who have completed at least 9 full courses or their equivalent)
Exclusion: POL299Y1

Independent Experiential Study Project

An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. See page 40 for details.
400-Series Courses
Enrolment is limited in all Political Science and Joint Political Science 400-series courses. See Registration Handbook and Timetable for details.

The Political Economy of International Development 52S

A study of the political economy of development strategies, with particular reference to the ascendant neoliberal strategy. The course also explores alternative development strategies. Cases are drawn from Latin America, Africa and Asia. (Given by the Departments of Economics and Political Science)
Prerequisite: ECO100Y1; one of POL201Y1/POL215Y1/POL301Y1/POL305Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Liberal Democracy and Its Critics 26S

A study of Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization, Discipline and Punish, and The History of Sexuality.
Exclusion: POL400Y1
Prerequisite: POL320Y1
Recommended preparation: The Foucault Reader

Dynamics of the Global Trade System 26S

This course addresses the global trading system by examining the political, economic, legal and institutional forces that shape today’s contemporary international system. The course focuses particularly on the tensions that have been generated between these globalizing technological and economic factors and the continuing efforts to protect national autonomy. At the top of the global trade regime sits the World Trade Organization which has emerged as the adjudicator of global trade law. Canada is equally affected by the North American Free Trade Agreement which, with the WTO, has reconstructed the federal political system.
Prerequisite: Minimum 14 FCEs
Recommended Preparation: Some international economics and Canadian political economy.

Problems in the Political Thought of the Socratic School 26S

Study of a small number of texts illuminating the origins and/or legacy of Socratic political philosophy.
Exclusion: POL402Y1
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/POL323Y1/POL330Y1

The Problem of Natural Right 52S

A study of selected texts in ancient and/or modern political philosophy that reveal the arguments for and against the idea of natural right.
Exclusion: POL404H1
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/POL323Y1/POL330Y1

Marxism 26L, 26S

A study of Marxism as political economy and philosophy with emphasis upon dialectics. Begins with Aristotle, Smith, Kant, Hegel and Marx. Includes Lenin, Trotsky, Bukharin, Preobrazhensky, Pashukanis, Hilferding, Bernstein, Kautsky, Luxemburg, Korsch, Gramsci, Marcuse, Lukacs, Althusser, Habermas. Theme: relations between science, economics, politics, law and philosophy.
Prerequisite: POL320Y1
POL406Y1 Reasons, Deliberation, and the Public Sphere 52S
In the first term we discuss the claims and arguments put forward by leading defenders of public reason and deliberation (most notably John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas). During the second term we look at applications to real world problems ranging from medical ethics to international human rights.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL320Y1/JPP343Y1

Political Economy of Technology: From the Auto-Industrial to the Information Age 26S

Explores centrality of science and technology in political affairs generally and current significance for public policy in particular. Applies conceptual tools of political economy to analyze the nature of technological change in industrial democracies. It assesses social and political consequences of the current wave of technological innovation and alternative responses of industrial democracies. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: POL409Y1
Prerequisite: CSC300H1/ECO360Y1/GGR326H1/HPS202H1/ a POL 200+ course in comparative politics (industrial countries)/SOC356Y1

Human Rights, Democracy and International Politics 52S

Explores human rights with reference to global politics and common ways of thinking about democracy and its limits. Materials to be considered are theoretical, practical, empirical and historical, a number of them from Latin America. The defence and protection of human rights provides the basic reference point.
Exclusion: POL412H1
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/POL208Y1/POL320Y1

NATO and EU Enlargement: Ukraine and the Post-Communist World 26S

Enlargement of NATO and the EU into the former communist states of central and eastern Europe. Ukraine and some other post-communist states will be used as case studies to explain why some countries were successful in integration into NATO and the EU and the factors that blocked the integration of other states.
Exclusion: POL499Y1

Nationalism, Myths and Identity: Ukraine and the CIS 26S

The role of nationalism, myths and identity in the transitions within post-communist states. Ukraine and other former Soviet states will be used as case studies to investigate the role of regionalism, nation-building, inter-ethnic relations, historical myths and language in their state building processes.
Exclusion: POL499Y1

Politics of the International System 52S

The course explores the theoretical nature of the international system and its historical evolution.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

The Third World in International Politics 52S

The countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; their impact on the international system, and the external and internal factors that influence their international behaviour, with particular focus on civil wars.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1/a POL course in comparative politics (developing countries)

Politics and Planning in Third World Cities 52S

The social and economic problems faced by large third world cities; relationship between urban politics and the kinds of solutions that are advanced. Settlement issues and low-cost housing policies, unemployment and marginal populations, the dynamics of urban government, and the politics of planning.
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/POL301Y1/POL305Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis 26S

The use of advanced data analysis techniques in the social sciences, management and analysis of large datasets, techniques of multivariate analysis, problems of causal inference and interpretation of data.
Exclusion: POL419Y1
Prerequisite: POL242Y1/one course in STA
Recommended preparation: basic familiarity with SPSS

Comparative Constitutionalism: Rights and Judicial Review 52S

The seminar explores the global expansion of judicial power through the constitutionalization of rights and the fortification of judicial review. Examination of moral foundations of constitutionalism; comparative analysis of constitutional rights jurisprudence; the politics of constitutional decision-making; and the impact of constitutional jurisprudence on social change.
Prerequisite: POL319Y1/POL337Y1
Recommended preparation: POL320Y1

Maimonides and His Modern Interpreters 26S

The course offers an introduction to the seminal work of Jewish philosophy, ‘The Guide of the Perplexed’ by Moses Maimonides. We will delve into some of the basic themes of Jewish philosophical theology and religion as they are treated by Maimonides. Through close textual study of the ‘Guide,’ a broad range of such topics might be considered, such as: the question of biblical interpretation and its proper method; dialectical theology and the status of imagination; what is prophecy and revelation?; providence; theodicy and the problem of evil; divine law versus human law; what is the perfect state or political order, and how is it best achieved?; the search for wisdom and the character of human perfection.
Prerequisite: Minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics 52S

Ethnic politics and emergence of ethnonationalism in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet world, especially the role of ethnic politics and ethnonationalism in the collapse of the Soviet state and post-Soviet relations. Law and politics in the USSR and its successor states, especially the politics of judicial and constitutional reform since 1985.
Prerequisite: HIS351Y1/POL204Y1/a course in Russia/Soviet or East European politics

The Politics of Public Sector Budgeting 26S

The course examines public sector budgeting at the federal and provincial levels in Canada. It investigates how economic, political and institutional factors are transformed into budgetary policy especially during times of fiscal constraint. Comparative analysis, budgeting theory, simulations and case studies inform this seminar.
Prerequisite: POL209Y1/POL214Y1

Modes of Political Inquiry 52S

An examination of the competing conceptions of knowledge, “quantitative” and “qualitative,” that have shaped the academic study of politics. Methodology form a philosophical standpoint. Topics discussed include objectivity, values, value freedom, scientific explanation, behaviouralism, historicism, the sociology of knowledge, and interpretation. Readings from Comte, Weber, Mill, Popper, Strauss, Kuhn, Habermas, Gadamer, and Taylor.
Prerequisite: Two courses in POL

Canadian Theories of Multiculturalism 26S

An examination of the basic ideas underlying Canada’s multicultural policies, especially as explained by Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and some interpretations of Canadian practice by political theorists, especially Charles Taylor and Will Kymlicka.
Exclusion: POL485H1 (taken in 1999-2000)
Prerequisite: POL311Y1/POL320Y1

The Spirit of Democratic Citizenship 52S

This course examines the theoretical presuppositions orienting the construction of the behaviour and skills of democratic citizenship; simultaneously, students consider what is involved. The course consists of three parts: No One Truth, Evoking the Other, and the Spirit of Equality.
Exclusion: POL427H1
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL108Y1/(180H1, 181H1)/POL200Y1

Politics in Southeast Asia 26S

Comparative analysis of states and societies in Southeast Asia. Particular focus on democracy, authoritarianism and communism in the region; nationalism, ethnic identity and politics; civil society and economic development.
Exclusion: POL428Y1
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL201Y1/POL215Y1; minimum 9 FCEs

Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Democracy 26S

The main theories of ethnic conflict, ethnic violence and nationalism. Focus on the challenges of multiethnic diversity and nationalism for democracy. Origins of nations; construction of ethnic identities; nationalism in the 21st century; causes of ethnic conflict, ethnic riots, and ethnic violence; democracy and ethnic diversity; multination states and democracy.
Prerequisite: 14 FCEs and a course in POL

Comparative Studies in Jewish and Non-Jewish Political Thought 52S

A comparative examination of major texts of the Jewish tradition, ranging from the Torah to modernity, and texts of the classical or Western traditions raising similar questions. Close reading of a small number of capital works, with special attention to the problem of reason and revelation.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1, POL320Y1/POL323Y1/POL330Y1/ a relevant course in Jewish studies

Politics and Society in Contemporary China 26S

Issues and themes in China’s modernization effort with emphasis on 20th century social, political and economic developments.
Exclusion: POL431Y1
Prerequisite: JMC201Y1/JMC301Y1/POL215Y1/EAS102Y1/HIS280Y1/HIS328Y1

Feminist Theory: Challenges to Legal and Political Thought 52S

Feminist theory offers basic challenges to the foundations of modern political and legal thought. It suggests a different conception of human nature and a different model of epistemology and of appropriate forms of argument about the traditional issues of legal and political theory: justice, power, equality and freedom. Introduction to the foundations of feminist theory, an analysis of its implications for traditional liberal theory, and an application of feminist theory to law.
Exclusion: POL432H1
Prerequisite: JPP343Y1/POL320Y1

Topics in United States Government and Politics 52S

The objective of the seminar is to investigate the ways in which race, ethnicity, and culture have influenced American politics. Areas and issues including the party system, public policy, the evolution of the Constitution, the definition and negotiation of gender roles and identities, the labour movement, and popular culture, are examined.
Exclusion: POL433H1
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Enlightenment and its Critics 52S

This course explores, through the writings of its foremost advocates and adversaries, the Enlightenment, the movement to found political life on the principles of scientific reason, universally applicable and accessible to human beings.
Exclusion: POL434H1
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/POL330Y1

Linguistic and Cultural Minorities in Europe 52S

Examines status of minority peoples in Europe, using specific case studies to compare similarities and differences in how these minorities function in states with differing political systems and ideologies. The evolution of specific minorities focuses on questions of language, religion, historical ideology, legal status, assimilation, and political goals. (Given by the Departments of History and Political Science)
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL312Y1/ a course in European history

Political Economy of Asia Pacific 26S

The course addresses questions regarding the cultural and organizational precedents for and against modern capitalist enterprise in East and Southeast Asia. Special effort given to tracing uneven geographical, gender and class participation in market growth and to the moral and political arguments that have been provoked regarding the consequences of the Asian “economic miracle” and its recent financial crisis.
Exclusion: POL435Y1
Prerequisite: POL215Y1

Problems of Political Community 52S

Explores a range of questions about political community in the modern world with attention to the relationship between claims about what political communities ought to be and empirical evidence of actual political arrangements. Focus varies from year to year, but broadly speaking the course addresses questions such as: what sort of political community is the modern state and what ought it to be; what are and ought to be the connections between cultural, ethnic, linguistic, or other social and political ties.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL320Y1

The Politics of Planetary Networks 52S

This course investigates the implications of the Internet for world order. In the first half of the course, we undertake a close reading of a major theorist of technology. In the second half of the course, we canvass several major issue-areas in the Internet-world order nexus.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1
Recommended preparation: Familiarity with the Internet

Topics in Comparative Politics I 26S

Selected issues in comparative politics. Varies from year to year.
Prerequisite: Two courses in comparative politics or permission of the instructor

Post-Modern and Contemporary Thought 52S

The development of postmodern thought, particularly in French social philosophy is examined. Topics such as the nature of exchange, the impact of technology, virtual reality, the digital class are explored. Authors include Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio, Gilles Deleuze, Arthur Kroker, Fracois Lyotard.
Recommended preparation: POL200Y1

Politics and Governments of Eastern Europe 52S

Comparative analysis of the former Communist states of Eastern Europe and the post-Communist successor states. This course also focuses on the dilemmas of transition and the problems of democratic consolidation in the region.
Prerequisite: POL204Y1/POL208Y1

Topics in Asian Politics 26S

Selected issues in Asian politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Exclusion: POL441Y1
Prerequisite: POL201Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in Latin American Politics 26S

This seminar focuses on one or more themes of contemporary concern in Latin American politics.

POL201Y1/POL305Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in Comparative Politics II 26S

Selected issues in comparative politics. Varies from year to year.
Prerequisite: Two POL courses in comparative politics or permission of the instructor

The Political Theory of G.W.F. Hegel 52S

An examination of the Phenomenology of Spirit and the Philosophy of Right.
Prerequisite: POL320Y1

Canada and The Third World 52S

Canadian development assistance, trade and investment and political policies towards the Third World. The ethical, geo-political, domestic political and economic determinants of these policies and their consequences.
Exclusion: POL445H1
Prerequisite: HIS311Y1/POL208Y1/POL305Y1/POL312Y1

20th-Century Political Thought 52S

A comparative study of Camus and Arendt.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL320Y1/a course in PHL

Women and Politics 26S

This course addresses the large and growing comparative literature in two main areas: women’s political attitudes and participation. Focusing on West European and U.S. materials, the first half examines “gender gap” differences between women’s and men’s political beliefs, while the second assesses patterns of involvement in political institutions.
Exclusion: POL450Y1
Prerequisite: POL314Y1/315Y1/POL344Y1
Recommended preparation: At least one course in both political behaviour and women’s studies

Politics and the Media 52S

The relationship between politics and the news media, mainly in Canada and the U.S. Topics and major writers considered include: Innis, McLuhan, Chomsky, Bagdikian, concentration of ownership, election campaigns, polling, the press gallery, legal issues and libel chill, regulation of broadcasting, and the impact of new technologies.
Prerequisite: Three courses in POL

Multilevel Politics: The European Union in Comparative Perspective 52S

What is multilevel governance? Sources, structure, actors, processes, challenges. Focus on organizing redistributive policies, participation and accountability. The European Union compared with federal and semi-federal systems (e.g. Canada, U.S.A., Germany) and the European Union compared with regional and global regimes (NAFTA, WTO...).
Prerequisite: POL302Y1/POL324Y1/two full courses in POL
Recommended preparation: Introductory textbook on European integration
POL453Y1 The Politics of Post-Communism 52S
By intensively analyzing the theoretical literature on post-communism we explore the determinants of political and economic change. How did the 28 post-communist countries, having started from basically the same point, end up politically and economically so different?
Prerequisite: POL204Y1/POL302Y1/POL324Y1/HIS344Y1/HIS353Y1/a course in Soviet, post-Soviet or European politics

Twentieth Century Ukraine 52S

World War I and the Russian Revolution: the Ukrainian independence movement; the Soviet Ukraine and west Ukrainian lands during the interwar period; World War II and the German occupation; the Soviet Ukraine before and after the death of Stalin. Socio-economic, cultural, and political developments. (Given by the Departments of History and Political Science) (Offered every three years)
Prerequisite: A course in Modern European, East European, or Russian history or politics

International Political Economy 52S

Organized around important topics in study of international political economy. With a focus on the industrialized world, it explores the political underpinnings of the global economy. Some emphasis placed on empirical examination of international monetary and financial issues. Trade and investment issues are also treated in a context which evaluates the explanatory power of various theoretical approaches.
Prerequisite: POL108Y1/(180H1, 181H1)/POL208Y1; ECO100Y1

Cities 52L/S

Examines disciplinary and developmental boundaries relating to cities. By bringing together faculty who focus on cities within Political Science, History, Philosophy, Literature, Design, Environment and Health, Geography or Social Work, the course explores inter-disciplinary city issues: global change; environment; economic adjustment; state reform and city politics; citizenship; community development; economic development; physical form, territory and political-economy of cities. (Given by the Departments of Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Urban Studies, Faculty of Social Work and Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design)
Prerequisite: Minimum 14 FCEs
POL458H1 The Political Economy of International Trade 26S
The course explains why countries trade by looking at historical and contemporary trends in international trade. The course places particular emphasis on the interaction between political and economic processes in advancing trade. An important theme throughout the course is how the distribution of gains is connected to system stability.
Exclusion: POL C95H3 (Scar)
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/POL208Y1

The Military Instrument of Foreign Policy 52S

The relationship of military force to politics: Nuclear war and deterrence, conventional war, revolutionary war, terrorism and counter-insurgency are examined from the perspectives of the U.S., Russia and other contemporary military powers.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Contemporary Issues in Peace and Conflict 52S

A colloquium (fall term) and research seminar (spring term) on the changing meanings of security. Concepts to be considered, and to be applied in research, range from the unconventional (feminist theorizing, the GAIA hypothesis) to the familiar (collective security, deterrence). (Offered by the Department of Political Science and University College)
Prerequisite: POL208Y1 and UNI360Y1/permission of the instructor

Studies in Modern Political Theory 52S

Studies on a modern political thinker or thinkers since Rousseau.
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/POL323Y1/POL330Y1

Comparative Political Parties and Elections 26S

Political parties and party systems in Canada, United States and selected European countries. Electoral systems, problems of representation, voting and elections and processes of political change in western democracies.
Exclusion: POL462Y1
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL211Y1/POL302Y1

Perspectives of Political Economy (formerly JPE 402Y1) 26L,26S

Lectures relate economic organization to philosophical interpretations of community and citizenship. Philosophers include Plato, Aristotle, Calvin, Smith, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Habermas, Rawls and Hayek. Seminars interpret critical moments of 20th century economic history from the standpoint of philosophy. Does philosophy clarify or obscure the meaning of economic history?
Exclusion: POL478Y5 (ERI), JPE402Y1
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/ECO302Y1/ECO342Y1
Recommended preparation: POL320Y1 or a course in 20th century economic history

Theory of Negotiation 26S

Introduces students to theories of negotiation developed in the political and behavioural sciences and compares them to theories of negotiation implicit in the law. The course places jurisprudence against the background of theories of problem framing, pre-negotiation, breakdown, outcome implementation, structural impediments and the characteristics of negotiation as a strategy for reaching agreement, resolving conflict, and pursuing partisan interest. (Given by the Faculty of Law and the Department of Political Science)
Prerequisite: Any POL 300-level course

G8 and Global Governance I 26S

In the post-cold war, globalizing international system, the institutions of the G8 are emerging as an effective centre of global governance. Alternative conceptions of global governance and theories of international cooperation are used to explain G8 performance. National approaches to G8 diplomacy are assessed.
Prerequisite: POL108Y1/180H1/181H1/POL208Y1
Recommended preparation: POL312Y1/POL324Y1/POL326Y1/341Y1/POL342H1/ POL343Y1

G8 and Global Governance II 26S

The performance of the G8 and other international institutions in securing cooperation and compliance, and shaping international order in major contemporary issues of political economy (finance, trade, employment, development), security (arms control, regional security, democracy and human rights) and transnational global issues (environmental protection, drugs, crime, infectious disease).
Prerequisite: POL108Y1/180H1/181H1/POL208Y1
Recommended preparation: POL312Y1/POL324Y1/POL326Y1/341Y1/POL342H1/ POL343Y1

Topics in International Politics III 26S

For advanced students of international relations. Various topics are taken up each year, the content of which depends on the instructor.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

International Cooperation: Rationality, Paradox, and Enforcable Agreements 26S

An examination of rational choice theories with applications to the international realm. Under which condition is individual rationality compatible with the common good? What are prospects for collective action under different configurations of power and institutions? Are the cooperative agreements that emerge stable, just and fair?
Prerequisite: Two courses in POL

Conflict and Conflict Management 26S

This seminar examines the source of conflict and various methods of conflict management. It focuses on organized conflict, and the manner in which such conflicts appear in character or scope in the contemporary international system.
Prerequisite: Minimum 14 FCEs
Recommended preparation: POL208Y1

Constitutional Politics 26S

Explores fundamental issues in the design and amendment of constitutions, with particular reference to divided societies such as Canada, Belgium, Spain and South Africa. Includes both the processes and outcomes of constitutional politics, and their implications for conflict management, democracy, and effective governance. (Given by the Faculty of Law and the Department of Political Science)
Exclusion: POL471H1
Prerequisite: Two 200+ courses in comparative or Canadian politics

Local Government in Canada 26S

The structure and political processes of local government in Canada. Topics include finance, provincial-municipal relations, elections, local government reform, and selected case studies.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1; one other POL course in Canadian politics

Politics and Policy Analysis 26S

Major theories of public policy-making and related approaches to policy analysis are examined from the perspective of political science. Key contributions to the theoretical literature pertaining to leading models are read and discussed. Models of public policy-making are successively applied to analysis of cases of Canadian and comparative policy development.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/209Y1/POL214Y1

Experiencing Public Policy-Making 26S

Examines how policies are developed and implemented, and seeks to improve students’ analytic, writing and presentational skills. Through readings and role-playing sessions, exposes students to key challenges confronting policy-makers: preparing for government transitions, undertaking environmental scanning and scenario planning, evaluating alternative instruments for delivery programs, establishing consultation processes, restructuring government bureaucracies, and ensuring accountability.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/209Y1/POL214Y1; one POL 300-level course in Canadian politics

Numbers, Voice and Representation: Women and Public Policy in Comparative Perspective 52S

What difference would it make if more women serve as legislators and judges in Canada and elsewhere? Course draws on studies of political representation, and accounts of policy outcomes and obstacles to representation to address this question. Attention is devoted to symbolic, procedural and substantive dimensions of women’s impact.
Prerequisite: Any POL 300-level full course (or equivalent in half courses) in Canadian politics or comparative politics (industrial countries)
Recommended preparation: Basic grounding in democratic political and legal systems.

Topics in Middle East Politics 26S

This course examines the contemporary politics of the Middle East and North Africa. It seeks to examine the relative importance of political, socio-economic and ideological factors in the context of such issues as the resilience of authoritarism, the rise of civil society, and the resurgence of Islamic activism. Theoretical discussion is followed by case studies.
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/NMC217Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Problems of Pluralism and Equality 26S

Historically, liberalism has coped with the fact of social difference through doctrines of colour - or difference - blindness. Recent feminist and other critics of liberalism have argued that liberal conceptions of justice and impartiality fail to treat members of marginalized groups as equals. This course explores both sides of these debates.
Exclusion: POL480Y1
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL320Y1/JPP343Y1

Topics in Political Thought I 26S

A seminar on a central problem in political thought. It proceeds through the reading of a small number of major texts. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: POL320Y1 or permission of instructor

Topics in Political Thought II 26S

A seminar on a central problem in political thought. It proceeds through the reading of a small number of major texts. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: POL320Y1 or permission of instructor

Topics in International Politics I 26S

For advanced students of international relations. Various topics are taken up each year, the content of which depends on the instructor.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Topics in International Politics II 26S

For advanced students of international relations. Various topics are taken up each year, the content of which depends on the instructor.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Topics in African Politics I 52S

In depth examination of specific themes relating to contemporary African politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: HIS395Y1/POL201Y1/POL301Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in African Politics II 26S

In depth examination of specific themes relating to contemporary African politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: HIS395Y1/POL201Y1/POL301Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in Canadian Politics I 26S

Examines in depth enduring and emerging issues in Canadian politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1, one other POL course in Canadian politics or permission of instructor

Topics in Canadian Politics II 26S

Examines in depth enduring and emerging issues in Canadian politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: POL102Y1/POL103Y1/POL214Y1, one other POL course in Canadian politics or permission of instructor

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer in Regional Industry Clusters 26S

This course surveys two of the key themes related to the process of innovation in a knowledge-based economy: the process by which new knowledge is generated and effectively transferred to those organizations with the potential to commercialize it; and secondly, the paradoxical relationship between knowledge creation and proximity in a modern global economy.
Exclusion: LAW 453HS
Prerequisite: CSC300H1/ECO360Y1/GGR326H1/HPS202H1/a POL 200+ course in comparative politics (industrial countries)+POL409H1/SOC356Y1

Independent Studies TBA

Open only when a faculty member is willing and available to supervise. Students must find an appropriate supervisor in the Department and obtain the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies before enrolling. Obtain details and an application form from the Department Undergraduate Office.
Exclusion: POL496H1/497H1

Independent Studies TBA

Open only when a faculty member is willing and available to supervise. Students must find an appropriate supervisor in the Department and obtain the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies before enrolling. Obtain details and an application form from the Department Undergraduate Office.
Exclusion: POL495Y1

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