Ryerson University

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS AND SCHOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION POG 100: Introduction to Politics and Governance Fall 2007 Course Director: Class Time: Class Location: Office : Office Hours: Telephone: Grace-Edward Galabuzi Tuesday 2:00-4:00pm EPH 242 Room 719, Jorgenson Hall Tuesday 12:00pm – 2:00pm or by appointment (416) 979-5000 ext. 6189 E-mail: galabuzi@ryerson.ca

Course Description
This course introduces students to the study of politics and governance and the fundamental issues and challenges that politics deals with. Broadly defined, governance is a study of how societies and peoples govern themselves or are governed. We look at the multiple forms of governance and the political ideas, processes, institutions, structures, actors involved. During the course, we will review different approaches to the study of politics and governance. We will consider historical and contemporary approaches, mainstream and critical perspectives, democratic challenges and challengers. Among others, we will survey, Canadian politics, political theory, comparative politics, international politics, public administration, public policy and political economy.

Course Objectives
The course has three interrelated objectives: First, students will be introduced to the study of politics and will be able to develop a broad and general understanding of the field. They will be introduced to comparative perspectives of the field, comparing Canadian political processes to those in other countries in the global North and South. Various experiences from the three theatres will be discussed as unique and interrelated. Second, students will learn or strengthen their ability to think critically about everyday issues and experiences that define the processes of governance. They will learn to articulate informed and substantiated opinions on a vast array of political issues, concerns and debates. Third, students will acquire tools to enable them to participate effectively in the political process as engaged citizens, employees or consultants in a changing, globalizing world that is best understood as a political, economic and socio-cultural phenomenon.

Course Format
This course will be delivered by the instructor and tutorial leaders. It will include a two hour lecture and a one hour tutorial. Lectures will link the topics listed for the week to the assigned readings and related issues in the political science literature. From time to


time during the lectures, we will deal with key current political issues in the news. Come prepared to discuss key issues in the news each week. Regular attendance is required. Tutorials will be run in seminar format, featuring student presentations and more in-depth discussion of the material from the lectures. This is also the place to clarify your understanding of the readings, and to get help with assignments. The participation grading will depend largely on your attendance and active participation in the tutorial (and the lecture). Students will be expected to make presentations in the tutorials as determined by the tutorial leader. You will therefore be expected to attend tutorials and participate actively in the discussion of the readings. Note again: the participation grade will depend on your regular attendance and participation in the tutorial and lecture, as well as periodic in-class assignments.

Course Materials: Required texts:
Text: Janine Brodie & Sandra Rein. Critical Concepts: Introduction to Politics, 3rd Edition. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005 Complementary course reader: George MacLean & Brenda O’Neill. Ideas, Interests and Issues: Readings in Introductory Politics. Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006

Course Evaluation:
You will be required to complete four (4) commentaries or reaction papers over the course of the term. These will be selected by you from among the tutorial readings assigned from the Course Reader in the three weeks immediately preceeding the date they are due. There will not be a term paper but the reaction papers will test your ability to synthesize the assigned readings and articulate arguments coherently and clearly. They should be not more than four (4) pages long each. Written assignments will be assessed on demonstrated comprehension, critical analysis, strong articulation of your viewpoint and grammar. Be sure to introduce the subject matter, providing a summary of the key issues or arguments in the reading, followed by a critical reaction to the key issues or arguments based on your ‘informed’ opinion and your conclusion. As part of your analysis, you will be expected to draw on the relevant theoretical concepts introduced in the lecture. Student will also have to write a mid-term quiz and a final exam. The quiz will cover key concepts discussed in the lectures and from required readings in weeks 1-6. You will have an hour to provide answers to two short essay questions that demonstrate your understanding of the material. The final exam will be a 2-hour sit down exam covering all the material from the term and requiring students to respond to four (4) essay questions. The Professor will assign in-class exercizes from time to time and also grade the exams. Your tutorial leader will mark the reaction papers and participation in the tutorial. To be successful you should try and find out what they expect from you.

Evaluation scheme:
Critical Commentary papers (best 3 out of 4) Mid term Quiz 30% 15%


Participation/Attendance In class assignments Final Exam

15% 10% 30%

Lecture Schedule and Topics
Sept 04: Introductions and presentation of course outlines Film: Sept 11: A Force More Powerful!

Lecture Topic: Introduction: What is politics? Political power, Political regimes and the Commons Readings: Chapter 1: Power and Politics Pg 2-10 Chapter 7: Political Regimes Tutorial Discussion. Andrew Johnson. Democracy, Prosperity, Citizens and the State. (MacLean: 177)

Sept 18:

Topic: Approaches to the study of politics Readings: Chapter 1: Power and Politics. Pg 11-20 Chapters 4: Democracy

Film: The Bottom Line: Privatizing the World Tutorial Discussion: Theodoulou & O’Brien. Where We Stand Today: The State of Modern Political Science (MacLean: 64) Sept 25: Political ideas, old and new Readings: Chapter 5: Liberalism Chapter 6: Radical Politics Film: The Prophets and promise of classical capitalism Tutorial Discussion: Carol Gould. Socialism and Democracy. (MacLean:89) First reaction paper due in tutorial Oct 02: Dimensions of Governance: Local government and community Readings: Chapter 17: Local Government Chapter 11: Community

Tutorial Discussion: Schmitter & Karl: What Democracy is ….And is not (MacLean: 166)


Oct. 9:

The Nation State and the infrastructure of governance: Political institutions – legislature, executive, judiciary and constitutions Readings: Chapter 8: The Modern State Chapter 9: Constitutions & the Rule of Law Chapter 11: Public Bureaucracy

Tutorial discussion: Janet Hiebert. From Equality Rights to same Sex marriage: Parliament and the Courts in the Age of the Charter (MacLean; 121) Oct. 16: Citizenship, nationalism and civil society Readings: Chapter 10: Citizens and Citizenship Chapter 16: Civil Society Film: Voices of Dissent: Canadians in the Global Game Second reaction paper due in tutorial Oct. 23: Oct. 30: Mid-term Test Representation and political participation Readings: Chapter 14: Representation Chapter 13: Elections and Electoral systems

Film: :30 Second Democracy Tutorial discussion: Elisabeth Gidengil et al. Turned Off or Tuned Out? Youth Participation in Politics. (MacLean: 224) Nov. 06: New Politics, social movements and resistance: Culture, Gender, Race and Environmental politics Readings: Chapter 15: Political Cultures Chapter 18: Gender Politics

Film: Acts of Defiance Tutorial Discussion: Beverly McLaughlin. The Civilization of Difference. (MacLean: 293) Nov. 13: Global governance and world orders Readings: Chapter 20: Global Governance and World Disorders Chapter 22: International Relations


Film: Globalization : winners & losers. Tutorial Discussion: Ramesh Thakur. Security in the New Millennium. (MacLean: 247) Third reaction paper due in tutorial Nov. 20: International organizations and international Financial Institutions Readings: Chapter 23: International Organizations Chapter 24: International Financial Institutions Film: Life and Debt Tutorial Discussion: Daniel Schwanen. Canada and Free trade 15 years on. (MacLean: 281) Nov. 27: Global inequality, good governance and development strategies Readings: Chapter 25: Global inequality and Poverty Chapter 26: Good governance in a globalizing era Film: Globalization and Human Rights

Tutorial Discussion: Darren O’Byrne. Thinking about Human Rights. (MacLean: 346) Fourth reaction paper due in tutorial EXAM PERIOD







The minimum penalty for students found guilty of plagiarism normally will be a grade of “0” on the assignment in question; however, depending on the details of the plagiarism, a more severe penalty may be imposed. The teaching department will report all cases of plagiarism to the Registrar and the program department. A second violation of the Code of Academic conduct will result in a recommendation of suspension or expulsion.

Plagiarism is a form of intellectual dishonesty because you are trying to pass off the work of others as your own. Thus, it is universally regarded as grave academic misconduct. Ryerson’s “Student Code of Academic Conduct,” which is reproduced in the “General Academic Information” section of each year’s Calendar, says the following about plagiarism: 1. Academic dishonesty (e) Plagiarism . . . [is] misrepresenting the work of others as one’s own. (Plagiarism specifically can be understood as: the act of copying, reproducing or paraphrasing significant portions of someone else’s published or unpublished material and representing someone else’s thinking as one’s own thinking by not acknowledging the appropriate source of by the failure to use appropriate quotation marks . . . . In addition, it is inappropriate to represent as one’s individual writing and/or final product a jointly written or produced submission of any description. Any coauthored submission must be clearly identified as such. Students have the responsibility to learn and use conventions of documentation, and, if in any doubt, are encouraged to consult with the instructor of the course, or the department Chair/Director for clarification.) [emphasis added]

The Faculty of Arts, operating within University policy, offers the following guidelines (note this is not an exhaustive list and do not 6

assume that some instances of plagiarism are too minor to result in a formal charge and serious penalty):


DO NOT: • submit, in whole or in part, a paper researched, written or rewritten by somebody else, including: o papers produced from basic research conducted by somebody else, o papers written by previous students in the course, o papers written by essay services, and o papers downloaded from websites or online essay banks; • take information word-for-word (or with slight alterations) from any source without marking it with quotation marks and providing a proper source citation; • take someone else’s work and put it into your own words (paraphrasing) without making clear the extent to which you are paraphrasing someone else’s work and providing a proper source citation; • use someone else’s argument, idea, opinion, etc. without proper source citation. DO: • acquaint yourself with Ryerson’s “Student Code of Academic Conduct” which is reproduced in the “General Information” section of each year’s Calendar; • consult with the instructor of the course if you have any doubt or question about what you are doing; • pay attention, as you read academic material, to the way in which sources are cited; • use the services the University provides if you are having problems researching, writing, or editing your papers: o Librarians will help you direct your research, o The Writing Centre (LIB266A) offers one-on-one tutorial help with writing, o Learning Support Services in the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (JOR418) offers individual sessions and workshops covering various aspects of researching, writing, and studying, and o The Peer Tutoring Service run by Student Services operates from the Olive Baker Lounge (JOR144); • use an accepted academic format for your citations (APA, MLA, Chicago/ Turabian or the format specified by your professor; • be prepared to submit the sources used in writing your assignment if required; • be prepared to submit an electronic version of your assignment for submission to web-based plagiarism checking programs. 8

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