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Department of Political Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2017

Political Science Extended Minor

Program Declaration

Students can apply for the Political Science Extended Minor program after completing the following 12 lower division Political Science units with minimum C grades:

one of

POL 100 - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. The course will explore the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. POL 101W is the Writing certified version of POL 100 and students cannot receive credit for both courses. Breadth-Social Sciences.

POL 101W - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. Explores the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. This course is identical to POL 100 and students may not take both courses for credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Sanjay Jeram
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D102
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D103
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D104
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D105
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D106
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D107
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D108
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D109
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D110
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D111
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D112
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

and

POL 200 - Investigating Politics: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (3)

Introduces different aspects of research design in political science, as well as different qualitative research techniques and the epistemological perspectives that inform them. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate political science research. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or permission of department. Students with credit for POL 202 may not take this course for further credit.

POL 201 - Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (3)

Introduces quantitative research techniques in political science. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate quantitative political science research. Prerequisite: POL 200 or permission of department. Students with credit for IS 240 may not take POL 201 for further credit. Quantitative.

POL 210 - Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)

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. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or permission of department. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Laycock
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3153, Burnaby
D101
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D102
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D104
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D105
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D106
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
F100 David Sanschagrin
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
F101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby

Program Requirements

This program is based on the lower division requirements (100 and 200 division courses) of the major program and the upper division requirements (300 and 400 division courses) of the minor program as follows.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 21 units including

one of

POL 100 - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. The course will explore the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. POL 101W is the Writing certified version of POL 100 and students cannot receive credit for both courses. Breadth-Social Sciences.

POL 101W - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. Explores the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. This course is identical to POL 100 and students may not take both courses for credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Sanjay Jeram
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D102
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D103
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D104
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D105
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D106
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D107
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D108
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D109
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D110
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D111
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D112
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

and

POL 200 - Investigating Politics: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (3)

Introduces different aspects of research design in political science, as well as different qualitative research techniques and the epistemological perspectives that inform them. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate political science research. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or permission of department. Students with credit for POL 202 may not take this course for further credit.

POL 201 - Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (3)

Introduces quantitative research techniques in political science. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate quantitative political science research. Prerequisite: POL 200 or permission of department. Students with credit for IS 240 may not take POL 201 for further credit. Quantitative.

POL 210 - Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)

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. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or permission of department. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Laycock
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3153, Burnaby
D101
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D102
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D104
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D105
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D106
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
F100 David Sanschagrin
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
F101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby

and one of

POL 221 - Introduction to Canadian Government (3)

An introduction to the institutional order and political structure of the Canadian state. The course will include topics such as the constitution, parliament, cabinet, judiciary, public service and federal-provincial relations. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or 151 or permission of department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Heard
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 8100, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D102
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
POL 222 - Introduction to Canadian Politics (3)

An introduction to the social and participatory basis of Canadian politics, covering topics such as political culture, regionalism and other political divisions, political parties, elections, interest groups and new social movements. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or 151 or permission of department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
F100 Jeremie Cornut
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
AQ 5037, Burnaby
POL 251 - Introduction to Canadian Public Administration (3)

An introduction to the basic elements of public administration in the government of Canada, including the organization of the public service, planning and financial administration, personnel administration, collective bargaining and administrative regulation. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or 151 or permission of department.

POL 253 - Introduction to the Public Policy Process (3)

Explores the political dimensions of public policy making in Canada. Reviews theories and techniques in policy analysis, and focuses on the contemporary dynamics of public policy in various economic and social sectors from the point of view of political ideas, interests, institutions, and decision-making. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Anil Hira
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4150, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D102
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D103
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby

and one of

POL 141 - War, International Cooperation and Development (3)

Theory and practice of international politics, diplomacy, hot war, cold war, alliances and the role of leaders. Students who have taken POL 241 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D900 Denis Dogah
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5140, Surrey
D901
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D902
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D903
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
POL 231 - Comparative Politics (3)

An introduction to political processes and structures in comparative perspective. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or permission of department. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Eline de Rooij
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8100, Burnaby
D101
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D102
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D103
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby

and one of

POL 151 - The Administration of Justice (3)

The development of laws and their application to the citizen and social groups. Special consideration will be given to civil liberties. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D900 Scott MacLeod
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5100, Surrey
D901
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D902
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D903
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
POL 211 - Politics and Ethics (3)

An examination of selected contemporary political controversies that raise fundamental ethical issues. Discussion will be informed by contending perspectives in modern political philosophy. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or permission of department. Breadth-Social Sciences.

POL 232 - US Politics (3)

An examination of the American political system, including the presidency, the congress, the courts, the bureaucracy and the party system. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or permission of the department. Students with credit for POL 332 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

POL 252 - Local Democracy and Governance (3)

The political process in the urban municipality from a comparative perspective. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or 151 or permission of department. Breadth-Social Sciences.

or any other lower division course in Political Science

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 16 upper division Political Science units or any of the following courses.

GEOG 381 - Political Geography (4)

Theoretical approaches to problems of the interactions of political decisions and power structures with territorial organization. Prerequisite: GEOG 241. Students with credit for GEOG 381W may not take this course for further credit.

or GEOG 381W - Political Geography (4)

Theoretical approaches to problems of the interactions of political decisions and power structures with territorial organization. Prerequisite: GEOG 241. Students with credit for GEOG 381 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

GSWS 350 - Public Policy for Women (4)

Examines issues where ideas about males and females either explicitly or implicitly influence policy makers. Focuses on current public policies and their relationship to women on topics such as sexuality and violence, economic security, race and inequality, and climate change. Prerequisite: 30 units. Students with credit for POL 350 or GSWS 320 (or WS 320) under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Xinying Hu
We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1325, Vancouver
IS 302 - Introduction to Humanitarian Intervention (4)

Investigates complex emergencies and the outcomes of conflict, specifically forced migration by refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs). Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 303 - Ethnic Minorities, Identity Politics, and Conflict in Southeast Asia (4)

Surveys the ethnic minorities of Southeast Asia, focusing on their relations with other ethnic groups, especially majority populations, and governments. Examines the treatment of ethnic minorities and the responses of the minorities, including ethnic-based secession movements. Reviews cross-border and broader international issues relating to minorities, such as their status as refugees and cross-border support for insurgencies. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 304 - Russian Foreign Policies and Security Policies (4)

Introduces the Russian Federation's foreign and security policies. Reviews key actors, institutions, and stages in the development of Russian foreign policy development as well as the gap between rhetoric and realities in Russian foreign policy. Prerequisite: IS 200 and 45 units.

IS 313W - Nationalism, Democracy and Development in Modern India (4)

An examination of the differing narratives of nation and modernity in the struggle for independence from colonial rule in India, and their implications for the post-colonial state, for politics and for India's economic development. Prerequisite: IS 210 or 220, and 45 units. Writing.

IS 314 - National, Regional, and International Politics in Southeast Asia (4)

Provides an overview of national and political issues in Southeast Asia. Surveying politics in individual countries and regional political institutions, focus is given to particular themes such as democratization and civil society, communism and other forms of authoritarianism, the role of the military, decentralization, religion and politics, the impact of China on the region, and security concerns. Prerequisite: 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Logan Masilamani
Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
IS 315 - Introduction to Middle East Politics (4)

Introduces the political, economic, and ideological dynamics of contemporary Middle Eastern states. Examines the legacy of colonialism, state formation, central ideological trends such as Arab nationalism and political Islam, the dynamics of state-society contention, and the challenges of economic development. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 410 - Politics, Institutions and Development (4)

The quality of institutions' exercises a crucial influence on the prospects for development. Aims are to interrogate this claim through analysis of different paths of economic growth and change across the developing world. Examination of the ways in which politics influences economic growth and distribution; the relationships between political systems and patterns of development; and the politics of institutions and state formation. Prerequisite: 90 units.

IS 412 - Central Asia: Democracy, Development and Conflicts (4)

Examines the new states of post-Soviet Central Asia, with particular reference to the relationship among democratization, development, autocracy and conflict, and the role of external actors in transnational security issues in the region. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 414 - Current Regional Issues in Southeast Asia (4)

Reviews important current regional issues in Southeast Asia with particular attention to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 415 - Islamist Trend in Middle East Politics (4)

Focuses upon the political Islamist movements that have swept much of the Middle East and North Africa since the mid-1970s. Examines a broad range of movements, from liberal to militant trends, drawing on the experiences of countries throughout the region. Prerequisite: IS 315 or HIST 151, and 45 units. Students with credit for IS 419 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tamir Moustafa
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2235, Vancouver
LBST 310 - The Politics of Labour in Canada (3)

The politics of the working class and union movement in the context of neoliberal economic and public policy, recurring economic crises, the changing nature of work, and declining membership. Central to the course will be the question of electoral politics and organized labour's relationship to political parties. Prerequisite: Strongly recommended: LBST 101 and 30 credit hours.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Sessional
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
SA 302W - Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (SA) (4)

An introduction to the political economy and culture of capitalism in relation to global problems. Case studies may focus on issues of population, famine, disease, poverty, environmental destruction, social inequality, and nation-state violence. Resistance, rebellion and social movements in response to these problems also will be addressed. Students who took SA 294 in 03-1, 04-1 and 04-2 may not take SA 302 for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Maureen Kihika
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

For students in other Faculties, please check your Faculty's overall degree requirements: http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/faculties-research.html

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.