Political Science

PSCI 100-C01 People, Power and Politics    
Ann Ward    CRN 32272    TR 1000-1115  
 
This course provides an overview of the ideas, practices and institutions that inform political life both in theory and practice. We will examine these ideas and practices from a broad perspective with special attention paid to the Canadian and North American context, as well as the political, cultural and ethical challenges to liberal democracy in the 21st century.

PSCI 210-C01 Introduction to Political Thought    
Lee Ward    CRN 32273    TR 1130-1245  
 
This course will examine the major issues, questions, and concepts in the history of political thought as they are explored and illuminated in the works of important figures from ancient to modern times. We will pay particular attention to elucidating the theoretical origins and development of liberal democracy, especially through the contrast between ancient and modern thought, and by analyzing the reservations about modern liberalism expressed by liberalism’s friendly and not-so-friendly critics. Thinkers studied will include Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

PSCI 415-C01 Contemporary Political Theory    
Lee Ward    CRN 32288    TR 1430-1545  
 
This course offers a selection of readings in contemporary political theory. Among the themes considered will be rights, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and democratic theory. Thinkers examined will normally include John Rawls, Charles Taylor, Jurgen Habermas, Will Kymlicka and James Tully among others.