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Political Science

Faculty List

  • A. Ahmad, B.A., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (McGill), Assistant 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), Assistant 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
  • N. Klenk, B.Sc., M.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (UBC), Assistant 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
  • 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), Assistant Professor
  • T. Shanks, B.A. (Berkeley), Ph.D. (Northwestern), Assistant 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

Acting Chair: M. Kohn (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)
Chair: Grace Skogstad
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 firs year course selection
Students who intend to complete the Political Science or Public Policy programs should include the following in their 1st 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 Introduction to International Relations I
POLB81H3 Introduction to International Relations II
POLC09H3 International Security: Conflict, Crisis and War
POLC38H3 International Law
POLC69H3 Political Economy: International and Comparative Perspectives*
POLC80H3 International Relations of Africa
POLC83H3 Applications of American Foreign Policy*
POLC87H3 International Cooperation and Institutions
POLC88H3 The New International Agenda
POLC98H3 International Political Economy of Finance
POLD09H3 International Relations of Ethnic Conflict
POLD87H3 Rational Choice and International Cooperation
POLD89H3 Global Environmental Politics

POLB30H3 Law, Justice, and Rights
POLB72H3 Introduction to Political Theory
POLC37H3 Global Justice
POLC70H3 Political Thought:  Foundations of Justice, Citizenship and Power
POLC71H3 Political Thought:  Rights, Revolution and Resistance
POLC72H3 Liberty
POLC73H3 Modern Political Theory
POLC74H3 Contemporary Political Thought
POLC79H3 Feminist Political Thought
POLD30H3 Legal Reasoning
POLD45H3 Constitutionalism
POLD67H3 The Limits of Rationality*
POLD70H3 Topics in Political Theory

POLC11H3 Applied Statistics for Politics and Public Policy
POLC36H3 Law and Public Policy
POLC53H3 Canadian Environmental Policy*
POLC54H3 Intergovernmental Relations in Canada*
POLC57H3 Intergovernmental Relations and Public Policy*
POLC65H3 Political Strategy
PPGC66H3 Public Policy Making*
PPGC67H3 Public Policy in Canada*
POLC68H3 The Constitution of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms*
POLC83H3 Applications of American Foreign Policy*
POLC93H3 Public Policies in the United States*
POLD50H3 Political Interests, Political Identity, and Public Policy*
POLD52H3 Immigration and Canadian Political Development*
PPGD64H3 Comparative Public Policy*
POLD67H3 The Limits of Rationality*
POLD90H3 Public Policy and Human Development in the Global South*

POLB50Y3 Canadian Government and Politics
POLC21H3 Voting and Elections*
POLC32H3 The Canadian Judicial System
POLC53H3 Canadian Environmental Policy*
POLC54H3 Intergovernmental Relations in Canada*
POLC56H3 Indigenous Politics and Law
POLC57H3 Intergovernmental Relations and Public Policy*
POLC58H3 The Politics of National Identity and Diversity*
POLC59H3  Sources of Power: The Crown, Parliament and the People
PPGC66H3 Public Policy Making*
PPGC67H3 Public Policy in Canada*
POLC68H3 The Constitution of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms*
POLD50H3 Political Interests, Political Identity, and Public Policy*
POLD51H3 Topics in Canadian and Comparative Politics*
POLD52H3 Immigration and Canadian Political Development*
POLD53H3 Political Disagreement in Canada

POLB90H3 Comparative Development in International Perspective
POLB91H3 Comparative Development in Political Perspective
POLB92H3 Comparative Politics: Revolution, Democracy and Authoritarianism
POLC16H3 Chinese Politics
POLC21H3 Voting and Elections*
POLC22H3 Ethnic Conflict and Democratization in Europe After the Cold War
POLC39H3 Comparative Legal Systems
POLC42H3 Topics in Comparative Politics
POLC58H3 The Politics of National Identity and Diversity*
PPGC66H3 Public Policy Making*
POLC69H3 Political Economy: International and Comparative Perspectives*
POLC83H3 Applications of American Foreign Policy*
POLC90H3 Development Studies: Political and Historical Perspectives
POLC91H3 Latin America: Dictatorship and Democracy
POLC92H3 The American Political Process
POLC93H3 Public Policies in the United States*
POLC94H3 Globalization, Gender and Development
POLC96H3 State Formation and Authoritarianism in the Middle East
POLC97H3 Protest Politics in the Middle East
POLC99H3 Latin America: The Politics of the Dispossessed
POLD51H3 Topics in Canadian and Comparative Politics*
PPGD64H3 Comparative Public Policy*
POLD67H3 The Limits of Rationality*
POLD90H3 Public Policy and Human Development in the Global South*
POLD91H3 Comparative Perspectives on Contentious Politics
POLD92H3 Survival and Demise of Dictatorships
POLD94H3 Selected Topics on Developing Areas

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.