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Courses - Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts is a four-year, 120-credit-hour degree consisting of a set of core requirements (designed to achieve breadth), one or two majors (to achieve depth), and electives (free choices). Minors are optional. Students are allowed to count a maximum of 14 introductory courses towards the program.

PSCI 100 - People, Power and Politics: An Introduction
An introduction to the issues, concepts and institutions of contemporary politics in both Canadian and international contexts, inviting critical thinking on subjects such as power, citizenship, democracy, diversity, feminism and colonialism. It links these topics to current world political events and issues. The objectives of the course are to introduce concepts and approaches in political studies; and to cultivate civic education.

PSCI 210 - Introduction to Political Thought
This course introduces students to the works of some of the major figures in the history of political thought. Central issues such as justice, political authority, natural rights, sovereignty and democratic legitimacy will be explored in the ideas of some of the major figures in the history of political theory from ancient to modern times. *** Prerequisite: PSCI 100 ***

PSCI 220 - Comparative Politics
An introduction to comparative analysis of industrial and developing states. Topics include: the economies and political traditions of the countries in question; contemporary patterns of politics and policy-making, individual and collective rights, governmental power and the functioning of executives, legislatures, bureaucracies, parties, and pressure groups in the context of current policy problems. *** Prerequisite: PSCI 100 ***

PSCI 230 - Canadian Politics
An examination of the political structures and important forces shaping political decision-making in Canada. Emphasis is placed on national institutions and events. *** Prerequisite: PSCI 100 ***

PSCI 240 - World Politics
A comprehensive introduction to international politics. This course is designed to help students establish a basic understanding of the history of war and peace, international relations theory, human security, international political economy, international law, and international organizations. ***Prerequisite: IS 100 or PSCI 100***

PSCI 310 - Ancient Political Thought
This course examines the political philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. It explores questions of justice, goodness, and beauty, and considers ancient theories of virtue and the best political order for human beings. It may also include readings from the Pre-Socratics, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch and others. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours, or permission from the department Head.***

PSCI 311 - Early Modern Political Theory
An examination of the ideas of major figures in early modern political thought such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza and Descartes with a view to exploring the differences between ancient and modern political thought, and the origin of the modern idea of the state, conceptions of the individual, and the nature of community. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** * Note: Formerly numbered PSCI 214. Students may not receive credit for both PSCI 311 and PSCI 214. *

PSCI 312 - American Political Thought
This course examines the intellectual origins and development of the American constitutional tradition from the colonial period to modern times. Topics include thinkers and works from the Founding and Jacksonian era, Lincoln and the slavery crisis, the populist and progressive movements, New Deal liberalism, and contemporary rights issues. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours. Concurrent enrolment allowed in PSCI 321.***

PSCI 321 - American Politics
This class explores the institutional and conceptual framework of democracy in America. We examine the theoretical foundations of the American political system and the major institutions of American government, including Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. We also study civil rights, political participation, and presidential elections. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 323 - Chinese Politics
This course focuses on modern Chinese politics, especially the post-Mao transition from revolution to reform. It introduces students to different approaches to the study of Chinese politics. In addition to the general overview of China's political traditions, revolution, and political institutions, some specific topics will also be examined. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 326 - Asian Politics
An examination of selected political systems in Asia; in addition to studying political structures and institutions, the course will focus on the connections between domestic policies and international relations. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours, or permission from the department Head.***

PSCI 329 - Religion and Politics
This course examines the relationship between religious belief, identity, and organizations and politics in the developed world. It treats theoretical and empirical examinations of topics including fundamentalism, secularization, social justice, and church-state separation. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** *Note: Formerly numbered PSCI 390AO. Students may receive credit for only one of PSCI 390AO or PSCI 329.*

PSCI 331 - Canadian Federalism
This course examines the Canadian federal system from several analytical perspectives in order to come to conclusions about the nature of the system and its impact on politics in Canada. It pays particular attention to the development and present form of the Canadian constitution. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours*** *Note: Students may receive credit for only one of HIST 301 or PSCI 331*

PSCI 334 - Canadian Politics and the Charter of Rights
This course will examine the influence of the Charter of Rights on political issues and social change in Canada. Emphasis will be on civil liberties, group rights and political and socio-economic conflict, and the evolving roles of party politics, the judiciary, and extra-Parliamentary politics. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 336 - Business, Labour, and the State: Canada's Political Economy
Examines the roles played by business, organized labour, and federal and provincial governments in the construction of contemporary Canadian capitalism. Topics include Canada's early economic development, the rise of organized labour, business-labour relations, and the role of the state in Canada's economy. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 337 - Women in Politics
An introduction to women's participation in various aspects of Canadian political life, including the women's movement, party and electoral politics, legislatures, and the legal system. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 338 - Aboriginal People and Politics
This course considers the relationship between indigenous peoples and the Canadian state. Questions of the nature of colonialism, capitalism, citizenship and identity are raised, based on a critical reading of Canadian history and contemporary politics. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 340 - International Law
An introduction to the basic foundations of International Law including its sources, history, scope and key institutions. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 341 - Canadian Foreign Policy
This course introduces the student to the study of Canadian foreign policy. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 342 - Global Governance: International Organizations
The course studies the role of international organizations in contemporary global governance. It examines the functions of global and regional organizations in major issue areas, including peace and security, international economic relations, development, human rights and the environment. It investigates the effectiveness, legitimacy and accountability of the existing system of global governance such as the United Nations system. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** *Note: this course is cross-listed with IS 301. Students may receive credit for only one of IS 301 or PSCI 342.*

PSCI 343 - International Political Economy
A critical examination of the relationship and interaction between world politics and the international economy, including topics such as international trade, financial debt crisis, multinational corporations, foreign aid and investment. Theoretical attention will be particularly paid to hegemony and leadership theory, development and underdevelopment, regionalism and integration, international regimes and globalization. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 344 - Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment
This course considers the ways in which economic development has occurred in different states, taking into account transformations in global capitalism, superpower states, and political-economic alliances, and domestic political formations. Theoretical materials may include liberal and realist accounts as well as neo-Marxist critiques. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** * Note: Formerly numbered PSCI 270. Students may not receive credit for both PSCI 344 and PSCI 270. *

PSCI 347 - War and Peace: Past, Present and Future
An examination of global security and conflict including the causes of war, the evolution of warfare, ethnic conflicts, Western military interventions, the democratic peace, and the future prospects of war and peace. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** *Note: Formerly numbered PSCI 390AK. Students may receive credit for only one of PSCI 390AK or PSCI 347*

PSCI 350 - Elections, Parties, and Political Participation
Analysis of electoral systems, voting behaviour, and various conventional and unconventional forms of political participation. Examples from Canada and other countries will be examined and compared. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 361 - Local and Community Politics
This course addresses political processes and structures at the local level, and community as a venue for political action. Topics such as community power; local interest groups, issues and conflicts; local democracy; and the local/global dichotomy will be considered. Examples will be drawn from both urban and rural settings. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 390AH - Globalization, States and Nations
The course studies the causes and consequences of globalization from a global political economy perspective. One of the course objectives is to bring clarity to the idea of globalization by introducing the main different positions in the globalization debate. ***Prerequisite: PSCI 100*** *Note: Students may not receive credit for only one of PSCI 390AH and IS 300.*

PSCI 390AM - Politics of South Africa
This course provides an overview of political, economic and social issues in South Africa, covering the initial colonial contact, the formal introduction of apartheid, the anti-apartheid struggle, the transition to non-racial democracy, and post-apartheid politics. ***Prerequisite: either PSCI 220 or PSCI 240 or permission of the Department Head***

PSCI 390AN - Politics in Global History
A study of states, power, and government in world history. Topics covered may include: how our basic political institutions evolved; how different regions and civilizations followed diverging pathways; why empires rose and fell; the roots of democracy; and the future of politics. ***Prerequisite: either PSCI 220 or PSCI 240 or permission of the Department Head***

PSCI 390AO - Religion and Politics
This course explores the intersection between religious belief and politics by examining specific cases (like the American Religious Right, Islamic Fundamentalism, and the Social Gospel) and by reflecting on concepts such as secularism, religious freedom, and modernization.

PSCI 390AP - Citizen Engagement in Canada
This course examines conventional (such as voting, interest groups, and political parties) and unconventional (such as protests and social movement activism) mechanisms of political engagement in Canada. By doing so, it explains how we practice democracy in Canada and asks how can we improve that practice.

PSCI 390AQ - The European Union
This course will explore the political history and evolution of the European Union from the post-war period to the present day. The course will examine the EU's international role as well as its impact on the domestic politics of European states. Particular attention will be paid to its transition to a monetary union and the consequences this has for its present challenges and future directions. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 390AR - International Human Rights
This course investigates evolution of international human rights and those institutions that protect human rights such as the UN. It examines the international bodies that have judicial powers over human rights crimes and the challenges they face, including the International Criminal Court and ad hoc tribunals. ***Prequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours***

PSCI 390AS - Democratic Theory
Democracy is the most widely held political value in the world today. But what democracy actually means has always been contentious. This course explores the different ways democracy has historically been defined and why it has been and remains a controversial idea (and ideal). Examining democracy's contested history could allow us to better understand our own democracy -- or lack of it. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 390AT - The Political Theory of C.B. Macpherson
This course examines work of C.B. Macpherson, one of Canada’s most prominent and important political thinkers. It covers a wide range of topics including Macpherson's theory of possessive individualism; his account of human nature; his relation to Marx and Marxism; his theory of democracy; and his critique of the social sciences. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 390BA - Politics of Europe
An examination of the political evolution of post-war Europe. Topics may include the development and challenges of the European Union, the economic & political challenges of Post-Communist Eastern Europe, the politics of selected European countries in a comparative context and Europe's place in the international arena.

PSCI 390BB - Pop Culture and International Politics
What can we learn about international politics from popular culture? Popular culture presents the possibilities of politics that are not abstracted from of everyday life and experience. This course draws the popular culture to explore the nature, limits, and possibilities of contemporary international politics ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 390BC - Democracy and Authoritarianism in Contemporary Latin America
This course discusses the historical construction of Latin American political regimes, such as oligarchy, populism, and dictatorships; likewise processes of transition to democracy. It will approach individual country cases and regional trends, as well as relations between Latin American nations and foreign powers. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 390BD - Canadian Foreign Policy and Development Assistance
How does Canada participate in the world through international development? This course explores official development assistance as an element of Canadian foreign policy. Particular attention is paid to long-term policy shifts and to the influence of civil society and the private sector on development policy. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** *Note: Students may only receive credit for one of PSCI 390BD or IS 390AP.*

PSCI 390CH - Jilin Study Abroad
This study abroad course takes place at Jilin University, Changchun, China in the School of International and Public Affairs. Students take special courses by Jilin faculty in English on Public Diplomacy and on Chinese Diplomacy, plus a course on Chinese Culture and Language over four weeks. There are also field trips to Beijing and Changchun. This course is intended for a group of approximately 10-15 UofR students to travel together to China. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours*** **Corequisite: PSCI 390CI** *Note: This course is offered on a Pass/Fail basis*

PSCI 390CI - Jilin Study Abroad
This study abroad course takes place at Jilin University, Changchun, China in the School of International and Public Affairs. Students take special courses by Jilin faculty in English on Public Diplomacy and on Chinese Diplomacy, plus a course on Chinese Culture and Language over four weeks. There are also field trips to Beijing and Changchun. This course is intended for a group of approximately 10-15 UofR students to travel together to China. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours*** **Corequisite: PSCI 390CH** *Note: This course is offered on a Pass/Fail basis*

PSCI 390RX - Global Health Governance
This course explores health and population health as an issue of global concern.It will examine the institutions that monitor and promote health internationally as well as the political, social, and economic forces that impact on population health such as: the impact of globalization, the international movement of health professionals and national and international responses to global health issues and crises. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours***

PSCI 400 - Honours Project I
Work towards an Honours Paper under the supervision of a faculty member. Students must submit a proposal at the end of the Fall semester. ***Prerequisite: PSCI 100, 210, 220, 230, 240 and SOST 201 and 203.*** * Note: Students who do not achieve a grade of 75% in this course may not continue in the Honours program in political science. *

PSCI 401 - Honours Project II
Completion of an Honours Paper under the supervision of a faculty member. Students must submit an extensive research paper based on their proposal in PSCI 400. *** Prerequisite: PSCI 400 with a minimum grade of 75% ***

PSCI 412 - Modern Political Theory - Continental Tradition
An exploration of the ideas of some or all of the following: Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours. *** * Note: Formerly numbered PSCI 313. Students may not receive credit for both PSCI 412 and PSCI 313. *

PSCI 413 - Modern Political Theory: The English Liberal Tradition
An exploration of the ideas of some or all of the following: Edmund Burke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Mary Wollstonecraft, Tom Paine, and John Stuart Mill. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.*** * Note: Formerly numbered PSCI 314. Students may not receive credit for both PSCI 413 and PSCI 314. *

PSCI 415 - Contemporary Political Theory
This course offers a selection of readings in contemporary political theory. Among the themes considered will be rights, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and democratic theory. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 425 - Topics in Comparative Politics
An intensive study of modern theories and issues in comparative politics, such as rational choice theory, institutionalism, culturalism, and historical-structural analysis, as well as the issues of development and democratization, social movements, and rights and identities. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 434 - Politics and the Media
This course examines in detail the structural and ideological aspects of the media in Canada and the world. Topics considered include the political economy of the media, its relationship to the political process and the internal structure of media institutions as they fulfill ideological functions. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 436 - Topics in Public Policy
An examination of the methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of the policy process and an analysis of selected policy issues. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 438 - Topics in the Canadian Constitution
An advanced seminar on the major constitutional negotiations in Canada since WWII. This course places particular emphasis on the patriation of the Constitution in 1982. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 439 - The Politics of Health
This course examines the roles of the federal and provincial governments in the area of health policy. It traces the history of government involvement in medicare, workers' compensation, and occupation health. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.*** * Note: Formerly numbered PSCI 339. Students may not receive credit for both PSCI 439 and PSCI 339. *

PSCI 442 - Theories of International Relations
A study of the most important theories, approaches, concepts, and debates within the field of International Relations. Examining the connections between IR Theory and the actual events, both historical and contemporary, of world politics. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 443 - Topics International Relations
This course is a seminar in selected topics in International Relations. Topics covered in this course may include the following: current issues of world politics; ethics and international affairs; international conflict and security; history of international relations; and the international political economy. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 451 - Provincial Politics in Canada
An examination and comparison of politics in selected Canadian provinces, including mechanisms of intergovernmental co-operation and federal provincial relations. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 452 - Topics in Canadian Politics
This course is a senior seminar, focusing on citizenship, identity, and democracy in the context of relevant political questions arising in the contemporary Canadian context. Students will consider theory, institutions and institutional reconfiguration, and democratic contestation. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 470 - The Third World and Political-Economic Change
An advanced seminar concerned with political, social, and economic change in selected underdeveloped countries; an investigation into the dynamics of underdevelopment and the nature of the world economy. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 480 - Provincial Legislative Internship Program
The study of Saskatchewan's provincial political institutions, politics, public policies, public management, and public administration through a combination of direct observations, directed readings, and research and analysis. **Must be chosen by a Legislative Internship Selection Committee prior to registration.** *Note: All activities will take place at the Legislative Building in Regina. The internship runs for 7 months at times determined by the Legislative Internship Advisory Committee.*

PSCI 490AM - Third World Dev. & Revolution
This course studies the topic of development and revolution and is designed for upper-level undergraduate students to pursue a systematic study of developing countries' development from a historical-structural perspective. We shall particularly analyze revolution as a special form of social change and development in a historical context. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 490BE - Making Politics Public: Ideas for Citizens
This course examines the efforts of public intellectuals, from a variety of backgrounds, to engage with central political issues. It engages both with the substance of the arguments they make and seeks to understand what makes for a successful intellectual engagement with politics. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 490BF - Power in International Relations
This course studies both theory and exercise of power in international relations. It investigates the different notions and types of power that shape relations between and among states, international organizations, and transnational entities. It explores who / what has power, what type of power and why in the global political system. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 490BG - Erasure and Resurgence: Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Settler Colonialism
What does it mean to call Canada a settler colonial society? How, in settler colonialism, do indigenous peoples articulate their nationhood? Through a discussion of land, rights, economy, and governance, this seminar course will look at settler colonial attempts of erasure alongside indigenous peoples' resistance and resurgence. ***Prerequisites: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 490BH - Power and Principle in Public Administration
This course examines public administration in Canada with three specific focuses: understanding the relationship between continuity and change in public sector institutions, understanding whose interests are served by advancing particular notions of the public service, and preparing students for careers in public administration (broadly understood). ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 490BI - The Politics of Diversity in the 21st Century
This course explores the politics of diversity in liberal democracies at the dawn of the 21st century. The course is comparative in nature and examines the dynamics of the politics of diversity across a range of North American and European democracies. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 800 - Seminar
First part of the course (5-6 weeks) used for instruction in methodology. Last part of course used for presentation of a research paper. (Honours students could integrated into the latter part of the course.)

PSCI 812 - Advanced Seminar on Modern Political Theory- continental tradition
This seminar examines the major theoretical concepts and philosophical foundations of the Continental Tradition of Modern Political Theory. The figures examined may include Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.

PSCI 825 - Advanced Seminar on Selected Topics in Comparative Politics
This seminar examines the main theories in comparative politics as well as compares different approaches to the study of political systems, institutions, policies, cultures and ideologies in different regional and national contexts.

PSCI 842 - Advanced Seminar on Theories of International Relations
This course is a study of the most important theories, approaches, concepts, and debates within the field of International Relations. The course examines the connections between IR Theory and the actual events, both historical and contemporary, of world politics.

PSCI 844 - Politics of Health Care
Public health insurance politicized healthcare. It increased conflict between the state and the medical professions and forced political parties to deal with health issues. Healthcare is the focus of ongoing federal- provincial antagonisms, constitutional wrangling and national public debate. The course will examine how the constellation of political forces involved in each of the above areas converged to produce the unique healthcare system which exists in Canada today.

PSCI 845 - Pol Healthcare Labour Relation
This course covers the evolution of Saskatchwan's legislative framework for healthcare labour relations in the post World War II period. It will describe the emergence of various employee, employer, and professional associations and assess their relationships to both the government and one another.

PSCI 846 - SIPP Internship
This course is offered at the Sask. Institute of Public Policy in conjunction with the Department of Political Science. Students will be supervised by an accredited member appointed to SIPP. They will be asked to participate in the work of the Institute, write policy papers as required, and complete a research paper by the end of the term. *** Prerequisite: PSCI 800 and 801 ***

PSCI 851 - Advanced Seminar on Political Issues in Canada
This course examines various political issues in Canadian political system. Policy areas that will be addressed may include: social, economic, fiscal, environmental, aboriginal people, and labor. Different instructors may choose to concentrate on different policy areas as well as at provincial or federal levels.

PSCI 890AH - Revolution/Self-determination
This course is focused on China's ethnic minorities, especially different modes of governance in three regions: Yunnan, Xinjiang and Tibet. Different manifestations of self-governance in three regions will be studied. The themes examined include revolution, indigenous and ethnic minority people's participation in state affairs, developmental state, colonialism, and self-determination.

PSCI 890AI - Global Financial Governance
The course is an advanced study of the political economy of global finance and financial governance. It focuses on the evolution of the post-second World War international financial order and the recent emergence of a new global financial system. It examines power relations and institutions that underlie financial markets.

PSCI 890AJ - Aboriginal Constit. Issues
This course will examine the place of Aboriginal peoples in the Canadian constitution with particular emphasis on the content and nature of Aboriginal rights, the constitutional requirements for abridgement of such rights and the constitutional entitlement of Aboriginal communities to establish distinct and separate political societies.

PSCI 890AK - Selected Topics in Aboriginal Canadian Decolonization
The course will consider the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state, both historically and currently, including future political possibilities. Issues include the nature of colonialism (or imperialism), of capitalism, of citizenship; and of identity, race/ism and sex/ism.

PSCI 890AL - Women's Political Involvement in Western Liberal Democracies
The course will examine the political involvement of women in Western liberal democracies such as Canada and West European countries. The focus will be on whether the feminization of political institutions is a necessary and sufficient condition for their democratization.

PSCI 890AM - Theories of the State
The course will examine a variety of contemporary debates and issues relating to the nature of power in the liberal democratic state. The focus will be on those approaches particularly relevant to the issue of Metis politics.

PSCI 890AN - Neoconservatism
This course examines the intellectual underpinnings of the neoconservative ideology that has dominated the Republican Party in the United States and the Conservative Party in Canada. The course will examine four aspects of neoconservatism: Political, social, economic, and international.

PSCI 890AO - Gambling and Public Policy
This course will examine the inter-relationship between government, public policy, and gambling in Canada.

PSCI 890AP - American Foreign Policy in a New Era
Foreign policy decisions are the product of a historical context (individual and cultural). In order to criticize, evaluate and understand those decisions, this course will examine all these components in relation to emerging doctrines of U.S. foreign policy.

PSCI 890AQ - Advanced Feminism, Women and Development
This course will be an examination of the conditions of women's lives in a global context. Engaging feminist theoretics within postcolonialism, anti-racism and civil rights and examine issues that impact women's lives such as poverty, environment, labour, power and subsequent feminist responses.

PSCI 890AR - Development Policy and International Organizations
Students will look at an array of international institutions and their policies in relation to economic development activities, and their participation in social, political and cultural areas. They will examine the increasing role of these organizations in domestic public policy formulation.

PSCI 890AT - Citizen Minority Rights & Political Participation
This course is to study theories of minority rights, citizenship and political participation as well as political participation practice in Canada. The course will examine the political discourse of liberal multiculturalism and its implication for Canadian politics.

PSCI 890AU - Contemporary Citizenship Theory
An examination of the influence of key thinkers in the continental tradition of political theory - Rousseau, Kant, Hegel and Nietzsche - on the development of new conceptions of citizenship in the face of challenges to the identity of the traditional nation state.

PSCI 890AV - Post-Colonial States and Ethnic-Communal Conflict
This course is to designed to study theories of war and peace, ethnic and communal conflict, and post-colonial states, especially through the examination of African geo-political examples. The course will discuss the main international relations (IR) theories on war and peace, ethnic issues and communal conflict.

PSCI 890AW - Postmodernism and the Challenge to the Platonic Tradition
This course is an examination of the challenge that postmodernism poses to the intellectual tradition of Western thought represented by the Platonic and Neo-Platonic defence of objective and universal conceptions of truth and justice.

PSCI 890AX - Selected Topics in Aboriginal-Canadian Decolonization
This course will consider the relationship between indigenous peoples and the Canadian state, both historically and currently. The question of what aboriginality means will be interrogated along with questions about the nature of colonialism (or imperialism) of capitalism, of citizenship and of identity.

PSCI 890AY - Democracy and Rule of Law in China
This graduate course is to study theories of democratization and rule of law. Readings and discussions will be focused on the debate between democracy school and legal reform school in China and on China's human rights movement as that contributing to China's ongoing transition toward democracy and rule of law.

PSCI 890AZ - Integration and Regionalism in Asia
This graduate course is to study international integration theory and regional practice of economic and political integration in Asia-Pacific. Readings and discussions will be particularly focused on distinctive integration experience in Northeast Asia, especially among China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

PSCI 890BA - Dimensions of Ethnic Conflicts and Alternative Strategies
This class will study dimensions of ethnic conflicts and changing international responses to political and social conflict. It will discuss the concepts of prevention, management and settlement of ethnic and religious self-determination conflicts in such case-studies as Bosnia, Kosovo, Isreal/Palestine, and Somalia.

PSCI 890BB - Political Theory=Public Policy
An examination of the critical and theoretical roots of policy discourse and post-positivist approaches to policy studies. Topics will include deliberative policy analysis, the contextual orientation of Harold Lasswell, framing, and narrative approaches.

PSCI 890BC - Classical & Contemporary Readings-Policy Theory
An examination of the development of policy theory through close reading of key texts. Topics include rational decision-making, incrementalism, institutionalism, theories of policy change, network theories and post positivism.

PSCI 890BD - Ancient Political Theory
This class explores the ancient understanding of the best political order. We consider the classical account of historical regimes, focusing on Persia, Athens, and Sparta as portrayed in the writings of Herodotus, Thucydides and Plutarch. We then turn to philosophical reflections on the best regime provided by Plato and Aristotle.

PSCI 890BE - Modern Political Theory: The Continental Tradition
This seminar examines the major philosophical concepts and theoretical foundations of the Continental Tradition of Modern Political Theory. The figures examined may include Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. *** Prerequisite: Permission of graduate studies required ***

PSCI 890BF - Global Governance and Democracy
This course is an advanced study of the emerging system of global governance from the perspective of democracy. It critically examines the institutions of global governance, including the European Union, in terms of the principles of democracy. It considers the relationship between global governance and territorial state-based democracy.

PSCI 890BG - Marxist Thoery and the Contours of Global Capitalism
This course explores different theoretical approaches within contemporary Marxism and examines the specificities of the systemic logic of global capitalism as well as its historicity. It offers a broad survey of various themes in Marxist theory and how they relate to finance, feminism, anti-racism, ecology, and the Global south, among other themes.

PSCI 890BH - Feminist Thoery
An engagement with feminist theory in general; its principles and intentions. An examination of feminist theories from the 1990s until present intersecting with standpoint, poststructural, postcolonial queer, and antiracist feminist theories; theoretical orientations such as heteronormativity, whiteness and white privilege, performance, masculinities and femininities, power, and so forth.

PSCI 890BI - Media, Politics, and Theory
The course will consider the democratic and cultural significance of the media and its role as creators of political culture (focusing on tolerance, racism, and sexism); and as enmeshed in political and economic frameworks. It will consider the interests and effects of private and public ownership and of ownership concentration of media; and of the constitutional recognition of the media for freedom of information and speech.

PSCI 890BJ - Issues in Global Environmental Governance
An examination of recent trends in global environmental policy, focusing on the shift from international regimes based on multilateral agreements to partnership and private governance arrangements. The course will focus on the consequences of this shift for policy design at regional, national and local scales.

PSCI 890BK - Advanced Course - Constitutional Issues in Canada
An advanced course on the major constitutional negotiations in Canada since WWII. This course places particular emphasis on the patriation of the Constitution in 1982.

PSCI 890BL - The UN Security Council
An examination of the role of the United Nations Security Council in world politics. The first part of the course will focus on the UNSC’s origins, its evolution, the use of the veto, and its recent decisions and activities. The second part of the course will assess proposals for reforming the UNSC’s membership and powers. Permission of Department Head.

PSCI 890BM - Equality and International Relations Theory
This course examines how the idea of equality has been understood in international relations theory. The course will consider how the notion of equality has been addressed within the main strands of IR theorizing including in realism, in liberalism, in the theory of international society, as well as in critical international theory.

PSCI 890BN - Trends in War and Media
An examination of the relations between warfare and the media. The course considers technological, political, and cultural changes in media-military relations. It will look at current trends and future scenarios in the media, in conflict across the world, and in their complex relationship.

PSCI 890BO - Provincial Politics
An examination and comparison of politics in Canadian provinces. Saskatchewan politics will receive significant attention, though always in comparison with other provinces, and significant public policy problems facing the provinces will be examined.

PSCI 890BP - Making Politics Public: Ideas for Citizens
This course examines the efforts of public intellectuals, from a variety of backgrounds, to engage with central political issues. It engages both with the substance of the arguments they make and seeks to understand what makes for a successful intellectual engagement with politics.

PSCI 890BQ - Topics in Canadian Politics - Democracy in Practice
An examination of the practice of Canadian democracy across a range of the country's central institutions and the consideration of the possibilities for the reform and renewal of those institutions.

PSCI 890BR - Power in International Relations
This course studies both theory and exercise of power in international relations. It investigates the different notions and types of power that shape relations between and among states, international organizations, and transnational entities. It explores who/what has power, what type of power and why in the global political system.

PSCI 890BS - Theories of Int'l Relations
A study of the most important theories, approaches, concepts, and debates within the field of International Relations. Examining the connections between IR Theory and the actual events, both historical and contemporary, of world politics. ***Prerequisites: approval of the instructor and department head***

PSCI 890BT - Topics in International Relations
This course is a seminar in selected topics in International Relations. Topics covered in this course may include the following: current issues of world politics; ethics and international affairs; international conflict and security; history of international relations; and the international political economy.

PSCI 890BU - Theoretical Approaches to Media and Politics
An intensive introduction to the major theories and research approaches that examine the intersection of media and politics. In addition, other issues such as audience effects, public opinion formation, gaming culture and new media practices will be considered.

PSCI 890BV - Advanced Topics in International Affairs
This seminar course studies major contemporary issues in international affairs within the framework of main relevant theories. The objective is to develop a good understanding of how the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of international issues are interrelated.

PSCI 890BW - Advanced Topics in International Development
This seminar course examines critical perspectives of international development. Topics include, among others, strategies to alleviate poverty, population growth and scarcity, urbanization, land rights, microfinance, displacement and development refugees, environmental sustainability, and the role of civil society in development.

PSCI 890BX - Erasure and Resurgence: Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Settler Colonialism
What does it mean to call Canada a settler colonial society? How in settler colonialism, do indigenous peoples articulate their nationhood? Through a discussion of land, rights, economy, and governance, this seminar course will look at settler colonial attempts of erasure alongside indigenous peoples' resistance and resurgence.

PSCI 890BY - The Political Economy of the French Revolution
This course is designed to introduce you to the economic dimensions of the Revolution, culminating in a close study of the breakdown of the assignats and the resulting hyperinflation: considered as a case study in the fundamental dysfunction of eighteenth-century French public finance. The course will use an interdisciplinary approach.

PSCI 890RX - Global Health Governance
This course explores health and population health as an issue of global concern.It will examine the institutions that monitor and promote health internationally as well as the political, social, and economic forces that impact on population health such as: the impact of globalization, the international movement of health professionals and national and international responses to global health issues and crises.