Professor of Teaching

Allen G. Sens (Ph.D, Queen’s) specializes in international relations, with a research and teaching focus on international security. He has a particular interest in armed conflict and conflict management, especially peace operations, nuclear weapons and arms control, European security, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. Dr. Sens is currently the principal investigator for a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant on knowledge mobilization through radio podcasting. Dr. Sens is currently serving as the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of Political Science. He is also co-coordinator of the Terry Project, and is a co-teacher of ASIC 200, an integrated Arts/Science course in global issues. He is a graduate of the UBC Certificate Program in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In 2003, Dr. Sens was a recipient of the UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

Dr. Sens’ teaching is dedicated to the undergraduate program in Political Science. He does not supervise graduate students.

Office Hours:

Thursdays 2:30 – 4:00 or by appointment.

Course Webpages: All course webpages are on the UBC Connect system, except for ASIC 200.

Letters of recommendation: I am happy to write letters of recommendation for students, but high demand places a premium on advanced preparation and consultation. Typically, I will write letters for 50-60 students a year! Letter writing is a time-intensive activity for me, so if you need a letter come and see me at least a few weeks in advance of application due dates. In principle, you should have completed at least 3 (and preferably 6) credits of course work in one or more of my upper-level classes. I will ask you for a resume, an (unofficial) copy of your transcripts, and any necessary forms and forwarding addresses if it is a paper application. In such cases, pre-stamped and addressed envelopes are wonderful (imagine writing the addresses of ten law schools on ten envelopes for the letters of just one hopeful applicant!). I will also ask you a little bit about your goals and rationales for the schools you have selected, as well as a brief description of the assignments you completed for me, so I can compose a letter that is more reflective of you as a person. Do not be shy about asking me to write a letter or to act as your referee. I want to see you succeed and your successes reflect positively on my own efforts as a teacher. Just remember that letter writing takes a lot of time and should be considered a privilege based on mutual respect, not a service to be taken for granted.

Winter 2017

POLI377 Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Sections

Evolution and contemporary significance of nuclear weapons and arms control policy and technology from the perspective of the physical and life sciences and the social sciences and humanities.

Winter 2017

POLI374A International Peacekeeping - INT PEACEKEEPING Sections

The development of peacekeeping within and outside the United Nations system and as an instrument of conflict management.