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POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE LIST

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

1000. Introduction to Politics. An introduction to basic concepts in the study of politics, emphasizing the Canadian system of government and its relationship with the Canadian society.

1010. Canadian Political Problems. 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. An introduction to contemporary issues in world politics. The course will examine selected issues and the manner in which these reflect interests and ideologies and the larger political and economic context in which they occur.

2000. Introduction to Political Thought. A survey of the most important political thinkers and schools of political thought in the Western political tradition. The course will ordinarily cover political thinkers from Plato to Marx and include a selection of contemporary political ideologies.

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.

2300. Introduction to Comparative Politics. An introduction to comparative politics focusing on the differences and similarities among a variety of countries and systems.

2350. Europe in the 20th Century. (Same as European Studies 2000 and History 2350). Social, economic, and political changes from 1918 to the present including the collapse of monarchies, the emergence of mass politics, fascism and totaliterarianism, World War II, postwar reconstruction and the welfare state, European integration, and Europe in the postwar economic and political order. The course will examine Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, and particularly the European Union. Special attention will be paid to the demise of class politics and the impact of postwar affluence.

2500. Introduction to Political Behaviour. A survey of informal and behavioural aspects of politics, focusing on citizen participation in Canada and other societies. Topics will include political socialization, public opinion, the electoral process, and dynamics of leadership, influence and persuasion. An empirical approach will be emphasized. This course qualifies as a Research/Writing course.

2710. Introduction to Canadian Politics I. An introductory survey of the structure, operation, and inter-relationships of the institutions of government at the federal level in Canada. Topics to be examined include the constitution, federalism, parliament, the executive, and the judiciary.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for either Political Science 2710 or 2711 and the former Political Science 2700.

2711. Introduction to Canadian Politics II. An introductory survey of the Canadian political process. The course will explore the linkages between Canadian society and political institutions. Topics to be examined include political culture, political parties, the electoral system, voting behaviour, interest groups, the mass media and politics, protest movements, and elites and social classes.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for either Political Science 2710 or 2711 and the former Political Science 2700.

3010. Research Design and Data Collection. Principles and techniques for collecting and recording data for the empirical study of politics. Emphasis is on survey research, with attention to other methods such as elite interviewing, content analysis, and use of aggregate statistics. Students will receive practical experience in all topics.
Prerequisite: Political Science 2500.

3011. Empirical Analysis. Methods of describing and explaining political phenomena with empirical data. Emphasis is on quantitative analysis of existing data, with an introduction to appropriate statistics and computer techniques. The course is intended to make students more confident and critical in assessing empirical studies, and to provide a foundation for original research.
Prerequisite: Political Science 3010.

3030. Political Sociology. (Same as Sociology 3030). An introduction to the sociological foundations of political life. Topics to be examined include voting behaviour, comparative power systems, ideologies, mass movements, parties, voluntary associations, and bureaucracies. Attention is given to the concepts of class, status, command, power, authority, and legitimacy.
Prerequisite: Political Science 2300, 2500 or Sociology 2000.

3100. Political Theory I. Selected political theory from Plato to Rousseau. The theme of the course is the development of liberal democratic theory.
Prerequisite: Any 2000 level course in Political Science.

3110. Political Theory II. Selected political theory from Tocqueville to the present. The theme of the course is the crisis in liberal democratic theory.
Prerequisite: Any 2000 level course in Political Science.

3140. Feminist Political Theory. This course will examine major tendencies within contemporary feminist theory. Liberal, radical, and Marxist feminist analyses of the causes and responses to inequality will be examined. Authors to be examined include S. de Beauvoir, B. Friedan, S. Firstone, M. O'Brien, and N. Hartstock.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Political Science 3140 and the former Political Science 4111.

3190-94. Special Topics in Political Theory.

3200. Comparative Foreign Policy. An introduction to the comparative analysis of foreign policy, with special reference to selected great powers.

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.

3220. International Organizations. The purposes, structures, and effectiveness of contemporary international organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the United Nations "family". An exposure to several others of the more than two hundred existent IGO's will also be given.

3250. International Political Economy. Defined as the zone of interaction between world politics and international economics, international political economy includes such topics as trade politics; sovereign debt and structural adjustment; national foreign economic policies; the politics of economic integration; transnational corporations; hegemony and long cycles; official development assistance; and dependency. The selection of topics presented will vary from semester to semester.
Prerequisite: Political Science 2200.

3291. 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.
Prerequisite: Political Science 2200 or 2300.

3370-3389. Special Topics in Contemporary Europe.
(Available only as pat of Harlow campus semester).

3292-3296. Special Topics in International Relations.

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.
Prerequisite: Political Science 2300.

3310. American Political System. The course will examine the governmental process in the United States including the role of parties and interest groups. It will also examine select contemporary problems.
Prerequisite: Any 2000 level course in Political Science.

3320. Comparative Politics: State and Politics in the USSR and the Commonwealth of Independent States. This course is designed as a general survey of politics and government in the Soviet Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The development of Soviet and post-Soviet politics will be analyzed with special attention being paid to political leadership and its relation to the promotion of political change and continuity.

3330. Eastern European Politics. This course will focus upon politics in East-Central and Southeastern Europe. Particular attention will be paid to developments in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia.

3340. Women and Politics. A comparative politics course on the role of women in the political process. Topics will include the political socialization, political organization, voting behaviour, and political recruitment of women; the role of women within political parties; the organization of governmental institutions as a response to the concerns of women; and existing labour, tax, and social policies as they affect women. The countries compared will vary from semester to semester.

3370-3389. Special Topiccs in Contemporary Europe. (Available only as part of Harlow campus semester).

3391-95. Special Topics in Comparative Politics.

3430. 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.

3510. Public Opinion. The course will survey the formation of politically relevant attitudes (political socialization), factors affecting stability and change in these attitudes, and aggregate distributions of attitudes in society. Materials will be drawn primarily from the United States and Canada.
Prerequisite: Political Science 2500.

3511. Political Communication. Communications theory will be used to analyze major political problems and processes, including national integration and political development. Special attention will be given to aspects of Canadian political integration and Canadian mass media.
Prerequisite: Political Science 2500.

3521. Law and Society. This course will review 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.

3531. Political Parties. A comparative study of political parties in European, North American and third world contexts. Attention will be given to the origin and development of parties, modes of party organization, electoral laws, and the causes and impact of multipartyism. Special attention will be given to the problem of change.
Prerequisite: Political Science 2300 or 2500 or 2711.

3540. Principles of Public Administration. An outline of major theoretical concepts in the field of public administration. The emphasis is on organization theory and practice, administrative decision-making, and organization development. Usually run as a seminar course. This course is relevant to any student contemplating a career in public employment.

3590-94. Special Topics in Political Behaviour.

3711. Fiscal Federalism in Canada. (Same as Economics 3711). (I.) Federal-provincial-municipal fiscal relations in Canada: intergovernmental tax agreements and equalization payments. (II.) Co-operative federalism: shared-cost programs and opting-out arrangements. (III.) Intergovernmental bargaining in the following issue areas: tax reform; administration of justice; welfare policy; post-secondary education.
Prerequisites: Political Science 2710 or Economics 2010 and 2020.

3720. Canadian Constitutional Law. This course 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.

3730. Introduction to 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.

3741. Public Administration in Canada. 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.

3760. Canadian Foreign Policy. This course will discuss the factors which contribute to the making of Canadian Foreign Policy and the process by which it is made. Several case studies will be discussed, for example: Canada and the international law of the fisheries; Canada and NATO; Canada and peacekeeping.

3770. Provincial Politics. 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.

3780. Newfoundland Politics. A study of the political process in Newfoundland. Topics may include electoral behaviour and attitudes, the party system, leadership styles, the consequences of federalism, and public administration.

3790. Local Government and Politics in Canada. An examination of the theory, structure and operation of local governments in Canada, with particular emphasis on Newfoundland. Recent proposals for reform and the politics of implementing regional government and financial reorganization will be examined.

3791-95. Special Topics in Canadian Politics.

3900. Directed Research. Specific instruction and guidance in all aspects of original research work in Political Science. The student will focus on subject matter introduced in a previous or concurrent course. Instruction will be given in selection of a topic; bibliographic work; definition of the problem to be investigated; research design; location, selection and collection of appropriate material from primary and secondary sources; logical and empirical analysis; and appropriate forms of presentation in the final paper.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Political Science 3900 and Political Science 4000.

4000. Internship. A part-time, normally unpaid placement in government, voluntary organizations, political parties, unions, or other institutions involved in public affairs. The number of openings varies and admission to this course is selective and competitive. Placements are for twelve weeks at eight hours per week, in addition to regularly scheduled class meetings.
Prerequisites: Fifteen credit hours in Political Science courses with a B70 average and third-year standing (minimum 60 credit hours).
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Political Science 4000 and Political Science 3900.

4113. Contemporary Democratic Theory. This course will examine alternative conceptions of the foundations of democracy. Theorists to be considered include F. Hayek, R. Nozick, J. Rawls, R. Dworkin, and M. Walzer.
Prerequisite: Political Science 3100 or 3110 or 3140.

4200. Special Topics in International Law. Research seminar on contemporary Canadian legal problems. Each semester will focus on one problem, e.g., Northern sovereignty, fishing zones, pollution, control of the sea.

4210-4219. Special Topics in International Politics. In-depth research of timely international concerns. Each semester the emphasis will be on a specific crisis situation, such as the Mid-East conflict or topical problems of disarmament, foreign aid, or trade relationships.

4230. Theories of International Relations. An examination of the approaches and frameworks used in the study of international relations, such as idealism, realism, systems, simulation, and empirical models. Approaches will be examined through the use of case studies.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Political Science 4230 and the former Political Science 3230.

4301. Preconditions of Democracy. A comparative study of the preconditions necessary to develop and sustain democratic regimes and the circumstances under which transitions to democratic rule 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 3300 or 3400 level.

4313. The Politics of Contemporary Welfare States. A comparative study of the politics of contemporary welfare states. The emphasis will be on the policies of welfare states and the political forces which shape them.
Prerequisites: Political Science 2300 plus one Political Science course numbered at the 3300 level or permission of the instructor.
NOTE: Credit can not be obtained for Political Science 4313 and the former Political Science 3301.

4350. The State and the Economy. A survey and analysis of the role of the state under contemporary capitalism. The principal focus of this course is on advanced capitalist countries other than Canada.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Political Science 4350 and the former Political Science 3350.

4390-4395. Special Topics in Comparative Politics.

4450. State and Society in the Third World. The course will examine the development of state structures in the third world, particularly the bureaucracy and the military, in relation to social and economic change; social bases of political conflict, including class, ethnicity, religion, and region; and political processes, including elections, patronage, and military action. Alternative theoretical paradigms will be reviewed in light of current evidence.

4460. Refugees and Politics. Primary focus on the way in which political considerations affect the creation, conceptualization, reception, care and resettlement of displaced persons. Emphasis on changes in the nature of refugeeism and the conceptual and material responses to these changes.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for Political Science 4460 and the former Political Science 4608.

4480-4485. Special Topics in Political Development.

4500-4505. Special Topics in Political Behaviour.

4604-4607, 4609-4613. Special Topics in Political Science.

4620-4624. Directed Readings in Political Science.

4708-4719. Special Topics in Canadian Politics. An analysis in depth of a particular aspect of Canadian government and politics.

4730. Public Policy in Newfoundland. A study of public policy in Newfoundland. Examination of the formation, implementation and impact of policies in one or more of the following areas: fisheries, resources, industrial development, agriculture, social policy.

4731. Political Economy of Newfoundland. An examination of the political economy of Newfoundland from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Consideration of structural aspects of the Newfoundland 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.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for Political Science 4731 and the former Political Science 4401, nor may credit be obtained for both Political Science 4731 and History 4231.

4740. Political Protest and Reform. This course applies principles derived from the theoretical literature on political protest to reform movements in Canada and other settings. Both broadly based movements and single issue movements will be considered.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Political Science 4740 and the former Political Science 4703.

4750. Regionalism in Canadian Politics. 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.

4780. Research Seminar in Newfoundland Politics. Students will participate in research projects dealing with selected aspects of Newfoundland politics. Topics to be considered include the legislature and the executive, the civil service, interest groups, parties, elections and political recruitment.

4790. Public Policy in Canada. An examination of the relationship between public policy development in Canada and changes in the policy environment. Policy areas to be studied include economic growth and stabilization, social security, economic regulation, criminal justice, education, human rights, and cultural survival and development.

490A/B. Honours Essay.


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