Spring 2021 - POL 814 G100

Normative Political Theory (5)

Class Number: 5298

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2021
    11:59 AM – 11:59 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby





This seminar pursues two objectives simultaneously. The first is to survey some of the major responses in the normative debate on democracy and diversity. Topics in this debate include national identity, territory, language, multiculturalism and religion. The second objective is to showcase a diversity of ways of doing normative political theory. Normative political theory is concerned with abstract principles and political values, but these principles and values are not entirely disconnected from real world problems and policy issues. The normative debate on democracy and diversity is a rich terrain for exploring the evolution of normative theorizing.

Course Organization

We will meet weekly for 2 hours on Zoom. Students are expected to have completed the readings prior to class and be prepared to participate actively.


  • Participation 15%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Presentation and Self-Assessment 15%
  • Short Papers 30%
  • Final Paper or Final Exam 30%



All materials will be available online on Canvas or the SFU Library.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 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).