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 was recently the principal investigator for a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant on knowledge mobilization through radio podcasting, and is currently the principal investigator for a SSHRC Connections Grant to establish a new social sciences and humanities podcast series highlighting new academic voices. He is co-coordinator of TEDx UBC. Dr. Sens was a recipient of the UBC Killam Teaching Prize in 2003 and a recipient of the Canadian Political Science Association Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2018.

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

Office Hours:

Mondays 2:00 – 2:45 and Thursdays 2:30 – 3:30.

Course Webpages: All course webpages are on the UBC Connect system, except for ASIC 200 and POLI 377.

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 contact 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 may 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 2020

POLI260 Introduction to Global Politics Sections

Applies conceptual tools to topics such as war, conflict management, the global economy, poverty, and civil society.

Winter 2020

POLI363A Canadian Foreign Policy - CANADIAN FOREIGN Sections

An analysis of Canadian foreign policy on important international issues since the 1960s and of the policy-making process. Issues may include defence commitments, economic relations, activities of international organizations, and relations with the US, Europe, USSR, Asia and the Third World.

Winter 2020

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.