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Sessional Instructor – Political Science/International Relations

Category: Sessional Instructors/Coaches

The Faculty of Arts and the Department of Social Sciences at Concordia University of Edmonton invites applications for a Sessional Instructor in the area of Political Science/International relations starting September 1, 2019, for the Fall and Winter semester. See the attached calendar description of the three courses to be taught.

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing weekly instructional sessions and testing material relevant to the course taught.
  • Instructing, teaching, and proctoring exams.
  • Collection, marking, and correction, of assignments and exams
  • Providing constructive feedback to students.
  • Maintaining regular office hours.

Qualifications include:

  • Ph.D in Political Science/International relations
  • Experience and interest in teaching international relations and Canadian foreign policy
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching through student evaluations
  • Experience using an online learning management system, such as Moodle, is an asset.
  • Empathetic approach to the instructional needs and concerns of students.


Interested individuals may contact the Political Economy coordinator, Dr. Elizabeth Smythe for further information at elizabeth.smythe@concordia.ab.ca (780) 479-9371.

Closing Date: Application review will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Concordia is an equal-opportunity employer. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application packages must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter describing teaching philosophy
  • Recent teaching evaluations, if available
  • Names and contact information for two individuals who can provide a reference if requested.

Please forward all documents in electronic format to:

Human Resources
Concordia University of Edmonton

 E-mail: humanresources@concordia.ab.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  


Calendar Course Descriptions

PSCI259 – International Relations I: The International System and Global Conflict – 3 (3-0-0)

Faculty of Arts

This course introduces students to the basic concepts and theories of international relations. It analyzes the interaction of states focusing on the origins of conflict and war and the conditions for peace and cooperation. It also examines the role of non-state actors including international organizations like the United Nations in preventing and dealing with international conflict and emerging challenges such as transitional terrorism.

PSCI261 – International Relations II: Global Governance and the International Political Economy – 3 (3-0-0)
Faculty of Arts

This course introduces students to the basic concepts and theories of international relations, examining the origins and impact of international economic inequality. It focuses on the development of systems of governance, international political economy including the role of actors such as states, international organizations, multinational enterprises and other non-governmental organizations and social movements in addressing issues such as globalization, poverty, the protection of human rights and sustainable development.

PSCI365 – Canadian Foreign Policy – 3 (0-3s-0)
Faculty of Arts

A senior-level seminar that examines contemporary issues in Canadian foreign policy and analyzes the societal setting of foreign policy, the governmental decision-making process, the role of ideas and the impact of globalization on policy-making. This is done through a review of the major literature in the field and detailed discussion of several major case studies including: national defence and security, UN peacekeeping, human security, trade and investment, development assistance and regional, bilateral and multilateral relations.

Note: Open only to students in the Political Economy concentration or the Political Science minor.