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Political Science program maps

Political Science

Registration for the 2018-2019 academic year will begin in July. A schedule preview is currently available. The following are the program maps for the Political Science program for those entering second, third and fourth year. Please refer only to the information for the year you are entering. 

Please keep in mind that if you are out of sequence, this map may not be right for you. If you have not already recently met with an academic advisor to review your record and would like to do so, we are happy to assist anyone who is unsure of their degree progression or requirements for degree completion. Please feel free to contact the Social Science and Humanities Academic Advising office at or 905.721.8668 ext. 3838.

Year 2

  • POSC 2100U – Global Politics (fall)
  • POSC 2200U – Fundamentals of Policy Theory (fall)
  • POSC 2300U – Mobilizing for Change (fall)
  • Two of:
    • LGLS 2940U – Legal Research Methods (fall) or
    • SSCI 2900U – Research Methods (fall) or
    • SSCI 2910U – Data Analysis (winter) or
    • SSCI 2920U – Qualitative Methods (winter)
  • POSC 2000U – Canadian Politics (winter)
  • POSC 2502U – Community Development Policy (winter)
  • General elective
  • General elective
  • General elective

Year 3

  • POSC 3000U – Policy, Democracy and Governance (fall) (formerly SSCI 3200U – Public Administration)
  • POSC 3203U – Urban Development (fall)
  • POSC 3100U – Political Economy of Global Development (fall)
  • POSC 3750U – American Politics and Political Culture (fall)
  • POSC 3300U – Building Sustainable Communities (winter)
  • POSC 3800U – Economics for Public Policy (winter)
  • General elective
  • General elective*
  • General elective
  • General elective

*Students are encouraged to “borrow” a general elective from their fourth year major requirements, as a course from the “two of” option block in their third year of study will be offered in the 2019-2020 academic year. Students can also take a POSC elective in either semester if they do not plan on doing the honours thesis and/or practicum.

Year 4

  • POSC 4000U – International Politics and Policy (fall)
  • POSC 4300U – Special Topics in Political Science (fall)
  • SSCI 4010U – Policy Development (fall or winter)
  • One of:
  • One of:
    • SSCI 4098U – Practicum (fall or winter) or
      • Note: SSCI 4098U requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and approval through a pre-application process.
    • POSC approved elective
  • One of:
    • POSC-approved elective
    • SSCI 4101U – Honours Thesis II (winter)
  • General elective
  • General elective
  • General elective
  • General elective

POSC-approved electives

POSC-approved electives include any 3000- or 4000-level POSC courses, as well as the following courses:


  • LGLS 4200U – Law and Social Change
  • SSCI 3910U – Advanced Data Analysis
  • SSCI 3920U – Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • SSCI 4020U – Leadership and Administration (fall or winter)


  • COMM 351OU – Work in the Information Age
  • COMM 3720U – Communicating Identities
  • COMM 4610U – Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • LGLS 3310U – Indigenous Peoples, Law and the State in Canada
  • LGLS 3330U – Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • LGLS 3520U – Law and Technology
  • CRMN 3040U – Restorative Justice
  • CRMN 3056U – Race and Ethnicity in the Criminal Justice System 

Note: Students must be aware of and plan appropriately for elective prerequisites.

POSC electives are interchangeable by term and between years three and four, provided the number of electives listed above are taken over the two terms.

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