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Political Science



Undergraduate Officer
Robert J. Williams, HH 311, ext. 3642

Courses not offered in the current academic year are listed at the end of this section.

Note: Extensive descriptions of the content of Political Science courses are available in the Department at the time of preregistration.

PSCI100S

PSCI 101A F 0.5
Introduction to Politics 1
An introduction to the nature of politics and to the conflict of political ideas within the setting of a liberal democracy. The purpose is a clearer understanding of conservatism, liberalism and socialism.

PSCI 101B F 0.5
Introduction to Public Policy
This course is an introduction to the process of policy making. Students will be given an opportunity to examine, in the context of several examples, the factors affecting choices among policy alternatives. In addition, questions about the range of alternatives and the implementation of policies will be addressed.
PSCI 102 consists of a series of courses dealing with different aspects of politics. Students should select the course which most closely corresponds to their interest.
First-year winter term courses will be drawn from the following list:

PSCI 102D W 0.5
The Political Process in the Modern Democracies
A study of power and influence in the modern democracies, based on an examination of three contending models of the political process - the liberal-democratic or popular rule model, the pluralist model, and the elitist model.

PSCI 102E W 0.5
Political Rights and Obligations
An introductory examination of the idea of individual rights as a limitation on legitimate governmental authority, the possible grounds for such claimed rights, and their relationships to political obligations (duties).

PSCI 102F W 0.5
Introduction to Third World Politics
An introductory survey of Third World politics and society with an emphasis on Latin America and Africa.

PSCI 102K W 0.5
Mass Political Violence
A distinctive social feature of our century is the amount of political violence. Human-made deaths number well over one hundred million. This course will describe and evaluate various theories of political violence.

PSCI 102M W 0.5
Contemporary Issues in Canadian Public Policy
An evaluation of various public policy responses to selected issues, as well as the process of policy-making.

PSCI 102N W 0.5
The Politics of Nationalism and Ethnicity
An examination of the roots of nationalism, and the impact of nationalism and ethnicity on the political process and political change.

PSCI200S

PSCI 214 2C,1L 0.5
Quantitative Analysis
An introduction to the use of quantitative methods in Political Science. Only a rudimentary understanding of mathematics is required.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 225 F 3C 0.5
The History of Political Theory 1
A survey of the principal ideas of Western political theorists from the earliest times to the 17th century.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 226 W 3C 0.5
The History of Political Theory 2
A survey of the principal ideas of Western political theorists since the 17th century.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 231 0.5
Government and Business in Canada
An examination of the political environment in which business functions in Canada with particular emphasis on the constraints and opportunities presented by government intervention in and interaction with the private sector.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 255 0.5
The Politics of Advanced Industrial Nations 1
A systematic introduction to the political processes of industrial countries. The central focus will be on Western Europe, Japan and North America.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 256 0.5
The Politics of Advanced Industrial Nations 2
This course will examine a number of ways by which developed countries have tried to overcome contemporary problems. Particular attention will be paid to foreign economic policy.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 260A 0.5
Canadian Government and Politics 1
An analysis of the political environment in which the Canadian political system operates, including discussion of the Canadian political culture, federalism, the constitution, federal-provincial relations, and the role of the Governor General.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 260B 0.5
Canadian Government and Politics 2
An analysis of the decision-making machinery of the Canadian political system, including discussion of cabinet government, the role of the House of Commons, interest groups, the electoral system, the party system and voting behaviour.
Prereq: PSCI 260A or consent of instructor

PSCI 264 F 2C 0.5
American Government and Politics
The theory and practice of the American political system as revealed by the institutions and operations of American national government.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 268 W 2C,1T 0.5
British Government and Politics
An examination of the uniquely British characteristics of the British political system.
Prereq: Second-year standing

PSCI 281 F 2C 0.5
International Politics
This course studies the transformation of the international system stressing East-West, Rich-Poor, and North-South perspectives and interactions.
Prereq: Second-year standing. Fourth-year students require consent of instructor

PSCI 282 W 2C 0.5
Foreign Policy
This course studies the roots of foreign policy behaviour of selected western and non-western (particularly Asian) states.
Prereq: PSCI 281 or consent of instructor. Fourth-year students require consent of instructor

PSCI 291 F,S 3C 0.5
The Canadian Legal Process
An analysis of the manner in which the Common Law functions, together with an examination of the structure and jurisdiction of the Canadian court systems. Taught by a member of the legal profession.
Prereq: Second-year standing and above

PSCI 292 W,S 3C 0.5
Issues in Canadian Criminal Law
Rational principles and concepts applicable to current emotional criminal issues are analyzed by a practising crown attorney, for example, abortion, euthanasia, pornography, seat belts, marijuana, police power, civil rights, criminal trials, jury, capital punishment, prisons, etc.
Prereq: Second-year standing and above

PSCI300S

PSCI 315 0.5
Research Design in Political Science
Introduction to the logic and limitations of experimental and non- experimental research designs. Selected studies of politics are examined to demonstrate how plausible threats to validity are made less plausible with appropriate design and data analysis.
Prereq: PSCI 214 or consent of instructor

PSCI 321 F 3L 0.5
Marxist Theory
A basic introduction to the political and social thought of Karl Marx from the early writings to Das Capital.

PSCI 322 W 3L 0.5
Marxism after Marx
A selective study of developments in Marxist theory and political movements after Marx.

PSCI 324 0.5
Modern Political Philosophy
A selective examination of political philosophy in the modern period.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

PSCI 331 F 2C 0.5
Public Administration 1
An introduction to the principles and practices of administration in the public sector in Canada including studies of administrative structures, processes and norms, bureaucracy, regulation, crown corporations, public personnel administration, motivation and leadership.
Prereq: PSCI 260A and 260B or consent of instructor

PSCI 332 W,S 2S 0.5
Public Administration 2
Selected issues in public administration and policy with particular reference to Canada. Topics include: bureaucratic power; ethical conduct and accountability in the public service; professional, economic and social regulation; motivation and leadership in the public sector.
Prereq: PSCI 331 or consent of instructor

PSCI 333 W 0.5
Administrative Law
A study of Canadian administrative law including the delegation of political power to various administrative agencies which play a prominent role in controlling contemporary social and economic life. The supervisory role of the courts will also be examined.
Prereq: PSCI 331 or consent of instructor

PSCI 341 F 2C 0.5
Provincial Politics
A comparative analysis of the political systems of the Canadian provinces.
Prereq: PSCI 260A and/or 260B

PSCI 342 W 2C 0.5
Politics in Quebec
A seminar dealing with the political and social development of Quebec. The emphasis will be on the problems and issues of contemporary Quebec.
Prereq: PSCI 260A and 260B or consent of instructor

PSCI 343 F 3C 0.5
Canadian Municipal Government
A study of the assumptions, structures and performance of municipal government in Canada with reference to metropolitan and regional structural innovations (particularly in Ontario).
Prereq: Third-year standing and above with at least one term course in Political Science

PSCI 344 W 3C 0.5
The Politics of Local Government
A study of the political process in selected Canadian local governments focusing on citizen participation, internal decision-making, leadership, and the allocation of power.
Prereq: PSCI 343 or consent of instructor

PSCI 350A F 3C 0.5
The Politics of the Developing Areas 1
An examination of international and national sources of poverty in the Third World. Special attention is paid to Third World development policies. Topics include multinational corporations, foreign debt, industrialization and Green Revolution.
Prereq: Third-year standing and above

PSCI 350B W 3C 0.5
The Politics of the Developing Areas 2
An analysis of Third World political structures and processes. Topics include the colonial and post-colonial state, political parties, the military and revolutions. The case of Central America is examined in greater detail.
Prereq: Third-year standing and above

PSCI 351 F 2S 0.5
Federal and Consociational Political Systems
Federal and Consociational Political Systems are examined with emphasis on processes of political integration, patterns of conflict resolution, and the impact of modernization on political development.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

PSCI 363 F 0.5
Canadian Constitutional Law
An introduction to the nature and basic principles of constitutional law. This course will deal especially with the distribution of powers in the Canadian federation, and its evolution, notably by judicial decision. Leading cases will be examined. Prereq: PSCI 260A and 260B or 260A and consent of instructor

PSCI 365A F 0.5
Politics in the Soviet Successor States 1
An introduction to the study of political processes in the new states which emerged after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
Prereq: Third-year standing or consent of instructor
(Formerly PSCI 362A)

PSCI 365B W 0.5
Politics in the Soviet Successor States 2
An examination of policymaking and implementation in the policy areas which pose the greatest challenges to the Soviet successor states.
Prereq: PSCI 365A or consent of instructor
(Formerly PSCI 362B)

PSCI 372 W 0.5
Political Parties and Interest Groups
An examination of the roles of interest groups and political parties in influencing government policy. The origins, tactics, structures and impact of these two avenues of political participation will be compared. Discussion will focus on Canadian examples.
Prereq: Third-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 380A F 0.5
World Politics
An examination of the structure of the world capitalist system concentrating upon war and peace between core states from 1815 until the present. A number of classic theories of imperialism are considered.
Prereq: Third-year standing and above

PSCI 381 W 0.5
Foreign Policies of South Asian States
The course (1) defines the central issues in each country's foreign policy; (2) discusses the factors which shape the decision making processes; and (3) evaluates the impact of these policies on regional and international thinking.

PSCI 382 W 0.5
Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy
An examination of issues and the foreign policy-making process in Canada. Special attention is paid to the domestic context of foreign policy.

PSCI 384 0.5
Foreign Policies of Select Middle East States
An examination of the key determinants and decision-making processes of the foreign policies of Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

PSCI 390-398 0.5
Special Studies
From time to time courses of special study may be added to the program at the third year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.

PSCI400S

PSCI 422 0.5
Conflict of Political Ideas in Canada
A course designed to introduce students to some of the major ideas about politics and democracy which Canadians have developed in the course of this century. Conservatism, liberalism, socialism, agrarian protest politics, and nationalism will be considered in their historical context. In particular, the course will address the issues of democracy and industrialization in Canada and will examine closely the conflicting liberal, socialist and conservative notions of progress and political community.

PSCI 423 0.5
Democratic Theory and Practice
An examination of the justification and limitations of democratic government, as well as more practical applications of democratic theory to the workplace, judicial review, legal obligations, etc. The focus will be on problems of democratic theory and practice.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 426 0.5
Selected Subjects in Political Philosophy
A selective treatment of basic themes in political philosophy in the modern and pre-modern times.
Prereq: PSCI 225, 226, 323, or 324, or consent of instructor

PSCI 427 F 0.5
Special Topics in Political Philosophy
A selective examination of basic problems in political philosophy in the modern and pre-modern periods.
Prereq: PSCI 225, 226, 323, or 324 or consent of instructor

PSCI 428 F 3S 0.5
State and Economic Life
An analytical and comparative study of the growth of government intervention in the economic process, and of the development of the welfare state.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

PSCI 431 F 0.5
Canadian Public Policy
An examination of the way that policy processes and institutions have responded to the problems of governing, especially at the federal level in Canada.
Prereq: PSCI 260A, 260B, 331 or consent of instructor

PSCI 434 F 0.5
Comparative Public Administration
A comparative survey of public administration in both developed and developing areas. The focus is on the rise of the administrative state in a variety of cultural and political contexts.
Prereq: PSCI 331 or consent of instructor

PSCI 435 F 0.5
The Politics of Canadian Resource Development
An examination of various public policies designed to promote the exploitation and export of Canada's natural resources with an emphasis on the economic, political, social and environmental implications of these developmental strategies.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 442 W 3S 0.5
Politics in Ontario
A critical examination of the distinctive elements of government and politics in the Province of Ontario
Prereq: PSCI 260A and 260B or consent of instructor

PSCI 443 2S 0.5
Politics in Western Canada
A critical examination of the distinctive elements of government and politics in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
Prereq: PSCI 260A or consent of instructor

PSCI 451 F 0.5
Comparative Political Systems: Eastern Europe
A comparative examination of political institutions and processes in the states of Eastern Europe.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 453 0.5
Comparative Politics of Latin America
A study of the social and political implications of Latin American economic development strategies. The focus is on the recent shift to free market policies and the rise of new social and political actors.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 454 0.5
Rural Politics and Development
An analysis of the causes and political implications of rural poverty in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Special attention is paid to the process of agricultural modernization and peasant political responses to it.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 461 F 0.5
Problems in Canadian Politics 1
Selected aspects of Canadian national politics.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 462 W 0.5
Problems in Canadian Politics 2
Selected aspects of Canadian provincial politics.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 472 0.5
Women and Public Policy
An examination of public policy from the perspective of women's experiences and needs. The course reviews policy developments in Canada and elsewhere, and reflects on the significance of feminist approaches to public policy.

PSCI 473 2S 0.5
Voting Behaviour
A comparative study of the motivations underlying electoral choice in Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
Prereq: PSCI 214 or consent of instructor

PSCI 479 2S 0.5
Senior Research Seminar: Violence in the Political Process
Politics can be brutal. This seminar deals with riot, revolt, revolution and state directed mass murder.
Prereq: Third- or fourth-year standing

PSCI 481 2S 0.5
Research Seminar on World Politics
An examination of research on the causes and consequences of interstate warfare.
Prereq: PSCI 380 or consent of instructor

PSCI 483 F 3S 0.5
Power Politics and World Order Studies
This theory course examines the evolution of the international system; the capacity of the system of states to cope with the demands on it; meanings of international and regional power and order. There is an emphasis on the international politics of regions.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 484 F 3S 0.5
Contemporary Strategies: Theories and Policies
The course examines strategic studies and their premises, the evolution of strategic thinking, the role of national policies of military power. Strategic concepts are studied with specific reference to military policies of regional powers.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 485 W 3S 0.5
Selected Topics in International Political Economy
Contemporary perspectives and issues in international political economy, with particular attention to advanced industrial countries. Topics include political/economic cooperation, the politics of trade, and the politics of adjustment.
Prereq: Fourth-year standing or consent of instructor

PSCI 490-498 0.5 each
Special Subjects
From time to time courses of special study may be added to the program at the fourth year level. Students wishing to add such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.

PSCI 499A/B F,W 0.5/0.5
Special Honours Essay
Students wishing to undertake a senior honours essay in their fourth year should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.
A letter grade for PSCI 499A will be submitted only after the completion of PSCI 499B.

Courses not offered 1995-96
PSCI 102D The Political Process in the Modern Democracies
PSCI 102E Political Rights and Obligations
PSCI 264 American Government and Politics
PSCI 268 British Government and Politics
PSCI 384 Foreign Policies of Select Middle East Studies
PSCI 422 Conflict of Political Ideas in Canada
PSCI 443 Politics in Western Canada
PSCI 473 Voting Behaviour
PSCI 479 Senior Research Seminar: Violence in the Political Process
PSCI 481 Research Seminar on World Politics

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