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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 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.

WHY POLITICAL SCIENCE AT GLENDON?

  • Our professors are experts in their fields: 
    • Dan Berbecel (PhD Princeton) specializes in comparative politics with a focus on Latin American politics, presidential power, regime politics, state institutions, party systems, democratization, and economic development.
    • 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 (PhD 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.
    • Ian Roberge (PhD McMaster) is a specialist in public administration and public policy, and is a Glendon graduate himself.
  • Take amazing courses in our small, interactive class settings, including: The Politics of Science, International Relations Through Film & Literature, Politics and Society in Latin America, Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Illiberal Politics, Public Law, Politics in Quebec, Politics in Europe, and many others.
  • Glendon Political Science graduates go on to careers in law, business, public service, advocacy, community work, public relations, education, and many other fields in Canada and abroad.
  • 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 90 credit BA, a 120 credit bilingual BA, or even a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts. You can complete your major program entirely in English or choose a mix of classes in French and English.  See all your options here.

CAREERS AND ALUMNI

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:  

 

PROFESSORS

Two New Political Science Professors

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 received 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 enjoys serving the community that welcomed him nearly two decades ago.

 

READY TO APPLY?

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

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Political Science is available as a 90 credit BA, a 120 credit bilingual BA, or even a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts. You can complete your major program entirely in English or choose a mix of classes in French and English.  See all your options here.

 

IN THE NEWS

The Fall of Afghanistan: What Does it Mean for Iran? https://providencemag.com/2021/08/fall-afghanistan-what-does-it-mean-iran-taliban/


In Memoriam Professor Terrence Heinrichs (1941–2021)

https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/20760195/Terrance-Heinrichs


Glendon Political Science welcomes Maissaa Almustafa and Kathryn Barber as postdoctoral fellows on the Whole-COMM project, a consortium of researchers at 12 institutions examining migrant integration in small communities. The Canadian team is headed by Willem Maas and will also feature work by Research Associates.


Student-Alumni Conversation: three Glendon Political Science alumnae shared their insights with students.


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 publications Citizenship and Free Movement in Comparative Federalism; European Citizenship and Free Movement after Brexit; and European Citizenship in the Ongoing Brexit Process

 

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 »

 

STUDENTS

Glendon Graduate Celebrates Winning Inaugural McCall MacBain Scholarship

 

 

 

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 ›

 

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

 

 

 

 

First and second year students are advised to take the 2000-level core courses, offered in English or French. Courses at 3000 and 4000-level are elective courses and are normally open to second, third, and fourth year students. About three-quarters of the elective courses offered in Political Science are taught in English with the remainder in French or bilingual. Students who take 6 credits of Political Science courses in their second official language normally complete Glendon’s language requirement for graduation.

Some Political Science courses are cross-listed with courses in other disciplines or in the multidisciplinary program in General Education (e.g. Social Science, Humanities, Natural Science). Students may take a cross-listed course and have it count as both a Political Science course and a General Education requirement.

 

THE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OFFERS THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM OPTIONS:

 

  • 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

 

STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW THE UNDERGRADUATE CALENDAR REQUIREMENTS FOR THE YEAR THEY ENTERED OR SWITCHED INTO THEIR PROGRAM. ACCESS DETAILED PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BELOW:

 

Political Science BA and iBa Degree requirements 2021-2022

 

Course listings and Lecture Schedule Fall/Winter 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022.

 

MINI-CALENDAR

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

2013-2014 (PDF)

Chair

Ellen Gutterman
Office: York Yall 360
Telephone: (416)736-2100 x 88321
Email: egutterman[at]glendon[dot]yorku[dot]ca

Administrative Secretary

Patricia Pok-Shin
Office: York Hall 332
Telephone: 416-487-6735
Email: pokshin[at]glendon[dot]yorku[dot]ca

Professors

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)

Yann Allard-Tremblay (PhD St Andrews and Stirling) on leave
Maissaa Almustafa (PhD Wilfrid Laurier) Post-doctoral Fellow
Kathryn Barber (PhD York) Post-doctoral Fellow
Farhad Rezaei (PhD University of Malaysia) Visiting professor

Course Directors (2021-2022)

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

Professors Emeriti

Boon Cham
Terry Heinrichs
Edelgard Mahant
Kenneth McRoberts