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2016 - 2017 Course Offerings

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Core Courses Required for a Degree

in Political Studies


Please consult the requirements in the Academic Calendar.

The Academic Calendar is the definitive authority for academic policies and procedures, degree requirements and course descrptions.

First-Year Core Political Studies

Every POST Major and Minor Must Take POST 1001H & 1002H

POST 1001H (Fall) – Politics and Power in the Global Age: Introduction
A comparative and historical introduction to the basic ideas in political studies focusing on power and democracy in the global era. Topics including economic inequality, the environment, consumerism, and surveillance are discussed within the context of intensifying twenty-first-century globalization.
Instructor: Hasmet Uluorta

POST 1002H (Winter) – Politics and Power in the Global Age: Issues
Explores some pressing issues in contemporary politics and challenges students to think about how best to address them. Topics may include political participation, electoral reform, new media, taxation, the politics of resource development, and multiculturalism. Instructor: Devin Penner

Second-Year Core Political Studies Courses Offered in 2015-16

2.0 POST credits are required from POST 2011H, POST 2012H, POST 2230Y, POST 2351H or POST 2352H (for single and joint majors, there is a requirement for POST 2351H and POST 2352H or POST 3330Y)

POST-CAST 2011H (Fall) – Governing Canada: Issues and Challenges
Provides a systematic introduction to the core institutions and processes of Canadian government such as the Canadian constitution, Parliament, the civil service, the electoral system, policy-making, political parties, interest groups, and social movements. Examines how well these institutions and processes function to promote democratic governance. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Aslan Amani

POST-CAST 2012H (Winter) – Democratizing Canada: Contemporary Issues
Provides a systematic introduction to Canadian democracy, examining political relationships between citizens and state, and in turn, relating these to broader patterns and politics for democratic change in Canadian society. Examines the demands for democratic change made by key groups and the politics of those demands. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Nadine Changfoot

POST 2230Y – World Politics 
This course studies how human societies deal with various forms of global change (economic, cultural ,political). One principal objective of the course is to enable students to develop an understanding of how the international system is shaped by the great historical turning-points and understand key concepts in International Relations. Prerequisite: 4 university credits or permission of the instructor. Excludes POST 2200Y.
Instructors: Hasmet Uluorta / Philip Giurlando

POST 2351H (Fall) – The Political Imagination PT I
Political thought as it appears in a diversity of sources – e.g., literature, film, theatre – as well as in established texts of political theory. With the 20th century and contemporary politics forming a point of reference, the course opens a particular route of access to both past and present political thought. Prerequisite: 4 university credits or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Elaine Stavro

POST 2352H (Winter) – The Political Imagination PT II
Political thought as it appears in a diversity of sources – e.g. literature, film, theatre – as well as established texts of political theory. With the contemporary political worlds as its point of reference, part 2 of The Political Imagination opens a particular route of access to political thought. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits or permission of department Chair.
Instructor: Paul Mazzocchi

Third Year Core Political Studies Courses Offered in 2015-16

Every POST Major and Minor must take POST 3600H

POST 3600H (Fall) – Designing and Doing Qualitative Research in Political Studies
Introduces students to qualitative research methods in political studies. Designed to engage students in questions about how we collect and analyze data to explain political phenomena and to give students hands-on experience using qualitative research methods. Prerequisite: 2.0 POST credits at the 2000 level or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Brandon Tozzo

Additional Political Studies Courses Offered in 2015-16 to Meet Degree Requirements

POST-ERST 3030H (Fall) – Green Politics
Changes and tensions in green politics from the environmentalism of the 1960s to the advent of 'many environmentalisms'. What does it mean to be 'green', what kind of political stance do green concerns call for, and indeed, what does green politics say about the very meaning of 'politics'? Prerequisite: 2.0 POST or ERST credits at the 2000-level or beyond, or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Wendy Hicks

POST-CAST 3091H (Fall) – Law and Constitutional Issues
Introduces legal and political perspectives of public law and the role of the courts in the governmental process in Canada. Includes consideration of formal constitutional interpretation and the politics of the judicial process. Prerequisite: 2.0 POST credits at the 2000-level which include one of POST-CAST 2010Y (201) or POST-PHIL 2150H, or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Devin Penner

POST-CAST 3092H (Winter) – Law and Politics
Examines key Supreme Court decisions on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms pertaining to fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, legal rights, and equality rights. Assesses the role of the Charter in advancing the struggles of groups such as women, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, labour, and Aboriginals. Prerequisite: POST 3091H or permission of instructor. Instructor: Devin Penner

POST 3170H (Winter) – U.S. Politics
A critical introduction to US government and politics, situating political behaviour within the larger context of political, economic and social power. We will cover the workings of the main political institutions (the presidency, Congress and the courts), elections, political parties, social movements, and the media. Prerequisites: 2.0 POST credits at the 2000-level or permission of instructor. Recommended: POST 2400Y (240).
Instructor: Brandon Tozzo

POST 3280H (Fall) – Critical Security Studies
This course will explore concepts of security, focusing on the contested meaning of security in relation to states, nations, identities, individuals, markets, the environment and technology. Prerequisite: 2.0 POST credits at the 2000-level or permission of instructor. Recommended: POST 2230Y (223) or 2400Y (240).
Instructor: Philip Giurlando

POST 3290H (Winter) – Causes of War
A survey of theories of the causes of war. Topics include structural realism, democratic peace theory, Marxism, domestic state structure and coalition-building, ideology, patterns of state formation, gender, and religion. the course pays special attention to contemporary civil wars, terrorism as warfare, and 21st-century American foreign policy. Prerequisite: 2.0 POST credits at the 2000-level including POST 2230Y (223) or 2400Y (240); or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Philip Giurlando

POST 3330Y – Political Theory
A survey of some classic texts in the history of western political thought with an emphasis on problems of interpretation and the ways in which a tradition of political discourse determines our conceptions of the political and legitimate political activity.
Instructor: Paul Mazzocchi

POST 3420H (Fall) – Poverty, Politics, and Protest: A Comparative Perspective
Explores poor people’s movements in the context of globalization, neoliberalism, and urban restructuring through an examination of key theoretical texts and case studies of collective action in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Prerequisite: 2.0 POST credits at the 2000 level or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Aslan Amani

POST 4081H (Fall) – Canadian Politics & Public Policy
Explores the Canadian process of developing public policy. Examines the main stages of policy development and also the key institutions and actors in Canadian politics, including the public policy roles of the Prime Minister, Cabinet, the bureaucracy, the opposition, political parties, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the public. Prerequisite: 15.0 university credits, including 5.0 POST credits that include one of POST-PHIL 2351H, 2352H (or 2350Y or 235) or 3330Y (333); or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Devin Penner

POST 4082H – Federal & Provincial Power in Canada
Examines implications of Canadian federal–provincial relations for the development of public policy. The first half of the course examines the basic components of Canadian federalism, and second half looks at central public policy issues such as economic policy, immigration, health care, welfare, and childcare. Prerequisite: 15.0 university credits, including 5.0 POST credits that include one of POST-PHIL 2351H, 2352H (or 2350Y or 235) or 3330Y (333); or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Devin Penner

POST 4200H (Fall) – Politics of Globalization I: Thinking Critically, Thinking Globally (GP)
“Thinking globally” has become a watchword of living in an era of globalization. Drawing on current theories of world politics, as well as insights afforded by social and political theory, this course explores the issue of how to think critically in global terms. Prerequisite: 15.0 university credits, including 5.0 POST credits that include POST 2200Y (220) and one of POST-PHIL 2350Y (235) or POST 3330Y (333), or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Mark Neufeld

POST 4255H (Winter) – Globalization and the Politics of Work
Work is a central feature of everyday lives structuring not only who we are but also life chances. But what do we mean by work and how does intensifying globalization affect our understanding of it? Topics include work generation theories, comparative national strategies and policies, power, production, and social reproduction. Prerequisite: 2.0 POST credits at the 2000-level or 5.0 ADMN credits or 14.0 university credits including IDST 2000Y or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Hasmet Uluorta

POST 4270Y – Democracy and Global Order
This course examines the meaning and the prospects for democracy in the age of globalization in light of the constraints and opportunities for democratic institutions and practices imposed by the international order, the global market, political culture and ideology. Prerequisite: 15.0 university credits, including 5.0 POST credits that include POST-PHIL 2351H and 2352H (or 2350Y) or POST 3330Y or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Philip Giurlando

POST 4555H (Fall) – City, Economy and Society: Urban Restructuring and the Global Economy
Focuses on contemporary issues facing Canadian cities in comparative perspective. It locates cities within the global circuit of capital, examines the ways in which cities are being reordered to enhance their global competitiveness and standing, and analyzes the effects of restructuring on communities and the struggles for social justice. Prerequisite: 14.0 university credits or permission of instructor.
Instructor: James McMahon

POST 4960H (Winter) – Politics of Globalization II: The Global Imagination (GP)
Draws on C. Wright Mills’s notion of the “sociological imagination”—in particular, the link between “personal troubles of milieu” and “public issues of social structure”—to frame the question of globalization. Makes use not only of scholarly literature, but also fiction and film. Prerequisite: 15.0 university credits, including 5.0 POST credits that include POST 4200H (420H) and either both POST 2351H and 2352H
(or 2350Y or 235) or 3330Y (333), or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Mark Neufeld


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