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Minor Concentration Comparative Politics (18 credits)

Offered by: Political Science     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

This program may not be expanded to the Major Concentration Political Science.

Required Course (3 credits)

  • POLI 211 Comparative Government and Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Introduction to the study of comparative politics as it applies both to the developed world and developing countries. The course presents the basic concepts and approaches used in the field of comparative politics and it focuses on patterns of similarity and difference in a way political institutions and processes are structured in a wide variety of national contexts.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Filippo Sabetti (Fall)

    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits

3 credits from:

  • POLI 212 Government and Politics - Developed World (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The nature of politics in a few selected nations of the industrialized world, applying the concepts introduced in POLI 211 to specific national contexts. Countries studied will be drawn principally from Europe and North America.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Hudson Meadwell (Winter)

    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 227 Developing Areas/Introduction (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An introduction to Third World politics. A comparative examination of the legacies of colonialism, the achievement of independence, and contemporary dynamics of political and socio-economic development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Topics include modernization, dependency, state-building and national integration, revolution, the role of the military, and democratization.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Rex J Brynen (Winter)

    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.

12 credits from:

  • POLI 315 Approaches to Political Economy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Influential traditions in political economy. Focus on how these attempted to integrate the economic and political. Application of economic analysis to social and political phenomena ("social choice"). Recent efforts to combine the deductive logic of economics with comparative empirical analysis of actors in different institutional settings. Extension to the international political economy.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212 and one preferably university-level economics course
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 319 Politics of Latin America (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : This course will deal with the dynamics of political change in Latin America today.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Philip Oxhorn (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A basic course in Comparative Politics or a course on the region or written permission of the instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.
  • POLI 322 Political Change in South Asia (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Political change in South Asia in late colonial and post-colonial periods. Issues covered include social and cultural history; colonial rule, nationalism and state formation; democratic and authoritarian tendencies; economic policies and consequences; challenges to patterns of dominance and national boundaries; prospects for democracy, prosperity and equality.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Narendra Subramanian (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A basic course in Comparative Politics or a course on the region or written permission of the instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.
  • POLI 324 Developing Areas/Africa (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The government and politics of African states south of the Sahara with reference to the ideological and institutional setting as influenced by the forces of tradition and the impact of Western colonialism.

    Terms: Summer 2013

    Instructors: Mark Daku (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: A basic course in Comparative Politics or a course on the region or written permission of the instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.
  • POLI 325D1 Government and Politics: United States (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : A survey of the American political system, with emphasis on the constitutional and philosophical setting, the institutions and their interactions, the political process, public policy issues, and political change.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212 or written permission of the instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
    • Students must register for both POLI 325D1 and POLI 325D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both POLI 325D1 and POLI 325D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • POLI 325D2 Government and Politics: United States (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : See POLI 325D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 325D1
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both POLI 325D1 and POLI 325D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • POLI 328 Comparing European Democracies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An introduction to the study of contemporary European politics. The course presents the basic concepts and approaches used in the field of European comparative politics and examines patterns of similarity and difference across Europe, as well as some current political debates in Europe.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: POLI 211 or POLI 212, or POLI 227
    • Note: The field is Comparative Politics.
  • POLI 329 Russian and Soviet Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : This course explores the institutions of the Soviet system and pressures to reform this system. Examines specific changes made to the system through democratization and market reform. Compares these changes to similar transitions in other countries to assess possible twists in Russian's political future.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211, POLI 212, or written consent of instructor; Soviet history helpful but not required
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 330 Law and Courts in Europe (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Judicial politics in continental Europe, including theoretical accounts of the rule of law, judicial independence, power, and accountability, and the judicialization of politics. Empirical examples will be drawn from both Western and Eastern Europe countries, as well as the constitutional and the ordinary judiciaries.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Maria Popova (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken POLI 339 in 2006-2007 or 2007-2008
  • POLI 331 Politics in East Central Europe (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Analysis of recent dramatic changes in East Central Europe in light of the historical development and current structure of these states, their relationship to their societies, with emphasis on diversity and its sources.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Maria Popova (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Some prior related course i.e. Comparative Politics or East European History or written consent of the instructor. Recommended POLI 329.
  • POLI 338 Developing Areas/Topics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Selected aspects of the Third World. In any given year the course will concentrate either on a particular region or on a relevant thematic problem.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Khalid Medani (Fall) Juan Wang (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: A basic course in Comparative Politics or a course on the region or written permission of the instructor
  • POLI 339 Comparative Developed: Topics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Selected aspects of politics in developed countries.

    Terms: Summer 2013

    Instructors: Richard Schultz, Enrica Quaroni, Vanna Marisa Fonsato (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: a basic course in Comparative Politics or written permission of the instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 340 Developing Areas/Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the societies, political forces and regimes of selected countries of the Eastern Arab world (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia).

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Rex J Brynen (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A basic course in Comparative Politics or a course on the region or written permission of the instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.
  • POLI 357 Politics: Contemporary Europe (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of political institutions and processes in today's Europe, concentrating on the member-states of the European Union and on the Union itself. The course is organized thematically rather than on a country-by-country basis.

    Terms: Summer 2013

    Instructors: Anthony Kevins (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 212 or written permission of the instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 361 Political Participation in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Exploration of how citizens engage in politics. Theories and examples of current forms of political participation and mobilization will be introduced, including voting, party membership, transnational movements, political consumerism, culture jamming and internet activism. Examples are drawn from Europe and North America and sometimes from the developing world.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Dietlind Stolle (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212.
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 369 Politics of Southeast Asia (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Topics covered include: colonialism, nationalism, democracy, authoritarianism, war, economic development, social development, overseas Chinese, ethnicity, religion, populism, and international relations, as they apply to Southeast Asian politics.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Erik Kuhonta (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: 200 level course in comparative politics (POLI 211, POLI 212, or POLI 227).
  • POLI 411 Immigration and Multiculturalism in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of various aspects of Canadian politics that stems from the country's experience with immigration and ethnic and racial diversity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: at least one course in Canadian politics, preferably at the 300 or 400 level, or permission of the instructor
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.
  • POLI 414 Society and Politics in Italy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Analysis of modern Italian political development in comparison to other Western and Mediterranean countries. What makes Italian politics unique, what makes it resemble that of other countries.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Filippo Sabetti (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: a basic course in Comparative Politics and preferably an upper level course or written permission of the Instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 419 Transitions from Communism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Selected problems facing the Post-Soviet world. Themes include: new political institutions, parties, and groups; economic reform; social problems; ideological changes; the rise of ethnonationalism; linkages with the West.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Maria Popova (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: One 200- or 300-level course in Comparative Politics required or written permission of the instructor; a Political Science, History or Sociology course on the USSR or Eastern Europe after WW II strongly recommended.
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 422 Developing Areas/Topics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : A specific problem area in the Comparative Politics of Developing Areas.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Vrinda Narain (Fall) Manuel Balan (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: a basic course and preferably an upper level course in comparative politics
    • Note: The field is Comparative Politics in Developing Areas.
  • POLI 423 Politics of Ethno-Nationalism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Theories of ethno-nationalism examined in light of experience in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Topics include formation and mobilization of national, ethnic and religious identities in colonial and post-colonial societies; impact of ethno-nationalism on pluralism, democracy, class and gender relations; means to preserve tolerance in multicultural societies.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Narendra Subramanian (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: one 300 or 400-level course in comparative politics; and one 300 or 400-level course on developing areas (any discipline.) The same course can fulfill both requirements
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.
  • POLI 424 Media and Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The role of media in domestic and international politics, with reference to recent studies in political science. Themes in the study of mass media and politics in developed democracies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: POLI 211 or POLI 212; and at least 3 credits in Political Science at the 300 level
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas; also in the field of Canadian Politics.
  • POLI 425 Topics in American Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : This course involves a detailed analysis of a limited area of American politics and government.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 325
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 431 Nations and States/Developed World (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The role of nationalism in European and North American political development. Topics include: nationalism and state-formation, secession and sub-state nationalism, war and nationalism, federal and consociational arrangements in multi-national societies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212 or POLI 328
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 432 Selected Topics: Comparative Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Topics in comparative politics. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Juliet Johnson, Benjamin Forest (Fall) Narendra Subramanian (Winter)

    • Note: The field is Comparative Politics in Developed Areas.
  • POLI 435 Identity and Inequality (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Inequality is often particularly durable between groups whose boundaries are based on assumed ancestry - e.g., the major ethnic categories in former European settler colonies, castes in South Asia. This course explores ongoing changes in the relationship between identity and social, economic and political inequality in some of these contexts.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Narendra Subramanian (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: 300 level course in comparative politics or related social science course.
  • POLI 437 Politics in Israel (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An analysis of the nature and development of the Israeli political system, including historical background, Zionist ideology, the electoral system, the political parties, the institutions of government, constitutional issues, and religion and politics. The relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy will also be explored.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212. Recommended JWST 366
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 438 British Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : A review of British politics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • POLI 450 Peacebuilding (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of transitions from civil war to peace, and the role of external actors (international organizations, bilateral donors, non-governmental organizations) in support of such transitions. Topics will include the dilemmas of humanitarian relief, peacekeeping operations, refugees, the demobilization of ex-combatants, transitional elections, and the politics of socio-economic reconstruction.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Rex J Brynen (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: previous courses in comparative politics/developing areas and international relations. Internet research skills are strongly recommended
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas; also in the field of International Politics.
  • POLI 451 The European Union (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The emergence of the EU and its innovative institutions and policies will be studied through lectures, discussions, and a simulation (of a European Council or Parliament session). Emphasis upon current debates about the EU's developing identity, its internal political economy, its institutions of 'multilevel' governance, and its external relation.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Laurie Beaudonnet (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: one course each in International Relations and Comparative Politics
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas; also in the field of International Politics.
  • POLI 474 Inequality and Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The political structures and social forces underlying poverty and inequality in the developing world; the historical roots of inequality in different regions, varying manifestations of inequality (class, region, ethnicity, gender), and selected contemporary problems.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Erik Kuhonta (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A basic course in Comparative Politics or a course on the region or written permission of the instructor.
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.
  • POLI 475 Social Capital in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Social capital as an important societal resource that helps to overcome collective action and development problems. Introduction to the roots of the concept of social capital, and discussion on how and why this resource influences the political and economic life of countries, regions, cities and individuals.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212.
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
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