Concordia University

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Political Science

Doctor of/Doctorate in Philosophy (Political Science)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the PhD in Political Science requires a Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in political science, political studies, international relations, public policy, or another relevant field from an accredited university. A superior academic record and strong references are both essential; professional work experience will be taken into consideration. Applicants are selected on the basis of past academic record, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, writing sample, and the relevance of their proposed research to the research expertise in the department. Enrolment in the PhD in Political Science is limited in part by the availability of research supervisors.

Proficiency in English. Any student applying from outside Canada whose first language is other than English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by writing the Test of English as a Foreign Language administered by the Educational Testing Service. Information and applications to write the test may be obtained by writing to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540, U.S.A.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Credits. A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 90 credits. In order to fulfill the requirements of the program, students will select two areas of specialization. The requirements are 21 credits of course work, 12 credits in the form of two comprehensive exams, 3 credits of thesis proposal, and 54 credits of thesis.

  2. Residence Requirements. The minimum period of residence is two calendar years (6 terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the Master’s degree or the equivalent in part-time study.

  3. Courses (21 credits). All candidates must take seven 3-credit courses as described below:

    All students will select two areas of specialization (for example Canadian Politics and International Politics). Course work is divided into core courses and elective courses. Each student will take:
    • 2 core courses, one in each of the two chosen areas of specialization (POLI 801-805 Advanced Seminars);
    • 2 elective courses, one in each of the same two chosen areas of specialization (POLI 811-815);
    • 1 core course in public policy (POLI 805), where public policy is one of the two chosen areas of specialization, the elective course is to be selected from a third area;
    • 1 elective course from any area of specialization or a cognate course in a related field;
    • 1 methods course (POLI 844).
       
  4. Comprehensive Examination (12 credits in the form of 2 comprehensive examinations). All candidates are required to write two 6-credit comprehensive exams in their two areas of specialization, so that they are deemed competent to teach at the university level in these two areas. For each area of specialization there will be a written exam and an oral defence of the exam within three weeks of writing the former. Students must pass the written exam to move forward to the oral exam, but can still fail an exam with an incompetent oral performance. If either part (written or oral) is failed, the student will be permitted one re-take of the entire exam both oral and written. If the student then fails either the written or oral part, the second failure will result in the student being withdrawn from the program.

  5. Thesis Proposal (3 credits). After completion of the course work and comprehensive exams, the candidate with the concurrence and assistance of the Graduate Program Director finalizes the supervisory committee, consisting of the principal supervisor(s) and at least  two other members of the department. Students are required to complete and defend their thesis proposal before the supervisory committee in a meeting chaired by the Graduate Program Director. The thesis proposal will include a literature review and a fully justified research agenda. In cases where the supervisory committee is not satisfied with the proposal, the student can resubmit and re-defend. A second unsatisfactory proposal would result in the student being withdrawn from the program.

  6. Thesis (54 credits). Doctoral students must submit a thesis based on their research and defend it in an oral examination. A doctoral thesis should be based on extensive research in primary sources, make an original contribution to knowledge, and be presented in acceptable scholarly form.

  7. Language Requirement. PhD candidates must demonstrate an ability to conduct research either in French or in a language (other than English) required in their area of research.

Academic Regulations

  1. GPA Requirement. The academic progress of students is monitored on a periodic basis. To be permitted to continue in the program, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 based on a minimum of 12 credits. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 are considered to be on academic probation during the following review period. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 for two consecutive review periods are withdrawn from the program.

  2. C Rule. A graduate student who receives one grade of C will be evaluated by the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee with respect to that student’s continuance in the program. Two C’s will be grounds for automatic withdrawal from the program.

  3. F Rule. Students who receive a failing grade in the course of their PhD studies will be withdrawn from the program.

  4. Time Limit. All work for a doctoral degree must be completed within 18 terms (6 years) of full-time study from the time of original registration in the program.

  5. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Courses

The Department offers graduate courses in the following five core fields:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Politics
  • Canadian and Québec Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy and Administration

Core Courses

POLI 801 Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics (3 credits)
This course is a survey of the field of comparative politics at an advanced level. It examines major theories, concepts and methods of comparative political analysis.

POLI 802 Advanced Seminar in International Politics (3 credits)
This course is a survey of core concepts of international politics at an advanced level. It examines major theoretical perspectives and their application to historical and contemporary international issues.

POLI 803 Advanced Seminar in Canadian and Québec Politics (3 credits)
This course is a survey of the field at an advanced level. It presents a discussion of contemporary issues and controversies in Canadian and Québec politics.

POLI 804 Advanced Seminar in Political Theory (3 credits)
This course is a survey of leading research in political theory and political philosophy, including the history of political thought, normative political theory and contemporary political thought.

POLI 805 Advanced Seminar in Public Policy and Public Administration (3 credits)
This course surveys several theoretical models and paradigms of public policy and public administration. It examines critically the intellectual and ideological traditions of policy analysis.

POLI 844 Research Design (3 credits)
This course explores differing research philosophies, the principles of research design and research strategies. It also considers philosophical critiques of different approaches and practical aspects of conducting research.

Elective Courses

POLI 811 Special Topics in Comparative Politics (3 credits)
Topics vary from year to year.

POLI 812 Special Topics in International Politics (3 credits)
Topics vary from year to year.

POLI 813 Special Topics in Canadian and Québec Politics (3 credits)
Topics vary from year to year.

POLI 814 Special Topics in Political Theory (3 credits)
Topics vary from year to year.

POLI 815 Special Topics in Public Policy and Public Administration (3 credits)
Topics vary from year to year.

POLI 898 Directed Studies (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Permission of the PhD Committee.
This special reading course is designed to explore topics and themes relevant to a student’s doctoral research.

Comprehensive Exams

POLI 885 Comprehensive Exam (6 credits)
POLI 886 Comprehensive Exam (6 credits)

Thesis

POLI 889 Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
POLI 890 Thesis (54 credits)

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Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Public Policy and Public Administration) (MPPPA)

Options

Option A. Courses Only
Option B. Internship

Upon application, students enter Option A (MPPPA with Courses only). Once admitted to the program, students have the opportunity to transfer to Option B (MPPPA with Internship). To enter the Internship option students must complete the prescribed coursework and normally achieve a minimum GPA of 3.30.

Admission Requirements. An undergraduate honours degree or the equivalent is required. Students who do not have the necessary background in public policy and public administration may be required to take specific undergraduate courses in addition to the regular program. In certain cases, applicants may be required to complete a qualifying program in order to be eligible for admission to the graduate program.

Students who were educated outside Canada and whose mother tongue is neither English nor French will be required to successfully complete TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam before being admitted.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Credits. A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

  2. Core Courses. All students must complete two 3-credit core courses, POLI 636 (Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration), and POLI 644 (Research Methods).
    In addition, students in Options A or B must take one of the following five courses: POLI 600 or 604 or 618 or 622 or 624.

  3. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

  4. Language Requirement. Students in the Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Public Policy and Public Administration) Option B Internship are expected to demonstrate an ability to read and understand literature relevant to their field in French.

Academic Regulations

  1. GPA Requirement. The academic progress of students is monitored on a periodic basis. To be permitted to continue in the program, students must obtain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 based on a minimum of 12 credits. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 are considered to be on academic probation during the following review period. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 for two consecutive review periods are withdrawn from the program.

  2. C Rule. Students in research master’s/magisteriate programs are allowed to receive no more than one C grade in order to remain in good standing in the university.

  3. F Rule. Students who receive a failing grade in the course of their studies will be withdrawn from the program. Students may apply for re-admission. Students who receive another failing grade after re-admission will be withdrawn from the program and will not be considered for re-admission.

  4. Time Limit. All work for a master’s/magisteriate degree for full-time students must be completed within 12 terms (4 years) from the time of initial registration in the program at Concordia University; for part-time students the time limit is 15 terms (5 years).

  5. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Public Policy and Public Administration)

Option A (Courses Only)

  1. Core Courses. POLI 636, 644, and one of the following five courses: POLI 600 or 604 or 618 or 622 or POLI 624 (9 credits).

  2. Concentration Courses. Four 3-credit courses chosen from the subfield of Public Policy and Administration (12 credits).

  3. Approved Elective and Cognate Courses. Four 3-credit courses chosen from any of the following subfields: Canadian and Quebec Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Political Theory, or POLI 601 (Research Design), or from cognate courses offered in related disciplines. For cognate courses, approval of the Director is required. In some cases approval for registration in cognate courses must be obtained from the department involved (12 credits).

  4. Extended Research Essay. POLI 691. The Extended Research Essay is a directed study supervised by a faculty member with whom a student completed a course in their area of concentration. Requiring additional research, this degree requirement builds on a term paper submitted at the graduate level in a concentration course and is considered to be a significant revision and extension of that paper, with an extensive bibliography (12 credits).

Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Public Policy and Public Administration)

Option B (Internship)

Language Requirement: All Option B candidates must pass an examination in French based on a test administered by the Department. This exam consists of translating a passage of literature, relevant to the field, from French into English.

  1. Core Courses. POLI 636, 644, and one of the following five courses POLI 600 or 604 or 618 or 622 or 624 (9 credits).

  2. Concentration Courses. Three 3-credit courses chosen from the subfield of Public Policy and Administration (9 credits).

  3. Approved Elective and Cognate Courses. Two 3-credit courses chosen from the following subfields: Canadian and Quebec Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Political Theory, or POLI 601 (Research Design), or from cognate courses offered in related disciplines. For cognate courses, approval of the Director is required. In some cases approval for registration in cognate courses must be obtained from the department involved (6 credits).

  4. Internship with Research Paper. POLI 693. The internship is a four-month job placement in either the public or private sector. Under the direction of a faculty supervisor, the student prepares an original, theoretical work that comprises a series of policy recommendations that contribute to the policy process in Canada. The student is required to defend the paper before his/her faculty supervisor and two readers (21 credits).

Courses

All courses are one-term, 3-credit courses unless otherwise indicated. Some sections of some courses may be offered in French.

Core Courses for students in Options A and B

POLI 636 Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration
POLI 644 Research Methods

Students must also take one of the following five core courses:

POLI 600 Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada
POLI 604 Comparative Public Policy
POLI 618 Canadian Public Administration
POLI 622 Comparative Public Administration
POLI 624 Public Administration of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Public Policy and Administration

POLI 600 Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada
POLI 604 Comparative Public Policy 
POLI 605 Environmental Policy and Governance 
POLI 607 Ageing and Public Policy
POLI 610 Economic Policy After Keynes 
POLI 612 Public Policy and Business Cycles 
POLI 617 Knowledge in International Relations
POLI 618 Canadian Public Administration 
POLI 622 Comparative Public Administration 
POLI 624 Public Administration of Intergovernmental Affairs
POLI 628 Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making 
POLI 630 Organization Theory 
POLI 634 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation 
POLI 635 Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Policy
POLI 645 Indigenous Peoples and the State
POLI 648 Feminist Critiques of Public Policy 
POLI 652 Science, Technology and Power
POLI 683 Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration
POLI 695 Directed Studies

Canadian and Quebec Politics

POLI 600 Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada 
POLI 606 Policy Making and the National Purpose in Canada
POLI 607 Ageing and Public Policy
POLI 611 Judicial Politics and Policy
POLI 613 Political Socialization: A Comparative Perspective 
POLI 615 The Politics of Citizenship in Canada 
POLI 618 Canadian Public Administration 
POLI 624 Public Administration of Intergovernmental Affairs 
POLI 634 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation 
POLI 638 Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics
POLI 645 Indigenous Peoples and the State 
POLI 658 Authors of the Political Imagination
POLI 684 Special Topics in Canadian and Quebec Politics
POLI 695 Directed Studies

Comparative Politics

POLI 604 Comparative Public Policy 
POLI 613 Political Socialization: Comparative Perspective
POLI 621 Political Leadership and Decision Making
POLI 622 Comparative Public Administration 
POLI 626 Seminar in Comparative Politics
POLI 629 Critical Perspectives in Development
POLI 637 Democracy and Regime Change 
POLI 643 Rational and Public Choice 
POLI 649 Gender and Global Politics 
POLI 657 Nationalism and Ethnicity 
POLI 681 Special Topics in Comparative Politics
POLI 695 Directed Studies

International Politics

POLI 603 International Relations Theory
POLI 605 Environmental Policy and Governance
POLI 608 Globalization and Regional Integration 
POLI 614 Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Nations
POLI 616 Theories of Foreign Policy
POLI 617 Knowledge in International Relations
POLI 619 International Peacekeeping
POLI 646 History of Thought in Political Economy
POLI 647 International Human Security 
POLI 649 Gender and Global Politics 
POLI 659 International Organizations 
POLI 662 International Political Economy 
POLI 687 Special Topics in International Politics 
POLI 695 Directed Studies

Political Theory

POLI 623 Ethics, Morality and Justice
POLI 625 Policy Discourse of Biotechnology
POLI 628 Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making 
POLI 631 Political Texts
POLI 632 Seminar in Political Theory
POLI 646 History of Thought in Political Economy 
POLI 654 Concepts of the State 
POLI 658 Authors of the Political Imagination
POLI 685 Special Topics in Political Theory 
POLI 695 Directed Studies

Research Design, Extended Research Essay, Internship with Research Paper

POLI 601 Research Design (3 credits)
POLI 691 Extended Research Essay (12 credits)
POLI 693 Internship with Research Paper (21 credits)

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Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Political Science) (MA)

Students entering the MA in Political Science are required to complete a graduate thesis.

Admission Requirements. An undergraduate honours degree or the equivalent is required with a minimum GPA of 3.30.  Students who do not have the necessary background in political science, as well as in the concentration which they have chosen, may be required to take specific undergraduate courses in addition to the regular program. In certain cases, applicants may be required to complete a qualifying program in order to be eligible for admission to the graduate program.

Students who were educated outside Canada and whose mother tongue is neither English nor French will be required to successfully complete TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam before being admitted.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Credits. A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

  2. Core Courses. All students must complete one 3-credit core course in their area of concentration, chosen from the following:  POLI 603 (International Relations Theory), POLI 626 (Seminar in Comparative Politics), POLI 632 (Seminar in Political Theory), POLI 636 (Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration), POLI 638 (Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics).

    In addition, students are required to take one 3-credit course from the following: POLI 601 (Research Design) or POLI 644 (Research Methods).

  3. Concentration Courses. Two 3-credit courses chosen from the subfield in which the student intends to write a thesis.

  4. Approved Elective and Cognate Courses. Two 3-credit courses chosen from any of the 600-level courses in political science, or from cognate courses offered in related disciplines.

  5. Thesis Proposal. All students must complete a thesis proposal, POLI 694.

  6. Master’s Thesis. All students must complete a thesis, POLI 696.

  7. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
     

Academic Regulations

  1. GPA Requirement. The academic progress of students is monitored on a periodic basis. To be permitted to continue in the program, students must obtain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 based on a minimum of 12 credits. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 are considered to be on academic probation during the following review period. Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 for two consecutive review periods are withdrawn from the program.

  2. C Rule. Students in research master’s/magisteriate programs are allowed to receive no more than one C grade in order to remain in good standing in the university.

  3. F Rule. Students who receive a failing grade in the course of their studies will be withdrawn from the program. Students may apply for re-admission. Students who receive another failing grade after re-admission will be withdrawn from the program and will not be considered for re-admission.

  4. Time Limit. All work for a master’s/magisteriate degree for full-time students must be completed within 12 terms (4 years) from the time of initial registration in the program at Concordia University; for part-time students the time limit is 15 terms (5 years).

  5. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.


Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Political Science)

  1. Core Courses. One of: POLI 603, 626, 632, 636, 638; and one of: POLI 601 or 644 (6 credits).

  2. Concentration Courses. Two 3-credit courses chosen from the subfield in which the student intends to write a thesis. Students can write a thesis in the following subfields: Public Policy and Administration, Canadian and Quebec Politics, International Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory (6 credits).

  3. Approved Elective and Cognate Courses. Two 3-credit courses chosen from any of the 600-level courses in political science, or from cognate courses offered in related disciplines. For cognate courses, approval of the Director is required. In some cases approval for registration in cognate courses must be obtained from the department involved (6 credits).

  4. Thesis Proposal. POLI 694. This course is a directed study involving a comprehensive understanding of the literature in the area of research directly relevant to the thesis topic under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The written assignments involve a comprehensive literature review, annotated bibliography and research design that culminate in a thesis proposal presented in an oral defence before the thesis supervisor and two faculty members in the graduate program (3 credits).

  5. Master’s Thesis. POLI 696. Students are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out original, independent research. The thesis, which is researched and written under the direction of a supervisor and thesis committee, is defended before the student’s thesis committee (24 credits).

Courses

All courses are one-term, 3-credit courses unless otherwise indicated. Some sections of some courses may be offered in French.

Core Courses 

Students must take one of the following five courses:

POLI 603 International Relations Theory
POLI 626 Seminar in Comparative Politics
POLI 632 Seminar in Political Theory
POLI 636 Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration
POLI 638 Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics

Students must take one of the following two courses:

POLI 601 Research Design
POLI 644 Research Methods

Concentration or Elective Courses

Public Policy and Administration

POLI 600 Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada
POLI 604 Comparative Public Policy
POLI 605 Environmental Policy and Governance
POLI 607 Ageing and Public Policy
POLI 610 Economic Policy After Keynes
POLI 612 Public Policy and Business Cycles
POLI 617 Knowledge in International Relations
POLI 618 Canadian Public Administration
POLI 622 Comparative Public Administration
POLI 624 Public Administration of Intergovernmental Affairs
POLI 628 Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making
POLI 630 Organization Theory
POLI 634 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
POLI 635 Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Policy
POLI 636 Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration
POLI 645 Indigenous Peoples and the State
POLI 648 Feminist Critiques of Public Policy
POLI 652 Science, Technology and Power
POLI 683 Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration
POLI 695  Directed Studies

Canadian and Quebec Politics

POLI 600 Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada
POLI 606 Policy Making and the National Purpose in Canada
POLI 607 Ageing and Public Policy
POLI 611 Judicial Politics and Policy
POLI 613 Political Socialization: A Comparative Perspective
POLI 615 The Politics of Citizenship in Canada
POLI 618 Canadian Public Administration
POLI 624 Public Administration of Intergovernmental Affairs
POLI 634 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
POLI 638 Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics
POLI 645 Indigenous Peoples and the State
POLI 658 Authors of the Political Imagination
POLI 684 Special Topics in Canadian and Quebec Politics
POLI 695 Directed Studies

Comparative Politics

POLI 604 Comparative Public Policy
POLI 613 Political Socialization: Comparative Perspective
POLI 621 Political Leadership and Decision Making
POLI 622 Comparative Public Administration
POLI 626 Seminar in Comparative Politics
POLI 629 Critical Perspectives in Development
POLI 637 Democracy and Regime Change
POLI 643 Rational and Public Choice
POLI 649 Gender and Global Politics
POLI 657 Nationalism and Ethnicity
POLI 681 Special Topics in Comparative Politics
POLI 695 Directed Studies

International Politics

POLI 603 International Relations Theory
POLI 605 Environmental Policy and Governance
POLI 608 Globalization and Regional Integration
POLI 614 Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Nations
POLI 616 Theories of Foreign Policy
POLI 617 Knowledge in International Relations
POLI 619 International Peacekeeping
POLI 646 History of Thought in Political Economy
POLI 647 International Human Security
POLI 649 Gender and Global Politics
POLI 659 International Organizations
POLI 662 International Political Economy
POLI 687 Special Topics in International Politics
POLI 695 Directed Studies

Political Theory

POLI 623 Ethics, Morality and Justice
POLI 625 Policy Discourse of Biotechnology
POLI 628 Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making
POLI 631 Political Texts
POLI 632 Seminar in Political Theory
POLI 646 History of Thought in Political Economy
POLI 654 Concepts of the State
POLI 658 Authors of the Political Imagination
POLI 685 Special Topics in Political Theory
POLI 695 Directed Studies

Thesis Proposal and Thesis

POLI 694 Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
POLI 696 Master’s Thesis (24 credits)

Courses

All courses listed are one-term, 3-credit courses unless otherwise indicated. Some courses are offered in French.

Political Science

POLI 600 Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada
The course is designed to familiarize students with the structures and processes of policy-making in Canadian government. Particular attention is given to theories of public policy, the role of key institutions and agencies in the formulation and analysis of policy, and recent organizational developments in the executive-bureaucratic arena.

POLI 601 Research Design
This course explores differing research philosophies, the principles of research design and research strategies. It also considers philosophical critiques of different approaches and practical aspects of conducting research.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 685 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 603 International Relations Theory
This course explores the major theories, approaches and contemporary debates within international relations theory. Topics include the development of realism, liberalism, constructivism and critical approaches. Major aspects of international relations theory, such as security, political economy, and international organization, are also explored.

POLI 604 Comparative Public Policy
This course analyses policy development in industrialized countries. It focuses on various areas such as economic, education, fiscal and social policies. Moreover, this course examines contributions that address methodological issues related to comparative research.

POLI 605 Environmental Policy and Governance
Students in this seminar course conduct a theoretical and empirical survey of contemporary approaches to environmental policy development and implementation at various levels of governance, including municipal, national and international. Case studies may include toxic waste, oceans management, the impact of trade agreements, biodiversity conservation, and climate change.

POLI 606 Policy Making and the National Purpose in Canada
This course focuses upon the American challenge to Canadian independence in the economic, cultural, defence and other spheres, and examines policy initiatives taken by Canadian governments and the various proposals advanced by nationalist groups to meet this challenge.

POLI 607 Ageing and Public Policy
Substantial improvement in health, hygiene and working conditions combined with declining fertility rate is creating an important demographic shift. As a result, the number of individuals aged 65 and above is expected to double by 2031. This has multiple policy and political consequences across industrialized countries. The object of this course is to analyze this demographic shift from a comparative perspective.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 681 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 608 Globalization and Regional Integration
A study of the long range historical tendencies towards large and complex interdependent organizations in the post industrial world. These trends juxtapose the regional confederation of the European community as well as the rising trade blocs of North America and the Pacific, with the development of a single political economic and cultural super-system of global scope.

POLI 610 Economic Policy After Keynes
This course introduces students to the controversy surrounding the economics of Keynes and the implications of his work for the current problems of unemployment and growth. Interpretations of Keynes are explored in the context of the current eclipse of Keynesianism in public policy circles.

POLI 611 Judicial Politics and Policy
This course considers the increased policy-making functions of Supreme Courts in systems that have statutory and entrenched bills of rights. By focusing on the interaction between courts and legislatures, and the increasing use of litigation strategies by interest groups, the implications of public policy in a rights context are examined.

POLI 612 Public Policy and Business Cycles
This course explores the public policy of managing the business cycle. The emphasis is on both the theoretical literature associated with modern notions of managing the economic cycle and on applied case studies. The focus is both Canadian and comparative.

POLI 613 Political Socialization: A Comparative Perspective
The course presents an overview of the central concepts and theories used in political socialization research. Students learn about the major sources of political opinions, attitudes and values. This course also investigates how political socialization is used in practice in Canadian politics and within several other sub-disciplines of political science.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 683 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 614 Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Nations
The course provides an overview of the scholarly debate and research on political economy issues considered central to an examination of the political economy of advanced countries.

POLI 615 The Politics of Citizenship in Canada
This course examines key debates in the study and practice of citizenship in Canada. It explores the different forces which are transforming our understanding of citizenship, including globalization, nationalism, welfare state reform, international migration, and multiculturalism. Topics include citizenship and social exclusion; social rights and the welfare state; and economic citizenship, employment and social identity.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under POLI 685J may not take this course for credit.

POLI 616 Theories of Foreign Policy
This course explores the major international and domestic determinants of foreign policy. Principal topics include the influence of the international system, geography, leadership, regime-type, transnationalism and non-governmental organizations on foreign policy. Rather than focusing on any particular country, the course draws upon the experiences of a variety of Western democratic states utilizing case studies of American, British, French and Canadian foreign policy to illustrate and evaluate course themes.

POLI 617 Knowledge in International Relations
This course examines the creation and use of expertise in policy-making, including questions of knowledge construction, the sway of science versus norms on decision-makers, and the impact of bureaucratic processes on the quality of policy. Alternative conceptions of knowledge and its effects on decision-making from political science, sociology, economics, and psychology are applied to issues including national security, environmental politics and economics.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 687 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 618 Canadian Public Administration
Discussion is directed towards an understanding of public administration in the Canadian federal setting. Some of the main problems of public administration are related to important changes which have taken place over the last twenty years and which are continuing to take place.

POLI 619 International Peacekeeping
This course is a seminar on the theory and practice of multinational peace and stability operations. The course covers theoretical perspectives on peace operations; the origins and evolution of peace operations, with particular focus on the expansion and transformation of peace operations since the end of the Cold War; the organizational and international politics of peace operations; causes of peace operations’ success and failure; problems of managing and coordinating actors involved in peace operations; and prospects for organizational learning and reform. The course examines specific cases of peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peace enforcement.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 687 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 621 Political Leadership and Decision Making
This course considers the ways political actors attempt policy and institutional changes through an examination of leadership skills and decision making styles. It considers the philosophical treatments by Plato and Machiavelli and the relationship between morality and leadership by analyzing modern leadership within a constrained constitutional context.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under POLI 687M may not take this course for credit.

POLI 622 Comparative Public Administration
A comparative study of the public administration systems in various western countries with emphasis on a comparison vis-à-vis the Canadian federal system.

POLI 623 Ethics, Morality and Justice
This course focuses on the essential political concepts of ethics, justice and morality which underlie and motivate almost all political activity. The course explores both ancient and contemporary perspectives on the meaning of these concepts and examines the problems and theoretical challenges that arise when a definitive notion of justice is used to assess or generate public policy.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 685 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 624 Public Administration of Intergovernmental Affairs
This course deals with intergovernmental affairs that have become a significant part of the policy process in many countries. An analysis of power relations in the federal state, both in institutional and societal terms, will be a primary focus of this course. The Canadian case will serve as the main area of inquiry.

POLI 625 Policy Discourse of Biotechnology
This course examines the philosophical, political, and theoretical counsel to policymakers and broader public discourse surrounding the development and implementation of new laws and regulations pertaining to issues in advanced biotechnology, such as cloning, stem cell research, and psychopharmacology.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 685 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 626 Seminar in Comparative Politics
This course is a survey of the field of comparative politics. It examines major theories, concepts and methods of comparative political analysis.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 681 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 628 Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making
This course provokes critical thinking on value judgements underlying policy-making and familiarizes students with practical measures available for promoting integrity in public institutions. Students examine the principles underlying ethical standards, various professional codes of ethics, issues such as potential conflicts between personal convictions and public duties, and the ethical responsibility of public officials and civil servants in democratic societies.

POLI 629 Critical Perspectives in Development
This course examines key debates surrounding the concept and the politics of development in the ‘less developed’ world with a particular emphasis on institutional structures, such as the state, the market and non-governmental organizations, through which development has been pursued.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under POLI 687K may not take this course for credit.

POLI 630 0rganizational Theory
This is a seminar in organization theory, an interdisciplinary field concerned with the sources, determinants, functions, and effects of complex organizations. The course focuses on political organizations and the political effects of organizations by reviewing the historical development of organization theory and considering how current debates help us understand the nature and functions of organizations in the twenty-first century. Topics include the nature and sources of formal organizations; organizational structure; organizational decision-making; organizational culture; organizational reliability and failure; and the interaction between organizations and their environments.

POLI 631 Political Texts
The course is an intensive study of a text by a major author such as Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, or Nietzsche. Students systematically explore the issues and problems raised by the text and the interpretive traditions that follow from it.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 685 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 632 Seminar in Political Theory
This course is a survey of leading research in and approaches to political theory and political philosophy, including the history of political thought, normative political theory and contemporary political thought.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 685 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 634 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
This course focuses upon methods of assessing consequences of public policies. The main purpose of the course is to allow students to survey evaluation research in political science and to present research designs that will enable them to make plausible assumptions about the outcome of governmental programs in the absence of experimental control.

POLI 635 Agriculture, Biotechnology and Food Policy
The purpose of this course is to explore the ethical and policy dilemmas that rapid scientific and technological advances in biotechnology pose for issues of agriculture and food security. The course focuses on Canadian policy within a comparative perspective and examines alternative policy responses, such as found in the US, EU and developing countries.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 685 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 636 Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration
The course explores the diverse intellectual and ideological origins of Public Administration and Public Policy. The focus is on the comparative and critical analysis of the theoretical models under study. Students are encouraged to think analytically and to apply theoretical frameworks to their own empirical enquiries.

POLI 637 Democracy and Regime Change
This seminar examines the various definitions and understandings of democratic and authoritarian regimes and the principal moments of regime change (breakdown, transition, post-transition, and consolidation). It focuses on institution-building, the actors involved in the process of regime change and the political economy of transitions.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under POLI 687B may not take this course for credit.

POLI 638 Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics
This course is a survey of the field at an advanced level. It presents a discussion of contemporary issues and controversies in Canadian and Quebec Politics.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 683 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 643 Rational and Public Choice
This course deals with understanding the micro-analytical foundations of individual and group behaviour in political life. It introduces students to the main concepts, theorems and their applications in positive analytical politics including game theory, spatial modeling and institutional analysis.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under POLI 687C may not take this course for credit.

POLI 644 Research Methods
This course introduces students to the logic and methodology of Political Science research and public policy analysis.

POLI 645 Indigenous Peoples and the State
This course examines the political and administrative context in which Indigenous Peoples and the state coexist as well as the tensions between European and Indigenous modes of governance. It focuses on the evolution of institutions and policies regulating this relationship, and the governance strategies developed consistent with Indigenous traditions. The Canadian case serves as the focus but other countries may be considered.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under POLI 683M may not take this course for credit.

POLI 646 History of Thought in Political Economy
This course presents a survey of the major ideas which have shaped the various approaches to political economy from the classical theorists to twentieth century thinkers. The historical and contemporary influence of these ideas on public policy is evaluated.

POLI 647 International Human Security
An introduction to the growing literature and controversies surrounding the concept of ‘human security’ in international politics, applied specifically to the Canadian foreign policy context. Examined actors include states, non-governmental organizations, international institutions, and ‘civil society’.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under POLI 687O may not take this course for credit.

POLI 648 Feminist Critiques of Public Policy
This course provides an in-depth examination of feminist and critical perspectives of public policy and administration. The course seeks to examine the ways in which social location is implicated in (and mediated by) public policy theory and practice. Specific topics may include the state of bureaucracy, state-society relations, public policy discourses, structures, processes and outcomes, and substantive issue areas, such as body politics, social and economic policy, and the labour market.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 683 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 649 Gender and Global Politics
This seminar focuses on the intersection of the global and the local through different methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of gender. Drawing from texts from the fields of comparative politics, international relations and sociology, the course exposes class participants to different scholarly treatments of gender and politics especially as these treatments have evolved in a post-Cold War era of increasing globalization.

POLI 652 Science, Technology and Power
This course introduces students to the growing field of science policy analysis. It provides an overview of the theoretical approaches and analytical tools used in the area and critically discusses various policy mechanisms now in place as well as current and emerging issues.

POLI 654 Concepts of the State
This course examines several of the most significant attempts made by modern political thinkers to answer the question, “What is the modern state?” It addresses both the historical emergence of the modern state and the various ways that this emergence has been theorized. Special emphasis is placed on the differences and interconnections between historical, theoretical, and practical questions.

POLI 657 Nationalism and Ethnicity
This seminar discusses the nature, dynamics and consequences of nationalism. The emphasis is placed on presenting and discussing various theoretical understandings of identity and nationalist mobilization. It examines conceptual issues relating to the study of nationalism, namely the nature, origins and characterizations of nations and nationalism and the strategies for regulation of nationalist conflict.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under POLI 687H may not take this course for credit.

POLI 658 Authors of the Political Imagination
This course examines a broad range of literary and non-literary genres for their potential to inform and redirect the political imagination. The seminar adopts a broadly comparative perspective on literature, culture, politics and individual motivation.

POLI 659 International Organizations
This course explores the role of international organizations, institutions and regimes in world politics. The course covers intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations as well as informal institutional arrangements. It surveys theoretical debates regarding the origins, dynamics, and significance of international organizations, and examines their role in areas such as international security, international political economy, and regional integration. The course also considers debates over democratic accountability within international organizations and the efficacy of global governance.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under a POLI 687 number may not take this course for credit.

POLI 662 International Political Economy
This course covers theories from macroeconomics and international relations and their application to major historical and contemporary events in the evolution of the global political economy. Topics include international trade and finance, economic development,regional integration and globalization, North-South relations, the emergence of multinational corporations, and international organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, WTO, OECD, and UNCTAD.

POLI 681 Special Topics in Comparative Politics

POLI 683 Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration

POLI 684 Special Topics in Canadian and Quebec Politics

POLI 685 Special Topics in Political Theory

POLI 687 Special Topics in International Politics

POLI 691 Extended Research Essay (12 credits)
The Extended Research Essay is a directed study supervised by a faculty member with whom a student completed a course in their area of concentration. Requiring additional research, this degree requirement builds on a term paper submitted at the graduate level in a concentration course and is considered to be a significant revision and extension of that paper, with an extensive bibliography.

POLI 693 Internship with Research Paper (21 credits)
The Internship is a four-month job placement in either the public or private sector. Under the direction of a faculty supervisor, the student prepares an original, theoretical work that comprises a series of policy recommendations that contribute to the policy process in Canada. The student is required to defend the paper before his/her faculty supervisor and two readers.

POLI 695 Directed Studies
Independent study in the area of concentration.

Cognate Courses

Students may enrol in cognate courses in the John Molson School of Business and in the Departments of Communication Studies, Economics, Education, and Sociology and Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Permission of the Graduate Program Directors of both the Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (Public Policy and Public Administration) and the second department is required.

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