Honours Thesis sequence (POLS*4970 and POLS*4980): With the approval of a department member willing to act as a supervisor, a student may complete an Honours thesis in Political Science, which is a two-course sequence of .5 credits each. Enrollment in POLS*4970 and POLS*4980 requires the instructor’s consent on the Course Waiver Form available from the BA Counselling Office.
Seminars: The Department offers a number of 4000-level intensive seminar-based courses from the five fields: political thought; Canadian politics; public policy, governance and law; comparative politics; and international relations and global studies. Enrollments normally are capped at 20 students for these research and writing intensive seminars that also require active participation.
Senior Lectures: Various .5 credit senior lecture courses are available for fulfilling the remaining requirement. These give students the opportunity to explore similar content from the five fields but in a regular lecture format with accompanying readings and assignments.
Reading Course (POLS*4930): This .5 credit course allows students to work one on one with a department member on a particular area of interest. Prior to enrollment students should approach potential supervisors with a proposal for readings and research, which may include reflection and expansion on a subject matter addressed in previous course assignments. The method of course presentation, emphasis, and evaluation are at the discretion of the instructor but generally the course will require 10 hours per week as befitting a course worth 0.5 credits. Department members may consider a variety of factors when deciding whether or not to agree to supervise an independent reading course with a student, including: the justification offered by the student as to why their research interests could not be accommodated within one of the Department’s regular 4000-level seminar courses, a student’s grades, how well a student’s research interests fit with their own teaching and research interests, and how many other students (at the graduate and undergraduate levels) they are supervising currently. To register your supervisor must sign the instructor’s consent on the Course Waiver Request Form available from the BA Counselling Office.
Course Descriptions: The Undergraduate calendar has a list of our 4000-level courses and descriptions. When possible, prior to course selection periods the “short outlines” for each 4000-level course (and all other courses in POLS) offered in the subsequent semester will be posted online under undergraduate courses.
Graduate courses: Senior undergraduate students may take selected Political Science graduate courses with the approval of the course instructor. In deciding whether or not to admit an undergraduate student, graduate course instructors will assess whether the student has the necessary academic ability and appropriate background in the subject matter to complete the course successfully.