2004 - 2005 Calendar

FACULTY OF ARTS

POLITICAL SCIENCE PROGRAMS AND REGULATIONS

ORGANIZATION OF COURSES

Political Science courses are divided into four levels to assist students in making an orderly progression in their study of various fields within the discipline.

1) Political Science 1000, 1010, and 1020 are basic courses introducing students to the study of politics. Political Science 1000 and 1010 place particular emphasis on Canadian Politics while Political Science 1020 stresses international issues. Any two of these courses are recommended to students interested in knowledge and skills useful for understanding politics and government and the context in which political decisions are made.

2) Courses at the 2000 level are designed to introduce the student to the Major areas within the discipline of Political Science: Political Theory (x0xx), (x1xx); International Politics (x2xx); Comparative Politics (x3xx), (x4xx); Political Behaviour (x5xx); and Canadian Politics (x7xx). These courses raise questions, survey substantive knowledge, and introduce methodological approaches useful to students going on to more advanced courses in these fields. Taken together these courses serve as a foundation for a Major program in Political Science. Individually, they are open to all students interested in exploring specific aspects of Political Science.

3) 3000-level courses deal with a wide range of topics in depth, and assume some previous knowledge of appropriate areas of Political Science or related disciplines.

4) 4000-level courses are advanced seminars, either bringing together several approaches or fields of knowledge within the discipline, or focusing on specific problems.

PREREQUISITES

1) No prerequisites will apply to Political Science courses unless specified. Students, however, are encouraged to ensure that they have adequate preparation for courses in which they intend to register.

2) Since Political Science 2710 and one of Political Science 2200 or 2300 are required for all majors, and 2710 is required for minors, it is strongly recommended that these courses be taken no later than in a student's second year.

3) Students should complete at least 6 credit hours in courses with the initial digit '2' before registering in a course with the initial digit '3'.

4) Students should complete at least 6 credit hours in courses with the initial digit '3' before registering in a course with the initial digit '4'.

5) Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor prior to registration in each semester.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GENERAL DEGREE

1) To qualify for a B.A. degree with a Major in Political Science, a student must, in addition to meeting the general requirements, complete at least 42 credit hours in courses offered by the Department, including:

a) Political Science 1000, 1010, or 1020 are recommended as first courses for any student interested in majoring in Political Science. No more than two of these courses may be counted toward the 42 credit hours in Political Science required for a Major.

b) Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in courses at the 2000-level including Political Science 2710 and 2711, and Political Science 2200 or 2300; and

c) a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses numbered 3000 or above including at least 6 credit hours in courses at the 4000 level.

NOTE: First year history courses provide an important foundation for students majoring in Political Science. The Department recommends that majors and prospective majors take introductory history courses in their first year of study.

2) A Minor program in Business Administration is available for Political Science majors. For details, see the regulations for the Faculty of Business Administration.

HONOURS PROGRAM

An Honours degree is ordinarily required for admission to post-graduate programs in Political Science, and may be useful preparation for law and other professional fields. Students considering an Honours program are encouraged to apply to the Department early, preferably during their third or fourth terms. Students are admitted to the Political Science Honours Program in accordance with University and Arts Faculty Honours Degree regulations. To qualify for the B.A.(Hons.) degree in Political Science, a student must complete at least 60 credit hours in courses offered by the department.

a) Political Science 1000, 1010, or 1020 are recommended as first courses for any student interested in majoring in Political Science. No more than two of these courses may be counted toward the 60 credit hours in Political Science required for an Honours degree.

b) Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in courses at the 2000-level including Political Science 2500, 2710 and 2711, and Political Science 2200 or 2300;

c) Political Science 3010, 3011, 3100, and 3900 (or its equivalent); and

d) At least 15 credit hours in courses numbered 4000, including Political Science 490A/B (Honours Essay).

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS

To qualify for a Minor in Political Science, a student must complete at least 24 credit hours in courses offered by the Department.

a) Political Science 1000, 1010, or 1020 are recommended as first courses for any student interested in completing a minor in Political Science. No more than two of these courses may be counted toward the 24 credit hours in Political Science required for a Minor.

b) Students must complete Political Science 2710 and at least one of Political Science 2000, 2200, 2300, or 2500; and

c) At least 12 credit hours in courses numbered 3000 or above including at least 3 credit hours in courses at the 4000 level.

FACULTY ADVISING

Students who intend to Major or Minor in Political Science must inform the Head of the Department. Each Major student is assigned a Faculty Advisor, who is responsible for planning with the student an overall program, and for approving a course program for each term. The Department stresses the importance of regular consultation between student and Faculty Advisor as the most effective way to assure a rational and relevant academic program within the broad outlines of the University and Departmental regulations.


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