This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2023 to April 2024.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2023-2024, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

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POLS 110.3: Understanding our Globalized World

Today, the lives of individuals and communities are increasingly shaped by political, social and economic forces that are of global scope. This course examines the complex relationship between the “local” and the “global” by exploring the processes of globalization and the manner in which these affect the prospects of diverse societies around the world. It explores these dynamics in issues such as international law, global governance institutions, non-governmental organizations, terrorism and security, global public health, environmental policy, international trade, foreign aid and development, and the experiences of Indigenous peoples, migrants, and refugees.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for IS 110.3 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 111.3: Democratic Citizenship in Canada

Who is able to exercise power in society? On what authority is that power exercised? How legitimate is that authoritative exercise of power? Does democracy confer legitimacy? How are individual rights balanced against collective rights? What role do institutions play in these debates? Looking at Canada and Canadian politics, and in comparison with other forms of political organization, this course introduces students to the core concepts of political studies. It provides students with the means to apply these concepts in defining and undertaking political research. Finally, it asks students to consider the implications of politics and political research on our contemporary world.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


POLS 112.3: Justice and Injustice in Politics and Law

What laws should a society have? How should a society be organized and governed? At root, these are questions of justice and injustice. This course introduces students to different ways of thinking about the idea of justice in a political society and will explore important issues of justice and injustice that arise in contemporary political and legal systems. It explores issues and debates such as poverty and economic justice, responsibility for historical injustice, environmental justice, justice beyond borders, and questions of justice in law and policy in the case of minority and Indigenous groups.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours