Political science asks questions about power and justice: who governs, for what purposes, and with what limits. We examine citizens and governments in Canada and around the world, international relations, public policies, war and peace, citizenship and more.

Success in today’s world depends on a clear understanding of how government and power work. Empowered citizens can not only describe and explain society but use their understanding to change it. Glendon’s prestigious political science program fosters rigorous analysis, clear thinking, and effective communication on the major issues of our times, including democracy and participation, human rights, peace and security, migration and citizenship, the environment, public management, inequality, crime, corruption, global governance, and more.

As a Glendon political science student, you’ll learn in dynamic, innovative, and small classes, with the personalized attention for which Glendon is lauded.


  • Our professors are experts in their fields: 
    • Dan Berbecel (ABD Princeton) specializes in comparative politics with a focus on Latin American politics, presidential power, regime politics, state institutions, party systems, democratization, and economic development. He joins Glendon in July 2019.
    • Francis Garon (PhD Montréal), recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada fellowship, specializes in participative and deliberative democracy and issues of public policy.
    • Ellen Gutterman (PhD Toronto), recipient of the Vincent Lemieux Prize at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, specializes in international relations as well as issues of transnational crime and corruption.
    • Willem Maas (PhD Yale) writes on EU and multilevel citizenship, migration, and politics focusing on Europe and Canada and holds a prestigious Jean Monnet Chair.
    • Catherine Power (ABD Toronto) specializes in political theory and considers political community and exclusion, the foundations for political authority and sovereignty, and the complex relationship between theology and politics. She joins Glendon in July 2019.
    • Ian Roberge (PhD McMaster) is a specialist in public administration and public policy, and is a Glendon graduate himself.
  • We employ young, dynamic, innovative teaching methods. 
  • Glendon Political Science graduates are admitted to prestigious graduate programs in law, public service, education, business, and other fields.
  • Students develop strong critical thinking skills: the capacity to ask the right question, to search for the answer, to consider alternatives, and to provide an original and well thought-out explanation. Glendon aims to develop citizens that are well-informed and engaged, and make a difference in their community.
  • We offer multiple academic, extra-curricular, and professional opportunities.
  • Political Science is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.


Glendon Political Science provides excellent preparation for a wide range of careers in the worlds of law, public service, journalism, business, banking, non-profit, transnational advocacy, international relations, criminology, international development, education, and more » Our graduates speak:  



Two New Political Science Professors

Glendon Political Science welcomes two new professors starting in July 2019.


Catherine R. Power joins Glendon from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral thesis, Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the Question of Difference in French Political Thought from the Renaissance to the Revolution examines how theological frameworks informed and structured early modern notions of sovereignty, citizenship, and the secular state that continue to shape political boundaries, institutions, and conceptions until today. She has also written and published works on Judeophobia and the way that the imagined figure of the “Jew” has served as a means of debating and conceptualizing political and philosophical ideas. Her research and teaching interests focus on questions about political community and exclusion, about the foundations for political authority and sovereignty, as well as questions about the complex relationship between theology and politics. Aside from French and English, Catherine speaks Irish (Gaelic) and is always on the look-out for fellow gaeilgeoirí to chat with. Her favourite aspect of teaching is getting to know students and the unique perspectives that they bring to the study of political thought.


Dan Berbecel spent his childhood in Toronto and grew up very close to Glendon. He attended the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) for high school, completed his Bachelor’s degree in Government at Harvard College (magna cum laude), and is finishing his PhD in Politics at Princeton University. Dan specializes in comparative politics, with a focus on Latin American politics; his dissertation analyzes presidential power in Argentina and Chile. He is also interested in regime politics, state institutions, party systems, democratization, and economic development. Dan is passionate about teaching undergraduate students, and cannot wait to move back to his hometown and settle into life at Glendon College! He looks forward to serving the community that welcomed him nearly two decades ago.



Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Codes
iBA Bilingual: YGG
iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)


Political Science at Glendon offers five BA degree programs and four IBA degree programs.

Political Science is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.


Professor Ellen Gutterman‘s article Banning Bribes Abroad: US Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and its impact on the global governance of corruption


Professor Willem Maas‘s article Boundaries of political community in Europe, the US, and Canada


Open Your Mind: A Q & A with Francis Garon, political science professor

Francis Garon

Glendon Political Science Professor Francis Garon speaks about his research in deliberative democracy, public policy and immigration. Read more »



Ayse’s interest in international politics is what led her to major in Political Science. A globally oriented education in a small campus is what made her choose to study at Glendon.

Read more about her student journey on her blog ›


Andrew Walker


Glendon Political Science graduate Andrew Walker is a 2018/19 Parliamentary Intern with the prestigious Parliamentary Internship Programme in Ottawa.



Fourth-year Political Science Student Tetyana Klimova awarded Killan Fellowship



Klimova recently completed an independent study with Professor James Laxer on Canada-U.S. relations and plans to apply her learning to broaden her understanding of this bilateral relationship. Her immersion in the American university will provide her with a first-hand look at the micro- and macro-interactions between Canada and the United States and how this affects the rest of the world. Read more »



The Department of Political Science at Glendon College offers five BA degree programs and four iBA degree programs. All programs are built upon a core curriculum of courses across the four principal subfields of political science: Canadian Politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politics and International Relations. All degree program students must complete at least three of the four core courses (at least 18 credits in three out of four subfields).

The core courses are all at the second year level and provide students with the basics of the discipline including, terminology, concepts, theories and methodologies. Upon completion, students have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to take upper-year courses in the discipline. Students are advised to complete their core courses requirements before taking 3000 level courses.

Students are free to take third and fourth year courses of their choice, as long as they fulfill the number of credits needed for upper-year requirements. Courses at the 3000 level remain lecture-type courses that provide disciplinary breadth and depth. Courses at the 4000 level are research seminars that prepare students for graduate school and the job market.

Students are encouraged to meet with a faculty member before choosing their upper-year courses to make sure that their course selection reflects their interest and professional aspiration.




  • Specialized Honours BA
  • Specialized Honours iBA
  • Honours BA
  • Honours iBA
  • Honours Double Major BA
  • Honours Double Major iBA
  • Honours Major/Minor BA
  • Honours Major/Minor iBA
  • Honours Minor BA
  • Bachelor of Arts




Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2019-2020
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2018-2019
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2017-2018
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2016-2017
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2015-2016
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2014-2015
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2013-2014
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2012-2013
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2011-2012
Political Science BA and iBA Degree requirements 2010-2011


Course listings and Lecture Schedule Fall/Winter 2019-2020

Some courses are cross-listed or offered through other departments. Click to view a full list of all courses offered at Glendon for the Fall/Winter 2019-2020.



2018-2019 (PDF)
2017-2018 (PDF)
2016-2017 (PDF)
2015–2016 (PDF)
2014-2015 (PDF)

2013-2014 (PDF)


Dan Berbecel (PhD Princeton)
Francis Garon (PhD Montréal)
Ellen Gutterman (PhD Toronto)
Willem Maas (PhD Yale)
Catherine R. Power (PhD Toronto)
Ian Roberge (PhD McMaster)

Contractually Limited Appointment – 2019-2020

Normand Perreault (PhD Northwestern)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Caitlin Tom (PhD Berkeley)

Course Directors

David Carvounas (PhD Toronto)
Thierry Côté (ABD York)
John Carlaw (PhD York)
Jean-Pierre Diamani (PhD Laval)
Sabine Dreher (PhD Bremen)
Radha Persaud (PhD Queen’s)
Melina De Souza Rocha Lukic (PhD Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Courtesy Appointment

Yann Allard-Tremblay: Introduction à la théorie politique

Professor Emeriti

Sylvie Arend
Boon Cham
Terry Heinrichs
Edelgard Mahant
Kenneth McRoberts


Willem Maas
Office: York Yall 352
Telephone: 416-487-6735
Email: maas@yorku.ca

Administrative Secretary

Patricia Pok-Shin
Office: York Hall 332
Telephone: 416-487-6735
Email: pokshin@glendon.yorku.ca