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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence



Fall 2015

PO478 - Foundations of Social Science. The nature and development of theories and models in the social sciences, the relationship between theory and research, and theoretical approaches most commonly used to explain political phenomena. 

PO601 - Core Seminar: the Craft of Political ScienceA thematic overview of core concepts and major research traditions in the modern study of politics.

Other courses:

PO110 - Introduction to Modern Politics: the State. An introduction to the study of politics, including core concepts (coercion, authority, justice, legitimacy, culture, norms, the state), methods and theory (measurement, inference, interpretation, decision and game theory), and important themes (political culture, ideologies, nationalism, diversity in federal states, globalization and development).

AF101 - Decisions and Games, Conflict and Cooperation. A simulation- and exercise-intensive encounter with applications of decision and game theory to real-life situations, especially those involving ethics, politics, and law.

PX200 - PPE Methods and Ideas. Survey of core ideas and arguments in the social sciences, with an emphasis on longstanding philosophical debates over concepts, methods and aims. Fall 2009.

PO236 - Political Thought from the Enlightenment to Marxism. The development of Western political thought from the age of rationalism and revolution to the forment of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Locke, Hume, Kant, Rousseau, Burke, Wollestonecroft, Bentham, Mill, Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche.

PO281 - Pathways to Modern PoliticsHistorical origins of the Western tradition, examining shifting ideas about freedompower, and legitimacy against the ebb and flow of empires, the horrors of plague and war, the beginnings of capitalism and modern science, the rise of extraordinary sophistication in music and visual art, and the emergence of the sovereign territorial state.

PO310x - Borders, Peoples, Justice. Examines ongoing debates about the demands of justice beyond the modern nation-state. We will consider the moral significance of national identities, religious beliefs, cultural traditions, territorial borders, and dramatic global inequalities of wealth and life chances.

PO311u / 497d - Cities, States, and Markets. Explores the complicated relationships between cities, states, empires, and markets, focusing first on the parallel political and economic histories of Europe and China from the first millennium, and then on the changing spatial and political forms of major cities in the global economy.

PO350 - Theories of Justice. The idea of justice in contemporary political theory, focusing on conflicts between liberty, equality, and community, and with applications to dilemmas of law and policy. This course is writing-intensive, and part of the Legal Studies Option core sequence.

PP480k/PO498u - John Rawls: Justice as Fairness. A careful examination of justice as fairness, focusing on Theory of Justice and Justice as Fairness: a Restatement, and exploring several important debates over elements of the theory, especially the priority of liberty, the priority of right over conceptions of the good, and the plausibility of reflective equilibrium (and ethical constructivism more generally) as a justificatory strategy in political philosophy.

PO497i - Justice and Global Governance. Questions of justice  beyond the sovereign territorial state, with attentin to issues of governance and regulation across borders and within multilateral institutions.

PO499q - Explanation and Justification in Ethics and Politics. Directed studies seminar exploring debates over the nature and sources of moral obligation, and the relationship between explanation and justification in ethics and political philosophy.

PO603 - Applied Research Methods. Core concepts in probability; distributional assumptions and tests; model specification and estimation strategies; approaches to causal inference; fun with R and Stata.