Political Science Winter 2014

 For more information on these courses, please contact the Political Sceience department at 604-557-4035 or via email at politicalscience@ufv.ca.

This course will examine the origin and development of federalism in Canada from 1867 to the present. It will focus on the difficulties of creating and managing a social welfare state in a federal political system. Particular attention will be paid to the challenge of dividing and sharing fiscal resources. Special attention will be paid to how the governments of Canada jointly manage social programs and tackle problems that cross jurisdictional boundaries, such as the environment and health care.

POSC 110




War and peace seem to be a perennial aspect of the human condition. This course will examine how peace has been understood at the level of theory and practice, within the Western Tradition. The course will cover Classical Greek, Roman, and Jewish perspectives, the complex Classical Christian synthesis, the 16th century Magisterial and Anabaptist notions of war and peace, and peace activists on the stage of world politics today. The major peace themes such as pacifism, various forms of just war theory, and peace through strength will be examined. The course will conclude with a discussion of the Canadian Peace Tradition.

45 university-level credits



This course explores and critically assesses various perspectives on multiculturalism. Through an analysis of different theoretical perspectives on various political topics (such as Indigenous self-government, reasonable accomdation, Shariah law debates, the 'war on terror', etc.), students are invited to reflect critically on issues of power, citizenship, belonging, diversity, difference, and liberal and democratic principles and pracites. 

45 university-level credits




This course will explore the major security issues in the world today. It will examine traditional diplomacy and warfare between states, as well as new security threats such as nuclear proliferation, economic dislocation, drugs, human trafficking, global pandemics, environmental damage, terrorism, piracy, state-collapse, and the re-emergence of ethnic conflicts.

Note: students with credit for POSC 483E cannot take this course for further credit.

POSC 260 or 360





This reading intensive seminar course will examine the history and development of international relations as a field of study in political science. The course will explore traditional theories, concepts, and critical approaches to the field. As well, the course will explore the enduring issues and contemporary debates that have animated the field. In the process, students would be introduced to key thinkers, and the subfields of the discipline including security and multilateral governance, foreign policy, gender, and political economy.

POSC 260 and 6 credits of 300-level POSC


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