Experiential Learning

Some Faculty members in our Department have been able to extend their undergraduate courses from the classroom into the real world. This emphasis on experiential learning provides our undergraduate students with an unparalleled learning experience.

Read more about courses that invite students to enhance their knowledge by visiting the places they have studied in the classroom, and by meeting with experts in the field.

Poli 377:  Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control

photo: www.annarauchenberger.com / Anna Rauchenberger 

This team-taught, combined enrolment, flexible/blended learning interdisciplinary course introduces Arts students and Applied Science students to the history, politics, and scientific principles and practices of nuclear weapons and nuclear arms control. Created and taught by Professors Allen Sens (Political Science) and Matt Yedlin (Electrical and Computer Engineering), this novel course extended into the real-world for five students in 2017, when they presented their social media campaign to reimagine the nuclear weapon security dilemma and the issue of trust between states, at the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: Science and Technology 2017 Conference in Vienna. Read more.


Poli 464F: African Security from African Perspectives

In May 2018, 18 undergraduate Political Science and International Relations students travelled to the seat of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following their successful completion of POLI 464D: African Interstate Relations, a Political Science undergraduate seminar taught by Katia Coleman that spring, which explored key actors and dynamics of contemporary African interstate politics. Then, the affiliated two-week field work course, POLI 464F: African Security from African Perspectives, took students from the classroom and into the field to conduct interviews and explore their research questions. Read more.


Poli 321B: Chinese Politics and Development

In May 2018, Professor Yves Tiberghien led a ground-breaking undergraduate seminar for a group of roughly 40 UBC students in Chongqing, China, at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law. As part of UBC Go Global, this course helped students explore various aspects of Chinese politics and the dynamics of development in China, through field visits in and around its fastest growing city. Read more.