Recent Courses

  • Political Science 210 – Introduction to Comparative Politics (2014 course syllabus). An introduction to the sub discipline of Comparative Politics and the concepts and approaches used to understand similarities and differences between political systems, political culture, political participation and the structures of government.
  • Political Science 313A – U.S. Politics: Parties, Elections, and Social Movements  (2015 course syllabus). This course introduces students to the political system of the United States, and concentrates on democratic processes: parties, groups, movements and elections. It is aimed at those students who have completed some political science, have some knowledge of American politics through the media, but who have never had a systematic introduction to the operation of US political institutions.
  • Political Science 313B – U.S. Politics: Public Policy, the Constitution and Civil Liberties (2016 course syllabus). This course provides a general overview of the operation of the US political system through the lens of contemporary constitutional disputes, including abortion, gun control, freedom of speech and religion, capital punishment and privacy. The investigation of these controversies and how they have been resolved by the Supreme Court leads to broader insights into contemporary American democracy and the operation of federal and state institutions.
  • Political Science 370 – The Politics of Surveillance (2016 course syllabus). This is a new course that investigates the nature, causes and consequences of the pervasive surveillance in the contemporary world. The course combines some political theory, comparative politics, international relations and Canadian public policy and law. Students write research papers on contemporary institutional practices where personal data is captured, processed and disseminated.
  • Political Science 507/607/ADMN 605 – Comparative Public Policy and Governance (2014 course syllabus). This interdisciplinary course provides a survey of various contemporary theories and models of public policy-making in advanced industrial societies. It is designed for graduate students in Political Science, Public Administration and other cognate disciplines. It is also a required course for any student wishing to sit the joint candidacy examination in Public Policy and Governance jointly administered by the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Administration.