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
  • 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), Assistant 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
  • J. Teichman, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), FRSC, Professor
  • 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.

Political Science Areas of Focus Table:
* indicates a course can be applied to more than one field

International Relations

Political Theory

Public Policy

Canadian Government and Politics

Comparative Politics

POLB80H3 
POLB81H3 
POLC09H3
POLC38H3 
POLC69H3 
POLC80H3 
POLC83H3*
POLC87H3
POLC88H3
POLC98H3
POLD09H3
POLD38H3
POLD87H3
POLD89H3

POLB30H3 
POLB72H3 
POLC37H3 
POLC70H3 
POLC71H3 
POLC72H3
POLC73H3 
POLC74H3
POLC79H3 
POLD30H3 
POLD45H3 
POLD67H3*
POLD70H3

POLC11H3
POLC36H3
POLC53H3*
POLC54H3*
POLC57H3*
POLC65H3
(PPGC66H3)*
PPGC67H3*
POLC68H3*
POLC83H3*
POLC93H3*
POLD50H3*
POLD52H3*
PPGD64H3*
POLD67H3*
POLD90H3*

POLB50Y3
POLC21H3*
POLC32H3
POLC33H3
POLC53H3*
POLC54H3*
POLC56H3
POLC57H3*
POLC58H3*
POLC59H3
PPGC66H3*
PPGC67H3*
POLC68H3*
POLD50H3*
POLD51H3*
POLD52H3*
POLD53H3
POLD58H3

POLB90H3
POLB91H3 
POLB92H3
POLC16H3
POLC21H3*
POLC22H3
POLC34H3
POLC39H3 
POLC42H3 
POLC58H3*
PPGC66H3*
POLC69H3*
POLC83H3*
POLC90H3
POLC91H3
POLC92H3
POLC93H3*
POLC94H3
POLC96H3 
POLC97H3 
POLC99H3 
POLD44H3
POLD51H3*
PPGD64H3*
POLD67H3*
POLD90H3*
POLD91H3
POLD92H3
POLD94H3


Program Combination Restrictions in Political Science
The Specialist, Major and Minor programs in Political Science cannot be combined.

Experiential Learning and Outreach

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.