Political Science

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Political Science Program Year by Year

  • First year: students are introduced to the basic concepts and theoretical controversies that shape the field of inquiry, and to enough empirical material about current political systems and issues to relate the concepts to contemporary political controversies;

 

  • Second year: students are initiated into the major sub-fields of Political Science—Canadian politics, comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy—their history, their specific approaches and preoccupations, with some sense of their place in relation to the discipline as a whole and encourage students to begin reflecting on the methods and epistemological assumptions appropriate to the study of politics;

 

  • Third year: courses enable/require students to bring the conceptual, empirical, historical and methodological elements they have acquired to bear upon case studies or disciplinary controversies in the sub-fields that interest them and, in so doing, to deepen their appreciation of the challenge, the difficulties and the limits as well as the cognitive possibilities, of putting the basic elements of Political Science to work in specific contexts;

 

  • Fourth year: continues and prolongs this type of work, introducing topics and assignments that demand somewhat greater independence of thought and affording students the possibility of working on a subject of interest as a focal point around which to weave the various strands of knowledge, information, insight and method acquired along the way into an independent contribution to scholarship.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Aurélie Lacassagne

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 4326

Email: alacassagne@laurentian.ca

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Program Highlights:

  • Three or four-year year (Honours) programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts

  • Two main streams: Canadian government/public administration and International relations/comparative politics

  • The department has an exchange program with five universities in Europe

  • A Model Parliament for students is held annually at the House of Commons in Ottawa

  • The department of Political Science has, for several years, sent a bilingual team to CANIMUN, the Canadian Model United Nations held annually in Ottawa

 

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (4 year) in Political Science

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Political Science

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   6 credits from:

                POLI 1006E          Political Regimes
                POLI 1007E          Political Ideas and Political Actors
                POLI 1106E          Understanding Canadian Political Problems
                POLI 1107E          Understanding World Political Problems
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

Upper Years

   POLI 2206E          Comparative Politics

                           OR

   POLI 2306E International Relations

   POLI 2426E          Individual, Community and the Political Order

                           OR

   POLI 2526E Approaches to Justice

   POLI 2706E          Canadian Government and Politics

   12 POLI credits at the 4000 level

   33 upper-year POLI credits

   36 elective credits

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Political Science

   6 credits from:

                POLI 1006E          Political Regimes
                POLI 1007E          Political Ideas and Political Actors
                POLI 1106E          Understanding Canadian Political Problems
                POLI 1107E          Understanding World Political Problems

   POLI 2426E          Individual, Community and the Political Order

                                        OR

   POLI 2526E          Approaches to Justice

   POLI 2706E          Canadian Government and Politics

   9 POLI credits at the 4000 level

   21 upper year POLI credits

   78 elective credits*

Note:

  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.
  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.

Bachelor of Arts (3 Year) in Political Science

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Political Science

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   6 credits from:

                POLI 1006E          Political Regimes
                POLI 1007E          Political Ideas and Political Actors
                POLI 1106E          Understanding Canadian Political Problems
                POLI 1107E          Understanding World Political Problems
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

Upper Years

   POLI 2706E          Canadian Government and Politics

   6 POLI credits at the 3000 level

   21 upper year POLI credits

   30 elective credits

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Political Science

   6 credits from:

                POLI 1006E          Political Regimes

                POLI 1007E          Political Ideas and Political Actors

                POLI 1106E          Understanding Canadian Political Problems

                POLI 1107E          Understanding World Political Problems

   POLI 2706E          Canadian Government and Politics

   6 POLI credits at the 3000 level

   9 upper year POLI credits

Year:

POLI-1006EL - Political Regimes POLI-1007EL - Political Ideas and Political Actors POLI-2146EL - Foundations of Political Science Research POLI-2206EL - Comparative Politics POLI-2226EL - The Politics of the United States POLI-2306EL - International Relations POLI-2426EL - Individual, Community and the Political Order POLI-2526EL - Approaches to Justice POLI-2575EL - Philosophy of Law POLI-2606EL - Canadian Public Administration POLI-2706EL - Canadian Government and Politics POLI-3056EL - Epistemology of Political Science POLI-3105EL - Canadian Law, Politics and Aboriginal People POLI-3216EL - Nationalism POLI-3256EL - Area Studies POLI-3267EL - The Politics of Self-Determination POLI-3306EL - Globalization and the New World Order POLI-3307EL - Turbulence and Conflict in World Politics POLI-3317EL - Global Governance: The United Nations System POLI-3337EL - Canadian Foreign Policy: Major Themes POLI-3346EL - Constitutional Politics in Canada POLI-3356EL - Global Political Economy POLI-3407EL - The State and Power POLI-3437EL - The Colonizer and the Colonized POLI-3466EL - Film and Politics POLI-3536EL - Gender and Politics
POLI-3577EL - Politics and Popular Culture POLI-3657EL - Canadian Public Policy POLI-3706EL - Canadian Municipal Politics POLI-3707EL - Provincial Government and Politics POLI-3776EL - Canadian Political Ideas POLI-3986EL - Selected Themes in Political Science I POLI-3987EL - Selected Themes in Political Science II POLI-4137EL - Political Sociology POLI-4217EL - Political Culture POLI-4226EL - Immigration: Politics and Society POLI-4246EL - Globalization and the Nation-State POLI-4336EL - International Public Law POLI-4345EL - International Theory POLI-4406EL - Political Economy and Its Critiques - Seminar POLI-4417EL - Democracy and Political Theory POLI-4466EL - Marxist Political Theory POLI-4506EL - Federalism POLI-4616EL - Perspectives on Public Administration POLI-4656EL - Sudbury Program Evaluation POLI-4726EL - Canadian Federalism and Constitutional Law POLI-4727EL - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms POLI-4736EL - Canadian Political Economy POLI-4985EL - Honours Thesis POLI-4986EL - Selected Topics in Political Science I POLI-4987EL - Selected Topics in Political Science II POLI-4995EL - Directed Studies

Sessional Faculty

Amadou Ba

Elisabeth Labrie

Sébastien Pelletier

Richard Theoret

Sarah Viau

Patrick Corbiere

Kevin Fitzmaurice

Nahum Kanhai

 

Bruno Charbonneau

Bruno Charbonneau

Department of Political Science
Gina Comeau

Gina Comeau

Department of Political Science
Michael Johns

Michael Johns

Department of Political Science
Aurélie Lacassagne

Aurélie Lacassagne

Department of Political Science
Stéphanie Martens

Stéphanie Martens

Department of Political Science
Tim Nieguth

Tim Nieguth

Department of Political Science
Alan Shandro

Alan Shandro

Department of Political Science
Nadia Verrelli

Nadia Verrelli

Department of Political Science