Below you will find descriptions for courses offered in this field of study.  You will find a general overview of the topics covered and any prerequisite course(s) or grade requirements, credit value and exclusions.

Some courses are listed as exclusionary to one another.  This means that students may not take both courses as designated.

Not all courses are offered each year.  Please consult the current timetable for this year’s offering.  For further information please contact the department. 

Course Descriptions

Courses offered by the Department are organized into four fields, as follows:

  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • Political Theory

Each field (with the exception of Political Theory) contains courses offered as core graduate seminars, and courses cross-listed at the upper undergraduate level. Graduate students will be required to satisfy appropriately higher standards. In addition, directed reading courses may be arranged on an individual or small group basis with appropriate faculty members. Reading courses are particularly appropriate in areas closely related to a student's thesis research and are often offered by a student's thesis supervisor.

Note: Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the current timetable for this year’s offerings.

Canadian Government and Politics

Core Graduate Seminars:

  • POLI 5207.03: Advanced Seminar in Canadian Politics

Cross-listed Courses

  • POLI 5232.03: Urban Governance in Canada
  • POLI 5234.03: Canadian Urban Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • POLI 5240.03: Introduction to Public Policy
  • POLI 5241.03: Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • POLI 5242.03: Politics of Reason, Passion, and Biology
  • POLI 5250.03: Canadian Public Administration
  • POLI 5260.03: The Politics of Health Care

Comparative Politics

Core Graduate Seminars:

Cross-listed Courses:

Political Theory and Methodology.

Cross-listed Courses:

  • POLI 5403.03: Human Rights: Philosophical Issues
  • POLI 5440.03: The Politics of Affect: Theories of Emotion and Political Life
  • POLI 5466.03: The Social and Political Constructions of Health and Medicine
  • POLI 5479.03: Classical Liberalism and Democracy
  • POLI 5481.03: Theories of Violence, Persecution and Genocide

International Relations and Foreign Policy

Core Graduate Seminars:

  • POLI 5523.03: International Relations Theory 1: Order, Conflict and Change
  • POLI 5524.03: International Relations Theory 2: Cooperation, Institutions and Development

Cross-listed Courses:

  • POLI 5532.03: Indigenous Politics
  • POLI 5560.03: Issues in Global Security and Development
  • POLI 5569.03: Canadian Foreign Policy
  • POLI 5575.03: Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control in World Politics
  • POLI 5581.03: International Diplomacy: Institutions and Practices
  • POLI 5587.03: International Political Economy
  • POLI 5589.03: Politics of the Sea II

Research Seminar

  • POLI 5100.03:  Research Methods and Design

Directed Reading Courses

Graduate students taking directed reading courses register under one of the following designations, depending on whether the course extends for the first term, the second term, or the full academic year:


Students register for the thesis under the appropriate designation, as follows: