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Spring 2009 Political Science Courses

In many cases information expanding on the formal course description is provided here. Remember, in some classes enrollment is limited, so sign up early for your preferred choices!

Note: Sample course outlines are available by clicking here.

The Spring Semester comprises the following:

  • Spring semester (14 weeks from mid-May to mid-August)
  • Intersession (first seven weeks of the semester)
  • Summer session (last seven weeks of the semester)
1000 Introduction to Politics (J. Loder, slot 4 and 5, M/W/F 11-12:50) INTERSESSION
This course introduces students to the basic conceptual tools needed to examine politics. Domestically, why do governments often implement unpopular public policies? What factors allow this to occur and whose interests are being served by public policy decisions? At the international level, our focus will be on the changing nature of global politics and conflict in the 21st century. You will be introduced to globalization through an examination of the relationship between globalization, the state and terrorism.

1010 Canadian Political Problems (C. Dunn, slot 99) WORLD WIDE WEB
Canada’s got plenty of political troubles beyond Danny Williams being furious with “Steve” Harper. Just what does Quebec want, anyway? Is First Nations self-government workable? Are provincial power grabs getting out of hand? Whether this is your first Political Science course or you’re a poli sci guru, you’ll gain a better understanding of how flawed this great country is.

1020 World Political Problems (S. Keller, slot 2, M/W/F 9-9:50am)
This course will introduce you to some of the relationships between political theory and current events. Specifically, how do societies order themselves for the distribution of values – and what happens when there is serious disagreement? How does this result in violence that can escalate to the point of civil war? What are the knock-on effects of globalization and the interaction between politics in the “first-world” and the “third-world”? Take this course to learn why politics is about “who gets what and how.”

2200 Introduction to International Politics (O.Croci, slot 17, Tu/Th 9-10:15am)
Why is it that a less active USA might not necessarily imply a more peaceful world? Why is military conflict more common in some parts of the world than in others? Under what conditions is peace more likely to be achieved? Why is the UN neither a supranational nor a democratic organization? These are just some of the questions to be examined in this course that you can discuss passionately with your peers.

2710 Introduction to Canadian Politics I (P. Boswell, slot 99) DISTANCE EDUCATION
Ever wonder how the Canadian Parliament works or what all the fuss was about constitutional change and special status for Quebec? Want to know more about the role and power of the Prime Minister, issues of minority government, federal-provincial relations, the federal bureaucracy, and the judicial system? Want to study at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home? Then this correspondence course may be right for you.

3210 International Law (F. O'Brien, slots 30 and 32, M/W 7-9pm) INTERSESSION
This popular course is 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.

3291 The European Union (O. Croci, slot 18, Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am)
What is the European Union? Is it something different from the European Community or the Common Market? Why does it take issue with the seal hunt? Why does it spend half of its budget on subsidizing agriculture? Is it already, or is it likely to become, a political giant like the USA? How far will it extend? How does the EU differ from the North American Free Trade Agreement and is NAFTA likely to become something like the EU? What difference would it make for Canada? Take this course to find out.

3391 Politics of Food (S. Keller, slot 17, Tu/Th 9-10:30am)
Is there enough food for everyone in the world? What is “food security”? Should hungry third-world people be satisfied with whatever aid donor nations contribute, including genetically modified foods? In conflict situations can food aid be limited to vulnerable populations and kept from combatants? What are the consequences of huge western agribusinesses dominating global and local food production, processing, and distribution? Should governments intervene in individuals’ food choices, such as supplements, diets, or obesity issues? Is our own food “safe”? Considering these issues it is hard to say that there is anything more political than food. Note: Students interested in this special topics course are encouraged to enroll this semester because this course is not regularly offered by the Department.

4000 Internship (A. Marland, slot 99, with informal meetings on some Wednesdays at 1pm)
Wouldn’t it be nice to have some career-related work experience to highlight on your résumé? This course features a part-time job placement in government, voluntary organizations, political parties, unions, or other institutions involved in public affairs. Admission criteria apply. Further information is available from the course instructor and online at

4950 Honours Essay I and 4951 Honours Essay II (R. Levy, slot 99)
More information about our Honours program—which provides strong preparation for a Master of Arts program—is available online at