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, freedom, equality, 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 - Comparing Political Systems
Comparative Politics studies the politics of countries around the world. This course introduces students to comparative analysis. Questions that might be covered are: how and why do we use comparative analysis? Why do economies develop at different rates? Under what conditions are policies more/less likely to be adopted? What explains the success and failure of rights revolutions? What explains the difference in institutional design across democracies? When does collective action succeed, when does it fail? ***Prerequisite: PSCI 100.***

PSCI 230 - Power and Politics in Canada
Emphasis is placed on national institutions and events. An examination of the institutions and events that shape national politics in Canada, how power is exercised and political decisions are made. ***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, rhetoric/political speech, the Greek concept of the good life, 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, and Rousseau 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: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 311 or PSCI 214.*

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 331 - Divided Loyalties: Canada as a Federal State
This course examines the political, legal and economic dynamics that shape federalism and intergovernmental relations in Canada. It pays particular attention to how regional, provincial, linguistic and racial identities shaped and continue to shape Canadian politics. ***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 - Canadian Political Economy: Capitalism, Politics and the State
Examines both the evolution of the Canadian economy and the development of Canadian political economy as a field of study. Particular attention is paid to the role of capital, labour and the state in the creation of contemporary Canadian capitalism and how they shaped past and present political debates. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 337 - Gender in Canadian Politics
An introduction to the role that gender has played in the evolution of Canadian political life including the rise of feminist political movements, gender’s role in partisan politics and how expansive notions of gender diversity continue to reshape aspects of Canadian political life. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 338 - Indigenous 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. ***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
A critical examination of the development of Canada’s foreign policy since 1867 with an emphasis on its post-World War II experiences. Canada’s challenging and complex relationships with superpower politics, international development and international institutions is emphasized. ***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 applies political economy perspectives to issues in global development. Topics may include: theories of global capitalism and economic development, global poverty, crises (such as famine, debt, climate, and conflict emergencies), as well as the role of bodies such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, aid agencies, and NGOs. Major regions covered will include Latin America, Africa, and Asia. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

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 351 - Citizens, Voters, Activists
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. It explains how we practice democracy in Canada and asks how it can be improved. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 351 or PSCI 390AP.*

PSCI 352 - Indigenous Women and Politics
This course examines the involvement and representation of Indigenous women in Canadian Politics including the ways in which they have influenced policy change. Indigenous women's roles and responsibilities within traditional governance structures which led to more contemporary efforts at community engagement through activism are relevant. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 352 or PSCI 390BE.*

PSCI 354 - Democracy and Authoritarianism in Contemporary Latin America
This course discusses the historical construction of Latin American political regimes, such as oligarchy, populism, and dictatorship, as well as the 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.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one PSCI 354 or PSCI 390BC.*

PSCI 373 - Laws and Sausages: Public Policy in Canada
"If you like laws and sausages you should never watch either being made" - Otto von Bismark. This course will ignore Bismark's warning and examine how public policy is made in Canada with a focus on both social and economic policy nationally and provincially. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 381 - When Bugs Travel: Pandemics, Governance and Global Health
This course explores health and population health as an issue of global concern, especially in terms of global health emergencies and crises. It will examine institutions that monitor and promote health internationally, the political, social, and economic forces that impact on population health and state and NGO responses to international and domestic health emergencies and crises. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 381 or PSCI 390RX.*

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 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 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. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

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 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 390BF - Modern Political Theory
An examination of key texts and persistent themes in Western political thought from the Enlightenment to the late 19th century, including study of texts by thinkers such as Adam Smith, Kant, Hegel, Wollstonecraft, Marx, J.S. Mill, and Nietzsche. ***Prerequisite: Any 200-level PSCI course or the completion of 30 credit hours.***

PSCI 390BG - The Politics of Reconciliation
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report, including Calls to Action, was released in 2015, yet much remains unresolved. This course will critically analyze the political implications of what is unaddressed, how reconciliation might politically benefit Indigenous peoples and mainstream Canada, and why it continues to be denied. ***Prerequisites: 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 415 - Contemporary Political Theory
This course offers a selection of readings in contemporary political theory, with a changing theme each year the course is offered. Among the themes considered will be power and knowledge, the politics of resistance emancipation, political subjectivity, capitalism and its critiques, and the relationship between politics and the arts. ***Prerequisite: One of PSCI 210, PSCI 310, PSCI 311, PSCI 312, or permission of the Department Head.***

PSCI 416 - Feminist Political Thought
This course offers a survey of both historical and contemporary feminist texts that examine debates in feminist thought including debates around patriarchy, equality, intersectionality, sexuality, gender identity, colonialism, Indigeneity, race, and reproductive rights. ***Prerequisite: One of PSCI 210, PSCI 310, PSCI 311, PSCI 312, PSCI 352, PSCI 357, or permission of the Department Head.***

PSCI 417 - Decolonial, Anticolonial, and Postcolonial Thought
A survey of historical and contemporary texts in decolonial, anticolonial, postcolonial, Indigenous settler-colonial traditions, and debates in political thought. The course will examine a range of theorists from the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Course themes include empire and imperialism, nationalism and violence, anticolonial social movements, theories of decolonialization, theories of subjectivity, and colonial and decolonial forms of knowledge. ***Prerequisite: One of PSCI 210, PSCI 310, PSCI 311, PSCI 312, or permission of the Department Head.***

PSCI 425 - Topics in Comparative Politics
An intensive study of modern theories and issues in comparative politics, which can cover ration choice theory, the new institutionalism as well as the issues of economic development, political culture, democratization and de-democratization, social movements, rights and identities, populism, and ideology. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 434 - Mass and Social Media and Democracy
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 439 - Healthy Canadians, Canadian Health Care
This course examines the evolution of the Canadian health care system, the current challenges of health care reform and the dynamics of health care policy making. Particular attention is paid to the relative balance between a focus on health care and a focus on population health. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 439 or 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 - Current Issues 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. ***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 - Current Issues in Canadian Politics
This is a senior seminar that will explore significant contemporary issues facing Canada. Topics may include democratic governance and participation, reconciliation, identity and citizenship, policy reform, Canada’s place in the world and constitutional and institutional reform. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.***

PSCI 461 - The Politics of Diversity in the 21st Century
Explores the politics of diversity in liberal democracies at the dawn of the 21st century. This 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.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 461 or PSCI 490BI.*

PSCI 470 - Politics and the Global South
An advanced seminar concerned with political, social, and economic change in selected countries of the Global South; 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 471 - 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 public services, 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*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 471 or PSCI 490BH.*

PSCI 472 - 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.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 472 or PSCI 490BF.*

PSCI 473 - 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 people's resistance and resurgence. ***Prerequisite: Two PSCI courses at the 200 or 300 level or completion of 60 credit hours.*** *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PSCI 473 or PSCI 490BG.*

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 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.