Who gets what, when and how? Who rules? Where does the power lie in Canada? What drives globalization? Can it be stopped? In Political Science, we consider these and other questions in looking at the future of Canada and other countries around the world. We also look at issues such as justice, freedom and democracy and the relationship between individuals and governments. At the international level, students examine the cause of conflicts, the conditions for peace and the impact of regionalization and globalization on individuals and communities.
Highlighted Undergraduate Courses
POLSCI 3JR3 The Rule of Law and Legal and Judicial Reforms in the Developing World
The course examines the causes, nature, scope and objectives of legal and judicial reforms taking place in developing countries. Whether because of national initiatives or as the result of guidelines, pressures and demands from international aid organizations, the international business/financial community, academia, or through bilateral mechanisms (USAID, CIDA, IDRC), a process of standardization of the rule of law and judicial reforms can be seen unfolding across different so-called ‘emergent democracies.’
POLSCI 4NN3 Studies in Global Political Economy
This course examines the relationship between the global political economy and climate change. It considers the emerging political responses that aim to reduce global carbon emissions and the interpretation of the climate problem from an economics standpoint. The key issues that will considered throughout the course are theories of environmental problems, political responses and economists’ neglect of climate change, capitalism, consumption, North-South debates, varieties of environmentalism, climate policies, solutions and the future of the climate politics.
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