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Minor Concentration Politics, Law and Society (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 Courses (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 selected as follows:

3 credits from:

  • POLI 221 Government of Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the central governmental institutions, including parliament, federalism, and the judiciary.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Christa Scholtz (Fall)

    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.
  • POLI 222 Political Process and Behaviour in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An introduction to contemporary political life in Canada that examines how demands are identified and transmitted through the political systems. Emphasis will be placed on: the Canadian political culture; socialization and political participation; the electoral system; elections and voting; the role and structure of political parties; and the influence of organized interest.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Christa Scholtz (Winter)

    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.

3 credits from:

  • 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 378 The Canadian Judicial Process (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the structure of the judiciary and its role in the Canadian political process. Topics include the nature of judicial power and its constitutional framework in Canada, the structure and function of courts, judicial recruitment and personnel, judicial policy-making and the political role of the Supreme Court under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Nicole Borovan (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 221 or POLI 222 or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who took 160-379 (1990-91) or 160-427 (1989-90)
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.

9 credits selected from the courses below with at least 6 credits from non-political science courses (subject code other than "POLI"), not more than 3 credits from communication studies ("COMS") courses, and no more than 3 credits at the 200 level:

  • ANTH 222 Legal Anthropology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : Exploration of dispute resolutions and means of social cohesion in various societies of the world. Themes: dichotomy between law and custom, local definitions of justice and rights, forms of conflict resolution, access to justice, gender and law, universality of human rights, legal pluralism.

    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.

    • Winter
  • COMS 365 Media Governance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Electronic communications systems such as broadcasting, cable, telephony, and the Internet are vital public resources for social, economic, political, and cultural interaction in modern life. This course introduces students to the political and economic forces that govern policies about the flow of information, knowledge, and ideas using such media systems.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Roberta Lentz (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: Successful completion of COMS 210, COMS 200, or COMS 230.
    • Note: Combined lecture and seminar format. Language of instruction is English. Maximum enrolment is 90.
  • COMS 493 Advanced Issues in Media Governance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : This seminar examines current/emergent scholarship about policy debates and issues related to electronic media worldwide. Topics vary; they include but are not limited to Internet Governance, Electronic Privacy/Surveillance, Access to Information/Knowledge, Media Diversity, Community and Social Justice Media, Communication Rights and Freedom of Expression, and Civil Society Policy Advocacy.

    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: Successful completion of COMS 200, COMS 210, or COMS 230.
  • ISLA 383 Central Questions in Islamic Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : An integrative view of Islamic law in the past and present, including landmarks in Islamic legal history (e.g., sources of law; early formation; intellectual make-up; the workings of court; legal change; legal effects of colonialism; modernity and legal reform) and a structured definition of what it was/is.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ahmed Ibrahim (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.
  • JWST 201 Jewish Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : The nature and history of Jewish law; literary and legal sources; selections in English from the Mishnah and Talmud, as well as selected post-Talmudic Texts, on such subjects as Contracts, Torts, Public Law and Family Law.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Daniel Leib Hundert (Fall)

  • JWST 316 Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : A brief introduction to the nature and history of Jewish law. Topics include: redemption of hostages; abortion; death and dying.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Daniel Leib Hundert (Winter)

  • PHIL 348 Philosophy of Law 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of the nature of justice and law, and of the relationship between them.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: R Storrs McCall (Fall)

    • Restriction: This course is intended for students with a non-professional interest in law, as well as for those considering law as a profession
  • POLI 321 Issues: Canadian Public Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The Canadian political process through an analysis of critical policy issues in community development, welfare state, education, and institutional reforms in public service delivery systems. Diagnostic and prescriptive interpretations of public choices in a federal-parliamentary regime.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Filippo Sabetti (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: at least one other course in Canadian or Comparative Politics
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.
  • 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 337 Canadian Public Administration (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Organization and practice of public administration at the federal provincial and local level in Canada. Contrasting theories/techniques of public administration and policy, organization of field offices for delivery of essential public services, governments as employers, and institutional and policy changes to resolve crisis inherent in "the paradoxical view of bureaucracy".

    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 other course in Canadian government or politics
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.
  • POLI 378 The Canadian Judicial Process (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the structure of the judiciary and its role in the Canadian political process. Topics include the nature of judicial power and its constitutional framework in Canada, the structure and function of courts, judicial recruitment and personnel, judicial policy-making and the political role of the Supreme Court under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Nicole Borovan (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 221 or POLI 222 or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who took 160-379 (1990-91) or 160-427 (1989-90)
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.
  • POLI 417 Health Care in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : This course analyzes the theory and politics of health policy and institutions, comparing provincial models and contextualizing Canadian systems with international perspectives from the U.S. and Europe. Current health reform debates will be explored, particularly those involving federal-provincial relations, sustainable financing and the role of the state in social protection.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Antonia Maioni (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: POLI 221 or POLI 221
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.
  • POLI 478 The Canadian Constitution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of legislative and judicial protection of rights and liberties in Canada. Topics to be covered include civil rights and the division of powers; the implied bill of rights theory; the 1960 Bill of Rights; establishment and enforcement of human rights legislation; and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Christopher P Manfredi (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: POLI 378 or an upper level course in Canadian Politics or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who took 160-427 in 1989-90 or 1991
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.
  • PRV2 500 Children and the Law (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Law (Faculty of Law)

    Overview

    Private Law 2 : An examination of the law's recognition of, and responses to, children in Canadian private and public law, with reference to foreign and international law. Children's rights and state intervention in children's relationships with families and communities are explored, as are children as witnesses, parties and as young offenders.

    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.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PRV2 456.
  • SOCI 388 Crime (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Introductory course on methods and theories in criminology. Exploration of the nature and distribution of crime; and critical evaluation of definitions and the measurement of crime; review of theoretical approaches used to understand such a phenomenon; a comparative overview of the criminal justice system.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Giovani Burgos (Winter)

  • SOCI 488 Punishment and Prisons (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : An overview of research on prison "communities" and prison riots. An assessment of incapacitation, deterrence and labelling effects of incarceration. A conceptual framework for analyzing variations (across societies) and changes (over time) in the overall aggregate rates of punishment that social systems impose on their offender populations.

    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: SOCI 210

* Note: To register for the course offered by the Faculty of Law, PRV2 500, a student must apply to the Faculty of Law as a Special student and provide the following: a curriculum vitae, a copy of his/her academic record, and the reason for wanting to take the course.

Faculty of Arts—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)