Power and Politics

Department of Political Science

Politics is about power, and political science studies the processes, ideas, and institutions through which power is structured. Political science also studies the effect of power.

Dates

Spring Term: 
May 8 – June 14, 2017
University of Alberta North Campus

Summer Term: 
July 10 – August 16, 2017
University of Alberta North Campus


Spring Term

Introduction to History of Political Theory
POL S 211 LEC A1

Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of the department. Not open to students with credit in POL S 210.

Explores how texts from the history of western political theory (from ancient Greece to the 20th century) explores themes like justice, freedom, equality, property, rights, and democracy.

Introduction to Comparative Politics

POL S 235 LEC A1

Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of the department. Not open to students with credit in POL S 230 or POL S 240.

Examines the concepts and approaches used to compare political issues across countries and regions.

International Relations

POL S 261 LEC B1

Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of the department. Not open to students with credit in POL S 260.

An introduction to contemporary international relations that attempts to develop an understanding of political events at the international level. The course covers the nature of foreign policy, the dynamics of interactions between states, the causes of war, imperialism, and the role of non-state affairs.

Variable Topics Courses

A variable topics course may be repeated if topics vary. Check the Department of Political Science website in early March 2017 for more information on these courses.

Topics in Canadian Politics
POL S 324 LEC A1

Prerequisite: POL S 224 or 225 or 220, consent of department

Topics in Political Philosophy
POL S 404 SEM A1

Prerequisite: POL S 211 or 212 or 210, consent of department

Topics in International Politics
POL S 459 SEM A1

Prerequisite: POL S 261 or 260, consent of department


Spring/Summer Term

Introduction to Politics
POL S 101 LEC A1 or POL S 101 LEC B1

This course is an introduction to major political concepts and the studies of politics. Students will be introduced to political institutions, political processes, ideologies, and international politics.


Summer Term

Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory
POL S 212 LEC B1

Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of department. Not open to students with credits in POL S 210.

Contemporary political theory helps to deepen and diversify our understanding of current political topics (like war, climate change, sex, work, or democratic reform).

Canadian Politics
POL S 225 LEC B1

Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of department. Not open to students with credit in POL S 220.

Examines the context and dynamics of Canadian politics.

Variable Topics Courses

A variable topics course may be repeated if topics vary. Check the Department of Political Science website in early March 2017 for more information on these courses.

Topics in International Relations
POL S 459 SEM B1

Prerequisites: POL S 260 or POL S 261 or consent of department.


Contact Information

Dr. Rob Aitken
Associate Chair (Undergraduate Programs)
Department of Political Science
12-29 HM Tory Building
P: 780-492-0539
F: 780-492-2695
E: raitken@ualberta.ca

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