This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2022 to April 2023.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2022-2023, 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 302.3: The Politics of Work

This course will examine the politics and social reproduction of work in Canada. It will begin by examining how working people have responded to workplace conditions, beginning in the 19th century and moving to the present day. Here we will examine work broadly, focusing on how both paid and unpaid labour is shaped by class, gender, race and other forms of social inequity. The course will then look at how governments regulate work in the 21st century, examining how employment is structured as a strict legal relationship between those who sell their labour for a wage and those who purchase that labour in order to create additional value through profit. Examining these intersections, the class will then examine the numerous legal structures that shape the modern workplace, focusing on rules of unionization, individual employment relations, and occupational health and safety.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 303.3: Public Law and the Courts in Canada

Introduces students to Canada's constitution, with special emphasis on the judicial system. It will also examine Canada's constitutional debates, with specific emphasis on the judicial role in shaping federal/provincial division of powers since Confederation.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 304.3: Democracy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Introduce students to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Special attention is devoted to the intersection between law and politics, including debates surrounding the introduction of the Charter and those regarding the exercise of judicial power. The course will include extensive case reviews.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 307 Topics in Canadian Politics: Law, Politics and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (offered in 2010-11 and 2011-12) may not take this course for credit.


POLS 305.3: Provincial Politics and Policy

An examination of the institutions and processes of Canadian provincial political systems with particular emphasis on Saskatchewan.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 306.3: Local Governance and Policy

An examination of various aspects of local government in Canada, including the evolution of the structures, functions, finances and powers of local government, and the purposes and politics of various contemporary reform issues.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: This course is typically offered every second year.


POLS 322.3: First Nations Management and Administrative Systems

An examination of current and emerging systems of management and administration at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels within the First Nations sector in Canada.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS; or POLS 222.


POLS 323.3: First Nations Policies and Programs

An examination of government policies and programs within the First Nations sector in Canada, including those established by the federal and provincial governments as well as those developed by First Nations communities themselves.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units 100-level POLS; or POLS 222.


POLS 326.3: Comparative Public Policy

States around the world struggle with many of the same policy issues and challenges. As they search for the best policy solutions, they look to other states, epistemic communities and even their own histories for ideas, while recognizing differences in national political cultures and circumstances. This course introduces students to the methods used to compare the public policies of various countries, using case studies of common issues to explore the interplay of political environments, national realities and policy options.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 327.3: Political Marketing

Political marketing is a sub-field of political science that applies concepts from business marketing literature to the study of politics. It explores the use of marketing techniques by political parties to win elections, governments to ‘sell’ their policies to citizens, and social movements to sway public opinion in their favour and lobby decision-makers. In this course, students will learn the basic concepts of political marketing and apply these concepts to examples from Canada and around the world.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 328.3: Public Policy Analysis

An introduction to the purposes, approaches, methods, ethics and politics of public policy analysis. It is designed to provide an understanding of how to produce and analyze documents needed for policy-making and decision making purposes in various organizational settings both in the governmental sector and in the non-governmental sector.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: This course is typically offered every second year.


POLS 333.3: Theory and Politics of Law

This course introduces students to the principal theoretical positions used to understand, justify, and evaluate law at both the national and international levels. It asks students to critically engage with classical and critical theories about the nature of law and legal obligations. Questions include: by whom, for whom, and for what purpose should law be created; is law inherently connected to state power? What is the relationship between law and democracy? Is law simply what those with political power make it or is there an inherent connection between law and morality? On a more practical level, can laws and legal systems that are not backed up with enforcement power truly be called law? Examples from the Canadian legal system and international law offer opportunities to test and develop insights about the meaning and proper reach of the law.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 336.3: Justice and Democracy

Justice and democracy are two key ideas in contemporary politics. While we generally think they are harmonious ideas, often times they come into conflict. This course addresses contemporary theoretical approaches to the relationship between justice and democracy. Issues to be covered include, what is to be done when democracies reach unjust decisions, what kind of democracy does justice require and how can democratic institutions be designed to produce more just outcomes.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 341.3: Asian Government and Politics

The course provides an introduction to the government and politics of the nations of East Asia, as well as some of the pressing issues that confront the region. It seeks to provide students with a foundation for a lifelong engagement with a fascinating and increasingly important part of the world.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 343.3: Ukraine Processes and Problems of Nation and State building

This course examines the historical as well as contemporary political, social and cultural processes that have shaped Ukraine’s national identity while exploring their impact on current state-building efforts.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 349.3: Politics of Canadian Diversity

Provides an analysis of the factors that affect diversity and diversity management in Canada. Special attention is devoted to issues and options related to various diversity management policies and programs such as immigration, multiculturalism and interculturalism, anti-racism, human rights, and employment equity. It also examines Canadian diversity management issues and options within the context of various nation-building projects and rights regimes espoused by governments and groups in Canada.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 362.3: Global Political Economy

This course introduces students to the foundations and theory of political economy including Classicism, Neo-Classicism, Marxism, Keynesianism, and Neoliberalism. The course also explores several key issue areas such as gender, race and labour in the global political economy, the international monetary systems and finance, the political economy of resource extraction and climate change, and the interactions between economic systems and a variety of political institutions.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 364.3: International Terrorism

Examines the goals, strategies and actions of international terrorist groups, the efforts of governments to combat terrorism, and the effect of international terrorism on contemporary international relations. Special attention is given to philosophies of violence and to ethical issues surrounding terrorist and counter-terrorist actions.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 368.3: Comparative Foreign Policy in the Global Era

An examination of post-war global politics, through the lens of Foreign Policy Analysis. Major attention is given to the ways that the practice and study of foreign policy are embedded in the broader actors, institutions, and processes of global politics. This framework is then applied to contemporary and indicative case studies to understand how the contemporary international order came to be, the tensions that exist within it, and what it might look like in the future.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 370.3: War and Society in Global Politics

Why is war perceived to be a useful and inescapable political activity? This course examines theories and practices of war beyond the narrow confines of strategic thought to consider the complex lifeworld of organized violence. It examines how war shapes and is shaped by the states, societies and peoples who wage it, in relation to classical texts as well as technological, ethical, and commercial transformations reconfigured by the “global war on terror.”

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 372.3: Peacebuilding and Political Reconciliation

This course examines various approaches to peace-building in the aftermath of conflict, focusing on the restorative role of political reconciliation.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.


POLS 375.3: Canadian Foreign Policy in the Global Era

Introduction to Canada's role in the world, studying the factors that continue to shape the country's position on global issues and the processes by which its foreign policy is made.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units of POLS and/or IS; or 36 credit units at the university level, including at least 6 credit units of ANTH, ENG, HIST, INDG, IS, POLS, RLST, SOC, or WGST.
Note: Students with credit for POLS 365 may not take this course for credit.


POLS 379.3: Washington Center Topics in Political Studies

Covers topics in Political Studies, offered by the Washington Center, Washington D.C. Possible courses include Religion and Global Politics, Peaceful Solutions, The Road to the White House, Ethics and the U.S. Congress, How Washington Really Works, U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century, Peaceful Solutions, International Human Rights, The Rationality/ Psychology of Conflict, Violence, and War, Most Dangerous Woman in the World, Intercultural Communications, Public Policies that Reduce Hunger and Poverty, U.S. and China in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Global Policy Issues, Strategic Communication for the Policy Making Process, Press, Politics, and Power, Campaigning for a Cause, Scandalous Washington, Crime, Power, & Punishment, Citizenship in Multicultural Society, Government and Business in the New Economic and Political Reality, Introduction to Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, International Organizations and Humanitarian Law, Managing the American Intelligence Community, Non-profit Leadership and Management, or other topics approved by the Department of Political Studies.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units of university level study including 6 credit units senior POLS
Note: Registration in this course is restricted to students selected for the Washington Center Term Abroad program.


POLS 383.3: Career Internship

This course offers students the opportunity to intern with an organization for a term. Internship opportunities vary but will give students work experience relevant to their degree. Assignments will allow students to acquire insights into how organizations/units are structured and administered, and how policies are developed and implemented. Students will learn about the importance of effective research in policy development, and be able to better understand the relationship between their studies and potential career routes.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units at university level and permission of the department.
Note: The internship involves a commitment of 100 hours over the course of the term. Registration is limited to students selected as interns with specific organizations. Interested students must contactpolitical.studies@usask.ca at least two months prior to the start of the term in which they wish to enroll in the course.


POLS 398.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Note: Costs in addition to tuition may apply to certain sections of this course. Please contact the department for information.


POLS 399.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours