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Department of Political Science | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2022

Political Science Honours

Bachelor of Arts

Program Declaration

We encourage political science majors who have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and an upper division grade point average of 3.33 to apply for the honours program.

An application form is available from the departmental advisor. Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed by the undergraduate studies Chair.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 120 units, including a minimum of 60 upper division units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of seven courses, including

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. Students with credit for POL 101W may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cara Camcastle
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D103 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D104 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D106 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D107 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D108 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D109 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D110 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D111 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
D112 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
D900 Logan Masilamani
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3170, Surrey
D901 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3260, Surrey
D902 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SRYC 3260, Surrey
D903 Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 3260, Surrey
D904 Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 3260, Surrey
F100 Remi Leger
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
F101 Remi Leger
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
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 Elis Vllasi
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D103 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D105 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2522, 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 Steven Weldon
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2220, 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 permission of department. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Laurent Dobuzinskis
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3154, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D102 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D103 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D104 Tu 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5036, 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 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 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cara Camcastle
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D101 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D102 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D103 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby

and one of

POL 121 - Political Engagement: From the Streets to the Ballot Box (3)

An introduction to political action and behaviour. Politics involves the struggle for power and influence. Nowhere is this more evident than when individuals mobilize and engage in political action, whether in a revolution to overthrow an authoritarian regime, protesting on the street against the government, or voting on Election Day. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

POL 141 - International Relations (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 Radoslav Dimitrov
We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D101 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D102 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D103 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby

and at least one additional lower division course in political science.

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 60 upper division units at least 48 of which must be political science units, including POL 490 (5) Honours Seminar and POL 499 (5) Honours Essay. An additional eight of these 48 units must be at the 400 level.

POL 315 - Intermediate Quantitative Methods (4)

Introduces intermediate quantitative methods and data analysis. Teaches students how to build statistical models and apply them to social and political research. Also covers the fundamentals of probability, sampling, and causal inference; students will learns how to conduct their own data-driven research. Prerequisite: POL 201 or permission of instructor. Quantitative.

is strongly recommended

Students may also apply the following courses toward their honours degree 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Blomley
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
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 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken this topic under GSWS (or WS) 320 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
WMC 2503, Burnaby
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.

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.

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: Conflict and Security (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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicole Jackson
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gerardo Otero
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1525, Vancouver
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. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Amanda Watson
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby

NOTE: SFU students accepted in the accelerated master’s 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 electives of the bachelor’s program and the requirements of the master’s degree. For more information go to: https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/apply/programs/accelerated-masters.html.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours Degree Requirements

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

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • students complete at least 60 upper division units, which must include at least 48 units in upper division courses in a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program; no more than 15 upper division units that have been transferred from another institution can be used toward this requirement
  • at least 60 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • students complete lower division requirements for at least one Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program
  • students are required to achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0, and an honours program CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0

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.