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Winter 2008 Political Science Courses

Want to understand basic political concepts that are in the news? Interested in learning about public affairs, government and society? Considering a career in the government, as a lawyer, as a social advocate, or perhaps with the United Nations? Fascinated by Newfoundland and Labrador politics? Or perhaps you’re looking to analyze complex policies as you prepare to apply for graduate (M.A.) studies? Look no further. We are offering a wide range of courses next semester. 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! For more information, explore this Web site, email us (, drop by the main office (SN-2028), call us (864-8179), or feel free to chat with a course instructor.

1000 Introduction to Politics, section 1 (M. Temelini, 10-10:50am, M/W/F)
An introduction to basic concepts in the study of politics, emphasizing the Canadian system of government and its relationship with the Canadian society.

1000 Introduction to Politics, section 2 (K. Blidook, 12-12:50pm, M/W/F)
As with the other sections of this course, students will be introduced to basic concepts in the study of politics. For instance, is politics simply the art of getting money from the rich and votes from the poor, on the pretext of protecting each from the other? Textbook: An Introduction to Government and Politics/7e, by Mark Dickerson, Thomas Flanagan

1010 Canadian Political Problems, section 81 (C. Dunn, World Wide Web)
An analysis of the operation of the Canadian political system through close examination of three selected policy problems, such as poverty in Canada, Canadian-United States relations and French Canada.

1020 World Political Problems, section 1 (W. McGrath, 11-11:50am, M/W/F)
Unfortunately, there are political problems throughout the world. Fortunately, you can take this course to help you understand contemporary issues in world politics, such as climate change, terrorism, and regional nuclear arms races. Textbooks: Globalization/Anti-Globalization, by David Held & Anthony McGrew; The Swallows of Kabul, by Yasmina Khadra; Aftghanistan: The Labyrinth of Violence, by Amalendu Misra

1020 World Political Problems, section 2 (M. Wallack, 1-1:50pm, M/Tu/Th)
Unfortunately, there are political problems throughout the world. Fortunately, you can take this course to help you understand contemporary issues in world politics, such as climate change, terrorism, and regional nuclear arms races. Textbook: Beyond Sovereignty (3rd edition), by Maryann Cusimano Love

2000 Introduction to Political Thought (M. Temelini, 2-2:50pm, M/W/F)
Is the Prime Minister right wing? Is the NDP a socialist party? What does 'feminism' mean? This course will explore these and other such questions by examining the political ideologies of liberalism, conservatism, socialism, Nazism/fascism, feminism, and environmentalism. We may also examine multiculturalism, as well as the political theory of non-violence.

2010 Power, Democracy & Politics (M. Kerby, 9-9:50am, M/W/F)
It’s a mad world out there. Do you ever wonder why politics seem so messed up and why, despite our best intentions, things go from bad to worse? Power, democracy and politics will teach you that getting what we want as individual citizens can result in less-than-desirable consequences for society as a whole. We will also discuss what modern democracies can do to resolve this conundrum. Evaluation: Participation 25%, Draft Essay 25%, Final Essay 50%

2200 Introduction to International Politics (R. Williams, 3:30-4:45pm, Tu/Th)
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. Textbooks: Essentials of International Relations (4th edition), by Karen Mingst; Essential Readings in International Politics (2nd edition), by Karen Mingst, Jack Snyder. Evaluation: Mid-term Exam 20%, Research Paper 40%, Final Exam, 40%

2350 Europe in the 20th Century (S. Wolinetz and O. Croci, 3:30-4:45pm, Tu/Th)
Contemporary Europe is a product of its past. The course examines how social and economic change, war and depression shaped the Europe we know today. (same as European Studies 2000 and History 2350) Note: This course provides essential background for European Studies programs to be offered in Treviso, Italy in Summer 2008 and at our Harlow campus in Fall 2008. Details will be available on the European Studies Minor Program Web site at Textbook: Spencer di Scala, Twentieth Century Europe: Politics, Society and Culture

2710 Introduction to Canadian Politics I (P. Boswell, 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, 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.

2711 Introduction to Canadian Politics II (A. Marland, 9:00-10:15am, Tu/Th)
Quick – how many Canadian Prime Ministers can you name? We’ll trace the major political challenges, key social accomplishments and important political actors during the administration of each of Canada’s PMs. If Stephen Harper and Stéphane Dion were MUN students, they’d take this course. Gilles Duceppe? Not so much. Textbook: Canada’s Prime Ministers, Macdonald to Trudeau, eds. R. Cook and R. Bélanger (2007), plus readings on reserve. Evaluation: Thursday Quizzes 20%, Midterm test 35%, Final exam 45%

3011 Survey Techniques in Political Science (K. Blidook, 9:00-10:15am, Tu/Th)
Opinion polls are everywhere. But what do they mean? How can we use them? And does the news media report them properly? On top of looking at how to organize public opinion surveys, this course discusses how to make a barrage of information useful in order to understand the world, not just to tell the stories we want to tell. Textbook: Empirical Political Analysis (7th ed), by Jarol B. Manheim et al

3030 Political Sociology (D. House, 3-3:50pm, M/W/F)
Interested in an introduction to the sociological foundations of political life, such as voting behaviour, comparative power systems, ideologies, mass movements, parties, voluntary associations, and bureaucracies? You’ll also learn about the concepts of class, status, command, power, authority, and legitimacy. (Note: same as Sociology 3030)

3110 Political Theory II (M. Wallack, 10-10:50am, M/W/F)
Marx maintained that a new power was being created among the working class and de Tocqueville warned about majority tyranny. Mill argued for the tolerance of individualism. Kropotkin believed that law and authority were neither necessary nor legitimate. Conversely, Freud proposed that political discontents might reflect a conflict between eros and death. After this course, what will your political viewpoints be? Textbooks: Basic Writings of John Stuart Mill: On Liberty, the Subjection of Women and Utilitarianism, by John Stuart Mill; Civilization and its Discontents, by Sigmund Freud & James Strachey

3210 International Law (F. O'Brien, 5:30-6:45pm, Tu/Th)
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. Textbook: International Law, Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied in Canada (7th edition), by Hugh Kindred

3300 European Politics (S. Wolinetz, 10:30-11:45am, Tu/Th)
We’ll look at politics and policy processes in Britain, France, Germany and other EU member-states. Special attention will be given to hot-button issues, particularly the new class conflict of migration, integration and the problem of multiculturalism. Note: This course provides useful background for European Studies programs to be offered in Treviso, Italy in Summer 2008 and at our Harlow campus in Fall 2008. Details will be forthcoming at Textbook: Colin Hay and Anand Menon, European Politics

3310 American Political System (M. Wallack, 2:00-3:15pm, Tu/Th)
Looking at and beyond the 2008 presidential election campaign, this course will examine the unusually powerful role of the US Congress, the legal and political implications of the Constitution, and the politicized bureaucracy of the executive branch. Drawing on Web and television sources, we will examine the role of the media and interest groups in the struggle for power over the vast resources of the federal budget. Textbooks: American Government: Power and Purpose (10th edition), by Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle; Presidential Elections: Strategies and Structures of American Politics (12th edition), by Nelson W. Polsby, Aaron Wildavsky, David A. Hopkins

3511 Political Communication (K. Mullins, 7:00-9:30pm, Mondays)
This course will examine the significance of communications in all aspects of the political process, from grassroots campaigns to international diplomacy. Specific attention will be given to Canadian politics and the role of the media in politics. Textbook: An Introduction to Political Communication (2nd edition), by Brian McNair

3700 Parties and Elections in Canada (A. Marland, 2:00-3:15pm, Tu/Th)
Ever thought about getting involved with a political party during an election campaign? This course will help you develop electioneering skills as part of a team that researches, writes and presents a plan to get a Canadian celebrity elected. Special guests will join us as we discuss campaigning by political parties and candidates across Canada, as well as identify election trends from attack ads to Facebook networking. Textbook: None. All readings will be available for free on reserve and/or available for download. Evaluation: Bibliography 10%, Team Essay 30%, Team Presentation 15%, Promotional Material 10%, Journal 10%, Final Exam 25%

3710 Intergovernmental Relations (M. Temelini, 5:30-6:45pm, M/W)
This course will examine sub-state nationalism and the politics of constitutional change in Canada, with emphasis on Québec and Newfoundland. We will explore the meaning of nationalism and survey the variety of ways in which nationalism has influenced Canadian constitutionalism and intergovernmental relations.

3720 Canadian Constitutional Law (F. O'Brien, 7:00-8:15pm, Tu/Th)
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. Textbook: Canadian Constitutional Law (3rd edition), by The Canadian Constitutional Law Group (Joel Bakan et. al)

3741 Public Administration in Canada (C. Dunn, 10:30-11:45am, Tu/Th)
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. Textbooks: The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration, by Christopher Dunn; The Politics of Public Money, by David A. Good

3770 Provincial Politics (C. Dunn, 9:00-10:15am, Tu/Th)
A comparative study of politics in selected Canadian provinces. 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. Textbook: Provinces (Second Edition), by Christopher Dunn

4000 Internship (A. Marland)
Wouldn’t it be nice to have some career-related work experience to highlight on your CV? This course includes a part-time job placement in government, voluntary organizations, political parties, unions, or other institutions involved in public affairs. Further information is available online at Textbook: None. Any reading material can be downloaded for free.

4200 Special Topics in International Law (P. McCarter, 7:00-9:15pm, Mondays)
A research seminar on contemporary Canadian legal problems. Each semester focuses on one problem (e.g., Northern sovereignty, fishing zones, pollution, control of the sea).

4212 Human Rights and International Politics (W. McGrath, 12:30-1:45pm, M/W)
Learn about human rights through the study of “human wrongs.” This course will focus on atrocity crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Textbook: A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, by Samantha Power

4350 The State & The Economy (R. Williams, 7:00-9:30pm, Wednesdays)
Interested in the impact of globalization on public policy and economic development? This course covers a series of contemporary controversies in international political economy, including Canada/US trade disputes, international financial crises, US-Chinese relations, the politics of European integration, the politics of natural resource industries, and contemporary challenges to economic development. It is intended for students interested in pursuing in-depth research on one of these areas. (Note: offered jointly with 6350 Political Economy -- permission of instructor is required to take this course). Textbook: International Political Economy: Interest and Institutions in the Global Economy (3rd edition), by Thomas Oatley. Evaluation: Literature Reviews (x2) 20%, Research Problem Presentation 10%, Research Paper Presentation 10%, Research Paper 40%, Class Participation 20%

4730 Public Policy in Newfoundland (J. Cummings, 10:30-11:45am, Tu/Th)
Do you want to know how the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador really makes decisions? The factors influencing politicians and civil servants are often surprising. The course will examine the formation, implementation and impact of policies in areas such as fisheries, resources, industrial development, agriculture and social policy. Textbooks: Public Policy in Canada, by Stephen Brooks, and Lydia Miljan; Our Place in Canada: Main Report, by Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

4731 Political Economy of Newfoundland (H. Simms, 3:30-4:45pm, M/W)
An examination of the political economy of Newfoundland and Labrador from the mid-19th century to the present. Consideration is given to structural aspects of the economy and their relationship to the development of political institutions. Themes to be explored include regime change, underdevelopment and dependency, class structure, corruption, nationalism and neo-nationalism, province-building and relations with other provinces and the federal government. Textbooks: Retrenchment and Regeneration in Rural Newfoundland, by Reginald Byron; A Fishery for Modern Times: The State and Industrialization of the Newfoundland Fishery, 1934-1968, by Miriam Wright; “Political Economy: An Introductory Text” (Paperback Version), by Edmund S. Phelps

4790 Public Policy in Canada (M. Kerby, 9:00-10:15am, Tu/Th)
This course will bridge the gap between theory and practice when it comes to the public policy process in Canada. We will spend time examining current public policy debates that affect us as Newfoundlanders, Labradorians and Canadians. We will ask a lot of questions and come up with some solutions of our own.

4950 Honours Essay I (Head of Department)
4951 Honours Essay II (Head of Department)
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5999 Exchange Program – Limerick, Ireland
5999 Exchange Program – Uppsala, Sweden
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