Introduction and Mission Statement

Introduction:

This handbook provides a consolidated statement of the policies and practices relating to the M.A. and PhD programs of the Department of Political Science.  The handbook is intended to be a guide to members of the faculty and to graduate students.  The basic policies of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS), are contained in the UBC Calendar and the G+PS Policies and Procedures manual.  In case of a conflict between Departmental and Faculty of Graduate Studies policies, the latter will prevail.  For additional information on relevant policies, please consult the Department’s Director of the Graduate Program. Information on policies of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies may also be obtained from the administrative staff of that Faculty.  This handbook is produced periodically, and thus may not reflect changes adopted between editions.  An effort will be made to keep the World Wide Web edition of the Handbook as up to date as feasible.

Note:  Official policies of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies contained in the University Calendar or in policy memos of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are italicized in this handbook.

 

Mission Statement:

The Department of Political Science is committed to:

scholarly excellence, the pursuit of knowledge being our core function

high quality  undergraduate  education, with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking and oral and written communication skills

high quality  graduate  education, with an emphasis on scholarship and the preparation of future professionals and academics

collegiality, particularly in terms of professional interactions and intellectual community

diversity and openness, in that the pursuit of knowledge entails an examination of competing perspectives in an atmosphere of trust, respect, and professional courtesy

community service, in actively providing a source of expertise for the media and the public.