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Current and upcoming Political Science courses

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Courses

Course Code
Course Name  
Instructor
INTST 101 Introduction to International Studies (PDF) David Welch
PSCI 100 Introduction to Government (PDF)

Anna Esselment
Emmett Macfarlane

PSCI 231 Government and Business Heather Whiteside
PSCI 252 Global South Hongying Wang
PSCI 255 Comparative Political Economy (PDF) Jingjing Huo
PSCI 257 Introduction to Middle East Amir-Shahram Kholdi
PSCI 282 Foreign Policy (PDF) Andrew Cooper
PSCI 299 Beyond the Classroom Anna Esselment
PSCI 324 Contemporary Political Theory (PDF) Anna Drake
PSCI 331 Public Administration (PDF) Rebecca Nabert-Chubb
PSCI 353 Politics in Russia (PDF) John Jaworsky
PSCI 360 Canadian Government and Political Topics (PDF) Emmett Macfarlane
PSCI 385 China: Foreign Policy since 1949 Kevin Cai
PSCI 389 Global Governance (PDF) Adam Malloy
PSCI 402 Politics of International Trade (PDF) Horatiu Rus
PSCI 423 Democratic Theory and Practice (PDF) Anna Drake
PSCI 428 The State and Economic Life (PDF) Angela Carter
PSCI 456 Ethnic Conflict and Conflict Resolution (PDF) John Jaworsky
PSCI 461 Canadian National Politics (PDF) Rebecca Nabert-Chubb
PSCI 497A/B Study Abroad Experience Heather Whiteside
PSCI 498A Current Issues in Political Science Heather Whiteside
PSCI 498B Research Experience Heather Whiteside
PSCI 498C Civic Engagement Experience Heather Whiteside
PSCI 499A/B Special Honours Essay Heather Whiteside

Spring 2017 Undergraduate Courses

Course Code
Course Name  
Instructor
INTST 101 Introduction to International Studies Michael Stevenson
PSCI 231 Government and Business (PDF) Brent Needham
PSCI 257 Introduction to Middle East (PDF) Bessma Momani
PSCI 281 World Politics (PDF) Aaron Ettinger
PSCI 358 Political Change Greater China (PDF) Hongying Wang
PSCI 370 Women and Politics (PDF) Rebecca Nabert-Chubb
PSCI 387 Globalization (PDF) Aaron Ettinger
PSCI 482 Critical Security Studies (PDF) Veronica Kitchen
PSCI 490 Special Subjects
Topic:  US Foreign Policy (PDF)
Aaron Ettinger
PSCI 493 Field Course
Topic:  International Monetary Fund Meetings (PDF)
Bessma Momani
PSCI 493 Field Course
Topic:  Culture and Trade (Israel)
Jasmin Habib
PSCI 497A/B Study Abroad Experience (PDF) Heather Whiteside
PSCI 498A Current Issues in Political Science (PDF) Heather Whiteside
PSCI 498B Research Experience PDF) Heather Whiteside
PSCI 498C Civic Engagement Experience (PDF) Heather Whiteside

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Courses at other universities

Courses at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)

Courses at other universities

  • Students who have completed a minimum of four University of Waterloo term courses and are in good standing may apply for a Letter of Permission to take up to a maximum of five units at another university (including courses taken at WLU).
  • Transfer students please note: the maximum number of transfer credits which can be granted by the Faculty of Arts is ten units. This total includes up to five units taken by cross registration.
  • Please submit completed Letter of Permission, with descriptions of the proposed courses, to the Undergraduate Officer for approval.
  • There is a $25.00 processing fee, payable to the Registrar's office.
  • It is the student's responsibility to arrange for admission to the host university, and to order an official transcript from the host university upon completion of the course.
  • Credit (CR) will be granted for grades of 60% (C-) or better. Courses taken on Letter of Permission will appear as External Transfers on the student's grade report or official transcript and will not be included in average calculations

Special studies/subject courses

  • Students in their 3rd or 4th years may be eligible for a special studies/subject course (also known as a reading course). These courses are numbered 391 and 492.
  • A special studies/subject course is an intensive reading course on a specific topic not available in the regular departmental course offerings.
  • It is supervised by a faculty member and normally requires students to undertake a systematic program of reading leading to the writing of a research paper. Students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors.
  • A special studies/subject course is a single-term course which should be completed within the time constraints of a normal academic term.

Procedure

  • Students contemplating a special studies/subject course must first have a specific project. Students should be able to justify their proposals, define the area of research, and identify available sources.
  • Students should approach a potential supervisor as early as possible, preferably before the first day of classes.
  • Students should discuss proposal with the faculty member who will act as supervisor.
    • Supervision of a special studies/subject course is a voluntary activity undertaken by faculty members over and above normal departmental responsibilities. This means that although faculty members are generally anxious to assist students in their special projects, their other commitments may sometimes mean that they are unable to provide the supervision.
  • When registering for a special studies course, a proposal must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising faculty member.
  • Signed approval must then be obtained from the Undergraduate Officer.
  • These courses require department consent, so a course override form must also be filled out for the Undergraduate Officer to approve.

PSCI 499 A/B Special Honours Essay

  • Honours Political Science students may choose to write a major essay in their 4th year.
  • A senior honour essay is the equivalent of two term courses.
  • A letter grade for PSCI 499A will be submitted only after the completion of PSCI 499B.
  • The procedure for students wishing to register for a special honours essay is essentially the same as for a special studies/subject course, except the supervisor will appoint a second reader who will be consulted on the evaluation of the essay.