Other Units FYS

First-Year Seminars Offered by Other Units

Approved for POL Program Requirements



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Only 0.5 FCEs First-Year Seminar Offered by Other Units Approved by Political Science will be accepted towards the POL Program Requirements 

TRN151Y1-Y   Global Governance – Joy Fitzgibbon

Course Description: Terrorism, the proliferation of arms (including weapons of mass destruction), environmental degradation, globalization, technological change, and the rise of non-state actors all pose challenges to statecraft and the management of global order. This seminar course explores the changing dynamics of global politics and the responses to them by states (and others). Topics will include an examination of new forms of international collaboration that have developed in the wake of crises in the years following the Second World War. 

VIC181H1-F   Events in the Public Sphere: World Affairs – Victor Falkenheim

Course Description: This course will review issues in contemporary world affairs, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present day. The course will examine the politics and practice of foreign policy decision making. Issues to be covered include the collapse of the Soviet Union, intervention in humanitarian crises, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

VIC185H1-F   Events in the Public Sphere: Social Justice – David Wright

Course Description: This course uses events to discuss the nature of society including major revolutions, economic crises, and the impact of significant artistic, cultural and technological developments. Emphasis on our responsibilities towards social justice.

WDW 151 (Fall 2018) Order and Disorder: Individuals, Groups, and Societies – Beth A. Fischer

Course Description: Social order is the foundation of our lives. Without social order than can be no community, no economy, no government, no educational system, and no planning for the future. Social order depends upon cooperation and coordination. That is, people must cooperate in order to attain common goals and coordinate their behavior according to agreed-upon rules. But cooperation and coordination are difficult and often require trade-offs. For instance, how can we balance our need for both order and freedom? How do we define “fairness,” “equality” and “justice”? How do we achieve these goals? This course will focus in particular on migration and segregation, economic inequality, and crime. Along the way it draws upon sociology, political science, philosophy, history, and economics.

WDW 152 (Winter 2019) Order and Disorder II: Global Affairs and Emerging Technologies – Beth A. Fischer

Course Description: This course focuses on the ways in which global order is transformed. It considers four agents of change: the rise of states, war, trade, and technology. The term begins by considering the anarchical nature of the international system and the manner in which states, war, and trade have created order and disorder. The second section of the term focuses on innovation and emerging technologies. It begins by examining how past innovations have transformed societies across the globe and then considers how current or near-horizon technologies might transform our current political, social, and economic orders. Throughout the term the course draws upon material from political science, history, philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, and biology.