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13.24 Political Science

Political Science courses are designated by POSC.

The second digit in each course number designates a field in Political Science. Students interested in notionally concentrating in an area may be guided in their course selections, as follows:

  • Second Digit
  • 0 General & Research techniques
  • 1 Political theory
  • 2 International politics
  • 3 Comparative politics
  • 6 Public policy and public administration
  • 8 Canadian politics
  • 9 Special topics


Introduction to Politics

is an introduction to basic concepts in the study of politics, power, law, public policy and government, touching on major areas of political ideologies, institutions, and current domestic and international political issues. Suitable for students in all disciplines.


Issues in Canadian Politics and Policy

explores some of Canada’s most pressing and interesting political and public policy issues. This course profiles important political problems facing federal and provincial politicians and society. Open to all students interested in Canadian politics, government and domestic public policy.


Issues in World Politics

explores some of the world’s most pressing and interesting political issues. This course profiles important political problems, such as a power struggle within a particular country, a controversial topic that affects an entire continent, or a major crisis that has implications for inhabitants around the world. Suitable for students in all disciplines who have an interest in international politics.


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 and techniques of comparative analysis across political jurisdictions. This course focuses on the differences between, and similarities among, a variety of countries and systems of government.


Introduction to Political Behaviour

- inactive course.


Introduction to Public Policy and Administration

outlines major concepts in, and issues relating to, the fields of public policy and administration. Introduces students to major conceptual issues that shape public policy and government, such as agenda setting, types of public policy models and public management processes. Open to all students interested in the study of public policy and public administration.


Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government

is an introduction to the structure and operations of institutions of Canadian government and the nature of political actors. Topics to be examined may include the constitution, federalism, parliament, political parties, political culture and elections.

CR: the former POSC 2710


Politics and the Environment

(same as the former POSC 3550) 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.

CR: the former POSC 3550


Environmental Policy

(same as the former POSC 3731) 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.

CR: the former POSC 3731

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).