Fall 2020 - POL 359 D100

Selected Topics in Governance (4)

Representation, Violence and Empowerment

Class Number: 7186

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.



This course will explore the relationship between protest and policy theoretically and empirically in selected areas of importance to marginalized groups such as women, racialized minorities, and indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. Themes of representation, dis/empowerment (and marginalization), and systematic violence- the faces of oppression- will be explored (Young 1990).  We will examine the conceptual underpinnings of these phenomena as they are treated in democratic and social theory, and we will explore the implications for understanding the role of protest and policy in redressing these dimensions of oppression.


  • Participation 10%
  • 3 Tests (15% each) 45%
  • Short (5 double spaced pages) paper 15%
  • Research Paper (approx. 10 pages double spaced) 15%
  • Reading presentation (5 minutes) 10%
  • Paper presentation (3 minutes) 5%



None required. Open access articles and books will be used/provided on Canvas page.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).