Spring 2022 - POL 210 F100

Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)

Class Number: 5074

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5029, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    POL 100 or permission of department.



An examination of concepts presented by the major political thinkers of the western world. The course surveys those ideas which remain at the root of our political institutions, practices and ideals against a background of the periods in which they were expressed. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.



Ce cours est une introduction aux idéologies et aux idées politiques qui ont façonné et qui continuent de façonner la vie politique au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde. L’objectif premier est de définir les principales idéologies (libéralisme, conservatisme et socialisme), puis de mieux comprendre leur manifestation en contexte canadien ainsi que leurs impacts. Le deuxième objectif est d’amener les étudiantes et les étudiants à réfléchir à quelques grandes idées politiques actuelles, dont la reconnaissance, la réconciliation et le développement durable.


  • Participation 10%
  • Quiz 20%
  • Fiche de lecture 1 20%
  • Fiche de lecture 2 20%
  • Examen final 30%



Toutes les ressources seront accessibles à partir de la page du cours dans Canvas.

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 spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.