Political Science

Faculty List

  • E. Acorn, B.A. (Victoria University), M.A. (Dalhousie), J.D. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cornell University), Assistant Professor
  • A. Ahmad, B.A., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (McGill), Associate Professor
  • E.G. Andrew, B.A. (British Columbia), Ph.D. (London), Professor Emeritus
  • C. Cochrane, B.A. (St. Thomas), M.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor
  • S.J. Colman, M.A. (Oxon.), Professor Emeritus
  • C. Cowie, B.A. (Western), M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Alberta), Assistant Professor
  • D. Fu, B.A. (Minnesota), M.Phil, Ph.D. (Oxford), Associate Professor
  • M. Hoffmann, B.S. (Michigan Technological University), Ph.D. (George Washington University), Professor
  • R. Hurl, B.A. (Toronto), M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell University), Lecturer
  • F. Kahraman, B.A. (Boğaziçi University), M.A., Ph.D. (Washington), Assistant Professor
  • P. Kingston, B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (London), D.Phil. (Oxford), Professor
  • M.L. Kohn, B.A. (Williams College), M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell University), Professor
  • R. Levine, B.A. (Rochester), Ph.D. (Duke), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • R. Manzer, B.A., B.Ed. (New Brun.), M.A. (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Harvard), Professor Emeritus
  • A. McDougall, B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Queens), LL.B. (Queens), Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor 
  • C. Norrlof, B.A., M.A. (Lund), Ph.D. (Geneva), Associate Professor
  • S. Renckens, B.A., M.A., M.Sc. (Leuven), Ph.D. (Yale), Associate Professor
  • N. Roberts, B.A. (Brown), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Professor
  • A. Rubinoff, A.B. (Allegheny), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Professor Emeritus
  • R. Schertzer, B.A. (Carleton), M.Sc., Ph.D. (London School of Economics), Associate Professor
  • T. Shanks, B.A. (Berkeley), Ph.D. (Northwestern), Associate Professor
  • G. Skogstad, B.A., M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (British Columbia), Professor
  • S. Solomon, B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Columbia), Professor Emerita
  • P. Triadafilopoulos, B.A. (Toronto), M.A., (Brock), Ph.D. (New School NY), Associate Professor
  • L. Way, B.A. (Harvard), M.A., Ph.D. (UC Berkeley), Professor

Chair: M. Kohn
Program Advisor Email: pol-advisor@utsc.utoronto.ca

Political Science is the study of enduring issues of power and authority, citizenship and governance, justice and legitimacy, and patterns of conflict and co-operation that arise around these issues from ancient to modern times. Political Science is divided into the following areas of focus:

  • Canadian Government and Politics:  content covers the political-institutional foundations, political processes and public policies of Canada.
  • Comparative Politics (Developing and Developed Countries):  courses cover problems of political change and development in areas such as Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Political participation and mobilization, transitions to democracy and ethnic and religious conflict are some of the themes dealt with in comparative politics courses.
  • International Relations:  courses focus on studying the foreign policies of particular nation-states and the patterns of conflict and co-operation among states.
  • Political Theory:  courses explore the ideas, such as justice and legitimacy, that are fundamental to political thought and practice, giving special attention to reading and interpreting the classic expositions of politics from ancient Greek philosophers to post-modern social theorists
  • Public Policy:  courses examine the context, institutions, and processes of policy-making and implementation, as well as concepts and criteria for policy evaluation.

Guidelines for first-year course selection
Students who intend to complete the Political Science or Public Policy programs should include the following in their first-year course selection:

  • Political Science: 1.0 credit at the A-level in Political Science.
  • Public Policy: 1.0 credit at the A- or B-level in Anthropology, City Studies, Geography, International Development Studies, Political Science or Sociology; at least 0.5 credit at the A-level in Political Science is recommended.

For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.