Political Science Courses

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First Year Seminar [48S]

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; Details here..


Not all courses are offered every year.

Almost all upper-level POL courses have Prerequisites. Students without course Prerequisites will be removed at any time they are discovered.

100-Series Courses


Students may enrol in only one of the following courses: POL103Y1, POL105Y1, POL108Y1. ALL 100-series POL courses are mutually exclusive. Students enrolled in more than one of these courses (or completed one of these courses or a previous POL 100-series course with a mark of at least 50%) will be removed at any time they are discovered.

Canada in Comparative Perspective [48L, 24T]

This course introduces students to politics using a comparative approach; it examines the variety of political regimes that exist around the world, with particular attention to Canada. Emphasis is placed on how distinctive regimes reflect the different past and present social and economic settings of countries.
Exclusion: POL100Y, 102Y, POL105Y1, POL108Y1, 180H, 181H

Ethics and the Public Sphere [48L, 24T]

An introduction to fundamental questions about the relation between ethics and politics. Do the constraints of political life entail a different set of ethical standards for individuals and groups than in other domains of life? How do various kinds of ethical issues become political ones? How should ethical disagreements be handled politically?
Exclusion: POL100Y, 102Y, POL103Y1, POL108Y1, 180H, 181H

Global Networks [48L, 24T]

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: POL100Y, 102Y, POL103Y1, POL105Y1, 180H, 181H, A83H/A84H

200-Series Courses

Political Theory: Visions of the Just/Good Society [48L, 24T]

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 Controversies [48L, 12T]

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

U.S. Government and Politics [48L, 24T]

An introduction to U.S. government and politics within an analytical framework that helps us understand how institutions structure incentives and decisions in the U.S. system. This class examines the political forces that forged contemporary American institutions to understand how these political institutions continue to provide stability while allowing opportunities for political change. We investigate whether these forces make American institutions different and why. Special attention is paid to current events and contemporary policy dilemmas.
Prerequisite: One full POL course/4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science/permission of the instructor.

Politics in Europe (formerly POL302Y) [48L, 24T]

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.
Exclusion: POL302Y
Prerequisite: A course in POL/EUR200Y1
Recommended preparation: General history of Europe

Introduction to International Relations [48L, 24T]

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/permission of the instructor.
Recommended preparation: Prior reading or study of modern history

Canadian Government and Politics [48L, 24T]

Canada’s political system including the Constitution and institutional pillars of governance: cabinet and parliament, federalism, the Charter of Rights. Topics include: political parties, the electoral system, policymaking and public administration. Issues include identity, citizenship, ideology and political culture, regionalism, language politics, aboriginals, multiculturalism, gender, media, and interest groups.
Exclusion: POL100Y, 102Y
Prerequisite: One full POL course/4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science

Politics and Transformation of Asia-Pacific [48L, 24T]

This course provides a comparative analysis of selected countries of East and Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on changing views of citizenship as they have been shaped by political, socio-economic and cultural transformations in the region. The first term deals with the idea of the developmental state, inequality, democratization and nationalism. The second term takes up questions related to governance and corruption, culture, demographic changes and nascent forms of regionalism and globalization.
Prerequisite: One full POL course/4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science

Introduction to Research Methods [48L, 24T]

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. Details here.

300-Series Courses


Enrolment in POL 300-series courses is limited. See Registration Handbook and Timetable for details.

Topics in Comparative Politics [24L]

Topics in Comparative Politics [48L]

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

State and Society in 20th Century China [48L]

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/POL215Y1/permission of the instructor
This is a Humanities and Social Science course

Government and Politics in Africa [48L]

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

Ukraine: Politics, Economy and Society (formerly JHP204Y) [48L]

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. As this course is designed as an introductory course, the professor welcomes first- and second-year students to enroll, as well as upper-level students. (Given by the Departments of History and Political Science)
Exclusion: JHP204Y

Politics and Society in Latin America [48L]

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

Ideas and Ideologies in Canadian Politics [48L]

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: POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Canadian Foreign Policy [48L]

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/POL208Y1

Politics and Psychology [48L]

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

Sexual Diversity Politics [36L]

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., Europe, with additional attention paid to developments in Latin America, East Asia, and Africa.
Exclusion: POL315Y
Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1/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 [48L]

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

Comparative Public Policy [48L]

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/POL103Y1/POL108Y1/POL203Y1/POL214Y1

Canada and the Global Challenge Since 9/11, Part I: NAFTA [24L]

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 in the light of the US war on terrorism.
Exclusion: POL341H1 (taken in 2009)
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL108Y1/POL214Y1
Recommended preparation: ECO100Y1/ECO105Y1

American Constitutional Law [48L]

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 [48L, 24T]

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 (formerly POL321Y1) [24L]

Theoretical approaches to ethnic conflict and accommodation. Case studies drawn from: West Europe: conflict (Northern Ireland, Spain), consociation (Switzerland), and treatment of immigrant minorities; Israel and South Africa; East European disintegration: Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia; collapse of former Soviet Union and conflict / state-building in post-Soviet space.
Exclusion: POL321Y
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL108Y1/POL214Y1/EUR200Y1

Might and Right Among Nations (formerly POL323Y1) [24L]

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.
Exclusion: POL323Y
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL208Y1

POL324H1 (formerly POL324Y1)
European Politics in a Global World [24L]

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.
Exclusion: POL324Y1
: EUR200Y1/POL207Y1/a course in POL

United States Foreign Policy [48L]

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 [36L]

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/Y
Prerequisite: POL200Y1

Courts, Law, and Politics in Comparative Perspective [48L]

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 [24L]

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: POL334Y
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Politics and Government of Japan [24L]

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: POL335Y
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Ontario Politics        [24L]

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: POL336Y
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL214Y1

The Canadian Constitution [48L]

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: POL103Y1/POL214Y1

International Law [48L]

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

Canada and the Global Challenge Since 9/11, Part II: The WTO [24L]

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, in the new security context of the US war on terrorism, the World Trade Organization affects Canada’s capacity to develop policies for cultural, economic and environmental development.
Exclusion: POL318H1 (taken in 2009)
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL108Y1/POL214Y1
Recommended preparation: ECO100Y1/ECO105Y1

Culture and Identity in World Politics [24L]

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.
Exclusion: POL342Y
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Women in Western Political Thought [48L]

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: NEW360Y/PHL265H1/POL200Y1

Politics of Global Governance [48L]

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
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Social Movements in Europe and North America (formerly POL344Y1) [24L]

A comparative examination of the development of a variety of social movements, and their engagement with state institutions. Among the activist movements being examined are those dealing with gender, the environment, and labour.
Exclusion: POL344Y
Recommended preparation: One full course on 20th century politics or history of Europe, U.S. or Canada/one full course on gender or sexuality

Becoming Israel: War, Peace, and the Politics of Israel’s Identity        (formerly POL345Y1) [36L]

An introduction to Israeli politics, society, institutions and political practice from the perspective of the development of Israeli identity (identities). Particular attention will be given to the sources of Israeli identity, to the main players involved in its politics, and to the role of regional war and the peace process in its development and inner conflicts.
Exclusion: POL345Y1
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Globalization and Urban Politics        [24L]

Cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America are rapidly reconstituted in a globalized world. This course introduces basic ideas of urbanization to then focus on the diversity and connections in the way city politics happens. Both in a ‘ground-up’ way, and also influenced by larger forces and interests.
Exclusion: POL349Y1
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL201Y1/POL215Y1

Comparative Health Politics and Policy [24L]

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.)

Gender, Politics, and Public Policy in Comparative Perspective [48L]

An introduction to gender and politics that examines women as political actors and their activities in formal and grassroots politics. The course also explores the impact of gender in public policy and how public policies shape gender relations. Cases to be drawn on include Canada, other countries in North America and Europe, and the developing world.
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Politics and Society in Russia (formerly POL354H1) [48L]

Explores tensions between democracy and authoritarianism after communist rule. Topics include: legacy of Soviet Union; political leadership; presidential power and executive - legislative conflict; federalism; elections and parties; civil society; ethnonationalism; corruption and organized crime.
Exclusion: POL204Y/354H
Prerequisite: One full POL course/ 4.0 FCEs in the Faculty of Arts and Science

Canadian Political Parties [48L]

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.
Exclusion: POL211Y
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL108Y1/POL214Y1

Topics in South Asian Politics (formerly POL357Y1) [24L]

Selected issues in South Asian politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Exclusion: POL357Y
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/permission of instructor

Post-Colonial Questions: Politics, Knowledge, Power [48L]

This course interrogates the historical trajectories of colonialism and the emergence of the postcolonial condition by asking what is the “post” in post-colonial? What are the relationships between domination, ways of knowing and thinking about self and other, space and bodies? How do forms of violence become legitimated and deployed?
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL201Y1/NEW150Y1/permission of instructor

Enlarging Europe: The European Union and Its Applicants [48L]

The course provides an overview of the salient issues in the past enlargement rounds, furnishing the context for the study of current and future integration efforts. Readings will cover the current round of enlargement to the Central and East European countries, efforts related to South-Eastern Europe, as well as Turkey. Issues between the EU and Ukraine and Russia will also be studied, as will the relationship between the Union and its Southern Rim. Security issues related to NATO integration and operations will also be covered.
Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/POL103Y1/POL108Y1

Religion and Politics (formerly POL364H/Y1) [48L]

This course examines the evolving role of religions in contemporary public, political contexts. Themes include: democracy and secularism; religion, human rights, law and justice; party politics, identity-formation and citizenship; global religious ‘publics’; gender and sexuality; interreligious conflict; religious violence, terror and fear; religion and the global order. (Given by the Departments of Political Science and Religion)
Prerequisite: A course in POL or 1.5 FCEs in Religious Studies
Exclusion: RLG230H1, POL364H/Y

The New Europe: Culture Politics and Society in Central Europe [48L]

This course examines the politics and societies of Central Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria. It deals with the key issues in the post-communist period including minority-majority relations, the profound social, political and economic changes since the fall of communism, and the “return to Europe”.

Australia in Transition [48L]

This course focuses on the dynamic changes that have been taking place in Australia siNCE 1901. It examines Australia’s rich indigenous and non-indigenous history; the complexity and challenges of Australia’s migration and multiculturalism; key issues and practices in contemporary Australian politics; the complex interplay between institutional processes, political interest and the media; and the dynamics of Australia’s engagement with the region and the rest of the world.

International Political Economy (formerly POL370Y1 AND454Y1) [24L]

Organized around important topics in the study of international political economy. It explores the political underinnings of the global economy and the economic forces reshaping contemporary political environments. Specific policy issues are treated in a context that evaluates the explanatory power of various theoretical approaches.
Exclusion: POL370Y1/454Y1
Prerequisite: POL108Y1/POL208Y1; ECO100Y1

Institutions and the Spatial Construction of the Political Economy [24L]

This course applies a relational perspective of economic action which emphasizes context, path-dependence and contingency. It explores the intentions, opportunities and constraints of economic agency by analyzing the interdependencies between institutions at different levels and industrial organization, interaction, innovation and evolution, thus exploring the spatial construction of the political economy.
Recommended Preparation: ECO100Y1/ECO105Y1
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL108Y1/POL207Y1/POL208Y1

Political Economy of Germany and the EU [24L]

The goal of this course is to explore the structure of the German political economy in the context of EU integration and economic globalisation. Drawing upon the varieties-of-capitalism approach, the main themes in the course will analyse the institutional conditions for growth. In a comparative perspective, the course explores the role of collective agents, corporate governance, collective bargaining, social security systems, population structure, immigration, reunification and their regional manifestations.
Exclusion: POL300H1(F) (Taken in 2007-08)
Prerequisite: A course in POL

Emotions in Political Theory [24L]

The emotions have become a new focus in political theory. We will explore some of these debates with particular attention to competing understandings of the emotions and of their place in politics in the history of political thought.
Recommended Preparation: POL320Y1
Prerequisite: POL200Y1

Religion and Power in the Postcolony        [48L]

This course examines the role of a variety of religious forms and spiritual practices in the politics of postcolonial societies, tracing their genealogies from the colonial period to the present. Cases taken principally from Africa and Asia. (Given by the Departments of Political Science and Religion)
Prerequisite: 1 POL 200-level course or 1.5 FCEs in Religious Studies

Introduction to Biblical Politics        [24L]

An introduction to the political implications of the Hebrew Bible, known to Christians as the Old Testament.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1 or an introductory Jewish Studies or Biblical Studies course

Transforming Global Politics: Comparative and Chinese Perspectives [48L]

Set against the backdrop of the rise of China, this course examines the dynamics of global change from comparative and Chinese perspectives. Themes include international security, political economy, political development and democracy, global climate change, economic development, poverty and inequality, corruption, technology innovation, among others.
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL208Y1/POL215Y1 or permission of the instructor

Topics in International Politics [24L]

Topics in International Politics [48L]

Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: POL108Y1/POL208Y1

POL381H1 Topics in Political Theory [24L]

POL381Y1 Topics in Political theory [48L]

A detailed examination of particular authors or topics in political theory. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: POL200Y or permission of instructor

Research Participation [TBA]

Research Participation [TBA]

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.
Exclusion: POL299Y1
Prerequisite: Available to students in their third year of study (who have completed at least 9 full courses or their equivalent)

Independent Experiential Study Project

Independent Experiential Study Project

An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. Details here.

400-Series Courses


Enrolment is limited in all Political Science and Joint Political ScieNCE 400-series courses. See Registration Handbook and Timetable for details.

Dynamics of the Global Trade System [24S]

This course addresses the global trading system by examining the political, economic, legal, and institutional forces that shape today’s contemporary international system. It focuses particularly on the tension 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 governance of North America.
Prerequisite: Minimum 14 FCEs
Recommended Preparation: Some international economics and Canadian political economy.

Problems in the Political Thought of the Socratic School (formerly POL402Y1) [24S]

Study of a small number of texts illuminating the origins and/or legacy of Socratic political philosophy.
Exclusion: POL402H1/Y1
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/POL323H1/323Y/POL330H1/330Y

Colonialism/Post-Colonialism:        The Colonial State and Its Forms of Power [24S]

The course examines the late colonial state with examples drawn mostly from South Asia and Africa. The theoretical material used is from the field of colonialism postcolonial studies. Amongst the themes that may be examined are colonial governmentality and the production of identities.
Prerequisite: POL358Y1/362H5+363H5/permission of instructor

The Problem of Natural Right [24S]

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: POL404Y
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/POL323H1/323Y/POL330H1/330Y

Marxism [24L, 24S]

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

The Politics of Origins [91S]

What are the implications of accounts of human beginnings for our understanding of political life? We compare the book of Genesis with such appropriate counterparts from the classical and modern western traditions as Hesiod’s Theogony, Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, and Rousseau’s Second Discourse.
Exclusion: POL375Y1
Prerequisite: POL200Y1 and POL320Y1 or POL323H1/Y or POL330H1/Y or an appropriate Jewish Studies course

Innovation and Governance        [24S]

This course explores technological change, its socio-economic consequences, spatial implications and aspects of economic policies. As future growth in the knowledge-based economy will be increasingly associated with new products, services and processes, questions of innovation performance and support policy are decisive at the firm, regional and national levels.
Prerequisite: ECO360Y1/HPS201H1/HPS202H1/a POL 200+ comparative industrial course/SOC317Y1/SOC356Y1

Political Economy of Technology:        From the Auto-Industrial to the Information Age [24S]

The course explores the centrality of science and technology in political affairs generally and its current significance for public policy in particular. It applies the conceptual tools of political economy to analyze the nature of technological change in industrial democracies. It assesses the social and political consequences of the current wave of technological innovation and alternative responses of industrial democracies. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: CSC300H1/ECO360Y1/GGR431H1/HPS201H1/HPS202H1/431H/POL218Y5/a 300 or 400 level course in comparative politics of industrial countries/SOC356Y1

Topics in Comparative Politics III        [24S]

Topics in Comparative Politics III        [48S]

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

Human Rights Abuses and Transitional Justice       (formerly POL412Y1) [24S]

Gross violations of human rights are the reference point for a critical reflection on various transitional justice mechanisms, developed in response to such crimes. The course seeks to critically examine a number of these mechanisms and instruments, which can be grouped into three broad categories: retributive, restorative, and restitutive justice.
Exclusion: POL412Y
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/POL208Y1/POL320Y1

Global Environmental Politics        [24S]

Examines the challenges faced by humanity in dealing with global environmental problems and the politics of addressing them. Focuses on both the underlying factors that shape the politics of global environmental problems – such as scientific uncertainty, North-South conflict, and globalization – and explores attempts at the governance of specific environmental issues.
Recommended Preparation: A background in international relations and/or international political economy is strongly recommended.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

( title) Politics of Independent Ukraine [24S]

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.

( title) Political Economy of Transition: Ukraine and the CIS [24S]

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.

Politics of the International System [48S]

This course explores the nature and evolution of the international system, from both theoretical and historical perspectives. The primary concern of the course is with the maintenance of order in any international system, as it has been created and maintained historically, and how theory suggests it might be attained. We will examine, using contending theoretical perspectives, such questions as how systemic characteristics evolve, what creates equilibrium within a particular system, which forces cause upheaval or destruction, and what impacts such changes have on the units within the system.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

The Third World in International Politics [48S]

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 (formerly POL418Y1) [48S]

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.
Exclusion: POL418Y1
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/POL301Y1/POL305Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis [48S]

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: POL419H
Prerequisite: POL242Y1/one course in STA
Recommended preparation: basic familiarity with SPSS

Elements of United States Foreign Policy [48S]

Seminar on the tradition, process, and implementation of American foreign policy.
Prerequisite: POL203Y1/POL208Y1

Comparative Constitutionalism:        Rights and Judicial Review (formerly JPJ421Y1) [48S]

The seminar explores the global expansion of judicial power through the constitutionalization of rights and the fortification of judicial review. The international migration of constitutional ideas; comparative analysis of constitutional courts and rights jurisprudence; theories of judicial behaviour; the judicialization of politics worldwide; and the impact of constitutional jurisprudence on social change.
Exclusion: JPJ421Y1
Prerequisite: POL319Y1/POL332Y1/POL337Y1
Recommended preparation: Basic grounding in the constitutional systems of the leading democracies is recommended.

Maimonides and His Modern Interpreters [24S]

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.
Exclusion: RLG433H1
Prerequisite: Minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics [48S]

In the first term, the seminar will address government, law and politics in post-Soviet Russia, including constitutional development, courts, business disputes, crime, and corruption. In the second term, we will explore nationalities issues: interpretations of nationalities policies in the Soviet Union; role of ethnonationalism in disintegration of the Soviet state; role of ethnonationalism in state building and interstate relations in the successor states.
Exclusion: POL422H
Prerequisite: HIS351Y1/POL204Y/354H/POL354Y1/a course in Russia/Soviet or East European politics

The Politics of Public Monies [24S]

The course examines government finance at the sub-national and national level across developed democracies. It investigates how economic, political and institutional factors are transformed into budgetary policy especially during times of fiscal constraint. Comparative analysis, budgeting theory, and case studies inform this seminar.
Recommended Preparation: POL242Y1

Multiculturalism in Canada [48S]

An examination of the basic ideas underlying Canada’s multicultural policies, especially as explained by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and some interpretations of Canadian practice by political theorists, especially Charles Taylor and Will Kymlicka.
Exclusion: POL425H
Prerequisite: POL311Y1/POL320Y1

Democracy and Dictatorship        [24S]

This course provides an in-depth introduction to theories of the origins of democracy and dictatorship. In the first part of the course, we examine and compare theories rooted in economic development, voluntarism, institutional design, and historical institutionalism. The latter half of the course applies these different approaches to debates over the origins of Nazi rule in Germany in THE 1930s, military dictatorship in Chile in THE 1970s, and non-democratic rule in contemporary Russia. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions and write a research paper on a topic of their choosing.
Recommended Preparation: It will be helpful for students to have taken at least one course in political science.
Exclusion: POL443H1 S (taken in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09)

POL427H1 (formerly POL427Y1)
The Spirit of Democratic Citizenship [24S]

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: POL427Y1
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL108Y1/POL200Y1

Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Democracy (formerly POL429Y1)        [24S]

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.
Exclusion: POL429Y
Prerequisite: A course in POL; minimum 14 FCEs

Comparative Studies in Jewish and Non-Jewish Political Thought [48S]

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/POL323H1/323Y/POL330H1/330Y/a relevant course in Jewish studies

POL431H1 (formerly POL431Y1)
Politics and Society in Contemporary China [24S]

Issues and themes in China’s modernization effort with emphasis on 20th century social, political and economic developments.
Exclusion: POL431Y1
Prerequisite: Two POL courses; minimum 14 FCEs

Feminist Theory: Challenges to Legal and Political Thought [24S]

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: POL432Y
Prerequisite: JPP343Y1/POL320Y1

Topics in United States Government and Politics (formerly POL433Y1) [24S]

Selected issues and topics in U.S. politics. Varies from year to year.
Exclusion: POL433Y1
Prerequisite: A course in POL/permission of instructor

Enlightenment and its Critics (formerly POL434Y1)        [24S]

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: POL434Y
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/POL330H1/330Y

Political Economy of Asia Pacific [24S]

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: POL435Y
Prerequisite: POL215Y1

Problems of Political Community [48S]

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.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL320Y1

Topics in Comparative Politics I        [24S]

Topics in Comparative Politics I        [48S]

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

Post-Modern and Contemporary Thought [48S]

The development of post-modern 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

The Canadian Welfare State in Comparative Perspective [24S]

This course examines contemporary Canadian social policy in light of the scholarly literature on the welfare states of advanced industrial societies. Topics include the variety of welfare state regimes in rich nations, and their comparative performance in reducing inequality and poverty, in labour market and economic outcomes, and in
addressing the specific circumstances of women. Specific Canadian policy fields examined will include pensions, social assistance, child care and health insurance.
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL214Y1

Gender & International Relations (formerly HIS440H1) [48S]

The seminar explores the use of gender as a category of analysis in the study of international relations. Topics include gendered imagery and language in foreign policymaking; beliefs about women’s relationship to war and peace; issues of gender, sexuality, and the military; and contributions of feminist theory to international relations theory. (Given by the Departments of History and Political Science)
Exclusion: HIS440H
Prerequisite: HIS103Y1/HIS245Y1/377Y/POL208Y1/permission of instructor

The Politics of Transition in Eastern Europe [48S]

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: POL204Y/POL208Y1/354H/POL354Y1

Topics in Asian Politics [24S]

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

Topics in Latin American Politics [24S]

This seminar starts with a brief consideration of democratic transitions in Latin America in the last 25 years. It then concentrates on the prospects and challenges of democratic consolidation in the region, while exploring the capacity/potential of institutional reform to address the fault-lines of democracy.
Exclusion: POL442Y
Prerequisite: POL201Y1 & POL305Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in Comparative Politics II [24S]

Topics in Comparative Politics II [48S]

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 [48S]

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

20th-Century Political Thought (formerly POL446Y1)        [24S]

An examination of the fundamental principles and dynamics of 20th century political ideologies, focusing on the formation of various types of totalitarianism and authoritarian individualism.
Exclusion: POL446Y
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL320Y1/a course in PHL

Political Economy of Development [48S]

This course explores the rise, evolution, and performance of the dominant neoliberal approach to development and poverty reduction. It also assesses the feasibility and efficacy of alternative development strategies. Case studies are drawn from Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Exclusion: JPE400H/Y
Prerequisite: POL201Y1/POL215Y1/POL301Y1/POL305Y1; minimum 14 FCEs
Recommended preparation: Introductory economics is helpful

Law, Religion, and Public Discourse [24S]

One of the central purposes of the course will be to envision ways in which religious and spiritual beliefs could become respectable dimensions of legal, political, and academic discourse while sustaining a deep respect for pluralism and attending to the dangers that require the separation of church and state.
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/permission of the instructor

Qualitative Methods in Political Research [24S]

This course surveys qualitative methods used in political science research. After briefly reviewing positivist and interpretivist research traditions, the course covers the ideal-typical and practical use of specific qualitative methods such as fieldwork, interviewing, archival research, participant observation, ethnography, counterfactuals, discourse analysis, and multiple-methods approaches.
Prerequisite: POL242Y1

Women and Politics [24S]

This course addresses the comparative as well as Canadian literatures on women, migration and development. How is gender representation conceived in these studies, and to what extent have critical analyses informed either research or policy in the international sphere?
Exclusion: POL450Y
Prerequisite: POL315H1/315Y/POL344H1/344Y/JPP343Y1/permission of the instructor
Recommended preparation: At least one course in both political behaviour and women’s studies

Multilevel Politics: The European Union in Comparative Perspective [48S]

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: POL207Y1/POL324Y1/two FCEs in POL
Recommended preparation: Introductory textbook on European integration

The Politics of Post-Communism [48S]

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: POL207Y1/POL324Y1/354H/POL354Y1/HIS344Y1/HIS353Y1/a course in Soviet, post-Soviet or European politics

Twentieth Century Ukraine        [48S]

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

Cities [48L/S]

Examines disciplinary and developmental boundaries relating to cities. By bringing together a cross-disciplinary 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/permission of instructor

Craft of Political Research [48S]

Political Science is defined by the content of its investigations, not its methods. In this class, we will explore the conceptual, analytic and practical issues arising in the conduct of research in Political Science. With illustrations provided by guest speakers sharing their own research, the class contrasts and compares the diverse approaches taken by Political Scientists when they conduct their research to understand common dilemmas faced by researchers. The class culminates with a research design proposal incorporating knowledge of the approaches covered during the class.
Recommended preparation: This class is designed to help prepare students for graduate school in Political Science or those students interested in a “capstone” class at the culmination of their studies. No prior knowledge of qualitative or quantitative methods is assumed.
Prerequisite: Two POL 200-level or higher courses/permission of the instructor

Political Theologies        [24S]

This theory seminar explores contemporary dilemmas of democracy, sovereignty, violence and terror from the point of view of political theology. Themes include: foundations of sovereignty, political authority, political community; the limits of secularism, pluralism, tolerance; violence, terror, martyrdom, catastrophe; redemption, hope, pardon, reconciliation, justice beyond the law, democracy to come.? (Given by the Departments of Political Science and Religion)
Recommended preparation: POL320Y1 or a 300-level course in Philosophy or Philosophy of Religion or Anthropology of Religion
Exclusion: POL485H1S, Section L0201 (taken in winTER 2009)
Prerequisite: POL320Y1 or permission of instructor

The Political Economy of International Trade [24S]

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: POLC95H3
Prerequisite: ECO100Y1 and POL208Y1 and HIS344Y1/permission of the instructor

The Military Instrument of Foreign Policy [48S]

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 [24S]

Contemporary Issues in Peace and Conflict [48S]

A colloquium (fall term) and research seminar (spring term, JUP460Y1 only) on security ontology and various meanings of security. Topics to be considered include planetary, ecospheric, state, societal, and human security. (Offered by the Department of Political Science and University College)
Exclusion: Students are not allowed to take both H and Y courses
Prerequisite: POL208Y1 and UNI360Y/permission of the instructor

Studies in Modern Political Theory [24S]

Studies on a modern political thinker or thinkers since Machiavelli.
Exclusion: POL460Y
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/POL323H1/323Y/POL330H1/330Y

Comparative Political Parties and Elections [48S]

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: POL462H
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL207Y1/POL356Y1

The Political Philosophy of Political Economy [24L,24S]

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
Prerequisite: POL320Y1/ECO302Y/ECO342Y1
Recommended preparation: POL320Y1/a course in 20th century economic history

G8 and Global Governance I [24S]

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/POL208Y1
Recommended preparation: POL312Y1/POL324Y1/POL326Y1/POL341H1/POL342H1/342Y/POL343Y1

G8 and Global Governance II [24S]

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/POL208Y1
Recommended preparation: POL312Y1/POL324Y1/POL326Y1/POL341H1/POL342H1/342Y/POL343Y1

Topics in International Politics III [24S]

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

Conflict and Conflict Management [24S]

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

Ethics and International Relations [24S]

The course aims to explore the requirements of justice and fairness in international affairs. It is common to theorize international relations in terms of interests and power. But even the most cursory look at what important actors actually do in their international interactions reveals that they use normative language all the time. This has not gone unnoticed, with investigations of ethics in the international arena multiplying in recent years. Drawing on readings from political philosophy, legal theory, and normative international relations theory, the course will take up practical ethical dilemmas encountered in world affairs. The main focus of the course will be on institutions. Examples will be drawn from the issue areas of trade, health, and the environment, among others.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

Contemporary Issues in Foreign Policy [48S]

This senior seminar involves a critical assessment of current foreign policy issues and contemporary world problems. Issues and case studies to be analyzed include: 1. International military interventions to respond to imminent threats or humanitarian crises, issues of legitimacy and effectiveness. e.g., Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Haiti. 2. Canada-US relations in international crisis management, the track record and the way ahead. 3. Globalization, international terrorism, and their effects on sovereignty, diplomacy and international institutions.
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

The Political Thought of George Grant        [24S]

George Grant’s political, philosophical, and religious thought as found in his six short books and some supplementary readings. Liberalism, modernity, and technology from the stand point of political philosophy and Christian revelation.
Recommended Preparation: POL200Y1 AND320Y
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL320Y1

The Comparative Political Economy of Industrial Societies [24S]

Topics discussed in this seminar course will include the historical origins of advanced capitalist political economies, the ‘Varieties of Capitalism’ debate, current trajectories of different political economies, labour politics and regulation, the politics of macro-economic policy, the political economy of growth, and Canada’s political economy.
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL108Y1/POL207Y1

Politics and Policy Analysis        [24S]

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: POL103Y1/POL214Y1/POL317Y1/352H

Experiencing Public Policy-Making [24S]

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: POL103Y1/POL214Y1; one POL 300-level course in Canadian politics

Advanced Topics in International Political Economy [24S]

This course is designed for advanced students with serious interests in the subfield of international political economy. Specific topics covered will vary, but all involve the deep interplay between politics and economics in the contemporary world.
Exclusion: POL454Y
Prerequisite: POL208Y1; ECO100Y1

Topics in Middle East Politics [24S]

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/NMC217Y; minimum 14 FCEs

Pluralism, Justice, and Equality (formerly POL480H1) [48S]

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: POL480H1
Prerequisite: POL200Y1/POL320Y1/JPP343Y1

The Geopolitics of Information and Communication Technologies [48S]

The Geopolitics of ICTs course is an intensive examination of the ways in which states and non-state actors are contesting the newly evolving terrain of global digital-electronic-telecommunications. Topics covered include Internet censorship and surveillance, information warfare, computer network attacks, hacktivism, and governance of global communications. The course is organized as a series of intensive modules. One feature of the class will be a “hands-on” analysis of censorship circumvention and network interrogation techniques at the Citizen Lab (http://www.citizenlab.org/).
Exclusion: POL486Y1 Y (taken in 2008-09)
Prerequisite: POL208Y1

The Politics of Disease and Epidemic        [24S]

Considers how disease and epidemics intersect with broader processes of development. Introduces health issues in the developing world. Traces major advances - and setbacks – in improving the health of developing country populations; comparatively considers a number of modern-day and historic epidemics including HIV/AIDS and the Black Death.
Prerequisite: POL201Y1 or equivalent; minimum 14 FCEs.

Cosmopolitanism [24S]

This course covers growing debates in political theory on the issue of cosmopolitanism. Themes include the basis of universal obligation, its compatibility with nationalism and its implications for global justice. These themes will be explored historically, transculturally and through the lens of post-colonial theory.
Prerequisite: POL200Y1

Topics in Political Thought I        [24S]

Topics in Political Thought I        [48S]

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/permission of instructor

Topics in Political Thought II        [24S]

Topics in Political Thought II        [48S]

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/permission of instructor

Topics in International Politics I        [24S]

Topics in International Politics I        [48S]

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        [24S]

Topics in International Politics II        [48S]

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        [24S]

Topics in African Politics I        [48S]

In depth examination of specific themes relating to contemporary African politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: HIS395Y/POL201Y1/POL301Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in African Politics II        [24S]

Topics in African Politics II        [48S]

In depth examination of specific themes relating to contemporary African politics. Content in any given year depends on instructor.
Prerequisite: HIS395Y/POL201Y1/POL301Y1; minimum 14 FCEs

Topics in Canadian Politics I        [24S]

Topics in Canadian Politics I        [48S]

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

Topics in Canadian Politics II        [24S]

Topics in Canadian Politics II        [48S]

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

Topics in Comparative Politics IV [24S]

Topics in Comparative Politics IV        [48S]

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

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer in City Regions [24S]

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. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: LAW 453HS
Prerequisite: CSC300H1/ECO360Y1/GGR431H1/ HPS202H1/431H/POL218Y5/ a 300 or 400 level course in comparative politics (industrial countries)/POL409H1/SOC356Y1

Independent Studies [TBA]

Open only when a Political Science full-time faculty member is willing and available to supervise. Students must find an appropriate supervisor in the Department of Political Science 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/POL497H1

Independent Studies [TBA]

Independent Studies [TBA]

Open only when a Political Science full-time faculty member is willing and available to supervise. Students must find an appropriate supervisor in the Department of Political Science 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

Intensive Course [TBA]

Intensive Course [TBA]

Content in any given year depends on instructor. Intensive courses are offered by distinguished visitors from around the world. Students in their 4th year are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with one or more outstanding visiting international scholars that the Department brings from time to time. The intensive course usually runs for approximately 3-4 weeks.

Senior Thesis and Thesis Seminar [TBA]

A 40 to 60 page (15,000 to 20,000 word) research paper (75% of final mark) written under the supervision of one faculty member and a companion thesis seminar (25% of final mark). The seminar provides a forum for students to periodically present and discuss their on-going research and to examine issues and approaches related to the structure, organization and presentation of the thesis.
Exclusion: POL 495/496/497 (taken in the same year)
Prerequisite: 4th year status in Specialist or Joint Specialist programs in Political Science; 3.0 GPA in Political Science courses; supervisor’s approval; an approved thesis proposal.