Experiential learning

What is experiential learning?

The Association of Experiential Education defines experiential learning as a “philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities.”

The goal of the undergraduate program in Political Science is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and values they need to engage in critical thinking and analysis of the social and political world, as well as to be good citizens. While this means ensuring students understand the key concepts, theories, and methods of political science, it also means preparing students to connect what they learn in the classroom to the world around them.

Through the study of power, politics, and government, Political Science students at the University of Waterloo gain these skills as well as the values of personal responsibility, civic engagement, integrity, open-mindedness and continuous learning that the department views to be essential for good citizenship as well as career success.

We offer unique experiential learning courses:

1) Honours Research Thesis (PSCI 499)

2) Four different engagement opportunities for students to gain practical, real world experiences while earning their degree:

Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we will be unable to offer these experiential learning pathways except for the co-op pathway in Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021.  Students who are graduating in Spring or Fall 2021 will not be required to meet the experiential pathway requirement, and will be granted an exemption.  To secure the exemption please meet with your Undergraduate Advisor. All students still require 16 PSCI courses (including a political theory or research methods course and two 400 level seminar courses, in order to complete the major.

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