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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Undergraduate Courses Political Science Courses
Political Science Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

The following courses are offered for degree programs.

Political Science 1100      Introduction to Political Science
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: An introduction to the scope, concepts and methods of Political Science, including the institutional and social framework of political activity illustrated by reference to Canada and other political systems, and to the role of political ideas.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Political Science 1301      Introduction to Law
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: An introduction to the fundamental concepts and notions related to law and legal systems which provides students with a background for subsequent courses in law. An examination of the types of law, the process of lawmaking, the organization of law-enforcement agencies, and the role of law as a method of conflict resolution. Examples will be drawn from Canadian as well as from other legal systems of the world. This course will also explain the primary issues related to the profession and practice of law.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Political Science 2212      Canadian Government
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of Canadian political institutions, including parliament, federalism and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The interaction between the executive and the legislature in minority and majority governments will be examined. The implications of the Charter for the role of the courts will be assessed.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 2213      Canadian Political Processes
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Includes the role of interest groups and political parties in Canadian politics. An examination of the policy-making process, the organization of the civil service and the role of the civil service in policy making.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 2311      Criminal Law
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the Canadian Criminal Code, rules of evidence and sentencing. The course will draw on recent court decisions and procedures.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 2313      Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The study of human rights with emphasis on Canadian civil liberties, the Bill of Rights and constitutional developments. The course will also examine civil liberties, human rights and minority group protection in an international context.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 2315      Law and Politics of the Family
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A survey of family law in Canada including the political issues and controversies surrounding it.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 2315
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 2317      History of Women and the Law
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: For course description see Women's Studies, Courses.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 2317/History 2317
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Political Science 2335      Politics, Government and Society in the United States
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of American political institutions and political culture, the relationship between government and society, the policy process and selected policy issues. Attention will be paid to America's world role and its relationship with Canada.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Political Science 2305 previously may not take Political Science 2335 for credit.
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Political Science 2339      Comparative Politics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The student is introduced to the study of the domestic institutions and processes of countries other than Canada. Themes may include: research methods and theories in comparative politics, political institutions such as the administrative, executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government, processes such as elections, decision-making, policy-making, political issues, behavior and culture, social cleavages and social movements. Area studies are drawn from the First, Second and Third Worlds.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 2410      Mass Media and Politics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: The relationship between politics and media and the interaction between government, society and varying media styles and modes of presentation. The course will cover print, radio and television as well as film and Internet media, focusing primarily on Canadian media experiences.
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Political Science 2510      Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The contribution of Classical and Medieval thinkers to the development of ideas about political practice in the West will be studied. The primary goal is to acquaint the student with the variety of opinion around such subjects as community, society, law and justice, and power. Students will also be encouraged to challenge the assumptions of these thinkers with regard to a wide variety of "modern" political perspectives such as technology and media, gender, and post-modernism.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Political Science 2520 may not take Political Science 2510 for credit.
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Political Science 2555      Approaches to Public Policy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Political Science 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: The course content will impart a basic understanding of a range of different approaches used to study public policy. Each approach identifies key concepts, defines the method of study, and states the explanations they provide. The course provides the basic conceptual foundation for advanced courses in public policy. Students will become capable of critically discussing the merits of the different approaches to studying public policy, and of situating current policy events within this field of competing theories.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 2611      World Politics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the changing structure of world politics with reference to theories, concepts, and case studies in international relations.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 2617      International Law and Organizations
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of the development of international organizations, such as The League of Nations, the U.N. and its agencies. This course also analyzes the sources of international laws and their significance in international relations. Topics include: diplomacy, recognition, state succession, jurisdiction, treaties, extradition, and nationality.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3101      Directed Reading
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least three courses in Political Science and permission of the Department
Description: A reading and research course intended for students with special interests and abilities. Students will meet with an appropriate professor for tutorials throughout the year. *Before registering in this course students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as the permission of the Department Chair.
SpecialTopic: Y
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Political Science 3215      Ontario Politics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of political institutions, political processes and political behaviour in Ontario.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3217      Local Government in Canada
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An analysis of theories of local government, the evolution and structure of local government, and the political and administrative functioning of local governments. Special attention will be paid to local government in northwestern Ontario.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3250      The Politics of Food in the North
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Designed to explore the global politics of food and its impact on the understanding of food security and food sovereignty. Will focus attention on the political effects of food action and policy in Canada and more specifically on the development of community interests and services around food security in northern locations.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3311      Third World Politics and Society
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A theoretical study of the politics of change in the Third World: the mechanisms of change, the political tasks of new states, ideology, reform and revolution, the international context of development.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3313      Third World Area Studies
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of the contemporary politics in one of the areas of the Third World: Asia, Africa, or Latin America. The major institutions, degree of democratization and the role of the political system in promoting economic development are analyzed. Topics which may be explored are: historical background, colonial experience, nationalism and nation-building, nature and extent of pluralism, government structures, party systems, role of the army and the transition to democracy.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3314      Terrorism in World Politics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The global trends in terrorism and the specific controversies relating to the definition of terrorism will be examined. Students will analyze the various types of terrorism, both past and present, and the future patterns and potentialities of terrorism, in order to prepare recommendations for facing international terrorism. In this manner, students will develop a clear understanding of the extraordinarily complex world of terrorism.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3319      Comparative Public Policy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of selected public policy issues, particularly those connected to the economy, the welfare state, and the labour market, in advanced industrial countries. Attention will be paid to the identification and explanation of variations in the policy profiles of these countries.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3331      Law and Politics: Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of a selected topic in law and politics. Issues to be examined will vary according to the interests of the students and the instructor. May be taken more than twice provided that the special topics are different.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3332      Environmental Policy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: This course is designed to provide an understanding of how environmental policy is formulated in Canada. The course will also examine what policy tools are available in environmental management and new frameworks of decision-making.
Cross-List(s): Environmental Studies 3332
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3333      Comparative Study of Industrialized States of Europe
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the domestic policies of selected European industrialized states such as France, the UK, Germany, Italy and others. Specific countries studied varies from year to year. Topics include elections, parties, institutions, policies, issues, Constitutions and laws.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3334      Comparative Study of Industrialized States Outside Europe
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the domestic policies of selected industrialized states outside Europe, such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand and others. Specific countries studied varies from year to year. Topics include elections, parties, institutions, policies, issues, Constitutions and laws.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3335      Political Tactics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A survey of political tactics used by actors in the political system, with an emphasis on individual and small group tactics. The student uses exercises and case studies to learn about political tactics. Among the topics included in the course are: legal and judicial tactics, electoral tactics, and tactics involving the media and public relations. Tactics used to pressure the executive, legislative, administrative and local branches of government or large organizations are also included.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3337      Canadian Federalism
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of the evolution of Canadian federalism from 1867 to present. Topics include the impact of judicial review on the degree of centralization, the financial arrangements which link federal and provincial governments, proposals, for senate reform, and the issue of Quebec's possible secession.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3338      Comparative Federalism
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of federal states including United States, Australia, Switzerland and Germany. The role of upper houses, amending formulas, financial arrangements, attempts to use federalism to accommodate linguistic minorities will be considered. Some comparisons will be made with Canada.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3339      Comparative Health Policy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: During the 20th century, health policies made significant impacts on the well-being of citizens all over the world. This lecture and seminar course looks at the development of health policies from a comparative perspective. Beginning with the Canadian health care system, the course examines the evolution of health policies in advanced industrial and modernizing societies. Lectures explore variations in determinants of health, policy responses, societal impacts, options and proposed reforms. Special attention is paid to issues of cost, access and quality of care.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3351      Aboriginal Peoples and the Law
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of the unique legal position of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada with particular emphasis on the political, economic and social impact of the law. Topics to be dealt with include: International Law and indigenous people, Aboriginal identity in Canada, the nature of aboriginal title, the scope of aboriginal rights, pre and post confederation treaties (particular emphasis on treaties in northwestern Ontario), land claim negotiations (specific and comprehensive land claims), self?government, constitutional developments, the nature of amendments to the Indian Act.
Cross-List(s): Indigenous Learning 3351
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Political Science 3355      Public Policy and Development
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Political science 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: The formulation and implementation of public policy in developing countries are among the most critical functions of their governments, and the process becomes increasingly complex in the context of their vulnerable position as poorer countries in the global system. The course content examines the validity and application of key concepts of public policy outside the context of liberal industrialized democracies by exploring the policy process in developing countries, looking at the roles of governments, political parties, interest groups, non-governmental organizations and international agencies, with particular reference to development.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3359      Women in Developing Countries
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A survey of the public and private positions that women occupy in the developing world. Emphasis will be placed on the comparative political, social and cultural definitions of gender and equality as they are described and discussed in developing countries.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3360      Feminist Engagement with the Law
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: For course description see Women's Studies, page 264.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 3360
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Political Science 3515      Political Thought and Contemporary Issues
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of selected problems in the relationship between contemporary political ideas and current political concerns. The topics selected are designed to stimulate dialogue and debate about the political problems of the modern world.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3517      Modern Political Thought
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: A study and evaluations of trends in modern political thought. The topics and themes of the course will reflect the ideas of a selection of modern and contemporary political theorists.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3519      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: Subject matter to be determined by needs and interests of participating students and faculty.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3617      Foreign Policy Decision-Making
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of theories, patterns and problems in foreign policy decision-making. Attention is given to state and non-state actors in the domestic as well as the external environment. Topics include: theories of decision-making, institutional framework for initiation and execution of foreign policy, instruments of foreign policy, analysis and impact of foreign policy formulations, challenges and prospects.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3619      Foreign Policies of the Major Powers
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: The foreign policies of the world major powers, U.S.A., Russia, Japan, China, Germany, Britain, Canada and France are introduced through the presentation of models and case studies. The broad context within which the foreign policies of these major powers are made, the national style that distinguishes each of these powers, the forces and institutions that make foreign policy, and the process by which policy is made. The course concludes with a discussion of alternative futures open to these different nations.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 3711      Public Administration
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An analysis of modern theories of organization and bureaucracy and comparative policy processes. These theories and processes will be considered within the context of Canada, Britain and the United States. The crucial role of civil servants in the policy-making process and as innovators in developmental change will be examined.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Political Science 3713      Canadian Public Administration
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An analysis of organizational, legal and personnel arrangements in the Canadian federal bureaucracy and selected provincial bureaucracies.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Political Science 4101      Undergraduate Honours Thesis
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor
Description: The dissertation may be in any field of Political Science for which adequate supervision is available within the department. The subject will be chosen in conjunction with the department and one or more member(s) of the department will be appointed dissertation supervisor(s).
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Political Science 4110      Research Methodology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Both qualitative and quantitative approaches to political research are analyzed with emphasis on research design, covering topics such as specifying research problems, structuring social-scientific inquiries, designing questionnaires, and collecting data. Other topics will include organizing and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data using computer applications.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4150      Selected Topics in Law
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A half-course in Law and Politics
Description: An examination of selected key contemporary issues in the areas of Law and Legal Studies. Issues to be examined will vary according to the interests of the students and the instructor.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4213      Politics in the Canadian North
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An anlaysis of politics in the Canadian territorial and provincial north. Comparisons will be made with other countries of the circumpolar north.
Cross-List(s): Northern Studies 4213/Indigenous Learning 4213
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Political Science 4203 may not take Political Science 4213 for credit.
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Political Science 4215      Canadian Political Thought
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: A survey and analysis of the history of Canadian political ideas. The course will survey a variety of subjects including federalism, toryism, continentalism and a number of important Canadian thinkers including George Grant and Harold Innis.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4217      Constitutional Politics in Canada
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Political Science 2212 or 2213 or permission of the instructor
Description: Analysis of Canada's constitutional evolution and of the factors promoting and inhibiting constitutional change.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Political Science 4255      Canadian Public Policy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: A survey of existing frameworks for the study of public policy and an examination of the formation, implementation and impact of policies in selected fields.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Political Science 4205 previously may not take Political Science 4255 for credit.
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Political Science 4311      Selected Problems in Comparative Politics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An analysis of the differences among industrial states. Topics may include parties, interest groups, institutions, processes, political economy, national and regional integration, public policy, and others.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Political Science 4301 previously may not take Political Science 4311 for credit.
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Political Science 4312      Foreign Policies of Japan, China and India
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An overview of the foreign policies of three key powers of Asia: Japan, China, and India. It will study the historical evolution, goals and determinants of these foreign policies, and the conflictual and co-operative interactions of these states with other countries in Asia and the world.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4315      Security and Conflict Resolution
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An analysis of security and conflict resolution mechanisms from a variety of perspectives. A consideration of classical and contemporary research and options on the cases of conflict. Topics include: approaches to conflict, causes of war escalation, arms control and types of mediation practices. Case studies of conflict include: The Gulf War, the Balkans, Iran-Iraq War, Palestine/Israel, and Afghanistan.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4330      Theories of the State
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Various theories of the state will be debated, including: Liberal-Pluralists, Marxists, Post-colonialists and Post-modernists from the perspective of the contemporary international/global politics. The following themes, among others, will be introduced: structural theories, discourse theories, rational choice theories, contemporary crisis of the nation state, and the future of the state under the pressure of international politics and globalization.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4335      Political Strategy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to the process of developing and implementing political strategy using analysis and case studies. The student uses analysis and case studies to examine each of the steps in the development of political strategy. These steps include research, identifying opportunities and issues, searching for options, estimating outcomes, choosing strategies and choosing tactics. The course focuses on several types of actors in the political system.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4513      Contemporary Political Thought
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: A critical appraisal of recent trends in normative and empirical theory.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Political Science 4503 cannot take Political Science 4513 for credit.
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Political Science 4550      Women in Politics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: A study of the position of women in political thought, the role of women in politics in general, the role of women in public affairs, and public policies. This course will also examine the views of various political thinkers with regard to abortion, pornography, sexual harassment, and other issues related to women and politics.
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Political Science 4555      Politics of Public Policy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Political Science 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: Students are equipped with analytical insights into the politics of policy-making. The course content will focus on the strategic context of politics that often shapes the environment of public policy itself, seeking to answer questions such as: How do we study the multiple political factors that produce various outcomes/patterns of public policies? Do leftist and rightist parties have a different impact on policy outcome? Do policy-makers' paradigms have an effect on major choices in social or economic policy? Do some structures of party competition facilitate unpopular cutbacks of social benefits?
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4615      International Political Economy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of theoretical and practical issues in international political economy. Topics include: theories of international political economy, economic reforms; multinational corporations, technology transfer, economic development and cultural change; patterns of trade and trade blocs; environmentalism; the external debt crisis of developing countries and the economic stabilization programs supported by the International Monetary Fund.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4711      New Public Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Political Science 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: Students will be able to understand the development of the new management philosophy and the attendant wave of public sector reforms that has swept across most governments around the industrialized world, with a particular focus on Canada, since the 1980s. The course content examines the distinction between traditional public administration and the new paradigm of managerialism by addressing issues such as privatization, public-private partnership, alternative service delivery, budgetary reforms, human resources management, performance management, and accountability.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Political Science 4911      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): A course in Political Science or permission of the instructor
Description: Subject matter to be determined by needs and interests of participating students and faculty.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Political Science 4901 previously may not take a course section of Political Science 4911 with the same topic.
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