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Comprehensive program and specializations

Comprehensive Stream

The comprehensive program broadly surveys the field of political science and addresses the policy and social controversies, dilemmas and power relations governments and societies regularly face.

Social Justice, Globalization and Development

The Social Justice, Globalization and Development specialization is unique in that it combines political science courses with selected courses that provide legal studies and criminological perspectives. This specialization is different from completing a double major because it integrates courses from three programs to provide both breadth and depth of knowledge in social justice and development issues in a globalized world.

Political Communication

The Political Communication specialization allows students to focus their studies to include selected courses in the Communication and Digital Media Studies program. The ability to communicate well is essential in a globalized world; this specialization will provide students with the communication skills and political science background to work effectively in a wide range of jobs in the government, not-for-profit and business sectors.

Program Map (Starting in 2017)

Comprehensive

  • YEAR 1 (30 credit hours)

    COMM 1100U Introduction to Communication
    POSC 1000U Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 1000U Introductory Psychology
    SOCI 1000U Introductory Sociology
    SSCI 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    SSCI 1010U Introduction to Canadian Legal System
    SSCI 1910U Writing for the Social Sciences
    POSC 1200U Introduction to Social Policy

    Two general electives (recommended: ALSU 1101U Foundations for Academic Learning and Success and POSC 1100U What is Community?)

  • YEAR 2 (30 credit hours)

    POSC 2000U Canadian Politics
    POSC 2100U Global Politics
    POSC 2300U Mobilizing for Change
    POSC 2200U Fundamentals of Policy Theory
    POSC 2502U Community Development Policy

    Two of:
    SSCI 2900U Research Methods
    SSCI 2910U Data Analysis  
    SSCI 2920U Qualitative Research Methods
    LGLS 2940U Legal Research Methods

    Three General Electives

  • YEAR 3 (30 credit hours)

    SSCI 3200U Public Administration
    POSC 3800U Principles of Economics and Political Economy

    Three of*: 
    POSC 3100U Political Economy of Global Development
    POSC 3101U Inequality and Development
    POSC 3102U Culture and Community
    POSC 3600U Politics of Education in Canada
    POSC 3300U Building Sustainable Communities
    POSC 3301U Eco-Justice
    POSC 3302U Environment and Globalization
    POSC 3700U Social Theory and Technology
    POSC 3750U Technology and Popular Culture
    POSC 3751U Technology and Conflict

    Two of*:   
    POSC 3201U Rural Communities
    POSC 3203U Urban Development
    POSC 3500U Equity Policy
    POSC 3501U Poverty and Public Policy
    POSC 3601U Health and Public Policy
    POSC 3602U Workplace and Employment Policy
    POSC 3603U Housing Policy

    Three General Electives

  • YEAR 4 (30 credit hours)

    POSC 4000U International Politics and Policy
    POSC 4010U Policy Development
    POSC 4300U Special Topics in Political Science

    One of:
    POSC 4005U Independent Study or
    POSC approved elective or
    SSCI 4101U Honours Thesis I

    One of:
    POSC approved elective or
    SSCI 4098U Practicum

    One of:
    POSC approved elective or
    SSCI 4102U Honours Thesis II

    Four General Electives

    *Not all courses will be offered every year.


Social Justice, Globalization and Development

  • YEAR 1 (30 CREDIT HOURS)

    COMM 1100U Introduction to Communication
    POSC 1000U Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 1000U Introductory Psychology
    SOCI 1000U Introductory Sociology
    SSCI 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    SSCI 1010U Introduction to Canadian Legal System
    SSCI 1910U Writing for the Social Sciences
    POSC 1200U Introduction to Social Policy

    Two general electives (recommended: ALSU 1101U Foundations for Academic Learning and Success and POSC 1100U What is Community?)

  • YEAR 2 (30 CREDIT HOURS)

    POSC 2000U Canadian Politics
    POSC 2100U Global Politics
    POSC 2300U Mobilizing for Change
    POSC 2200U Fundamentals of Policy Theory
    POSC 2502U Community Development Policy
    SSCI 2900U Research Methods 
    LGLS 2940U Legal Research Methods

    Three of*:
    SSCI 2020 Issues in Diversity
    SSCI 2030 Social Control
    SSCI 2831U Critical Race Theory
    SSCI 2840 Intro to Gender, Sex, and Justice Studies
    LGLS 2120U International Law

  • YEAR 3 (30 CREDIT HOURS)