Fall/Winter Timetable

POL493H1S L0101

Topics in Politics I

Organization

Themes

Political science has developed a lot of knowledge about different political forms – e.g. states, corporations, social movements, NGOs, empires – but what explains the great variety of organizations that we observe? Why do some organizations fail, whereas others succeed? What are the interests and intentions of different organizations? Given the diversity of political organizations we see in the world, can we solve collective problems at the international and domestic levels? In the first half, this course will draw on a variety of literatures to explore different means of organizing politically and the dynamics of those forms. In the second half, students will engage in a simulation that demonstrates how collective action among different political organizations might take place in order to solve a complex dilemma facing our world today.

Texts

TBA

Format and Requirements

One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA.

Prerequisites

3 POL credits: minimum 14 credits