3rd Year Political Science

Once students are admitted to the Major, Honours, or Combined Major programs in their third year, they begin to take more specialized courses on particular topics within each of the subfields of the discipline. These courses all build on the foundations provided by the second year course in that field, and therefore we strongly encourage students to take the relevant 200 level course as preparation for any third and fourth year courses. Students who find themselves interested in particular upper-level courses but are lacking in the 200 level preparation can take those 200 level courses in their third year.

Students in third year should pursue courses that interest them, keeping in mind that a breadth of knowledge within Political Science is valuable for fourth year research-intensive seminar courses, for applications to graduate studies programs, and for adaptability on the job market.

There are a wide range of learning activities in third year courses:

  • some have a traditional lecture, midterm, essay, final exam structure;
  • others involve discussion in class, dedicated discussion sections, group projects, writing-intensive learning, simulations of political negotiations, community and international service learning, applied political research, learning in the field, and other activities.

We recommend that students take courses with a wide range of learning activities in order to diversify the skills acquired in the program. Most third year courses have between 60-100 students per class, while a handful of courses are larger or much smaller.

Note: POLI 380 (Quantitative Methods in Political Science) is required for Majors; POLI 110 (Investigating Politics) is the prerequisite for POL 380.
We recommend that students take POL 380 as soon as possible so that they can engage with and conduct quantitative research in Political Science.


300 Level Courses by subfield

Canadian Politics

POLI 301 – Canadian Political Parties
POLI 302 – Public Administration
POLI 303 – Federalism in Canada
POLI 304 – British Columbia Government and Politics
POLI 305 – Canadian Political Ideas
POLI 306 – Local Government and Politics in Canada
POLI 307 – Quebec Government and Politics
POLI 308 – Issues in Canadian Politics
(i.e. Public Opinion, Polling, And Survey Research, Courts, Law, and Politics in Canada)
POLI 309 – Canadian Perspectives on Human Rights
POLI 310 – Parliament and Party: The Strategy of Politics

Comparative Politics

POLI 310 – Parliament and Party: The Strategy of Politics
POLI 320 – Government and Politics of the USA
POLI 321 – Chinese Politics and Development
POLI 322 – Japanese Government and Politics
POLI 323 – South Asian Government and Politics
POLI 324 – Southeast Asian Government and Politics
POLI 325 – Communist and Post-Communist Politics
POLI 326 – European Politics: Selected Cases
POLI 327 – European Integration
POLI 328 – Topics in Comparative Politics
POLI 329 – Gender and Politics
POLI 330 – Japanese Political Economy
POLI 331 – Korean Government and Politics
POLI 332 – Politics and Government of Latin America
POLI 333 – Issues in Comparative Politics
POLI 334 – Comparative Democratization
POLI 335 – Comparative Federalism
POLI 336 – Associations and the State in Comparative Perspective
POLI 337 – The U.S. Presidency in Comparative Perspective
POLI 350 – Public Policy
POLI 352 – Comparative Politics of Public Policy
POLI 385 – Public Opinion and Elections

Political Theory

POLI 340 – History of Political Ideas
POLI 341 – Contemporary Political Theory
POLI 342 – Modern Political Theory: Analysis of a Selected Theorist
POLI 343 – Theories of State and Society
POLI 344 – Social and Political Thought
POLI 345 – Gender and Politics: Political Thought and Practice
POLI 346 – Democratic Theory
POLI 347 – Law and Political Theory
POLI 348 – Political Theory and Public Policy

International Relations

POLI 360 – Security Studies
POLI 361 – International Violence and Its Control
POLI 362 – The Great Powers and International Politics
POLI 363 – Canadian Foreign Policy
POLI 364 – International Organizations
POLI 365 – Asian International Relations
POLI 366 – International Political Economy
POLI 367 – International Relations Theory and the International System
POLI 368 – Japan’s Foreign Relations
POLI 369 – Issues in International Security
POLI 370 – Issues in International Conflict Management
POLI 373 – Ethics in World Politics
POLI 374 – International Peacekeeping
POLI 375 – Global Environmental Politics