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New Level IV Political Science courses for the 2018-19 academic year!

The Department of Political Science is pleased to offer 3 exciting new courses this year for level IV students.

Jun 18, 2018

POLSCI 4ZZ6 C01  Experiential Learning in Research – Case Studies in Public Leadership.

Students in this course will work under the guidance of the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, McMaster Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Leadership for Change. Drawing on Professor Levac’s legislative experience and extensive public service network, students will be able to interact through interviews and presentations with practitioners in the world of government and politics, and will learn how to access key government documents and public data.

POLSCI 4ZZ6 C02 Experiential Learning in Research – Democracy, Authority and Dissent in the Trump Era.

What made Trump’s victory possible, and where is it taking us? This course will speak to various themes, such as: money and politics; partisanship and polarization; the rise of populism; fake news, disinformation and conspiracy theories; electoral integrity and democratic governance in the digital age; gender/racial inequalities and disparities in opportunity, health and wealth; and the role of dissent in democracy. Seminars and guest speakers in Part I (fall term). Part II (winter term) will be given over to self-directed research projects, with students collaborating in small groups to produce a final paper and creative presentation.

POLSCI 4UP3 Urban Politics in the Post-Industrial Era: Hamilton & Detroit.

This course will be integrated into CityLab Hamilton. Students work in small groups, applying theory and first-hand experience in comparing local politics, civic engagement, social in/exclusion and urban transformation in two large post-industrial cities – Hamilton, ON and Detroit, MI. Includes 3-day learning excursion to Detroit (supplementary cost approx. $300; must have valid passport).