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Political Science program map

Registration for the 2019-2020 academic year will begin in late June. 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
  • POSC 3601U – Politics of Health
  • POSC 3602U – Labour in the Global Economy
  • POSC 3101U – Inequality and Development
  • General Elective


  • POSC 3800U – Principles of Economics and Political Economy (winter)
  • POSC 3600U – Politics of Education in Canada
  • POSC 3303U – Policies of Sustainability
  • General elective
  • General elective

Year 4

  • POSC 4000U – International Politics and Policy (winter)
  • POSC 4300U – Special Topics in Political Science (winter)
  • SSCI 4010U – Policy Development (fall or winter)
  • One of:
    • POSC-approved elective (See below) or
    • SSCI 4005 – Independent Study or
    • SSCI 4101U – Honours Thesis I (fall)
  • 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 (See below)
  • One of:
    • POSC-approved elective (See below)
    • SSCI 4102U – Honours Thesis II (winter)
  • One of:
    • POSC 3601U – Politics of Health (fall)
    • POSC 3602U – Labour in the Global Economy (fall)
  • 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
    • LGLS 3230U – Law and Globalization
    • SSCI 3920U – Advanced Qualitative Methods
    • SSCI 4020U – Leadership and Administration (fall or winter)


    • COMM 3510U – 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 3300U – Disability and the Law
    • LGLS 4010U – Law and the Environment
    • CRMN 3040U – Restorative Justice
    • CRMN 3056U – Race-ing Justice

    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.