Political Science


What is political science?

Interested in studying power, government, law, politicians, public policy, diplomacy and security? Curious about how politics and government affect our everyday lives? Want to become a more effective citizen? Then begin with Political Science 1000 and branch off from there.


Why study political science?

Political science co-operative: Imagine the advantage of graduating with career-related work experience. As part of our co-op degree program, strong students follow the normal route for an honours or major, in political science, except they also spend three semesters working full time prior to graduation. Co-op job placements include the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as interest groups, political parties, labour organizations and not-for-profits.

Courses available in first year

Political Science 1000
Introduction to Politics and Government is an introduction to the study of politics, power, law, public policy and government, touching on major areas of political ideologies, institutions and current domestic and international political issues.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None. Suitable for students in all disciplines

Political Science 1001
Critical Reading and Writing: Politics and Governance provides an overview of foundational knowledge and skills to enable critical reading and critical writing at the university level. Students learn the elements of academic assessment of literature and information that is available in the library and/or online, and about the mechanics of analytical writing. The “politics and governance” content varies by instructor and is not repeated in any other political science course.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to complete Political Science 1000.
Note: All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/hss/crw.

We also have a range of 2000-level courses to consider (usually following Political Science 1000), including:

Political Science 2100 – Introduction to Political Theory

Political Science 2200 – Introduction to International Politics

Political Science 2300 – Introduction to Comparative Politics

Political Science 2600 – Introduction to Public Policy and Administration

Political Science 2800 – Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government

Political science course information

Students can view examples of political science course outlines at www.mun.ca/posc/courses and find information about political science instructors at: www.mun.ca/posc/people

Sample program for first year

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1090critical reading and writing course (CRW) chosen from major area
language study (LS) course language study (LS) course 
quantitative reasoning (QR) course quantitative reasoning (QR) course 
Political Science 1000Political science 2000 level



For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca



Contact information

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Kelly Blidook
709 864 8184





Guide to First Year

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