Core Courses

Each field has core course requirements which must be taken by students who have chosen the field as one of their fields of study. Core courses attempt to provide an overview of the field, though with some variation from year to year, reflecting the views of instructors and changes in the literature. Field 1 core requirements are normally taken in year 1 and Field 2 requirements in year 2.

The Core courses are as follows:


POL2100H Issues and Foundations in Canadian Government

And one of the following:

POL2104H Political Analysis in Canadian and Comparative Politics
POL2105H Canadian and Comparative Political Development


POL2700H Foundations and Approaches to Comparative Politics

And one of the following:

POL2701H Comparative Institutional Politics: Governance, Parties, and Structures of State Power
POL2702H Constituent Power in Comparative Perspective: Identity, Contention, and Mobilization

Development Studies

POL2400H Theories and Issues – The Politics of Development
POL2408H The Political Economy of International Development

International Relations

POL2200H International Relations Field Seminar I
POL2201H International Relations Field Seminar II

Political Theory

POL2000H Ancient Political Thought to the Rise of Modernity
POL2002H Modern and Contemporary Political Thought

Public Policy

POL2318H Public Policy: Theories and Approaches
POL2319H Public Policy: Applications