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Official Updates to Courses

From time-to-time departments update their official course offerings, titles and descriptions as listed in the university calendar. Effective Fall 2008, the Department of Political Science has implemented the following changes to improve the accuracy of our calendar information, and to reflect more current delivery of our courses. We anticipate further improvements in future years. Questions about these or suggestions for potential future updates should be directed to the Head of the Department or the Undergraduate Coordinator. (Note: the official MUN calendar presides over any information presented below)

Courses with updated titles and updated official descriptions

3511 Media and Politics (title was “Political Communication”)
Updated: 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.

3700 Elections in Canada (title was “Parties and Elections in Canada”)
Updated: 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.

3751 Canadian Political Economy (title was “State and Economic Life in Canada”)
Updated: 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.

4301 Transitions to Democracy (title was “Preconditions of Democracy”)
Updated: 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. Prerequisites: Political Science 2300, plus one Political Science course numbered at the 3000 level.

4350 Controversies in Political Economy (title was “The State and the Economy”)
Updated: 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.

4450 Third World Politics (title was “State and Society in the Third World”)
Updated: This course 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.

4740 Contentious Politics: Protest, Violence and Terrorism (title was “Political Protest and Reform”)
Updated: This course examines protest and movement politics, insurgent and counter-insurgent politics, terrorism, and revolution.

Major updates to official calendar descriptions (but no change in the course title)

3250 International Political Economy
Updated: 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.

3340 Women and Politics
Updated: 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.

3370-3389 Special Topics in Contemporary European Politics
Updated: These courses, offered only at the Harlow (England) campus, 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 a Harlow semester consult the Department of Political Science or the Faculty of Arts.

3531 Political Parties
Updated: 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. Prerequisite: Political Science 2010 or 2300 or 2500 or 2711.

3710 Intergovernmental Relations in Canada
Updated: Relationships between governments in the Canadian federation range 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.

4000 Internship
Updated: Provides career-related 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. Details are available on the Department’s Web site. Prerequisites: 15 credit hours in Political Science courses with a minimum B(70) average and third-year standing (minimum 60 credit hours).

4230 Theories of International Relations
Updated: 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.

4731 Political Economy of Newfoundland
Updated: 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. Topics may include regime change, underdevelopment and dependency, class structure, corruption, nationalism and neo-nationalism, province-building, and relations with other provinces and the Canadian government.

4780 Research Seminar in Newfoundland Politics
Updated: Requires participation in research projects dealing with selected aspects of politics in the province 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. Prerequisite: Political Science 3780.

Updates to course titles (but no change in the official description)

3310 American Politics (replaces “American Political System”)
3320 Russian Politics (replaces “Comparative Politics: State and Politics in the USSR and the Commonwealth of Independent States”

Minor updates in official descriptions

2350 Europe in the 20th Century
2710 Introduction to Canadian Politics I
2711 Introduction to Canadian Politics II
4313 The Politics of Contemporary Welfare States
4950 Honours Essay I
4951 Honours Essay II

Courses removed from the calendar and which will no longer be offered

3020 Marxism and its Variants
3030 Political Sociology (but still offered in the Department of Sociology)
3330 Eastern European Politics
3360 The Military and Politics
4112 Critical Theory and Politics
4460 Refugees and Politics
4480-4485 Special Topics in Political Development
4901 Honours Tutorial