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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 18, 2014
 
 
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Teaching



Winter 2014:

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.

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.

Fall 2013:

PO235 - Political Thought from the Greeks to the 17th Century. The development of Western political ideas from ancient Greece to the early modern age, focusing on Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Hobbes.

PO350 - Theories of Justice. The idea of justice in contemporary political theory, focusing on conflicts between liberty, equality, and community.


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).

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.

PX299 - PPE Independent Studies. Directed readings emphasizing normative, formal, and quantitative reasoning in the study of politics.

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.

PO478 - Social Science Theories. 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. 

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. 

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.

PO601 - Graduate Core Seminar: the Scope of Political Science. A systematic overview of core concepts and major research traditions in the modern study of politics.