Non-Political Science Courses

Non-Political Science Courses Approved for
POL Program Requirements

Please note:  No more than 1.0 FCEs NON-POL course

will be accepted towards the POL programs.


ETH 401H1Y – Seminar on Ethics

Instructor:  M. Dubber

The seminar will expose advanced undergraduates to cutting edge research in ethics, legal theory, and political theory. It meets bi-weekly over the entire academic year. In the fall term, participants will attend research presentations by visiting scholars at the Centre for Ethics (topics will include bioethics, indigenous rights, equality and education, free speech, and workplace democracy). Students will also meet individually with the instructor (who will be the Centre’s Director) to plan an independent research project that is related to the theme of the course. In the winter term, students will present their research and discuss it with the other students in the seminar. (Note that this is an “H1Y” course — a half-credit course taught throughout both Fall and Winter terms.)

INI339H1-S   Divided City / United City

Instructor:  D. Hulchanski

This course focuses on the impact of increased economic inequality and economic polarization, a trend that is producing a variety of socio-spatial changes in metropolitan areas in Canada, and affecting the lived realities of different population groups. Students will learn about and engage with the research and policy development process.

JPE250Y5 –Environmental Politics in Canada ONLINE (UTM)

Instructor: Andrea Olive

This course serves as an introduction to environmental policy in Canada. The primary intent is to provide an overview of the political context in which environmental policy is made and implemented. The course begins with an outline of the Canadian parliamentary system and policymaking process. The fall semester will also focus on pollution and chemical policy. We will read Cleaner, Greener, and Healthier and consider ways to improve our own environmental health as well as Canadian societies’ health. In the winter terms, we will focus on change, and energy policy. Our case study will be hydraulic fracturing and we will read Slick Waters. The course will end with reflections on Canadian environmental policy and expectations for policy under the Trudeau government.

LAS 400H1 S – Political Ecology, Extractivism, and Development in the Americas

Instructor:  Donald V. Kingsbury

This 4th year seminar engages in a critical study of ecology and development in South and Central America. Our inquiry will centre on extractive industries—notably oil, natural gas, minerals, and industrialized agriculture—as well as the role of foreign corporations and interests in these key sectors. While much the seminar will focus on contemporary concerns surrounding traditional primary product export regimes, the class also us to consider both the limits and possibilities of post-carbon energy futures in Latin America.   Topics include (in no particular order):

  1. Development/alism & the ‘pristine myth’
  2. commodity cycles, dependency theory
  3. ‘Energy Transitions’ and late carbon capitalism
  4. 21st century ‘boom’ and progressive extractivism
  5. mining in Central America
  6. agribusiness in Brazil and Argentina
  7. oil in Venezuela
  8. China and Ecuador/Peru
  9. Mexico, privatization of PEMEX
  10. Ecological Thought/Debates around anthropocene/sumak kawsay (buen vivir)
  11. Social Movements

PCJ 260Y1 – Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

Instructor:           TBA

A review of the full range of theories explaining the nature and causes of conflict and possibilities for its resolution; provides students with a set of theoretical tools for effective analysis of interpersonal, civil, and international conflict.

VIC476H1 – Capstone Seminar in Foreign Policy

Instructor:           David Wright

The seminar involves a critical assessment of current foreign policy issues and contemporary world problems. Issues and case studies to be analyzed include: 1. International military interventions to respond to imminent threats or humanitarian crises, issues of legitimacy and effectiveness. e.g., Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Haiti. 2. Canada-US relations in international crisis management, the track record and the way ahead. 3. Globalization, international terrorism, and their effects on sovereignty, diplomacy and international institutions.  The direct link to the course syllabus is:





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