Course Sequencing

First Year

Students in first year should take POL 101Y. First year students who know that they want to pursue a program in Political Science may also enrol in one or more of the 200-level courses without prerequisite.

Tutorial groups are given in POL 101Y. Instructors will announce details of tutorial group meetings in class and students will be asked to sign up for group meetings which fit their timetables. This should be done immediately after classes begin. Tutorial groups are led by members of the faculty or by senior graduate students.

In 2016-2017 the Department of Political Science will be offering two “199Y” seminars for entering undergraduates.  Detailed description of these courses are provided on the Department’s website. Note that the 199Y seminars do not substitute for POL 101Y.  Also, the 199Y seminars do not count toward the requirements of any of the Political Science programs.

Second Year

In the second year, students may enrol in POL 101Y or any “200″ level courses.  Students concentrating their studies in Political Science should take POL 200Y (Political Theory: Visions of the Just/Good Society) and at least one other core course in the discipline.  POL 200Y is the first half of a two‑course sequence with POL 320Y (Modern Political Thought) in the history of political thought, and is the core course in the political theory area.

POL 201Y (Politics of Development: Issues and Controversies), POL 203Y (U.S. Government and Politics), POL 207Y (Politics in Europe) and POL 215Y (Politics and Transformation of Asia-Pacific) deal with a number of different political systems.  These courses are classified as comparative politics courses.  Because studying the political life and institutions of particular countries involves the use of analytical concepts and techniques of more general significance, it is advisable to complete one or more of these courses before attempting more advanced courses in comparative government.

POL 208Y (Introduction to International Relations) provides an introduction to this important field and should be completed before students attempt courses in international relations at the “300″ or “400″ level.  History students taking courses in diplomatic history will also find it valuable.

POL 214Y (Canadian Government and Politics) offers students an in-depth introduction to Canadian political institutions and processes.  It serves as a prerequisite for more specialized courses on the constitution, federalism, parties and other courses.

POL 222H and POL 232H acquaints students with some of the major research methods and quantitative techniques employed in contemporary Political Science.  It is a requirement for students in the Political Science Major(POL 222H) and Specialist (POL 222H and POL 232H) Programs.

Consult the department’s website for additional general interest courses at the 200-level that may be offered in any year.

Third Year

Enrolment in 300-level courses is limited, with priority given to students who are enrolled in Political Science programs.  Prerequisite requirements are strictly enforced and students’ marks as well as area preparation may also be taken into account.

Students entering their third year should examine the courses at both the “200″ and “300″ levels.  Students who have done little previous work in Political Science may be well advised to take one or more courses at the “200″ level.  In choosing courses for their third year, students who are concentrating in Political Science should also keep in mind the Department’s requirements for distribution of courses among several of the areas of the discipline.

Students specializing in Political Science should take at least one course in political theory in their third year.  POL 320Y (Modern Political Thought) is the second part of the two-course sequence (with POL 200Y) in the history of political thought.

Fourth Year

The Department’s 400-series courses are limited and nearly all courses are offered as joint undergraduate-graduate seminars in two and three-hour blocks with class sizes ranging from 15-25 students.  Most have specific course prerequisites and require extensive reading, research, and writing as well as seminar discussion. Priority in enrolment is given to graduating POL Specialists and POL majors during the 400-level preference period.