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Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (2009/2010)
12.22 Political Science


Introduction to Politics

is an introduction to basic concepts in the study of politics, emphasizing the Canadian system of government and its relationship with the Canadian society.


Canadian Political Problems

is 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.


World Political Problems

is 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.


Introduction to Political Thought

is 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.


Introduction to International Politics

is an examination of the "building blocks" of international politics including determinants, means, processes and ends. Emphasis is on the post-1945 period.


Introduction to Comparative Politics

is an introduction to comparative politics focussing on the differences and similarities among a variety of countries and systems.


Introduction to Political Behaviour

is an introduction to classics and controversies in the understanding of political behaviour. Topics include political culture and individual behaviour, public opinion, voting and elections, political participation, psychological dimensions of activism, and social movements.


Introduction to Canadian Politics I

is 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.

CR: Political Science 2711 and the former Political Science 2700


Introduction to Canadian Politics II

is 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.

CR: Political Science 2710 and the former Political Science 2700


Politics and the Environment

is an examination of the environmentalist movement, interest groups, and green parties; the impact of environmentalism on conventional parties and public opinion; and the dynamics of support for and opposition to the achievement of environmentalist objectives.


Environmental Policy

is an examination of the formation, implementation, and impact of public policies concerning the environment including an examination of different policy approaches and the problems of environmental regulation.

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).