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  • Academic Title
    Certificate in Public Service Studies
  • Course description
    Certificate in Public Service Studies C.P.S.S. (6.0 credits)

    The following courses are required and the following order is suggested:

       1. 1.0 credit in (PSCI 1001 and PSCI 1002) or PSCI 1000 [1.0];
       2. 1.0 credit in ECON 1000 [1.0];
       3. 1.0 credit from HIST 1300[1.0], HIST 2303[1.0], HIST 2304[1.0] or HIST 2305[1.0];
       4. 1.0 credit in (PSCI 2002 and PSCI 2003), or PSCI 2000[1.0];
       5. 0.5 credit in PSCI 3401;
       6. 1.5 credits chosen in consultation with the Director of the School, according to the needs of the student.

    PSCI 1001 [0.5 credit]
    Great Political Questions
    Introduction to the central ideas and debates shaping the contemporary political world – east, north, west and south. Topics will vary from year to year but may include liberty and equality, state and nation, sovereignty and anarchy, democracy and dictatorship, and political identity and culture. The combination of two of PSCI 1001, PSCI 1002, and PSCI 1003 is an alternative Introduction to Political Science to that offered in PSCI 1000.

    PSCI 1002 [0.5 credit]
    Global Political Issues
    Contemporary political issues in Canada and around the world. Topics will vary from year to year but may include war and peace, human rights, wealth and poverty, Canadian unity, aboriginal politics, nationalism, and globalization. The combination of two of PSCI 1001, PSCI 1002, and PSCI 1003 is an alternative Introduction to Political Science to that offered in PSCI 1000.
    Precludes additional credit for PSCI 1000.

    PSCI 1000 [1.0 credit]
    Introduction to Political Science
    Contemporary political issues and problems: political thought, focusing upon the clash of modern ideologies; comparative government, starting from the Canadian system, and including one other western democracy, a post-communist system and a developing country; international politics; methods of inquiry.
    Precludes additional credit for PSCI 1001, PSCI 1002 and PSCI 1003.

    ECON 1000 [1.0 credit]
    Introduction to Economics
    An introduction to the major tools and policy problems of economics. Economic analysis is applied to a variety of contemporary problems such as pollution, poverty, the control of monopoly, unemployment, inflation and international economic problems.
    Precludes additional credit for FYSM 1003.

    HIST 1300 [1.0 credit]
    Introduction to Canadian History
    An historical study of the political, economic and social development of Canada with emphasis on the twentieth century. (Field c)
    Precludes additional credit for FYSM 1103.
    Prerequisite: registration is restricted to first-year students, except for those students who need the course to satisfy the degree requirements of their department, faculty, or school.

    HIST 2303 [1.0 credit]
    Canadian Political History
    An historical survey of the Canadian political tradition from the late eighteenth century to the present. Politicians, parties, ideas, social context and dissent are examined. Second-year standing recommended. (Field c)

    HIST 2304 [1.0 credit]
    Canadian Social History
    Historical insights into the structures and values inherent in Canadian society and culture from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Second-year standing recommended. (Field c)

    PSCI 2002 [0.5 credit]
    Canadian Political Environment
    An examination of the cultural, social, and economic context of Canadian politics, including interest groups and social movements, regionalism, language, ethnicity, and gender.
    Prerequisite: second-year standing.

    PSCI 2003 [0.5 credit]
    Canadian Political Institutions
    An examination of Canadian political institutions, including federalism, Parliament, the constitution, political parties and the electoral system.
    Prerequisite: second-year standing.

    PSCI 3401 [0.5 credit]
    Canadian Public Administration
    Study of the institutions and dynamics of government in Canada, with emphasis on political context, administrative reforms, policy development and ongoing challenges. Analysis may include federal, provincial and/or municipal levels of government.
    Prerequisite: third year standing and one of PSCI 2002, PSCI 2003, PSCI 2400, PSCI 2401, or PAPM 2000.

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