Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2010/2011
Canadian Excellence

Department of Political Science

The master's program in political science is designed to allow specialization in one of three fields: Canadian political studies; comparative politics/international relations; and public opinion and electoral studies. Individual study programs are flexibly tailored to personal research interests and faculty strengths. The faculty provides particular area expertise in North America, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and Japan.

Faculty/Staff

Graduate Faculty
  • Christopher Alcantara, PhD (Toronto), Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Andrea Brown, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Steven Brown, PhD (Alberta), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • David Docherty, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Political Science; Dean of the Faculty of Arts
  • Alistair Edgar, PhD (Queen's), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Patricia Goff, PhD (Northwestern), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Dejan Guzina, PhD (Carleton), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Derek Hall, PhD (Cornell), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Jorge Heine, PhD (Stanford), Professor of Political Science
  • Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, PhD (McGill), Professor of Global Studies and Political Science; Canada Research Chair
  • Thomas Hueglin, PhD (St. Gall), DrHabil (Konstanz), Professor of Political Science
  • Barry Kay, PhD (Rochester), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Loren King, PhD (MIT), Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Andrea Perrella, PhD (Montréal), Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Kim Rygiel, PhD (York), Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Yasmine Shamsie, PhD (York), Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Brian Tanguay, PhD (Carleton), Professor of Political Science
  • Debora Van Nijnatten, PhD (Queen's), Associate Professor of Political Science
 
Program Information

 
Approved Fields

  • Canadian political studies
  • comparative politics/international relations
  • public opinion and electoral studies
 
Note on Courses Contained in Graduate Calendar

As far as possible, each program attempts to provide a full range of core courses and electives. However, every course listed in this Calendar is not available in every session or every year.

Students are encouraged to consult the program/department to inquire about course offerings each year.

 
Course Offerings
Course # Title Credits
PO601 Core Seminar: The Scope of Political Science 0.5
PO602 Understanding Research Methods 0.5
PO603 Applied Research Methods [1] 0.5
PO612 Approaches to Political Culture in North America 0.5
PO618 Contemporary Issues in Canadian Politics 0.5
PO631 Political Parties 0.5
PO632 Electoral Behaviour 0.5
PO633 Public Opinion 0.5
PO634 Interest Groups and Social Movements 0.5
PO635 Politics and the Media 0.5
PO640 International Political Economy 0.5
PO641 Theories of International Relations 0.5
PO642 Politics and Governance Beyond the State 0.5
PO644 Comparative Ethnic Politics 0.5
PO645 The Global Environment 0.5
PO650 International Human Rights 0.5
PO651 Genocide 0.5
PO652 Human Rights and Retrospective Justice 0.5
PO654 Comparative Truth Commissions 0.5
PO660 Readings in 20th Century Political Thought 0.5
PO670 Canada and the Global South 0.5
PO671 Issues in Third World Politics 0.5
PO681 Directed Research I 0.0
PO682 Directed Research II 0.0
PO690 Applied Research Seminar 0.5
PO691 Seminar in Selected Problems I 0.0
PO692 Seminar in Selected Problems II 0.0
PO695 Major Research Paper 0.0
PO699 Thesis 0.0
 

Senate/Editorial Changes

  1. Course title and description changed, effective as of September 2011; approved by WLU Senate December 6, 2010