The School of Political Studies offers graduate programs leading to the Graduate Diploma in Public Management and Governance, and to the degrees of Master of Arts (MA) and PhD in Political Science. The MA program is offered both full- and part-time whereas the PhD program is offered full-time only. The programs are offered in French and English.

Two options are available for the MA: the MA with thesis and the MA with research paper.

It is possible to follow the Master’s or the PhD program exclusively in French.

Students who enroll in their program in French (MA or PhD) must take the majority of their courses in French:

  • Master’s with Thesis: students must take at least three of their required courses in French.
  • Master’s with Major Research Paper: students must take at least four of their required courses in French.
  • PhD: students must take at least three courses in French.

Students who enroll in their program in English (MA or PhD) must take and pass at least one of their required courses in French.

All students are permitted to hand in their assignments in French or in English. At the time of admission, students must have an active knowledge of French and a passive understanding of English. French is the working language of the School’s meetings, including those of the graduate students’ association, and in the School’s internal communications.

The department participates in the collaborative programs in Women’s Studies (at the MA level), in Environmental Sustainability (at the MA level) and in Canadian Studies (at the PhD level). For more information on this program, see “Admission Requirements.”

The guiding objective of the collaborative program in Environmental Sustainability is to provide graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and analyze the economic, legal, policy and scientific dimensions of environmental problems, and to employ an evidence-based approach to develop rational policy options for addressing those problems.

The programs are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies. 

For the most accurate and up to date information on application deadlines, language tests and other admission requirements, please visit the specific requirements webpage.

The following are minimum requirements for admission to the master’s program. Meeting these minimal requirements alone does not guarantee acceptance. The School of Political Studies also takes into account the number of places available and the student’s aptitude for higher level research.

Students who have a BA with honours in Political Science or its equivalent with a minimum average of 70 % (B), calculated in accordance with graduate studies guidelines, may be admitted directly to the MA program.

Students who do not have a BA with honours in Political Science, but who have a BA with a minor in Political Science or a BA in a related discipline, and a minimum average of 75% (B +), may be accepted for a qualifying year, the content of which will be decided in consultation with the director of graduate studies in the political science.

An active knowledge of French or English is essential. All students admitted will have to take at least one of their courses in French, and all students must be capable of reading texts in English and French. Candidates must indicate in their application the language in which they plan to take the majority of their courses. Those students who plan to study mainly in English will have to demonstrate in their application an active knowledge of English. All students whose first language is other than English or French must provide proof in their application of their level of competence in both languages. The School of Political Studies reserves the right to require a language test for either language.

Collaborative Programs

The School of Political Studies is one of the participating units in the collaborative programs in Women’s Studies (master’s level only) and in Environmental Sustainability (master's level only).

To be accepted into the collaborative program in Environmental Sustainability, the student must:

  • Be admitted into the MA program in Political Science;
  • Submit the collaborative program enrollment form;
  • Provide, in the case of a program with thesis, a reference letter from a professor that confirms that s/he is willing to supervise the student’s thesis in the context of the collaborative program; and
  • Submit a letter of intent that identifies the subject or the research question and explain your interest in pursuing studies in the collaborative program.

Students should indicate in their initial application for admission to the master's program in Political Science that they wish to be accepted into the collaborative program.

Language Requirements

Students may take the collaborative program in environmental sustainability in French or in English. Each student enrolled in the MA in Political Science with specialization in environmental sustainability, must take at least one of their courses in French. This rule applies to the program as a whole, not specifically the courses in the collaborative program. Therefore an active knowledge of French is required.

Two options are available: the MA with thesis and the MA with research paper. The MA with major research paper, which emphasizes course work and the writing of a research paper, is offered in the areas of Canadian and Quebec politics and international and comparative politics. The MA with thesis is offered in all three fields of study and places greater emphasis on individual research. The individual program of study is decided in consultation with the director of graduate studies and a professor in the student’s field of study, both of whom must approve it.

Fields

The master’s program offers the following fields of study:

  • International relations;
  • Canadian and Quebec politics;
  • Political thought and the analysis of ideologies;
  • Comparative politics;
  • Women and politics;
  • Environmental politics;
  • Political economy;
  • Citizenship, diversity and migration.

Master's with Collaborative Specialization (Thesis)

The MA with Collaborative Specialization (Thesis) requires the completion of 12 units of courses, a presentation and defence of the thesis proposal and a master's thesis. Students must complete the requirements of their primary program and those of the collaborative program. The units completed for the specialization also count towards the primary degree. Additional units are not required.

Enrollment is limited to a maximum of three courses/seminars per term, not including the thesis proposal.

Compulsory Courses (POL): 1
POL 6101Research Methods in Political Science3 Units
3 optional course units from the chosen field of study:3 Units
Seminar in International Relations
Core Seminar in Comparative Politics
Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics
Seminar in Political Thought
3 elective course units in political science (POL) at the graduate level3 Units
Compulsory Course (EVD):
EVD 5100Seminar in Environmental Sustainability3 Units
Thesis Proposal:
POL 6999Thesis Proposal 20 Unit
Thesis:
POL 7989Master's Thesis 312 Units

Note(s)

1

All students must successfully complete at least one course given in French.

2

Enrollment in the thesis proposal should take place preferably in the first term and at the latest in the third term.  

3

Students must write their thesis in the area of environmental sustainability. The collaborative program committee will determine if the student’s research subject conforms to this requirement.

Thesis Proposal 

Students should begin the process of selecting a thesis topic and potential supervisor immediately upon commencing the program. The topic and supervisor are selected in consultation with an adviser and must be registered no later than the end of the second term in the program. Once the topic and supervisor have been chosen, the thesis proposal is prepared with the help of the supervisor.

The defence of the topic, which is the only requirement of POL 6999, must be completed before the end of the third term of enrollment (and preferably earlier). Once the topic has been defended, students are allowed to enroll for the thesis (POL 7989).

The thesis proposal could be organized in the following way:

  • Statement of the research question;
  • Hypotheses;
  • Research methods (techniques and data to be used);
  • Theoretical or practical relevance of the thesis;
  • Provisional bibliography.

The thesis proposal is assessed by a committee, composed of the thesis supervisor and another professor chosen by the School of Political Studies in consultation with the student and the thesis supervisor.

Thesis

The thesis (POL 7989) can be in any one of the four fields. It is prepared in regular consultation with the supervisor and evaluated by a committee of professors proposed by the director of the School of Political Studies.

The master’s thesis should be evaluated according to the following criteria.

  • Rigour of the methodology;
  • Knowledge of the key scholarly literature relevant to the thesis;
  • The quality of the research question;
  • Analytical capacity;
  • The coherence, clarity and quality of the argument, and of the writing.

These criteria will be applied according to what can reasonably be expected of a master’s student who has been enrolled in the thesis option for four terms.

Concretely, the thesis can focus on the study of one or more political phenomena narrowly defined, on the discussion of a concept, a hypothesis, or a critical analysis of an author’s work. The master’s thesis should be 80-120 pages (double spaced – 20,000 to 30,000 words), including any notes and bibliography. A thesis longer than 125 double-spaced pages (31,250 words) will not be accepted.

Master's with Collaborative Specialization (Research Paper)

The Master's with Collaborative Specialization (Research Paper) requires the completion of 24 course units and a research paper. Students in the program must complete the requirements of their primary program and those of the collaborative program. The units completed for the specialization also count towards the primary degree. Additional units are not required.

The maximum number of courses or seminars per term for which students are allowed to enroll is three.

Compulsory Courses (POL): 1
POL 6101Research Methods in Political Science3 Units
3 optional course units from the chosen field of study:3 Units
Seminar in International Relations
Core Seminar in Comparative Politics
Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics
Seminar in Political Thought
6 elective course units in political science (POL) at the graduate level6 Units
Compulsory Courses (EVD):
EVD 5100Seminar in Environmental Sustainability3 Units
3 optional course units from:3 Units
Sustainability and Law
Economics of Environmental Law and Policy
Selected Topics in Human Geography
Research Paper:
POL 7979Research Paper 26 Units

Note(s)

1

All students must successfully complete at least one course given in French.

2

Students must write their major research paper in the area of environmental sustainability. The collaborative program committee will determine if the student’s research subject conforms to this requirement.

Research Paper

Upon completion of 12 units, which must include two core courses as well as the methodology course, students are permitted to enroll for the major research paper. The first enrollment normally takes place in the third term. The goal of the major research paper is to evaluate a student’s capacity to complete a coherent literature review of a well-defined topic relating to a precise research question. Students are not required to do original research; rather, they are expected to analyze the relevant literature on a topic, relating to the question underlying their research. The topic and the literature to be consulted must be approved by two professors in the School of Political Studies.

The major research paper should demonstrate:

  • The ability to conduct research;
  • A knowledge of the relevant literature in the chosen topic;
  • The capacity to address a research question in a coherent, structured, and well-written manner.

These criteria will be applied according to what can be reasonably expected of a full-time master’s student who has been enrolled in the major research paper option for two terms (including the summer).

The major research paper, which is written under a professor’s supervision, should be about 12,000 words or 50 pages. It is evaluated by the professor as well as by another professor recommended by the director of the master’s program. Each of the two professors will assign a letter grade, the average of which will constitute the student’s final mark.

Transfer from Master's to PhD

Students in the MA program at the University of Ottawa who have performed exceptionally well academically, who have demonstrated solid research skills and who are deemed sufficiently mature, may proceed to the doctoral program without completing their master’s degree. The conditions for transfer are as follows:

The request for transfer must be made during the third term of full-time enrollment (or equivalent), and the transfer must take place before the end of the fourth term. The Graduate Studies committee will take into account the student’s grades, thesis plan (or draft plan) and the reports from professors who taught the courses taken at the master’s.

Following the transfer, the student must successfully complete all the requirements of the PhD program. Students who transfer but do not complete the PhD program can however obtain the MA degree provided they meet all of its requirements.

Duration of Program

Students are expected to complete all requirements within two years. The thesis must be submitted within four years of the date of initial enrollment in the program.

Minimum Standards

Students must maintain a minimum average of B during their master’s program. Those who receive a grade lower than B in two courses or more will be required to withdraw.

Research Fields & Facilities

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, a few steps away from Parliament Hill, the University of Ottawa is among Canada’s top 10 research universities.

uOttawa focuses research strengths and efforts in four Strategic Areas of Development in Research (SADRs):

  • Canada and the World
  • Health
  • e-Society
  • Molecular and Environmental Sciences

With cutting-edge research, our graduate students, researchers and educators strongly influence national and international priorities.

Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences represents a place of excellence in knowledge creation, research and training. Driven by both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, research at the Faculty is rich, innovative and varied, contributing to the depth of understanding and breadth of discussions on a variety of issues nationally and internationally.  This research, whether it be fundamental, theoretical, applied or action-oriented, is generated by our renowned expertise, ultimately culminating in applications designed to influence individual communities and the betterment of society.

We have identified five research themes which collectively represent a large proportion of the research undertaken at the Faculty of Social Sciences:

  • International Studies
  • Francophonie
  • Public Policy
  • Health, Well-Being
  • Justice, Society

Facilities, Research Centres and Institutes at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM), Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), Centre for Public Management and Policy, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Service (CRECS), Centre on Governance (COG), Human Rights Research and Education Centre (affiliation), Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and Institute for Science, Society and Policy.

For more information, refer to the list of faculty members and their research fields on Uniweb

IMPORTANT: Candidates and students looking for professors to supervise their thesis or research project can also consult the website of the faculty or department of their program of choice. Uniweb does not list all professors authorized to supervise research projects at the University of Ottawa.

POL 5106 Selected Topics in Political Science (3 units)

Course Component: Lecture

POL 5123 Canadian Politics (3 units)

Presentation and analysis of a contemporary issue in Canadian politics.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 5505 Analyse du changement politique (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 5506 Thèmes choisis en science politique (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

(IC)

POL 5523 Politique canadienne (3 crédits)

Présentation et analyse d'un enjeu contemporain dans la politique canadienne. (CAN)

Volet : Cours magistral

(CAN)

POL 6100 Seminar in International Relations (3 units)

Course Component: Seminar

POL 6101 Research Methods in Political Science (3 units)

Examination of the methodological approaches used in political analysis, including the epistemological issues surrounding these approaches. A portion of the seminar deals with the challenges of designing a thesis proposal and writing the thesis itself.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 6118 Core Seminar in Comparative Politics (3 units)

Critical study of the principal theoretical approaches in comparative politics, the debates about them and the different methodological frameworks in comparative politics.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 6119 Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics (3 units)

Course Component: Seminar

POL 6120 Seminar in Political Thought (3 units)

Examination of certain themes related to the birth and development of modern political thought, with reference to the history of political ideas. For example, the course explores the origins and development of the modern state, including how the relationship between politics and religion, and between politics and the economy, has changed.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 6500 Séminaire en relations internationales (3 crédits)

L'objectif de ce cours est de présenter les principaux schémas d'analyse en politique internationale et comparée, et de les relier de façon critique. Il s'agira d'une analyse des apports méthodologiques et théoriques dans les deux champs d'étude.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 6501 La méthode en science politique (3 crédits)

Étude de différentes approches méthodologiques utilisées dans l'analyse du politique. Examen des questions épistémologiques associées à ces diverses approches. Une partie du séminaire portera sur les problèmes confrontés dans l'élaboration du projet de thèse et de la thèse.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 6518 Séminaire en politique comparée (3 crédits)

Séminaire noyau visant à étudier de manière critique les principales approches théoriques de la politique comparée, les débats qui sont engagés entre elles et les différents cadres méthodologiques de la politique comparée.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 6519 Séminaire en politique canadienne et québécoise (3 crédits)

Volet : Séminaire

POL 6520 Séminaire en pensée politique (3 crédits)

L'objectif de ce cours est de présenter certaines thématiques liées à la naissance et au développement de la pensée politique moderne. Référence à l'histoire des idées politiques. Il sera question, par exemple, de thématiques telles les origines et le développement de l'État moderne, l'évolution des rapports entre le religieux et le politique, et entre l'économique et le politique.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 6999 Projet de thèse / Thesis Proposal

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

POL 7102 Selected Topics in International Relations (3 units)

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7103 Selected Topics in Political Thought (3 units)

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7104 Selected Topics in Canadian and Quebec Politics (3 units)

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7105 Power, Politics, and Society (3 units)

Study of the diverse ways that political thought has conceptualized power, the forms it takes, the ways it functions and its impact on/in politics and society. The approach may be historical or thematic. The exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7106 Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity (3 units)

Study of the foundations of subjectivity and intersubjectivity. The approach may be historical or thematic. The exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7107 Foundations of Modern Political Thought (3 units)

Study of the authors, schools of thought and ideologies that constitute modernity. The exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 7108 Ideology and Social Transformation (3 units)

Study of various ways of understanding nature and of the importance of ideas, values/principles, and ideology in the context of social and political change. The approach may be historical or thematic. The exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7109 Governance and Globalization (3 units)

Analysis of institutions and practices of regulation at the international level in the context of globalization. Study of major trends in national and international governance, including forces of resistance. Case studies.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7110 International Political Economy (3 units)

Analysis of the political aspects of the international economy and how economic issues affect societies and international politics. Case studies. Examination of historical and contemporary theoretical approaches.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7111 Space and Territoriality (3 units)

Analysis of issues relating to the production, control and use of space in world order. Study of diverse contemporary theories concerning space and territoriality.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7112 Security and Conflict: Contemporary Issues (3 units)

Analysis of the causes, mechanisms and consequences of inter-state conflicts (wars, crises) and/or intra-state conflicts (civil war, secession). Examination of relevant theoretical literature.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 7113 Citizenship and Identity (3 units)

Analysis of contemporary citizenship and identity issues in Canada. The approach may be historical or thematic, and the exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7114 Constitution and Institutions (3 units)

Analysis of constitutional and institutional issues in contemporary Canadian politics. The exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7115 Political Parties and Movements (3 units)

Analysis of current issues affecting political forces in Canada: parties, groups and movements. The exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7116 Public Policy (3 units)

Analysis of current public-policy issues in Canada. The exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 7117 Inter-Field Seminar (3 units)

In this seminar, taught by at least two professors, students examine a topic that draws on knowledge from at least two of the program's fields of study (political thought, Canadian politics, international politics). The exact topic is announced at the beginning of the session.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7119 Creation and Transformation of States and Political Regimes (3 units)

Study of theories of state-building and transformation (including strategies of adaptation within a context of globalisation; issues of state collapse), as well as the study of democratic and authoritarian regimes and their transformations (transition, consolidation, collapse ), in a comparative perspective.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7120 Comparative Political Economy (3 units)

Study of theoretical approaches concerning the evolution of power relations between states and markets in different regions of the world ; of the political economy of social movements; of political struggles regarding socio-economic inequalities. The emphasis will be on the political economy of both developing states and of highly industrialised countries.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7121 Comparative Politics of Identity (3 units)

Study of theories concerning identity (primordialism, instrumentalism, constructivism) and of the role of ethnic, national, religious, linguistic and gender identities in political processes (violence, accommodation among different identity groups, management of diverse identities by the state).

Course Component: Seminar

POL 7122 Special Topics in Comparative Politics (3 units)

Topics to be covered in rotation: Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and former Soviet bloc (and possibly Western Europe/United States).

Course Component: Seminar

POL 7135 Advanced Quantitative Methods (3 units)

Advanced quantitative methods and their application in political science. Topics include multivariate regression analysis, maximum likelihood estimation and panel analysis. Review of advanced software packages for data organisation and development of tools for data collection.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7136 Advanced Qualitative Methods (3 units)

Qualitative research methods and their application in political science. The methods covered include fieldwork, interviews, participant observations, archival research and discourse analysis.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7137 Interpretative or Critical Methodologies (3 units)

Interpretative or critical methodologies and their application in political science: genealogy, deconstructivism, fieldwork approach, feminist analysis, new materialism, and decolonising methodologies.

Course Component: Lecture

POL 7366 Doctoral Methodology Seminar (3 units)

Advanced reflection on the methodological aspects and issues of thesis research (methods of inquiry, practical considerations, data analysis , interpretation of results, etc.). Students acquire the knowledge needed to design and formulate the thesis proposal. This seminar is reserved for PhD students in Political Science. It is offered once every two weeks over two consecutive sessions.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 73661 Doctoral Methodology Seminar (Part 1 of 2)

Advanced reflection on the methodological aspects and issues of thesis research (methods of inquiry, practical considerations, data analysis , interpretation of results, etc.). Students acquire the knowledge needed to design and formulate the thesis proposal. This seminar is reserved for PhD students in Political Science. It is offered once every two weeks over two consecutive sessions. (Part 1 of 2)

Volet : Séminaire

POL 73662 Doctoral Methodology Seminar (Part 2 of 2) (3 crédits)

Advanced reflection on the methodological aspects and issues of thesis research (methods of inquiry, practical considerations, data analysis , interpretation of results, etc.). Students acquire the knowledge needed to design and formulate the thesis proposal. This seminar is reserved for PhD students in Political Science. It is offered once every two weeks over two consecutive sessions. (Part 2 of 2)

Volet : Séminaire

Prerequisite: POL73661

POL 7502 Thèmes choisis en relations internationales (3 crédits)

Volet : Séminaire

POL 7503 Thèmes choisis en pensée politique (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7504 Thèmes choisis en politique canadienne et québécoise (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7505 Pouvoir, politique et société (3 crédits)

Étude de diverses conceptualisations du pouvoir, de ses formes, de ses modes de fonctionnement et de son impact sur la politique et la société. L'approche adoptée peut être historique ou thématique. L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 7506 Subjectivité et intersubjectivité (3 crédits)

Étude des fondements de la subjectivité et de l'intersubjectivité. L'approche adoptée peut être historique ou thématique. L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7507 Fondements de la pensée politique moderne (3 crédits)

Étude d'auteurs, de courants de pensée ou d'idéologies qui son constitutifs de la modernité. L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7508 Transformations sociales et idéologies (3 crédits)

Étude de diverses conceptions de la nature et de l'importance des idées, des valeurs / principes et des idéologies dans le contexte du changement politique et social. L'approche adoptée peut être historique ou thématique. L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 7509 Gouvernance et mondialisation (3 crédits)

Analyse des institutions et des pratiques de régulation politique à l'échelle internationale dans le contexte de la mondialisation. Étude des grands courants de changement de la gouvernance nationale et internationale, y compris les forces de résistance. Études de cas.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 7510 Écononmie politique internationale (3 crédits)

Analyse des aspects politiques de l'économie internationale et de l'influence des enjeux économiques sur la politique internationale et les sociétés. Étude de cas. Examen d'approches théoriques contemporaines et historiques.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7511 Espace et territorialité (3 crédits)

Analyse des enjeux reliés à la production, au contrôle et à l'utilisation de l'espace dans l'ordre mondial. Étude de diverses approches théoriques contemporaines qui abordent les enjeux de l'espace et de la territorialité.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7512 Sécurité et conflits : Enjeux contemporains (3 crédits)

Analyse des causes, mécanismes et conséquences des conflits inter-étatiques (guerres, crises) et/ou intra-étatiques (guerres civiles, sécession). Exploration de corpus théoriques pertinents.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7513 Citoyenneté et identités (3 crédits)

Analyse d'enjeux contemporains en matière de citoyenneté ou d'identités au Canada. L'approche adoptée peut être historique ou thématique. L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 7514 Constitution et institutions (3 crédits)

Analyse d'enjeux constitutionnels ou institutionnels dans la politique canadienne contemporaine. L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7515 Forces politiques (3 crédits)

Analyse d'enjeux contemporains touchant les forces politiques au Canada : partis, groupes et mouvements. L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7516 Politique publique (3 crédits)

Analyse d'enjeux contemporains en matière de politiques publiques au Canada. L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7517 Séminaire interprofils (3 crédits)

Dans ce séminaire, animé par au moins deux professeurs, sera examiné un objet d'études qui fait appel à des compétences relevant d'au moins deux des profils de l'École (pensée politique, politique canadienne, relations internationales). L'objet d'étude spécifique sera présenté en début de session.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7519 Construction et transformation des états et des régimes politiques (3 crédits)

Étude des théories portant sur la construction historique des États et leurs transformations (adaptation dans un contexte de mondialisation; effondrement des États), de même que les régimes démocratiques et autoritaires et leurs transformations (transition, consolidation, effondrement), le tout dans une perspective comparée.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 7520 Économie politique comparée (3 crédits)

Étude des approches théoriques portant sur l'évolution des rapports de force entre les États et les marchés dans les différentes régions du monde; sur l'économie politique des mouvements sociaux; sur les luttes politiques autour des inégalités socio-économiques. L'accent sera mis aussi bien sur l'économie politique des États en développement, que sur celle des pays fortement industrialisés.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7521 Politique comparée des identités (3 crédits)

Études des théories relatives aux identités (primordialisme, instrumentalisme, constructivisme) et du rôle des identités ethniques, nationales, religieuses, linguistiques et de genre dans les processus politiques (violence, accommodement identitaire, gestion de la diversité identitaire par l'État).

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7522 Thèmes choisis en politique comparée (3 crédits)

Thèmes à couvrir en rotation : Afrique, Amérique latine, Asie, Moyen-Orient et ancien bloc soviétique et possiblement Europe de l'Ouest/États-Unis.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 7531 Lectures dirigées : Études politiques canadiennes (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7532 Lectures dirigées : Politique internationale (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7535 Méthodologies quantitatives avancées (3 crédits)

Les méthodologies quantitatives d'analyse avancées et leur application en science politique. Les sujets incluent l'analyse de la régression multivariée, les modèles de la parcimonie ou de la probabilité maximales, et les analyses panels. Initiation aux logiciels avancés d'organisation de données et à la construction d'outils de collecte de données.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 7536 Méthodologies qualitatives avancées (3 crédits)

Les méthodologies qualitatives d'analyse avancées et leur application en science politique. Les méthodologies étudiées incluent les suivantes : recherche terrain, entretiens, observation de participation, recherche dans les archives, et analyses de discours.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7537 Méthodologies interprétatives ou critiques (3 crédits)

Les méthodologies interprétatives ou critiques et leur application en science politique : la généalogie, la déconstruction, l'approche de terrain, l'analyse féministe, le nouveau matérialisme, les méthodologies de la décolonisation.

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 7766 Séminaire doctoral de méthodologie (3 crédits)

Réflexion approfondie sur les questions liées à la dimension méthodologique du travail de thèse. Modes d'investigation, organisation matérielle de la recherche, interprétation des données, appréciation des résultats, etc. Développement des connaissances nécessaires pour concevoir et formuler le projet de thèse. Ce séminaire est réservé aux étudiants du doctorat en science politique. Il est offert une fois par deux semaines sur deux sessions consécutives.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 77661 Séminaire doctoral de méthodologie (Partie 1 de 2)

Réflexion approfondie sur les questions liées à la dimension méthodologique du travail de thèse. Modes d'investigation, organisation matérielle de la recherche, interprétation des données, appréciation des résultats, etc. Développement des connaissances nécessaires pour concevoir et formuler le projet de thèse. Ce séminaire est réservé aux étudiants du doctorat en science politique. Il est offert une fois par deux semaines sur deux sessions consécutives. (Partie 1 de 2)

Volet : Séminaire

POL 77662 Séminaire doctoral de méthodologie (Partie 2 de 2) (3 crédits)

Réflexion approfondie sur les questions liées à la dimension méthodologique du travail de thèse. Modes d'investigation, organisation matérielle de la recherche, interprétation des données, appréciation des résultats, etc. Développement des connaissances nécessaires pour concevoir et formuler le projet de thèse. Ce séminaire est réservé aux étudiants du doctorat en science politique. Il est offert une fois par deux semaines sur deux sessions consécutives. (Partie 2 de 2)

Volet : Séminaire

Préalable : POL77661

POL 7979 Mémoire / Research Paper (6 crédits / 6 units)

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

POL 7989 Thèse de maîtrise / Master's Thesis (12 crédits / 12 units)

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

POL 8100 Directed Readings (3 units)

Course Component: Lecture

POL 8110 Seminar in the Minor Field: International Relations (3 units)

Evolution of theories and concepts in political economy as an approach to studying international affairs. Examination of various schools of thought.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 8111 Seminar in the Minor Field: Comparative Politics (3 units)

Study of the evolution of theories, concepts and methods in comparative politics as an approach to studying domestic politics and transnational influences, including states, regimes and institutions; the politics of identity; and political economy.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 8112 Seminar in the Minor Field: Canadian and Québec Politics (3 units)

The fundamentals of political economy as an approach to studying political phenomena. Canada's place in the global economy, intergovernmental relations, social movements and changes in the forms of federal intervention are among the topics covered.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 8113 Seminar in the Minor Field: Political Thought (3 units)

Examination of key ideological movements (key questions, main concepts, major texts). Analysis of theories on the formation and transformation of ideologies. Contemporary ideological dynamics.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 8500 Lectures dirigées (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

POL 8510 Séminaire dans le champ mineur : Relation internationale (3 crédits)

Évolution des théories et des concepts de l'économie politique en tant qu'approche servant à l'étude de la réalité internationale. Examen de différentes écoles de pensée.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 8511 Séminaire dans le champ mineur : Politique comparée (3 crédits)

Étude de l'évolution des théories, concepts et méthodes de la politique comparée en tant qu'approche servant à l'étude de phénomènes politiques internes aux États ainsi qu'à l'étude des influences transnationales, notamment : États, régimes et institutions; identités en politique; économie politique.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 8512 Séminaire dans le champ mineur : Politique canadienne et québécoise (3 crédits)

Fondements de l'économie politique en tant qu'approche servant à l'étude des phénomènes politiques. La place du Canada dans l'économie mondiale, les relations intergouvernementales, les mouvements sociaux et l'évolution des formes d'intervention de l'État fédéral.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 8513 Séminaire dans le champ mineur : Pensée politique (3 crédits)

Les principaux mouvements idéologiques : problématiques, concepts et œuvres. Analyse des théories de la formation et de la transformation des idéologies. La dynamique contemporaine des idéologies.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 9200 Theories and Problems in International Relations (6 units)

Course Component: Seminar

POL 9218 Theories and Problems in Comparative Politics (6 units)

Study of the evolution of theories, concepts and methods in comparative politics as an approach to studying domestic politics and transnational influences, including states, regimes and institutions; the politics of identity; and political economy. The comprehensive examination in the major field is held at the end of the course.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 9219 Theories and Problems in Canadian and Quebec Politics (6 units)

Course Component: Seminar

POL 9220 Theories and Problems in Analysis of Political Ideology's (6 units)

Examination of key ideological movements (key questions, main concepts, major texts). Analysis of theories on the formation and transformation of ideologies. Contemporary ideological dynamics.

Course Component: Seminar

POL 9310 Comprehensive Examination in the Major Field

Course Component: Research

POL 9320 Comprehensive Examination in the Minor Field

Prerequisite: POL 8110 or POL 8111 or POL 8112 or POL 8113.

Course Component: Tutorial

Prerequisites: POL 8110 or POL 8111 or POL 8112 or POL 8113

POL 9350 Thesis Proposal

Course Component: Research

POL 9600 Théories et problèmes en relations internationales (6 crédits)

Évolution des théories et des concepts de l'économie politique en tant qu'approche servant à l'étude de la réalité internationale. Examen de différentes écoles de pensée. L'examen de synthèse dans le domaine majeur se tiendra à la fin du cours.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 9618 Théories et problèmes en politique comparée (6 crédits)

Étude de l'évolution des théories, concepts et méthodes de la politique comparée en tant qu'approche servant à l'étude de phénomènes politiques internes aux États ainsi qu à l'étude des influences transnationales, notamment : États, régimes et institutions; identités en politique; économie politique. L'examen de synthèse dans le domaine majeur se tiendra à la fin du cours.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 9619 Théories et problèmes en politique canadienne et québécoise (6 crédits)

Fondements de l'économie politique en tant qu'approche servant à l'étude des phénomènes politiques. La place du Canada dans l'économie mondiale, les relations intergouvernementales, les mouvements sociaux et l'évolution des formes d'intervention de l'État fédéral. L'examen de synthèse dans le domaine majeur se tiendra à la fin du cours.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 9620 Théories et problèmes en pensée politique (6 crédits)

Les principaux mouvements idéologiques : problématiques, concepts et oeuvres. Analyse des théories de la formation et de la transformation des idéologies. La dynamique contemporaine des idéologies. L'examen de synthèse dans le domaine majeur se tiendra à la fin du cours.

Volet : Séminaire

POL 9710 Examen de synthèse du domaine majeur

Volet : Recherche

POL 9720 Examen de synthèse du domaine mineur

Volet : Tutoriel

Préalable : POL 8510 ou POL 8511 ou POL 8512 ou POL 8513.

POL 9750 Projet de thèse

Volet : Recherche

POL 9999 Thèse de doctorat / PhD Thesis Research

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EVD 5100 Seminar in Environmental Sustainability (3 units)

Overview of environmental sustainability issues using climate change as an example. Application of integrated analyses based on concepts in science, law, economics and policy to devise policy solutions. The debate about the scientific evidence for climate change and international efforts to negotiate an agreement. The economic, political and social dimensions of climate change and measures taken both nationally and internationally to mitigate its effects.

Course Component: Seminar

EVD 5101 Economics of Environmental Law and Policy (3 units)

Environmental issues and the environmental policy framework from an economics perspective. Review of the underlying theory in relation to economic concepts such as efficiency, market failure, externalities, cost-benefit, and valuation. Overview of macroeconomic topics such as economic growth and green accounting, and their relation to law and policy. Application of these theoretical concepts to various environmental challenges, from climate change and energy regulation to managing ecosystem services and conserving biodiversity. Policy options for managing environmental challenges, from traditional “command and control” regulation to economic instruments such as environmental taxation, and cap and trade programs. Evaluation of the environmental, social, and economic effectiveness of the various policy options, and integration of economic theory into environmental policy development.

Course Component: Lecture

EVD 5106 Foundations of Environmental Law (1.5 units)

Foundations of environmental law, including theory of sustainability, constitutional division of powers, approaches to regulation of environmental issues, including examples of legal frameworks for different environmental problems, and access to justice.

Course Component: Seminar

EVD 5109 Applied Environmental Sustainability (3 units)

Uses an environmental sustainability case study, such as climate change, to learn how to synthesize information about a problem from multiple disciplinary perspectives, to critically evaluate such information using rigorous methodological approaches, and to design and evaluate policy or regulatory solutions.

Course Component: Seminar

Prerequisites: EVD 5106, EVD 5107, EVD 5121, EVD 5122.

EVD 5111 Capstone Seminar in Environmental Sustainability (3 units)

Involves partnering with organization(s) working on a sustainability issue. Students work in interdisciplinary teams to identify the scientific, economic, legal and social dimensions of a particular environmental problem, evaluate a set of candidate solutions, and recommend an approach.

Course Component: Seminar

EVD 5113 Foundations of Environmental Policy (3 units)

Study of the key political and administrative factors affecting the formulation and implementation of environmental policy, including democratic institutions, various methods for citizen and stakeholder engagement and their influence on the decision-making process in government, public opinion and the framing of policy problems, values and the use of scientific evidence in policy-making, lobbying and the role of interest representation, federalism and multi-level environmental governance, and the international governance of environmental problems. Case studies will place Canada in a comparative context and explore the importance of political factors across areas of environmental policy.

Course Component: Seminar

EVD 5114 Professional Skills for Environmental Sustainability (1.5 units)

Oral and written communications skills, including presenting to parliamentary committees, preparing memos to cabinet, writing editorials, doing media interviews, and producing interdisciplinary public policy reports. Project and process management skills, including multi-stakeholder processes.

Course Component: Seminar

EVD 5121 Foundations of Environmental Science (3 units)

Provides students with a thematic understanding of the current state of environmental science. Major themes include: the set of environmental issues that are currently of major concern in Canada and abroad; the range of scientific approaches currently employed to understand and predict the effects of human activities on ecosystems; the nature of environmental science evidence; and how environmental sustainability is characterized from the perspective of environmental science.

Course Component: Seminar

EVD 5122 Foundations of Environmental Economics (3 units)

Key elements of economics including formal models and their underlying assumptions as they relate to the development of sustainability policy. Covers concepts such as public goods, market failure, non-market valuation, incentives, welfare economics, regulation, the equity-efficiency trade-off and market-based instruments. The course explains how fundamental economic concepts, particularly their advantages and limitations, are used to analyze issues at the interface of the economy and the environment. Examines renewable (e.g., fisheries, forests) and non-renewable (e.g., oil, gas, minerals) resource management and other topics (e.g., climate change, ozone depletion, cap and trade) in applied environmental economics. Explores the institutions and trade-offs that individuals and governments face in the context of sustainability policy.

Course Component: Seminar

EVD 5123 Evidence Synthesis and Evaluation (3 units)

Reviews different understandings of what constitutes research, both as it pertains to the production of evidence and to the evaluation of existing evidence relating to policy, to regulatory and statutory interventions and to identifying evidence gaps. Students learn research methodologies to design research so as to maximize its evidentiary value (given existing constraints); they will also learn to synthesize and assess the evidentiary value of existing research.

Course Component: Seminar

EVD 5500 Séminaire en durabilité de l'environnement (3 crédits)

Survol des enjeux en durabilité de l'environnement en se servant du changement climatique comme exemple. Application d'analyses intégrant des concepts en sciences, en droit, en science économique et en études politiques. Le débat au sujet de la preuve scientifique du changement climatique et les efforts sur le plan international pour négocier une entente. Les dimensions économiques, sociales et politiques du changement climatique et les mesures à ce jour pour atténuer ses effets, au niveau international et au niveau national.

Volet : Séminaire

EVD 5501 Approche économique et le droit de l'environnement (3 crédits)

Les enjeux environnementaux et le système de réglementation du point de vue de la science économique. Étude de la théorie qui sous-tend certains concepts économiques, tels l'efficacité, la défaillance du marché, les externalités et la valuation. Survol des concepts macroéconomiques, tels la croissance économique et la comptabilité environnementale. Application de ces concepts théoriques aux défis environnementaux tels le changement climatique, la réglementation de l'énergie, la gestion des services écologiques et la conservation de la biodiversité. Les divers outils de réglementation pour la gestion des défis liés à l'environnement, incluant la réglementation traditionnelle de type « commande et contrôle », les moyens économiques tels que la taxation environnementale et les systèmes de droits d'échanges. Évaluation de l'efficacité environnementale, sociale et économique des diverses approches, et intégration de la théorie économique dans le développement de la réglementation environnementale.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVD 5506 Rudiments du droit de l'environnement (1.5 crédits)

Rudiments du droit de l'environnement, y compris la théorie du développement durable, la division constitutionnelle des pouvoirs, les démarches visant à réglementer les questions environnementales, avec exemples de cadres légaux pour différents problèmes environnementaux et accès à la justice.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVD 5509 Développement durable appliqué (3 crédits)

Étude de cas en développement durable (changements climatiques, par exemple) pour apprendre à synthétiser l'information sur un problème à partir de plusieurs perspectives disciplinaires, pour évaluer l'information selon un schéma critique, en faisant usage de méthodes rigoureuses, et pour concevoir et évaluer des politiques ou règlements.

Volet : Cours magistral

Préalables : EVD 5506, EVD 5507, EVD 5521, EVD 5522.

EVD 5511 Séminaire d'intégration sur le développement durable (3 crédits)

Partenariat avec des organisations travaillant en développement durable. Les étudiants forment des équipes multidisciplinaires pour étudier les dimensions scientifiques, économiques, juridiques et sociales d'un problème environnemental particulier, pour évaluer un éventail de solutions possibles et pour recommander les mesures à prendre.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVD 5513 Rudiments des politiques environnementales (3 crédits)

Étude des principaux facteurs politiques et administratifs influençant la formulation et la mise en oeuvre des politiques environnementales, y compris les institutions démocratiques, les méthodes de participation des citoyens et des parties prenantes et leur influence sur les processus décisionnels des gouvernements, l'opinion publique et la définition des problèmes, le rôle des valeurs et de la science dans la formulation des politiques, le lobbying et la représentation des intérêts, le fédéralisme et la gouvernance multi-niveaux des enjeux environnementaux, et la politique internationale de l'environnement. Des études de cas situeront le Canada dans une perspective comparée et exploreront l'importance de ces facteurs politiques dans divers secteurs des politiques environnementales.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVD 5514 Compétences professionnelles pour le développement durable (1.5 crédits)

Compétences orales et écrites en communication, notamment les présentations aux comités parlementaires, la préparation de mémoires au cabinet, la rédaction d'éditoriaux, les entrevues médiatiques et la production de rapports multidisciplinaires sur les politiques publiques. Gestion de projet et de processus faisant intervenir de nombreux joueurs.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVD 5521 Rudiments des sciences de l'environnement (3 crédits)

Donne aux étudiants une compréhension thématique de l'état actuel des sciences environnementales. Principaux thèmes : éventail des enjeux environnementaux d'importance au Canada et à l'étranger; les démarches scientifiques déployées pour comprendre et prédire les conséquences des activités humaines pour les écosystèmes; la nature des preuves apportées par les sciences de l'environnement; la perspective des sciences de l'environnement sur le développement durable.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVD 5522 Rudiments de l'économie de l'environnement (3 crédits)

Principaux éléments de l'économie, y compris les modèles économiques officiels et les présuppositions afférentes à l'élaboration de politiques de développement durable. Étude de divers concepts : patrimoine commun; échec des marchés; non évaluation des valeurs courantes; mesures incitatives; économie du bien-être; réglementation; équilibre entre équité et efficience; instruments reposant sur les mécanismes de marché. On examinera plus en détail les concepts fondamentaux de l'économie et leurs avantages et inconvénients pour l'examen des enjeux au carrefour de l'économie et de l'environnement. Étude de la gestion des ressources renouvelables (pêches, forêts, etc.) et non renouvelables (pétrole, gaz, minerai, etc.) et d'autres sujets en économie de l'environnement appliquée (ex. changements climatiques, destruction de la couche d'ozone, programmes de plafonnement et d'échange). Étude des institutions et programmes de compensation auxquels sont confrontés les individus et les gouvernements dans le contexte des politiques de développement durable.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVD 6112 Selected Topics in Environmental Sustainability (3 units)

In-depth examination of a question or topic linked to new trends or research areas in environmental sustainability.

Course Component: Lecture

EVD 6512 Thèmes choisis en durabilité de l'environnement (3 crédits)

Analyse approfondie d'une problématique ou d'une question liée aux nouvelles tendances en recherche ou aux nouveaux thèmes de recherche en durabilité de l'environnement.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVD 6912 Thèmes choisis en durabilité de l'environnement / Selected Topics in Environmental Sustainability (3 crédits / 3 units)

Analyse approfondie d'une problématique ou d'une question liée aux nouvelles tendances en recherche ou aux nouveaux thèmes de recherche en durabilité de l'environnement. / In-depth examination of a question or topic linked to new trends or research areas in environmental sustainability.

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

Préalable : connaissance passive de l'anglais. / Prerequisite: passive knowledge of French

EVD 6932 Lectures dirigées en durabilité de l'environnement / Directed Readings in Environmental Sustainability (3 crédits / 3 units)

Cours individuel ayant pour objectif d'approfondir les connaissances de l'étudiant dans un domaine particulier ou de lui permettre de se familiariser avec un nouveau domaine. Le sujet est déterminé et développé en consultation avec le professeur responsable et en conformité avec les directives de l'Institut de l'environnement. Le travail remis dans ce cours doit être différent de ce qui a pu être soumis dans d'autres cours, y compris le projet de recherche, la thèse ou le mémoire. On permet un maximum d'un cours de lectures dirigées par étudiant et la permission n'est accordée que dans des circonstances exceptionnelles. / Individual course aimed at deepening a student's knowledge of a particular area or at gaining knowledge of a new area. The topic is selected and developed in consultation with the supervising professor in accordance with institute guidelines. The work submitted for this course must be different from that submitted for other courses, including the research proposal, the thesis or the research paper. Maximum of one directed readings course per student, and permission is granted only under exceptional circumstances.

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

Préalable: Connaissance passive de l'anglais. / Prerequisite: Passive knowledge of French.

EVD 6999 Mémoire / Research Paper (6 crédits / 6 units)

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EVD 7997 Projet de thèse / Thesis Proposal

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EVD 7999 Thèse de maîtrise / Master's Thesis

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research