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Spring 2010 Political Science Courses

Spring semester (14 weeks from mid-May to mid-August)
Intersession (first seven weeks of the semester, mid-May to mid-June)
Summer session (last seven weeks of the semester)

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1000 Level Courses (suitable for students in all disciplines)

1000 Introduction to Politics & Government (M. Kerby, World Wide Web, mid-May to mid-June)
Everybody thinks they know something about politics. How much do you know? How do governments form? How do citizens get to express their opinions? Do politicians play the same kind of role in different countries, or is politics the same everywhere? POSC 1000 is a popular course that offers a basic introduction to politics for students who have not taken any other courses in political science, for those who may want to major in the field, or for those who just want an interesting elective. We will look at a range of countries and political systems to gain a broad understanding of what politics is all about. After this, you’ll be able to talk politics with your friends and family all day long. (required for Political Science Honours, Majors & Minors)

1020 Issues in World Politics (S. Keller, 9:00am-9:50am Mon/Wed/Fri, mid-May to mid-August)
World politics make the headlines every day: “North Korea test fires missiles”; “Post-election protests turn violent in Iran”; “NATO warships hunt Somali pirates”; “G8 holds poverty summit”... POSC 1020 is an introductory course that looks at some of the key problems and issues facing the world community today. We’ll consider questions of power, global governance, international trade, forms of globalization, and international interventions. Should you be worried? Take 1020 to find out.

2000 Level Courses (suitable for students seeking an area introduction)

2200 Introduction to International Politics (J. Loder, 11:00am – 12:50pm Mon/Wed/Fri, mid-May to mid-June)
Interested in issues like the “War on Terror”, international human rights abuses, economic development, trade disputes, and the causes of war? This course is an introduction to the field of international politics. It is intended to help you understand and analyze these issues by using the appropriate language and concepts.

2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics & Government (P. Boswell, Distance Education, mid-May to mid-Aug)
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? If so this course may be right for you. [same as the former POSC 2710] (required for Political Science Honours, Majors & Minors)

2990 Europe in the 20th Century (delivered by the Department of History, 10:00am-10:50am Mon/Wed/Fri and 10:30am-11:45am Tues/Thurs, mid-May to mid-June)
This is the story of a continent which was at the centre of the world and after two World Wars reluctantly left centre stage to the USA, but insisted on playing adviser to the new prince. It is also the story of how it learned from past mistakes and adjusted domestic institutions and policies to meet ever new challenges. Europe today is very different politically than it was at the turn of the last century. What will it look like at the close of this century? [same as the former POSC 2350, as History 2350 and as European Studies 2000] (Offered with the expectation that Political Science students interested in a Harlow semester and/or European exchange program will enroll.)

3000 Level Courses (suitable for students seeking an area specialization)

3210 International Law (F. O'Brien, 7:00pm-9:30pm Mon/Wed, mid-May to mid-June)
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.

3290 Human Security (S. Keller, 9:00am to 10:15am Tues/Thurs, mid-May to mid-August)
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. [same as the former POSC 3391]

4000 Level Courses (advanced political science seminars)

4010/4011 Honours Essay I & II (D. Close, mid-May to mid-August) – Honours students only
Write a research essay on the topic of your choice and be better prepared for graduate studies. Sound interesting? More information about our Honours program, including our “Guidelines Governing Honours Essays”, is available at [same as the former POSC 4950/4951]

4600 Public Policy Work Internship (A. Marland, mid-May to mid-August) – maximum 10 students
Wouldn’t it be great to have career-related work experience on your résumé and to apply your political science knowledge to the real world? This three credit hour course includes a part-time internship placement (8hrs/week) with an organization related to governance, politics, and/or advocacy. There is also reflective writing about what you have learned in university as well as skills-based assignments such as a briefing note and a cabinet submission. Interested? Your first job is to visit and to contact the course administrator before the registration period begins. [same as the former POSC 4000] (Prerequisites apply, including a 70% minimum average)

Announcement: New Political Science “Concentrations” Option

As of Fall 2010, Political Science Honours and Major candidates can opt to pursue a concentration in either “Canadian Government” or in “Global Studies” that, if completed, will be designated on their transcript. This designation may provide students with an incentive to choose courses in their area of interest and may make their degree more marketable as they pursue career options and/or graduate studies.

Watch our Web site this summer for Fall courses information