- Schedule of classes (for enrolment caps, class times and location)
- Undergraduate calendar (course descriptions and pre-requisites)
- Courses at other universities
- Special studies courses
- Past undergraduate course offerings
Current and upcoming Political Science courses
|INTST 101||Introduction to International Studies (PDF)||David Welch|
|PSCI 100||Introduction to Government (PDF)||
|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|
|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)
|PSCI 493||Field Course
Topic: International Monetary Fund Meetings (PDF)
|PSCI 493||Field Course
Topic: Culture and Trade (Israel)
|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 Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)
- Students may take a maximum of 10 term course by cross-registration with WLU.
- Courses taken at WLU will appear on UW records as graded courses but the grades attained will not be included in average calculations. Credit will only be granted for grades of 60% (C-) or better.
- Normally only PSCI courses not offered at UW will be approved for cross registration with WLU.
- Cross registration forms are also available from the Registrar's office.
- Approval is required from the Political Science Undergraduate Officer.
- Please check the Wilfrid Laurier University Political Science course offerings for more course information. Wilfrid Laurier University Distance Education info is available.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.