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Department of Political Science | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2020

Political Science Major

Bachelor of Arts

Program Declaration

Students can apply for the Political Science Major program after completing the following 14 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sanjay Jeram
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D102 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D103 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D104 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D105 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D106 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D107 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D108 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D109 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D111 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D112 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D113 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D114 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D115 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
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.

and all of

POL 200W - Investigating Politics: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (4)

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. Students with credit for POL 200 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sanjay Jeram
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D103 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D105 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D106 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
POL 201 - Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (4)

Introduces quantitative research techniques in political science. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate quantitative political science research. Corequisite: POL 200W or permission of department. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D102 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D103 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D104 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D105 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D106 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
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 3154, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D104 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
F100 Joëlle Alice Michaud-Ouellet
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby

Program Requirements

A minimum of 120 units, including a minimum of 45 upper division units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 23 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sanjay Jeram
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D102 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D103 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D104 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D105 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D106 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D107 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D108 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D109 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D111 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D112 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D113 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D114 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D115 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
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.

and all of

POL 200W - Investigating Politics: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (4)

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. Students with credit for POL 200 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sanjay Jeram
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D103 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D105 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D106 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
POL 201 - Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (4)

Introduces quantitative research techniques in political science. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate quantitative political science research. Corequisite: POL 200W or permission of department. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D102 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D103 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D104 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D105 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D106 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
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 3154, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D104 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
F100 Joëlle Alice Michaud-Ouellet
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5009, 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.

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
D100 Andrew Heard
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D102 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D103 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, 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 Public Policy (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.

and one of

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

Explores causes and consequences of international political conflict, including war, terrorism, protectionism, nationalism, economic disparity, migration, and humanitarian crises. Evaluates how states and non-state actors navigate and influence these conflicts and the role of international law, diplomacy, and organizational cooperation. Analyzes worldviews on war, peace, human rights, and world order. Students who have taken POL 241 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Denis Dogah
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D102 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D103 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D104 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
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.

Upper Division Requirements

Students cannot complete upper division courses until lower division prerequisites are complete. Specified prerequisites or department permission is required for course entry.

Students complete a minimum of 45 upper division units including 32 Political Science units. Eight of these 32 Political Science units must be at the 400 level.

Students may also apply the following courses toward their major requirements.

GEOG 381 - Territory, Power, State (4)

Surveys the manner in which power relations are expressed territorially. Attention given to such topics as state sovereignty, colonialism, rights, and law. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100. Students with credit for GEOG 381W may not take this course for further credit.

or GEOG 381W - Territory, Power, State (4)

Surveys the manner in which power relations are expressed territorially. Attention given to such topics as state sovereignty, colonialism, rights, and law. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100. 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.

IS 302 - Humanitarian Intervention: An Introduction (4)

Explores how international actors respond to humanitarian emergencies, such as famine, displacement, and genocide. Examines the political, legal, and ethical challenges of humanitarian action by focusing on contemporary cases and on key types of response, from the delivery of aid to sanctions and the use of military force. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

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 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: 45 units. Recommended: IS 200 and HIST 335.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Nicole Jackson
We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
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: 45 units. Recommended: IS 210 or 220. 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
D100 Logan Masilamani
Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
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 322 - 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. Recommended: IS 200. Students with credit for IS 412 may not take this course for further credit.

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 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: 45 units. Recommended: HIST 151 or IS 315.

LBST 310 - The Politics of Labour (3)

Explores working class politics and the labour movement in the context of neoliberal economic and public policy, recurring economic crises, the changing nature of work, and declining union membership. Explores electoral politics and organized labour's relationship to political parties. Examines community unionism and workers' roles in social movements focused on civil rights, gender, and the environment, among others. Prerequisite: 30 units. Strongly Recommended: LBST 101. Breadth-Social Sciences.

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 Amanda Watson
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby

Note: SFU students enrolled in the Accelerated MA within the Department of Political Science may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor’s degree, towards the upper division undergraduate electives of the bachelor’s program and the requirements of the master’s degree. For more information go to: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/academicprograms/AcceleratedMasters.html.

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

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.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.