Political Science Handbook 2013-14

Welcome to the University of Toronto Mississauga

Department of Political Science



The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Calendar provides information concerning admission policy, together with descriptions of the content of courses offered in Political Science and other disciplines.

This brochure is intended to be a supplement to the Calendar. Since it is published several months before the start of term, it cannot take account of late changes in course offerings or instructors. Details of any such changes will be announced on the UTM webpage http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/regcal/


Departmental Counselling

Detailed questions concerning individual courses should be discussed with the professors giving the courses. More general questions concerning choice of program and course selection should be discussed with the Chair or the Academic Counsellor.


Chair                         Professor Edward Schatz

                                     3125A Davis Building

                                    (905) 828-5229



Associate                 Senior Lecturer Mark Lippincott

Chair                         3290 Davis Building


Academic                Mrs. Norma Dotto

Counsellor             3125B Davis Building

                                (905) 828 3921



Political Science Club


Political Science students at UTM have established a club, which is run independently from the Department. It is the Political Science and Pre-Law Association (PSLA). political@utmsu.ca



Registration at UTM


To register for 2013-2014 courses students can obtain a Registration Information Guide from the Registrar’s office or by visiting the UTM webpage at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/reg.


Fall and Spring courses registration through ROSI (https://www.rosi.utoronto.ca/main.html) begins May 2 using a staged registration system. The number of credits you have completed will determine your starting date for registration.


Registration Period Begins:

1st Year – July 4

2nd Year – June 13

3rd Year – May 23

4th Year – May 2


Enrolment in 400-series courses is restricted to Political Science Specialists and Joint Specialists. During the first registration period priority for registration in these courses will be given to Political Science Specialists and Joint Specialists with 14.0 or more credits.


Classes begin September 9, 2013


Enrolling in St. George Courses

The Department of Political Science at the St. George Campus is usually accommodating to UTM students wishing to enroll in its upper-year courses and in most instances gives UTM students equal priority with St. George students.

The following restrictions apply to UTM students wishing to enroll in St. George courses:

  • UTM students with fewer than 4.0 credits may not enroll in St. George courses
  • Except in very unusual circumstances UTM students may not enroll in St. George courses which are also offered at UTM (timetabling convenience or travel preferences do not qualify as unusual circumstances)
  • UTM students wishing to enroll in St. George courses must meet the published pre-requisites for the courses.
  • A student who enrolls in a St. George course in violation of these restrictions may be removed from the courses without notice.


POL 300-series (P) courses

Between July 12 to August 6, enrolment is limited to students registered in a POL program (Specialist, Joint Specialist, Major or Minor). Starting August 16, the courses will be open to any UTM student with the pre-requisite.


POL 400-series (PE) courses

For most 400-series courses during the first round of enrolment (July 5 to August 6) only 4th year POL Specialists and Joint POL Specialists may enrol; UTM students are given the same priority as St George students. A few courses are restricted to only St. George students. Please refer to the 2011-12 St. George Registration Handbook and Timetable. Students who do not meet the Department’s criteria OR are requesting a space after August 12 must submit a 400-level ‘PE’ application form to the Undergraduate Office, SSH 3027 between July 29 – September 1. Application forms will be available outside SSH 3024 as of July 29. Forms will also be available at the UTM POL Office (Suite 3125, William G. Davis Building).

Students who miss the September 1 deadline are responsible for getting their applications to the professor before the first class, and instructors may accept such applications at their discretion. Students must attach their academic record/transcript and must attend the class on the first day it meets.


*Note: Dates of enrolment periods may vary slightly between St. George and UTM.


The process outline above applies to Fall/Winter courses. UTM students are given lower priority for enrolment in St. George Summer courses. For information on St. George courses, visit http:/www.chass.utoronto.ca/polsci/

Undergraduate Courses in Political Science 2013-2014

Since this list is compiled several months before the Fall term begins, it is necessarily tentative; therefore students should check the UTM website for an updated list.


The 2013-14 course offerings at UTM are as follows:








Canada in Comparative Perspective

T 11-1

DV 2074



Democracy in Theory and Practice

T/R 9-10

DV 2072



Ideas and Ideologies

M 9-11

CC 1080



Politics in a Global World

W 4-6

IB 120



Politics in a Global World

M 4-6

DV 2074



Political Theory

T 1-3

DV 2074



Politics & Government of the U.S.

M/T 3-5

IB 150



Introduction to International Relations

R 3-5

IB 120



Canadian Government and Politics

M 11-1


2nd/KN 137



Introduction to Comparative Politics

T 11-1

IB 345




M 11-1

CC 2160

2nd/KN 132



Environmental Politics in Canada

T 5-7

IB 235



The Politics of Islam

T 3-5

CC 3150



Politics of South Asia

R 1-3

IB 380



The State, Planning and Markets

T/W 4-6

KN 132



Managing International Conflict

F 1-3

IB 235



Comparative Public Policy and Administration

M 1-3

IB 250



Modern Political Thought

W 1-3

IB 140



Enlightenment Theocracy

R 11-1

IB 260



Comparative Foreign Policy

M 5-7

IB 250



Urban Politics

F  11-1

IB 380



Canadian Public Policy

R 6-8

IB 250



Women and Politics

T 5-7

CC 2150



Media and Politics

W 9-11

DV 2082



Political Thought from Freud to Foucault

M 11-1

DV 2082



Topics in Comparative Politics

R 11-1

IB 370



Topics in Comparative Politics

T 9-11

NE 259



Topics in Political Thought

M 1-3

NE 259



Topics in International Relations

T 11-1

DV 3131



Topics in Canadian Politics

T 2-4

NE 143




The Faculty in Political Science – UTM 


Professor and Chair Edward Schatz

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Degrees: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin
  M.A. University of Wisconsin
  B.A. Yale University

Edward Schatz is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is interested primarily in identity politics, social transformations, social movements, anti-Americanism, and authoritarianism with a focus on the ex-USSR, particularly Central Asia. His publications include an edited volume, Political Ethnography (U. Chicago Press, 2009), and Modern Clan Politics (U. Washington Press, 2004), as well as articles in Comparative Politics, Slavic Review, International Political Science Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and other academic journals. His current projects include a book on the United States as a symbol and actor in Central Asia and a study of authoritarianism in Central Asia. The American Political Science Association selected Professor Ed Schatz as the co-recipient of the Giovanni Sartori Book Award for his work, Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power. The book, a collection of original essays edited by Professor Schatz, demonstrates how ethnography is uniquely suited for illuminating political science.


 Professor Ronald Beiner

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Degrees: D.Phil Balliol, Oxford
  B.A. McGill University

Ronald Beiner is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1982 he published an edition of Hannah Arendt's Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy (foreign-language editions have appeared or are forthcoming in 15 other languages). He is the author of Political Judgment (1983); What's the Matter with Liberalism? (1992); Philosophy in a Time of Lost Spirit (1997); Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship (2003); and most recently, Civil Religion (2011). His other edited or co-edited books include Democratic Theory and Technological Society (1988); Kant and Political Philosophy (1993); Theorizing Citizenship (1995); Theorizing Nationalism (1999); Canadian Political Philosophy (2001); and Judgment, Imagination, and Politics (2001). He is currently writing a book entitled Horizons of Political Reflection.


Professor Ana Maria Bejarano

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Degrees: Ph.D Colombia Unversity
  M..A, M.Phil. Colombia University
  B.A. Universidad de Los Andes

Professor Bejarano has been a visiting fellow at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá (2009-2010), at Princeton University's Program for Latin American Studies (PLAS) and Woodrow Wilson School for International Affairs (2001-2003), and at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2000-2001). Bejarano is the author of Precarious Democracies: Understanding Regime Stability and Change in Colombia and Venezuela (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). She also co-edited (with S. Mainwaring and E. Pizarro), The Crisis of Democratic Representation in the Andes (Stanford University Press, 2006). Her current research project explores constitution making in five Andean nations, focusing on the politics behind constitutional choices and the prospects for democratic deepening in the wake of constitutional change. She participates in two research networks devoted to analyzing and monitoring the quality of democracy in the Andes: the Andean Democracy Research Network (http://blogs.ubc.ca/andeandemocracy/), and Gobernabilidad Democrática en la Región Andina (http://www.gobernabilidadandina.org/


 Professor Lee Ann. Fujii

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On Leave July 2013 – December 2014

Degrees: Ph.D George Washington University
  M.A. University of San Francisco
  B.A. Reed College

Research interests include: Political violence, ethnicity and race, African politics (especially Rwanda and the Great Lakes), and field methods. She is the author of Killing Neighbors: Webs of violence in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2009) and is currently researching her second book, which is on local involvement in violence in three very different sites of killing (Bosnia, Rwanda, and the United States). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, and PS: Politics and Political Science. Her work has been supported by the Connaught New Researcher Program, SSHRC, the United States Institute of Peace, Fulbright, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, and two Dilthey faculty grants from the George Washington University. She is a current holder of a Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Prior to joining UTM, she was Assistant Professor of Political Science and program coordinator in the Women’s Leadership Program at the George Washington University.


Professor Peter Loewen

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Degrees: Ph.D. Université de Montréal
  B.A. Mount Alison University

Research interests include Canadian politics, elections, political behaviour, genopolitics, behavioural economics and experimentation. Has published articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, Party Politics, West European Politics, Canadian Journal of Political Science and Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, as well as numerous chapters. He has three current research projects.  The first is aimed at understanding how individual differences – which we may understand as dispositional, longstanding, and occasionally fundamental psychological and behavioural differences between people – matter for political behaviour. The second is interested in understanding the representational behaviour of politicians and political elites. Broadly speaking, this research is interested in the decisions and actions taken by these elites when presented with a representational opportunity or challenge. This research combines natural experiments, field experiments, and, in the future, extensive interviewing and survey experimentation. The third involves work on the methods of experimental and survey research.

His research is funded by SSHRC, the European Research Council, and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development. He is Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science and a collaborator on the Canadian Election Study.


Professor Shivaji Mukherjee

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Degrees: Ph.D., M.Phil. Yale University
  M.A. University of Michigan
  M.A. Jawaharlal Nehru University                                  
  B.A. Hindu College, University of Delhi

Shivaji's research interests lie at the intersection of state formation, civil conflict, and political economy of development. He worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi, and then did an MA in Political Science at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a PhD in political science at Yale University. His dissertation is on the Maoist insurgency in India, and uses data gathered during field work, archival data and quantitative analysis of sub national datasets to demonstrate that colonial institutions  of indirect rule selected by the British set up the structural conditions for post colonial insurgency through path dependent mechanisms. Shivaji hopes to work in the future on state formation, the use of different kinds of counter insurgency strategy by the Indian state, and also various aspects of the Maoist insurgency, and other ethnic insurgencies in India.


Professor Steven Bernstein

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Degrees: Ph.D., M.A. University of Toronto
  B.A. Univeristy of Western Ontario

Steven Bernstein is Associate Chair and Graduate Director, Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.  His research spans the areas of global governance and institutions, global environmental politics, non-state forms of governance, international political economy, and internationalization of public policy.  Publications include Unsettled Legitimacy: Political Community, Power, and Authority in a Global Era (co-edited, 2009); Global Liberalism and Political Order: Toward a New Grand Compromise? (co-edited, 2007); A Globally Integrated Climate Policy for Canada (co-edited, 2007) and The Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism (2001); as well as many articles in refereed academic journals, including European Journal of International Relations, Science, Review of International Political Economy, Journal of International Economic Law, International Affairs, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Policy Sciences, Regulation and Governance, and Global Environmental Politics. He was also a convening lead author and member of the Global Forest Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime and a consultant on institutional reform for the “Rio +20” UN Conference on Sustainable Development and its follow-up.

Professor Aurel Braun

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On Leave July 2013- June 2014 

Degrees: Ph.D. London School of Economics
  M.A., B.A. Univeristy of Toronto

Research interests primarily include: international politics, particularly strategic studies; Soviet and East European politics; International Law. Publications include: Romanian Foreign Policy Since 1965: The Political and Military Limits of Autonomy (1978); Ceausescu: the Problems of Power (1980); Small-State Security in the Balkans (1983); The Middle East in Global Strategy (1987) (editor and contributor); The Soviet East-European Relationship in the Gorbachev Era (1990) (editor and contributor); The Extreme Right: Freedom and Security at Risk (1997) co-editor and contributor of 5 chapters). The Dilemmas of Transition: The Hungarian Experience (1999) (co-editor and contributor of 2 chapters). NATO-Russia Relations in the 21st Century (2008). He has contributed numerous articles on the Warsaw Pact, Comecon, East European Politics, international relations, transition politics, and strategic studies to Orbis, Problems of Communism, Millennium, Parameters, The Middle East Focus, Sudosteuropa, International Journal, American Political Science Review and elsewhere. He is a frequent contributor to the national media on international issues.


Professor Erin Tolley

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Degrees: Ph.D. Queens University
  M.A. University of Western Ontario
  B.A. University of Saskatchewan

Erin Tolley earned her PhD from Queen’s University where she was a Trudeau Foundation Scholar and SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar. Her research interests include: Canadian politics; public policy; media and politics; race and politics; gender and politics; and immigration, multiculturalism and citizenship. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation research, which examines how race affects the media’s portrayal of candidates in Canadian politics. In addition, she is engaged in two separate projects on immigration and multiculturalism policy. Prior to joining UTM, Erin worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the federal government, most recently at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

She is the co-editor of Diverse Nations, Diverse Responses: Approaches to Social Cohesion in Immigrant Societies (MQUP 2012), Immigration, Integration and Inclusion in Ontario Cities (MQUP 2012), Immigrant Settlement Policy in Canadian Municipalities (MQUP 2011), Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada (MQUP 2011), and Electing a Diverse Canada: The Representation of Immigrants, Minorities and Women (UBC Press 2008). Her article, “Do Women ‘Do Better’ in Municipal Politics? Representation Across Three Levels of Government” appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and was short-listed for the John McMenemy Prize in 2012.        


Professor Andrea Olive

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Degrees: Ph.D. Purdue University
  M.A. Dalhousie University
  B.A. University of Calgary

Research interests: biodiversity and conservation policy in Canada and the United States, indigenous rights, Arctic policy, environmental risk and risk management, and the role of norms in public policy. Recent publications include: “Endangered Species Policy in Canada and the US: A Tale of Two Islands” in the American Review of Canadian Studies; “A Research Note on Gendered Perceptions of Wildlife: Ethic of Care Meets a Snake and A Tortoise” in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy; and, “Can Stewardship work for Species at Risk: Pelee Island Case Study” in the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice.                                                       


Senior Lecturer and Associate Chair

 Mark Lippincott

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Degrees: Ph.D. University of Toronto
  M.A. University of Delaware
  B.A. University of Delaware

Research interests primarily include: theories of political rebellion; religion and myth in politics; contemporary American politics, U.S. constitutional law (civil liberties). Publications include: co-editor, Pacifism and Resistance – Vol. 14, The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell and Prophecy and Dissent – Vol. 13, The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell; Russell’s “Leviathan” in Russell, “The Dialectics of Reproduction: The Third Revolution?” (with R. Achilles) in Resources for Feminist Research


Professor David Wolfe

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Degrees: Ph.D. University of Toronto
  M.A. Carleton University
  B.A. Carleton Univeristy

Research interests primarily include; the political economy of technological change and innovation and creativity in city regions, with special reference to Canada and Ontario. Recent publications have appeared in The Nation State in a Global Information Era, ed. Thomas Courchene; Urban Affairs: Is it Back on the Policy Agenda? eds. Caroline Andrew, Katherine Graham and Susan Phillips,  How Ottawa Spends, 2001-2002, ed. G. Bruce Doern, Knowledge, Clusters and Learning Regions: Economic Development in Canada, co-edited with J. Adam Holbrook, Innovation and Social Learning: Institutional Adaptation in an Era of Technological Change, co-edited with Meric S. Gertler and Global Networks and Local Linkages, co-edited with Matthew Lucas. Taking Public Universities Seriously, co-edited by Frank Lacobucci and Carolyn Tuohy, Clusters and Regional Development: Critical reflections and explorations, edited by Bjorn Asheim, Phil Cooke and Ron Martin, and Cluster Genesis: The Emergence of Technology Clusters, edited by Maryann Feldman and Pontus Braunerheim. Recent articles have also appeared in European Planning Studies, Regional and Federal Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Futures, Urban Studies Science and Public Policy, International Journal of Technology Management, Research Policy, Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, Canadian Journal of Regional Science and Regional Studies. In 2006 he prepared a report for the Ontario Research and Innovation Council on Knowledge and Innovation. He is Co-Director of the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS) at CIS and the Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy. He served as the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence for the Conference Board of Canada in 2008-2009. 


Professor Richard Day

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Degrees: Ph.D. University of London
  B.A., M.A., Dip.R.E.E.S. Univeristy of Toronto

Research interests primarily include: historical development of Marxist Theory and comparative political economy. Major publications include Leon Trotsky and the Politics of Economic Isolation (1973): The “Crisis” and the “Crash”: Soviet Studies of the West, 1917-1939 (1981); Nikolai Bukharin, Selected Writings on the State and the Transition to Socialism (1982), edited and translated by R.B. Day; E.A. Preobrazhensky, The Decline of Capitalism (1985), edited and translated by R.B. Day; Democratic Theory and Technological Society (1988), edited by R.B. Day, Ronald Beiner and Joseph Masciulli; Neoconservative Economics: The Crisis of the Welfare State and Reaganomics, edited and translated by R.B. Day (Summer 1989 issue of International Journal of Political Economy); Post-Soviet Russia, edited and (partly) translated by R.B. Day (Spring 1994 issue of International Journal of Political Economy); Cold War Capitalism: The View from Moscow, 1945-1975 (1995); P.V. Malsakovsky, The Capitalist Cycle (2004), edited and translated by R.B. Day; Witnesses to Permanent Revolution: The Documentary Record (2009), edited and translated by R.B. Day and Daniel Gaido. Principal current research: co-editing (with M. Gorinov, Moscow City Archivist) and translating a four volume collection entitled The Preobrazhensky Archive; co-editing and translating with Daniel Gaido a volume of pre-1914 documents on origins of the Theory of Imperialism.


Professor Graham White

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Degrees: Ph.D. McMaster University
  M.A. York University
  B.A. York University

Graham White was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, but left Cape Breton while very young. (He still owns land in Cape Breton - enough to fulfill the property qualification for becoming a Senator, if anyone is looking ....) He grew up in Toronto where he attended St Michael's College School and was one of the first students at the Keele Campus of York University. After earning a combined honours degree in Economics and Political Science at York he went to McMaster University for graduate work in Political Science. In 1979 he completed a PhD at McMaster; his thesis was on long-term voting patterns in Ontario.

In 1976, he became one of the first persons accepted into the Ontario Legislative Internship Program, run jointly by the Legislature and the Canadian Political Science Association. In 1978 he returned to Queen's Park to work in the Clerk's Office. Over the next six years, he provided procedural advice and administrative support to a number of legislative committees including the Public Accounts Committee, the Procedural Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on the Ombudsman and the Select Committee on Pensions. He also spent some time serving at 'the table' in the legislative chamber.

In 1984, he accepted a position in the Political Science Department at the University of Toronto's Erindale College (now the University of Toronto Mississauga). He holds the rank of Full Professor. His teaching at UTM and on the St George campus has primarily been in the area of Canadian politics, with special emphasis on provincial and territorial politics, on Aboriginal politics, and on institutions of governance such as cabinets, legislatures and bureaucracies. Since the late 1980s he has been visiting the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon regularly and writing about politics there.

In addition to numerous articles in academic journals, he has written or edited 12 books, including The Ontario Legislature: A Political Analysis; Inside the Pink Palace; The Government and Politics of Ontario; Northern Governments in Transition and several editions of Politics: Canada. His book with David Cameron, Cycling into Saigon: The Conservative Transition in Ontario, was shortlisted for the Donner Foundation's award for the best book in Canadian public policy in 2001. His most recent published book is Cabinets and First Ministers; he has recently completed the manuscript for a book about the creation of Nunavut (co-authored with Jack Hicks).

He is currently at work on two books: one on the regulatory and wildlife management boards established under the settled comprehensive land claims settlements in the territorial North and one on provincial and territorial cabinet decision-making processes since the 1970s.

Professor White is a former President of the Canadian Political Science Association and currently serves as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science.


Professor Emeritus P. Silcox

Degrees: Ph.D., M.A. University of Toronto
  B.A. Bristol University
  Pipl. of Social Admin. University of London

Research interests primarily include: the politics of developed industrial countries. Specializes in the politics of Britain and other Western European countries and in comparative local government. Research interests: local government reform in Canada and Britain. Publications include: Report of the Essex County Local Government Restructuring Study.


Professor Emeritus P.H. Solomon

Degrees: Ph.D., M.A. Columbia University
  B.A. Harvard University

Specializes in Soviet and post-Soviet politics and in the politics of criminal justice in various countries. Author of Soviet Criminologists and Criminal Policy (1978); Criminal Justice Policy, From Research to Reform (1983); Soviet Criminal Justice under Stalin (1996); co-author of Courts and Transition in Russia: The Challenge of Judicial Reform; and editor of Reforming Justice in Russia, 1964-1996 (1997). His current research includes (1) judicial and legal reform in contemporary Russia; (2) courts, law and politics in authoritarian and transitional regimes; (3) and the history of criminal justice in the USSR.

The following list of courses is tentative. For confirmation of what courses will be offered in 2013-2014, and which members of the faculty will be teaching them, students should consult the UTM website for updates on the timetable.


For students who entered the University or who took their first POL course in 2003-04 or 2004-05 the combination of POL 110H and POL 111H will be treated as equivalent to POL 100Y/214Y.

  1. for purposes of prerequisites for 300 and 400 level courses;
  2. for purposes of program requirements.

POL111H5S - Canada in Comparative Perspective (SSc)
Examines major facets of Canadian government and politics within a broad comparative context asking what is different or unique about Canada and what resembles political systems elsewhere in the world, primarily western industrialized countries. Comparative analysis is used to foster a deeper understanding of Canada and its politics. [24L, 12T]

POL112H5F - Democracy in Theory and Practice (SSc)
Examines current ideas about what constitutes 'democracy' and how real-world political systems measure up to democratic ideals. Through examination of formal government institutions and informal political practices, assessments will be made of the strengths and weaknesses in modern democracies. Case studies may be drawn from Canada or from other countries which claim to be democratic. [24L, 12T]

POL113H5F - Ideas and Ideologies (SSc)
In this course students are introduced to basic concepts in politics such as authority, sovereignty, legitimacy, citizenship, jurisdiction, civil rights and civil liberties. These concepts are then used to examine the fundamental differences between major political ideologies, such as democracy, liberalism, socialism, fascism, conservatism, anarchism and communism. [24L, 12T]

POL114H5F & POL114H5S  - Politics in the Global World (SSc)
Examines the politics of globalization in its various forms (economics, cultures, environmental and military) as well as the consequences of, management of and resistance to, globalization. Address topics such as whether globalization challenges the capacity of national societies and their governments to deal with global issues such as the environment, redistribution of wealth, security and human rights, both within countries and across borders. [24L, 12T]


200 level courses require standing in either one full 100 level political science course or at least 4.0 credits.


POL200Y5Y - Political Theory (SSc)
The development of political thought to the 17th century. Among the theorists examined are Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke. [48L, 24T]
Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit/4.0 credits

POL203Y5F - Politics and Government of the United States (SSc)
A comparative study of the development of American government and the main elements of the American political tradition; the structure and functioning of executives, legislatures, courts, bureaucracies, parties and pressure groups in federal and state government; characteristic processes of American politics such as voting, bargaining and regulation; and resultant patterns of public policy. [48L]
Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit/4.0 credits

POL208Y5Y - Introduction to International Relations (SSc)
Themes: What causes war? How can peace be achieved and sustained? What is the nature of international society and order? What trends are emerging in international affairs as we begin a new century? The main goal of the course is to provide the conceptual and theoretical tools to understand and study world affairs in order to address these questions. Will critically assess the nature and role of actors, institutions, and political and economic forces in shaping world events. [48L, 24T]
Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit/4.0 credits

POL214Y5Y - Canadian Government and Politics (SSc)
Canada's political system: its key governmental institutions, especially cabinet and Parliament; federalism; the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; political parties and voting behaviour; ideologies and political culture, public opinion and pressure groups; regionalism and Quebec. Useful as a general course on Canada and as a foundation for more specialized study. [48L, 24T]
Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit/4.0 credits
Exclusions: POL100Y5, (110H5, 111H5), POL 224Y1

POL218Y5Y - Introduction to Comparative Politics (SSc)
An introduction to the main themes, concepts and methods in comparative politics. Comparative politics compares the ways people and institutions interact, in different countries and regions of the world (including both developing and developed), to produce what we call "politics." The course brings to bear different interpretive frameworks (political culture, political economy, identity politics, and institutional analysis) to help us understand this interaction. Topics include: the formation, development and eventual decay of political institutions such as the nation-state, political regimes, parties, party systems and local governments; the ideas and interests shaping political behaviour; and the reasons why, and the ways in which, groups mobilize politically. [48L]
Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit/4.0 credits

POL242Y5Y - Methods (SSc)
This course offers an introduction to political science research methods. The course will cover basic approaches to political science, the choices that researchers have to make when designing their research and basic methods of analysis for both qualitative and quantitative data. Topics include: validity and reliability, levels of measurement, questionnaire design, experiments, elite interviews, participant observation and policy evaluation.
Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit/4.0 credits

POL250Y5Y/ENV250Y5Y - Environmental Politics in Canada (SSc)
Analyzes environmental issues in Canadian politics. Topics include: regulation and property rights, the politics of agenda-setting; sustainable development; science in politics; the impact of federalism; and global influences on domestic policy-making. Substantive issues could include climate change, biodiversity, drinking water, land use and the degradation of natural resources.[48L]
Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit/4.0 credits
Exclusions: ENV 250Y5Y

300 level courses are advanced courses designed for 3rd and 4th year students who have completed several courses in a number of fields in Political Science. They are not appropriate for students in 2nd year (that is students who have not completed at least 8 courses). Students must not enroll in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites. Prerequisites will be rigorously enforced.                                                          


POL303Y5Y - The Politics of Islam (SSc)
The course examines the theory and practice of Islamic politics in the modern era. It also looks at Western foreign policy and Western cultural reactions to politics in the Muslim world. The aim is to acquaint students with the diversity within the Muslim world and help them better understand some of the most pressing political issues raised by contemporary Islam.
Prerequisites: any 2.0 POL credits
Exclusions: POL300Y5, POL300Y1

POL304Y5Y - Politics of South Asia (SSc)
This course surveys systems of government and political processes across South Asia, with attention to state-society relations, regime type, social movements, democratic governance, and political economy.
Prerequisites: HIS 282H or POL 218Y or permission of instructor

POL309Y5F - The State, Planning and Markets (SSc)
A study of the political economy of planning and markets, the history of both forms of organization, the political philosophies of liberalism and Marxism upon which they have been based, and the issues of economic efficiency, justice and democratic control in capitalism and socialism. [48L]
Prerequisites: POL200Y

POL310Y5Y - Managing International Military Conflict (SSc)
Analysis of different aspects of conflict management, including security regimes, U.N. peacekeeping, mediation, bilateral as well as multilateral techniques. [48L]
Prerequisites: POL208Y5

POL317Y5Y - Comparative Public Policy and Administration (SSc)
Major theories and concepts in the fields of public administration and public policy, drawing on the experience of advanced industrialized nations. [48L]
Prerequisites: POL203Y/218Y/302Y/309Y/353Y

POL320Y5Y - Modern Political Thought (SSc)
The development of political thought in the 18th and 19th centuries, including Rousseau, Burke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, the English Utilitarians (Bentham and J.S. Mill), Marx and Nietzsche. [48L]
Prerequisites: POL200Y5

POL322Y5Y - Enlightenment and Theocracy (SSc)
A survey of modern political theories, from Machiavelli onwards, bearing on the problem of religion and politics. The course includes discussions of Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant, as well as anti-liberal thinkers such as Maistre and Nietzsche. Themes include toleration, the Enlightenment, civil religion, and theocracy.
Prerequisites: POL 200Y, but POL 320Y is recommended

POL327Y5Y - Comparative Foreign Policy (SSc)
Comparative study of the foreign policies of Russia/USSR, the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany. [48L]
Prerequisites: POL208Y5

POL346Y5Y - Urban Politics (SSc)
This course compares urban politics in North America and Western Europe, with a particular emphasis on Canadian cities, and examines how urban political dynamics in different local and national settings shape responses to urban policy issues. The course also examines the changing role of cities in the global economy, introducing key theories and concepts in urban political analysis.
Prerequisites: Any 2.0 POL credits

POL353Y5Y - Canadian Public Policy: From the Golden Age to the Era of Globalization (SSc)
Examines the changing international context of Canadian public policy and its implications for the scope of public policy in Canada. Reviews the course of public policy over the postwar period and the changing capacity of the national government to respond to the pressures and challenges of the international economy. Focuses on the implications of these developments for specific areas of public policy, such as macroeconomic policy, social policy, industrial policy, trade policy and cultural policy. [48L]
Prerequisites: POL100Y5/(110H5, 111H5)/214Y5
Exclusions: POL209Y5

POL368Y5Y - Women and Politics (SSc)
An introduction to gender and politics that examines women as political actors and their activities in formal and grassroots politics. The course also explores the impact of gender in public policy and how public policies shape gender relations.
Prerequisites: 2.0 POL credits
Exclusions: POL 351Y1

POL369Y5Y - Media and Politics (SSc)
The role of the mass media in shaping (perceptions of) the political world and in enhancing or diminishing democracy; government regulation of media; the question of bias in political reporting; media ownership and concentration; the political significance of 'new' media; the interplay of media technology and politics. [48L]
Prerequisites: 2.0 POL credits/2.0 CCIT/VCC credits
Exclusions: POL213Y

Enrolment in 400-series courses is restricted to Political Science Specialists and Joint Specialists. Priority will be given to students with 14.0 credits or more.

POL404Y5Y - Political Thought from Freud to Foucault (SSc)
The purpose of the course is to survey the work of some leading political thinkers of the 20th century. The seminar will begin with a discussion of Sigmund Freud and Max Weber, and thereafter will focus on six key political philosophers: Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, Alasdair MacIntyre, Michael Foucault, Jurgen Habermas and John Rawls.
Prerequisites: POL 200Y

POL438Y5Y - Topics in Comparative Politics: Latin America (SSc)
Content of course will vary from year to year. Consult the Political Science Handbook. [24S]
Prerequisites: POL218Y5

POL443Y5Y - Topics in Comparative Politics: The New Authoritarianism in Eurasia (SSc)
Content of course will vary from year to year. Consult the Political Science Handbook. [24S]
Prerequisites: POL218Y5

POL484Y5Y - Topics in Political Thought: Political Pathologies (SSc)
Content of course will vary from year to year. Consult the Political Science Handbook. [48S]
Prerequisites: POL320Y5

POL487H5S - Topics in International Relations (SSc)
Content of course will vary from year to year. Consult the Political Science Handbook. [24S]
Prerequisites: POL208Y5

POL490H5F - Topics in Canadian Politics: Aboriginal Politics in Canada (SSc)
Content of course will vary from year to year. Consult the Political Science Handbook. [24S]
Prerequisites: POL100Y5/(110H5, 111H5)/214Y5


Programs of Study


The Specialist Program in History and Political Science allows students to do work in two closely related disciplines. Students are encouraged to plan their programs so as to take advantage of the opportunity to do work in related courses consecutively or concurrently


Joint work in Political Science and another discipline provides an interesting course of studies for many students. The Major Program in Political Science has been designed for such students.    


The Major Program introduces students to some of the principal fields within the discipline and requires some work in Political Theory. Some appropriate combinations are Political Science and History, Political Science and Sociology, Political Science and Management, and Political Science and a language.


Students whose chief interest is in another discipline may wish to select Political Science as a secondary area of interest and to enroll in the Minor program in Political Science.


Students specializing in a discipline other than Political Science may wish to take one or more political science courses to complement their studies in their chosen discipline. For example, a student specializing in psychology may take one of the 100-level courses in Political Science to acquire some idea of the nature and scope of the discipline. A student interested in the Slavic languages may wish to complement work in languages and literature with work in Soviet or Eastern European politics and government. A student taking a theme program such as Urban Studies or Canadian may select political science courses that will round out an “approved area of study”.



For students who entered the University or took their first POL course in 2003-04 or 2004-05, the combination of POL 110H and POL 111H will be treated as treated as equivalent to POL 100Y/214Y



Within an honours degree, 10.0 POL credits are required including 4.0 credits at the 300/400 level, of which 2.0 credits must be at the 400 level.


Limited Enrolment – Students enrolling at the end of first year (4.0 credits) must obtain a CGPA of at least 2.00 and a mark of at least 67% in 1.0 POL credit. Students applying to enrol after second year (8.0 credits) must obtain a CGPA of at least 2.30 and a mark of at least 70% in each of 2.0 POL credits.



  1. POL 200Y, 208Y, 214Y, 218Y, 242Y, 320Y


  1. 1.0 credit in the field of Public Policy; POL 250Y, 316Y, 317Y, 336Y, 346Y, 353Y, 368Y, 369Y


  1. 3.0 additional POL credits.



7.0 POL credits are required including at least 2.0 credits at the 300 level.


Limited Enrolment – Students enrolling at the end of first year (4.0 credits) must obtain a CGPA of at least 2.00 and a mark of at least 65% in 1.0 POL credit. Students applying to enrol after second year (8.0 credits) must obtain a CGPA of at least 2.30 and a mark of at least 70% in each of 2.0 POL credits.


  1. POL 200Y, 214Y


  1. 1.0 credit from each of two of the following three fields:
    1. Comparative Politics; POL 203Y, 204Y, 218Y, 354Y, 360H, 361H, 362H, 363H, 300Y, 302Y, 309Y, 332Y, 440Y, 443H, 438H


  1. International Relations; POL 208Y, 310Y, 327Y, 340Y, 343Y, 486Y, 487Y  


  1. Public Policy and Public Administration; POL 250Y, 316Y 317Y, 336Y, 346Y, 353Y, 368Y, 369Y  


3)   3.0 additional POL courses.



4.0 POL credits are required including at least 1.0 300-level credit and no more than 1.0 at the 100 level.

Enrolment in the Political Science Specialist, Major and Combined Specialist program is limited.




Limited Enrolment – Enrolment in this program is limited. Students enrolling at the end of the first year (4.0 credits) must obtain:


  1. a mark of at least 67% in 1.0 POL credit and at least 67% in ECO100Y5, and a minimum CGPA of 2.00.


  1. a mark of at least 67% in 1.0 POL credit and at least 63% in ECO100Y5, and a minimum CGPA of 2.50.


Students enrolling at the end of second year (8.0 credits) must obtain:


  1. a mark of at least 70% in each of 2.0 POL credits and at least 67% in ECO100Y5, and a minimum CGPA of 2.30


  1. a mark of at least 70% in each of 2.0 POL credits and at least 63% in        ECO100Y5, and a minimum CGPA of 2.50.

Within an honours degree, the following credits must be included in the programm:


8.0 credits

  1. ECO 100Y; MAT132Y/133Y/134Y/135Y/138Y
  2. ECO200Y/204Y/206Y, 202Y/208Y/209Y, 220Y/227Y/STA(250H1,257H5)/STA(257H,261H)/STA(257H,248H/258H)
  3. ECO 322Y, ECO323Y
  4. 1.0 additional 300/400 series credit in Economics


Political Science:

7.0 credits in POL, including at least 1.0 credit at the 400 level.

  1. POL 200Y, 214Y, 309Y
  2. 1.0 credit from TWO of the following three fields:

i) Comparative Politics

ii) International Relations

iii) Public Policy

  1. 2.0 additional POL credits


*Students without pre- and co-requisites or written permission of the instructor can be de-registered from courses at any time.



Limited EnrolmentEnrollment in the Specialist Program in History and Political Science is limited.


  1. Students enrolling at the end of first year (4.0 credits) must obtain a mark of at least 67% in 1.0 POL credit and a mark of at least 70% in 1.0 HIS credit and have a CGPA of 2.00.


  1. Students enrolling at the end of second year (8.0 credits) must obtain a mark of at least 70% in each 2.0 POL credits and a mark of at least 70% in each 2.0 HIS credits and have a CGPA of 2.30.

Within an Honours degree, 14.0 credits are required.

Political Science


7.0 Credits in POL are required, including at least 1.0 at the 300 level and 1.0 at the 400 level.


1    POL 200Y, 214Y

2    1.0 credit from each of TWO of the following three fields:

i)Comparative Politics

ii)International Relations

iii) Public Policy


3    2.0 additional POL credits.



First Year – HIS101H5; an additional HIS course at the 200 level may be taken.


Higher Years – Additional HIS courses to a total of at least 7.0 credits from at least two geographical divisions of study. These must include at least 3.0 credits at the 300/400 level; 2.0 HIS courses must correspond in region or theme to 2.0 of the POL courses chosen.


  1. Specialists must take a 100 level HIS credit to complete the program.
  2. Specialists may substitute non-HIS courses taught elsewhere at U of T   Mississauga for up to 2.0 of the HIS credits.
  3. The Department of Historical Studies Handbook identifies substitutions, courses satisfying division requirements and pre-modern courses. It is available online at: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/historicalstudies


Classification of Courses by Field


Political Theory

POL 200, 320, 478, 484, 485


Canadian Government

POL 111, 214, 250, 316, 336, 353, 443, 490, 491, 494


International Relations

POL 208, 310, 327, 340, 343, 368, 486, 487


Comparative Politics

POL 203, 218, 300, 302, 303, 309, 332, 354, 355, 368, 369, 438, 440, 443


Public Policy

POL 250, 316, 317, 346, 354, 369


Please note that courses which are listed in more than one field may only be used to fulfill the requirement for one field


Plagiarism is an academic offence with a severe penalty.

It is essential that you understand what plagiarism is and that you do not commit it. In essence, it is the theft of the thoughts or words of others, without giving proper credit. You must put others’ words in quotation marks and cite your source(s). You must give citations when using others’ ideas, even if those ideas are paraphrased in your own words. Plagiarism is unacceptable in a university.

The University of Toronto provides a process that faculty members must initiate when they suspect a case of plagiarism. In the Department of Political Science, suspected evidence of plagiarism must be reported to the Chair.

A faculty member may not mark an assignment or assess a penalty if he or she finds evidence of plagiarism – the matter must be reported. The Chair, or Dean, will assess the penalty.

The following are some examples of plagiarism:

  1. Submitting as your own an assignment written by someone else.
  2. Quoting an author without indicating the source of the words.
  3. Using words, sentences, or paragraphs written by someone else and failing to place quotation marks around the material and reference the source and author. Using either quotation marks or reference alone is not sufficient. Both must be used!
  4. Adapting an author’s ideas or theme and using it as your own without referencing the original source.
  5. Seeking assistance from a friend or family member in respect to work you claim as your own.

If you are not sure whether you have committed plagiarism, it is better to ask a faculty member than risk discovery and be forced to accept an academic penalty.

Plagiarism is cheating. It is considered a serious offence against intellectual honesty and intellectual property. Penalties for an undergraduate can be severe.

At a minimum, a student is likely to receive a “0” mark for the assignment or test in question. But a further penalty is often assessed, such as a further reduction from the course mark or placing a permanent notation of the incident on an academic record.

Some website listed below on avoiding plagiarism:

How not to Plagiarize - available at : http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/how-not-to-plagiarize and http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/documentation

Other Advisory Material available at:


Here are some notable former U of T Political Science students:

  • Caroline Andrew, dean of social sciences, University of Ottawa
  • Ed Broadbent, legislator, former leader of the New Democratic Party
  • Lyn Betzner, deputy-minister, Government of Ontario
  • Julie Bristow, director, CBC
  • Ben Cashore, professor of Forestry, Yale University
  • Tony Clement, cabinet minister, Government of Canada
  • Matt Cohen, novelist
  • Alex Costy, director of humanitarian support in Afghanistan for the UN
  • Lise Doucet, broadcast journalist, BBC
  • David Docherty, President, Mount Royal University
  • Atom Egoyan, film-maker
  • Steve Goudge, judge, Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Peter Hall, professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Abby Hoffman, former track and field Olympian and activist
  • John Honderich, president of Torstar, publisher of the Toronto Star
  • Simca Jacobovici, film-maker and television documentary host
  • Vivek Krishnamurthy, Rhodes Scholar, clerking at Supreme Court of Canada
  • Joanna Nairn, debating world champion, clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Ann Peel, formerly world championship athlete, educator
  • Kent Roach, professor of Law, University of Toronto                                                                                               

Political Science graduates may be employed by:

  • Government Agencies
  • International Agencies
  • Law Firms (following extensive post-graduate studies)
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Consulting Firms
  • Newspapers/Media
  • Private Firms/Business
  • Banks
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Research Organizations
  • ...and many more

Employment Services - To access full-time opportunities (for up to two years after graduation), you must first attend the “Now that I’m Graduating What’s Next” orientation.  Drop by or call us at 905-828-5451 for more information, or visit the web site: