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Undergraduate Political Science Courses

The second number in a Political Science course designates its area (see chart) and guides a concentration in Canadian Government or Global Studies. Registration may be initially reserved for students who have declared a Political Science Honours, Major or Minor.

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1000-LEVEL COURSES

Courses at the 1000-level are suitable for students in all disciplines seeking an introduction to the study of politics and governance. They are open to all students. POSC 1000 is intended to be a foundation for 2000-level Political Science courses whereas 1010 and 1020 are more topical.

1000 Introduction to Politics and Government

An introduction to the study of politics, power, law, public policy and government, touching on major areas of political ideologies, institutions, and current domestic and international political issues. Suitable for students in all disciplines seeking an introduction to political science.

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1010 Issues in Canadian Politics

Explores some of Canada's most pressing and interesting political issues. This course profiles important political problems facing federal and provincial politicians and society. Suitable for students who have an interest in Canadian politics and who wish to develop a basic awareness of Canadian government.

  • Sample outlines: 1010 outline 1 -- 1010 outline 2
  • Political Science students: If you complete both of 1010 and 1020 the credit hours for one of these courses will count towards your electives (i.e., not towards your Political Science requirements).
  • Frequency of offering: Often.
  • Method of delivery: On campus and online.
  • Recent instructors: C. Dunn, A. Marland.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 1000, 2800.

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1020 Issues in World Politics

Explores some of the world's most pressing and interesting political issues. This course profiles important political problems, such as a power struggle within a particular country, a controversial topic that affects an entire continent, or a major crisis that has implications for inhabitants around the world. Suitable for students who have an interest in international politics.

  • Sample outlines: 1020 outline 1 -- 1020 outline 2 -- 1020 outline 3 -- 1020 outline 4 -- 1020 outline 5
  • Political Science students: If you complete both of 1010 and 1020 the credit hours for one of these courses will count towards your electives (i.e., not towards your Political Science requirements).
  • Frequency of offering: Often.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Anderson, S. Keller, J. Loder, H. Simms, S. Pike.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 1000, 2200, 2300.

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2000-LEVEL COURSES

Courses at the 2000-level are intended to provide a foundation for 3000-level Political Science courses in the field. They are open to all students (except for 2010, which has a prerequisite) though we do recommend the prior completion of POSC 1000. These courses can be taken as early as a student's second semester and serve as an introduction to fields in Political Science.

2010 Research and Writing in Political Science

Provides an overview of the research and analysis skills used in Political Science. Students can expect to learn about library research, electronic data gathering, and the elements of strong essay writing which can be applied across disciplines in the social sciences. The "political" content will vary by instructor and will address more specific topics than those ordinarily covered in 2000-level Political Science courses. Qualifies as a Research/Writing course.

  • Sample outlines: 2010 outline 1 -- 2010 outline 2 
  • Prerequisite: POSC 1000.
  • Political Science students: Honours candidates must complete POSC 2010. It is a recommended choice for Major and Minor candidates. Students should become familiar with the Political Science Style Guide.
  • Frequency of offering: High - but enrollment is capped at 35 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Anderson, A. Marland.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3010.

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2100 Introduction to Political Theory

A survey of the most important political thinkers and schools of political thought. The course will ordinarily cover major political thinkers and include a selection of contemporary political ideologies.

  • Sample outlines: 2100 outline 1 
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 2000 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete POSC2100.
  • Frequency of offering: Often.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: D. Panagos.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider any 31xx course.

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2200 Introduction to International Politics

An examination of the "building blocks" of international politics including determinants, means, processes and ends. Emphasis is on the post-1945 period.

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2300 Introduction to Comparative Politics

An introduction to comparative politics and techniques of comparative analysis across political jurisdictions. This course focuses on the differences between, and similarities among, a variety of countries and systems of government.

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2600 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration

Outlines major concepts in, and issues relating to, the fields of public policy and administration. Examines and assesses government organization and decision-making. Topics may also include social, economic and health policy.

  • Sample outlines: 2600 outline 1 -- 2600 outline 2 -- 2600 outline 3
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3540 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least two of 2200, 2300, 2600. Students electing to concentrate in Canadian Government must complete 2600. As well this course provides a foundation for work placement opportunities.
  • Frequency of offering: Often.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors:  C. Dunn,  J. Loder, S. Tomblin.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider any 36xx course.

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260W Work Term 1 (for Co-op students only)

The first work term normally begins after a Co-op student has completed four academic terms; for most students this means the summer after your second year of study. This tends to be students' first work experience in a professional environment and they will be expected to learn, develop and practice the high standards of behaviour normally expected in the workplace. For more information about POSC 260W see the Co-op section of our website.

  • Sample outline:  260W

2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government

An introduction to the structure and operations of institutions of Canadian government and the nature of political actors. Topics to be examined may include the constitution, federalism, parliament, political parties, political culture and elections.

  • Sample outlines: 2800 outline 1 -- 2800 outline 2 -- 2800 outline 3
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 2710 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours, Major and Minor candidates must complete POSC 2800. This may be applied towards an optional concentration in Canadian Government.
  • Frequency of offering: Very often.
  • Method of delivery: On campus and by distance.
  • Recent instructors:  J. Baker, C. Dunn, S. Tomblin.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider any 38xx course.

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2990 Europe in the Twentieth Century (pre-Harlow)

A social, economic and political history of Europe from World War I to the present. It examines the shift from war and depression to peace and prosperity. Examining the rise and demise of fascism and communism, postwar reconstruction, and Europe's changing position in the world, this course explores the interplay between domestic and international politics and Europe's position in the international order.

  • Sample outline: 2990 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for ES 2000, HIST 2350 or the former POSC 2350 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Intended for students considering a Harlow semester, exchange programs in Europe, or further courses in European politics. It is the same as European Studies 2000 and History 2350.
  • Frequency of offering: Annually. Delivery rotates between Political Science and History faculty members.
  • Recent instructors: O. Croci.

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3000-LEVEL COURSES

Courses at the 3000-level are specializations in an area of Political Science. They are open to all students (except for 3010, which has a prerequisite) though we do recommend the prior completion of a corresponding 2000-level area introduction course.

 

3010 Empirical Methods in Political Science

An introduction to basic concepts in the scientific approach to studying politics, and provides students with the fundamental skills for conducting empirical research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. These skills include how to construct a research project, and how to collect and analyze information.

  • Sample outlines: 3010 outline
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2010 or nine credit hours in Political Sciencef. Students must also be enrolled in the Political Science Honours, Major or Minor program.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete POSC 3010. It is a recommended choice for Minor candidates.
  • Frequency of offering: Often.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: K. Blidook.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 4010, 4011.

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3100 Political Theory from Plato to Rousseau

Examines selected political theory from Plato to Rousseau. The theme of the course is the development of liberal democratic theory.

  • Sample outlines: 3100 outline
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Wallack.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3110, 4100, 4120.

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3110 Political Theory from Tocqueville to Present

Examines selected political theory from Tocqueville to the present. The theme of the course is the crisis in liberal democratic theory.

  • Sample outline: 3110 outline
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: D. Panagos.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3100, 4100, 4120.

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3140 Feminist Political Theory

Examines feminist scholarship that has challenged previously accepted notions in political theory, including definitions of politics itself, the distinctions between public and private, the nature of citizenship, and the roles of women in civil society. This course considers different ways of looking at power and political culture in modern societies, examining themes such as gender and democracy, race and class, poverty and welfare, sexuality and morality.

  • Sample outlines: 3140 outline
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: K. Mullins.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3340, 4340.

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3210 International Law

An introduction to international law concerned with the interaction of the political and legal systems. Topics discussed are sources, agreements, membership, recognition, territory, jurisdiction, immunities, state responsibility, and force and war.

  • Sample outlines: 3210 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: F. O'Brien.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3220, 3280, 3290, 3620, 3820, 4200, 4210, 4215, 4230, and the Certificate Program in Criminology.

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3220 International Organizations

Examines the origins, structures and roles of international organizations as both 'arenas' in which states pursue their interests and 'evidence' of an embryonic international society. The focus will be primarily on the workings of the United Nations, especially its 'collective security' function, and other regional security organizations.

  • Sample outlines: 3220 outline 1 -- 3220 outline 2
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Anderson, J. Loder.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3210, 3250, 3280, 3300, 4200, 4210, 4230, 4250, 4280,4330.

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3250 International Political Economy

Studies the interaction between world politics and international economics. Major theoretical debates regarding globalization and multinational corporations are covered, as well as current topics such as: the politics of the global monetary and financial order, international trade, foreign investment and debt, international development, and environmental issues.

  • Sample outlines: 3250 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: R. Williams.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3220, 3300, 3650, 4250, 4255, 4380, 4650.

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3280 Canadian Foreign Policy

An introduction to the analysis of foreign policy, with special reference to domestic and international constraints, capabilities and ideology.

  • Sample outlines: 3280 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3200 or 3760 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: O. Croci
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3210, 3220, 3310, 3600, 4200, 4230, 4255, 4280, 4330,4630, 4650.

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3290 Human Security

Examines political concepts and government policies related to security contexts, such as the displacement of citizens, food supply issues, energy, information flows, war and/or the environment.

  • Sample outlines: 3290 outline 1 -- 3290 outline 2
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3391 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: S. Clark, S. Keller
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3210, 3220, 4110, 4200, 4210, 4215, 4230, 4255, 4360,4370, 4380.

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3300 European Politics

A comparative study of government and politics in selected states of Western Europe. Emphasis will be on parties, institutions, and policy-making, particularly the ways in which states manage their economies.

  • Sample outlines: 3300 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Kerby
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3220, 3250, 3305, 4110, 4230, 4250, 4330, as well as a semester in Harlow.

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3305 Irish Politics

Introduces students to the politics of the Republic of Ireland. Topics covered include the historical origins of the state, the political influence of the Roman Catholic Church, the evolution of political institutions, as well as the evolving relationship with Northern Ireland, Europe and the world.

  • Sample outlines: 3305 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Kerby.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3250, 3300, 3880, 4200, 4250, 4360, 4680, 4880, as well as a semester in Harlow.

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3310 American Politics

Examines the governmental process in the United States including the role of parties and interest groups. This course will also consider select contemporary problems.

  • Sample outlines: 3310 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Wallack.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3250, 3315, 3350, 3390, 4210, 4280, 4310, 4330.

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3315 Latin American Politics

An analysis of the forces influencing politics in contemporary Latin America with particular emphasis being given to those factors promoting political change. No prior knowledge of Latin America is assumed.

  • Sample outline: 3315 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3430 and for this course.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: D. Close.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3250, 3290, 3310, 3325, 4200, 4215, 4230, 4280, 4360,4370, 4380, 4650.

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3325 South Asian Politics

Analyzes the history and development of political change in a selection of South Asian states with a focus on the contemporary challenges that they face in a globalized political environment.

  • Sample outline: 3325 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.

 

  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3420 and for this course.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: S. Keller.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3250, 3290, 3315, 4200, 4215, 4230, 4360, 4370,4380.

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3340 Women and Politics

Examines the role of women in the political process in comparative context. Topics may include the political socialization, organization, and recruitment of women; voting behaviour; and the organization of governmental institutions as a response to the concerns of women.

  • Sample outlines: 3340 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: K. Mullins.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3140, 3350, 3620, 3860, 4340.

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3350 Public Opinion and Voting

Looks at the measurement and formation of political attitudes, factors affecting attitude stability and change, and the distribution of opinion in society. Emphasizes public opinion and voting behaviour in the United States and Canada during campaigns and inter-election periods.

  • Sample outlines: 3350 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3510 and for this course.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: A. Bittner.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3340, 3390, 3600, 3800, 3810, 3860, 4340, 4370,4860.

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3390 Political Parties

A study of political parties in liberal democracies. Attention is given to the origin and development of parties, how they organize, multiparty competition and what difference parties make. Political parties in Europe, the United States, and Canada are considered in a comparative context.

  • Sample outlines: 3390 outline
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 32xx or 33xx.
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3531 and for this course.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: S. Wolinetz.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3340, 3350, 3600, 3810, 3860, 4330, 4340, 4370, 4860, as well as an internship (4600)

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3600 Public Policy in Canada

An examination of the relationship between public policy development in Canada and changes in the social and economic policy environment.

  • Sample outlines: 3600 outline 1 -- 3600 outline 2
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4790 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: C. Dunn, M. Kerby, S. Tomblin
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3340, 3350, 3610, 3620, 3650, 3681, 3800, 3810, 4630,4650, 4680, 4860, as well as an internship (4600) and the Certificate Programs in Criminology and/or Public Administration.

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360W Work Term 2 (for Co-op students only)

The second work term normally begins after a Co-op student has completed six academic terms and POSC 260W; for most students this means the Fall semester of their fourth year. In this placement students will build their knowledge and work-related skills in a position that involves more responsibility and challenge. They are expected to demonstrate an ability to deal with increasingly complex work-related concepts and problems. For more information about POSC 360W see the Co-op section of our website.

  • Sample outline:  360W

3610 Public Administration in Canada

An introduction to public administration, history of the public service in Canada, an examination of the structure and functioning of contemporary federal and provincial governments. Topics covered include cabinet organization, financial and personnel management, collective bargaining, and bilingualism.

  • Sample outlines: 3610 outline 1 -- 3610 outline 2
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3741 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus or online.
  • Recent instructors: C. Dunn, S. Tomblin.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3350, 3600, 3620, 3800, 3810, 3820, 3830, 3870, 3880,3890, 4310, 4630, 4870, as well as an internship (4600) and the Certificate Program in Public Administration.

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3620 Law and Society

Reviews traditional theories about law, discuss their inadequacies, and consider the benefits of a policy-oriented approach to the study of the role of law in society. The concept of law as a process of authoritative decision will be used to examine the function of the judicial authority.

  • Sample outlines: 3620 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3521 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Often.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: F. O'Brien.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3210, 3600, 3681, 3820, 4200, 4215, 4630, 4860, and the Certificate Program in Criminology.

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3650 Canadian Political Economy

Introduces students to major debates about the role of the state in Canadian economic development and public policy. Topics may include: the challenges of natural resource dependency, regionalism, globalization, and the relationship between Canada and the United States.

  • Sample outlines: 3650 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3751 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: None.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3250, 3600, 4230, 4255, 4650, 4870.

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3681 Corrections Policy in Newfoundland and Labrador

Examines how various political, social and economic forces have helped shape correctional policy and practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Sample outlines: 3681 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3791 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: T. Carlson.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3290, 3600, 3610, 3620, 3880, 4210, 4215, 4630, 4680, and the Certificate Programs inCriminology, Newfoundland Studies and/or Public Administration.

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3800 Federalism in Canada

Examines relationships between governments in the Canadian federation ranging from high-profile disputes to efficient diplomacy. This course reviews longstanding intergovernmental stresses such as the constitution, legislative powers, legal matters, sub-state nationalism (e.g., Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador) and wealth distribution.

  • Sample outlines: 3800 outline 1 -- 3800 outline 2
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3710 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: S. Tomblin.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3600, 3610, 3810, 3820, 3830, 3870, 3880, 4870, 4310,4330, as well as an internship (4600) and the Certificate Program in Newfoundland Studies and/or Public Administration.

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3810 Political Executive in Canada

Explores executive institutions and the roles of political actors, such as prime ministers, premiers and ministers, in addressing and shaping important political issues in Canada.

  • Sample outlines: 3810 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 2711 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: A. Marland.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3600, 3800, 3820, 3830, 3860, 4630, 4860, 4870, and the Certificate Program in Public Administration.

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3820 Constitutional Law in Canada

Uses a casebook approach to examine critical issues of Canadian constitutional law. The development of the Canadian constitution and processes of judicial review, as well as the legal development of federalism and protection of civil rights, are examined in detail.

  • Sample outlines: 3820 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3720 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: F. O'Brien.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3210, 3600, 3620, 3800, 3830, 3870, 4200, 4215, 4310,4870, and the Certificate Program in Criminology and/or Public Administration.

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3830 Aboriginal Government and Politics in Canada

An introductory course in Aboriginal governance. It examines Aboriginal culture and traditions, the variety of Aboriginal governments and governing traditions, and Aboriginal and treaty rights. Public policy issues surrounding categories of Aboriginal peoples, intergovernmental relations affecting them, and the role and significance Aboriginal political organizations and actions are explored.

  • Sample outlines: none available
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: C. Dunn
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3600, 3620, 3800, 3820, 3880, 4110, 4310, 4650, as well as an internship (4600) and the Certificate Program in Public Administration.

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3860 Media and Politics in Canada

Draws upon communications theory to analyze major political problems and processes. Specific attention is given to Canadian politics in the news and to various print, broadcast and online media.

  • Sample outlines: 3860 outline -- 3860 outline 2
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3511 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: K. Blidook, K. Mullins.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3340, 3350, 3390, 3800, 3810, 4340, 4860, as well as an internship (4600).

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3870 Provincial Politics

A comparative study of politics in selected Canadian provinces and territories. Consequences of varying historical and cultural contexts will be examined with special attention to parties and movements, leadership styles, and orientations to the Canadian federation.

  • Sample outlines: 3870 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3770 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: C. Dunn.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3600, 3800, 3810, 3820, 3830, 3880, 4680, 4870, 4880, as well as an internship (4600) and the Certificate Program in Public Administration.

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3880 Newfoundland and Labrador Politics

A study of the political process in Newfoundland and Labrador. Topics may include electoral behaviour and attitudes, the party system, leadership styles, the consequences of federalism, and public administration.

  • Sample outlines: 3880 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3780 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: Distance education only.
  • Recent instructors: P. Boswell.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3600, 3681, 3800, 3820, 3830, 3870, 3890, 4650, 4680,4870, 4880, as well as an internship (4600) and the Certificate Program in Newfoundland Studies and/or Public Administration.

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3890 Municipal Politics

An examination of the theory, structure and operation of local governments in Canada, with particular emphasis on Newfoundland and Labrador. Recent proposals for reform and the politics of implementing regional government and financial reorganization will be examined.

  • Sample outlines: 3890 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3790 and for this course.
  • Political Science students: Honours and Major candidates must complete at least one course numbered 36xx or 38xx.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: C. Dunn.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider 3600, 3610, 3620, 3681, 3800, 3820, 3830, 3870, 3880,4680, 4880, as well as an internship (4600) and the Certificate Program in Newfoundland Studies and/or Public Administration.

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3900-3979 Special Topics in Political Science

These are courses offered periodically whose content will be announced by the Department.

  • Restrictions: Designated on a course-by-course basis.
  • Frequency of offering: Rarely - the delivery of a special topic varies considerably.
  • Method of delivery: Usually on campus.

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3980-3999 Special Topics in European Politics (Harlow)

Offered only at the Harlow (England) campus and explore selected facets of the politics of contemporary Europe. Typical themes include the European Union and its member-states, asylum and immigration, social and economic policy, foreign policy and the position of Europe in the international system. For further information about the Harlow semester consult the Department or the Faculty of Arts.

  • Restrictions: Designated on a course-by-course basis and may include POSC 3370-3389.
  • Frequency of offering: Rarely - only during Political Science Harlow semesters.
  • Method of delivery: On campus in Harlow (England) only.

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4000-LEVEL COURSES

Courses at the 4000-level are advanced seminars in an area of Political Science. These all have prerequisites which are specified in the course descriptions. We generally recommend the completion of at least 12 credit hours in Political Science, including six at the 3000-level (note: "grandfathered" status students who have fulfilled this recommendation are exempt from specified course prerequisites). Students not meeting these criteria may still enroll if, using a course change form, they receive the signed consent of the course instructor and of the Head of the Department.

 

4010 Honours Essay I

Develops independent research and writing skills through regular meetings with a research supervisor, the preparation of an approved research proposal, and the completion of a high quality draft of at least one section of the Honours essay. Students are expected to follow the Department's "Guidelines Governing Honours Essays". Prior to enrolling, and ideally a semester in advance, students should contact the Head of the Department to identify a potential supervisor.

  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4950 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Political Science Honours program and permission of the Head of the Department. When requesting permission to enroll students need to submit a completed Honours Essay Learning Contract and an add/drop form.
  • Political Science students: Honours students must complete POSC 4010 and must earn a minimum grade of 70% on the first attempt. You can begin identifying a supervisor by reviewing their preferred areas for research supervision.
  • Frequency of offering: Very often.
  • Method of delivery: Independent research. No classroom instruction.
  • If you liked this course: Consider applying for graduate study, such as a Master of Arts program.

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4011 Honours Essay II

Building on skills developed in 4010, requires students to complete the writing of their Honours essay, including submitting a high quality complete draft at the midpoint of the semester, with the final complete document to follow soon afterwards. Students are expected to meet regularly with their research supervisor and to follow the Department's "Guidelines Governing Honours Essays".

  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4951 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 4010 with a minimum grade of 70%.
  • Political Science students: Honours students must complete POSC 4011 and must earn a minimum grade of 70% on the first attempt.
  • Frequency of offering: Very often.
  • Method of delivery: Independent research. No classroom instruction.
  • If you liked this course: Consider applying for graduate study, such as a Master of Arts program.

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4100 Approaches to Political Theory

An introduction to the interpretation of political texts. Features historical and hermeneutical approaches to the study of political science.

  • Sample outlines: 4100 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4611 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 3100 or 3110 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: D. Panagos.

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4110 Multicultural Citizenship

Examines discourses on multiculturalism in contemporary political theory from a normative perspective. Focuses on the justice and equality frameworks within which multiculturalism is understood, and the challenges arising from pluralism in democratic societies.

  • Sample outlines: none available
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3793 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 3100 or 3110 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: None.

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4120 Contemporary Democratic Theory

Examines significant debates in the contemporary scholarship on democratic theory, such as the relationship between democratic decision-making and individual liberty; who "the people" are in democratic states and how they make their will known; whether democracy depends upon a sense of collective identity; and whether democracy is inherently exclusionary.

  • Sample outlines: 4120 outline 1 -- 4120 outline 2
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4113 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 3100 or 3110 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Wallack.

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4200 International Law and Politics

A research seminar on contemporary Canadian legal problems. Each semester will focus on one problem, such as Northern sovereignty, pollution, fishing zones or control of the sea.

  • Sample outlines: 4200 outline
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2200 and at least one POSC 32xx course, or POSC 3210 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: P. McCarter.

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4210 Arms Control and Proliferation

Examines the evolution of arms control and considers the consequences of success and failure.

  • Sample outlines: none available
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2200 and a POSC 32xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Wallack.

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4215 Human Rights and International Politics

Examines the evolution of global norms of human rights and consequences for the structures of the international system, international civil society, and the international political process.

  • Sample outlines: none available
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2200 and a POSC 32xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: None.

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4230 Theories of International Relations

Examines the major theories used to understand world politics and international conflict, such as constructivism, feminism, game theory, historical structuralism, liberalism, and realism. These are explored through classic readings in international relations and case studies.

  • Sample outlines: 4230 outline 1 -- 4230 outline 2
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2200 and a POSC 32xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Anderson, R. Williams.

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4250 The European Union

An examination of the European Community as an emergent transnational form of governance. The course will consider the origins of the Community, the operation of its institutions, its transformation from Common Market to European Union, and the ways in which EC politics impinges on national-level politics.

  • Sample outlines: 4250 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3291 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2200 and a POSC 32xx course, or POSC 3300 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: O. Croci.

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4255 Controversies in Political Economy

Examines current political and public policy challenges from a political economy perspective. Topics may include globalization, major trade disputes, currency and debt crises, economic development and global environmental problems.

  • Sample outlines: 4255 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4350 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2200 and a POSC 32xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: R. Williams.

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4280 American Foreign Policy

Reviews the structures, process and major foreign policy perspectives of the United States of America in a global context.

  • Sample outlines: 4280 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3200 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2200 and a POSC 32xx course, or POSC 3310 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Wallack.

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4310 Comparative Federalism

Examines theories of federalism along with the development and operation of federalism in selected nation states.

  • Sample outlines: 4310 outline
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2300 and a POSC 33xx course, or POSC 3800 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: S. Tomblin.

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4330 Comparative Political Representation

Studies the role of both the public and political institutions in affecting political and policy outcomes. Topics will address the nature of political institutions, public demands, and evidence regarding how interests are facilitated through the political process.

  • Sample outlines: 4330 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4313 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2300 and a POSC 33xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: K. Blidook, S. Bornstein (as 4313).

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4340 Women and Mass Politics

Focuses on the gender gap in both political behaviour and participation. Focusing primarily on Canada and the United States, this course assesses patterns of involvement in political institutions, and examines differences between men's and women's political attitudes.

  • Sample outlines: 4340 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4503 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2300 and a POSC 33xx course, or POSC 3140 or 3340 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: A. Bittner.

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4360 Contentious Politics - Protest, Violence and Terrorism

Examines protest and movement politics, insurgent and counter-insurgent politics, terrorism, and revolution.

  • Sample outlines: 4360 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4740 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2300 and a POSC 33xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: D. Close.

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4370 Democracy and Democratization

A comparative study of the conditions necessary to develop and sustain democratic regimes and the circumstances under which transitions to democracy succeed or fail. The course will examine theoretical materials and apply them to recent and historical transitions to democratic rule.

  • Sample outlines: 4370 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4301 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2300 and a POSC 33xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: D. Butler.

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4380 The Developing World

Considers the practical and theoretical issues that affect the chances of the over five billion inhabitants of the developing world to secure democratic governance and material well-being.

  • Sample outlines: 4380 outline 1-- 4380 outline 2
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4450 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2300 and a POSC 33xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: D. Close, E. Yehia.

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4600 Public Policy Work Internship

Provides career-related policy work experience with government, a political party, a non-governmental organization, a union, or another employer involved in public affairs. Job placements are for 12 weeks at eight hours per week and are typically unpaid. Class meetings and course work are required. Admission is selective and competitive. This course earns 3 credit hours towards a degree (same as a regular 4000-level course). Interested students should consult the undergraduate internship section of the Department's Web site.

  • Sample outline: 4600 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4000 or POSC 460W and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: 15 credit hours in Political Science courses with a minimum 70% average; at least third-year standing (minimum 60 credit hours); and the student must speak with the course administrator to be signed in using a course change form.
  • Frequency of offering: Very often - but limited to 10 students per semester.
  • Method of delivery: Students must be in the St. John's area.
  • Recent instructors: A. Marland.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider applying for the Certificate Program in Public Administration and/or a Master of Arts (Internship).

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460W Work Term 3 (for Co-op students only)

The final work term usually begins after a Co-op student has completed seven academic terms and POSC 360W; for most students this means the summer of their fourth year (i.e., when they would normally be graduating if they had pursued a regular degree). POSC 460W involves a placement in a highly challenging position with greater independence and responsibility where students will contribute to their employer's problem-solving and management processes. For more information about POSC 460W see the Co-op section of our website.

  • Sample outline:  460W

4630 Policy Analysis

A survey of the major frameworks for the study of public policy, including decision-making theories. The course examines different stages in the policy-making process, such as policy initiation, priorities planning, choice of governing instruments, implementation and evaluation in relation to the objective and normative factors in Canadian policy environment, key institutions, dominant interests, and political leadership.

  • Sample outlines: 4630 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3730 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2600 and a POSC 36xx course, or POSC 3600 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: M. Kerby.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider an internship (4600) and/or the Certificate Program in Public Administration.

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4650 Public Policy in Resource Dependent Economies

Examines the political economy of Canada's human and natural resources, such as labour, energy, fisheries, forestry, mining, and water. The political consequences of natural resource dependency on the environment and Aboriginals are also discussed.

  • Sample outlines: none available
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4731 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2600 and a POSC 36xx course - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: H. Simms (as 4731).
  • If you liked this course: Also consider an internship (4600) and/or the Certificate Program in Newfoundland Studies and/or Public Administration.

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4680 Public Policy in Newfoundland and Labrador

A study of public policy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Examines the formation, implementation and impact of policies in one or more of the following areas: fisheries, resources, industrial development, agriculture, social policy.

  • Sample outlines: 4680 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4730 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2600 and a POSC 36xx course, or POSC 3600 or 3880 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: J. Loder, R. Penney.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider an internship (4600) and/or the Certificate Program in Newfoundland Studies and/or Public Administration.

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4860 Elections in Canada

An examination of election campaigns and electoral systems in the Canadian political system, with an emphasis on candidates, parties, voters, electioneering activities and campaign regulations.

  • Sample outlines: 4860 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 3700 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2800 and a POSC 38xx course, or POSC 3350, 3390 or 3860 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: A. Marland.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider an internship (4600).

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4870 Regionalism in Canada

An examination of the economic, social, and institutional determinants of regionalism and the ways in which these forces have shaped decision-making in Canada. Emphasis on the various models and frameworks used to study regionalism.

  • Sample outlines: 4870 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4750 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2800 and a POSC 38xx course, or POSC 3800 or 3870 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: S. Tomblin.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider an internship (4600) and/or the Certificate Program in Public Administration.

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4880 Research in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics

Requires students to participate in advanced research projects dealing with selected aspects of the politics of Newfoundland and Labrador. Topics to be considered may include the legislature and the executive, the civil service, interest groups, parties, elections and political recruitment.

  • Sample outline: 4880 outline
  • Restriction: Credit cannot be earned for the former POSC 4780 and for this course.
  • Prerequisite: POSC 2800 and a POSC 38xx course, or POSC 3880 - or signed permission of the instructor.
  • Frequency of offering: Occasionally. Enrollment limit is approximately 20 students.
  • Method of delivery: On campus only.
  • Recent instructors: C. Dunn, S. Reid.
  • If you liked this course: Also consider an internship (4600) and/or the Certificate Program in Newfoundland Studies.

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4900-49 and 4952-90 Special Topics in Political Science

These are seminar courses offered periodically whose content will be announced by the Department.

  • Credit restrictions and prerequisites: Designated on a course-by-course basis.
  • Frequency of offering: Rarely - the delivery of a special topic varies considerably.
  • Method of delivery: Usually on campus.

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Legend for frequency of offerings:

  • Very often = all three semesters, possibly with multiple sections
  • Often = approximately two semesters a year
  • Occasionally = approximately one semester a year or less
  • Rarely = not intended to be offered every year

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Archived Course Offerings

The following archived summaries of course offerings are maintained on our Web site to provide students with some indication of what might be offered in a future semester. While past delivery does not guarantee future course availability this information can be used as rough guide to assist with course selection planning.

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