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The study of Political Science at the University of Toronto is wide-ranging and diverse. Courses are offered in political theory, Canadian government, international relations, and the politics of societies that are industrialized, developing, and in transition. Many courses deal with issues (such as environmental politics, diversity, peace and conflict, globalization) that cut across fields. Course offerings are designed to introduce students to Political Science at the first year level, provide the foundations for further study at the second year level, and provide specialized lecture and seminar courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. Studies in Political Science provide students with a good grounding in one of the chief social science disciplines and an opportunity to explore the issues that confront us as individuals, groups, societies and on the international level as we prepare for the twenty-first century. In addition to the materials covered, Political Science courses are set up to offer students an opportunity to learn writing and analytical skills to support a challenging and diverse career.
Courses in Political Science dovetail with programs in many other disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities: Economics, Sociology, History, Philosophy, and Psychology. A student interested in Canadian studies or urban problems, for example, would be well advised to choose courses from all these disciplines, as would someone interested in international affairs or foreign area studies. A student planning graduate work in the social sciences should seek to obtain a basic understanding of each of these disciplines.
The Department publishes a Handbook for undergraduate students that provides detailed information on our programs, extended descriptions of courses, and background information on the interests of our instructors, and advice on how to put together a program. Copies may be obtained from the Department Office on the third floor of Sidney Smith Hall, or from the offices of College Registrars. The Union of Political Science Students, the studentsí organization for Political Science undergraduates, has an office in Room 3045, Sidney Smith Hall.
Professor M. S. Williams, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 3030 (416-978-8220)
E. Jagdeo, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 3027 (416-978-3340)
Undergraduate Program Information and Course Descriptions: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/polsci
Political Science Programs
Political Science (Arts program)
Enrolment in the Political Science Specialist, Major, and Joint Specialist Programs is limited. Students enrolling at the end of First Year (or four full courses or their equivalent) must obtain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and a mark of at least 67% in one full Political Science course or the equivalent in half courses. Students applying to enrol after Second Year (or eight full courses or their equivalent) must obtain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.3 and a mark of at least 70% in each of two full Political Science courses or the equivalent in half courses.
Political Science and Sociology (Arts program)
Consult Department of Political Science.
Enrolment in this program is limited to students with 65% in SOC101Y1, and 70% in each of SOC200Y1 and 203Y1. Students need to have completed 8 full courses and be enroled in the Sociology Major program. Students should also have met the requirements of the Political Science Department (see details under Political Science above).
Specialist program (Arts program):
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