Economics

Ever wonder why some countries are richer than others? Ever question why income inequality has been growing? Ever wonder why Canadian politicians worry when other countries may be going bankrupt? Economics can answer all these questions. 

Economics examines how individuals and society make choices in a world where resources are limited. It focuses on the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Two important themes are efficiency (the absence of waste in the use of resources) and fairness. Since making choices is central to all human activities, studying economics often helps explain why people and governments behave in certain ways.

Political Science

Politics is omnipresent in our lives. Political science seeks to describe, analyze, understand and assess the principles and power relations that govern social life. It revolves as much around the structures and institutions that define these relations and principles as around the ideas and practices that drive them. It studies everything that influences political life and institutions (ideologies, groups, social movements, etc.) on a local, regional, national and international scale.

Our programs offer in-depth training in political science and encourage critical reflection on pivotal issues like citizenship, identity, political participation, globalization and development, governance and the state, and ethics and democracy. A discipline open to many theoretical and methodological approaches, political science constantly exchanges and shares with other fields. At the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies, you build your knowledge in four subfields of political science: political thought, Canadian and Quebec politics, comparative politics, and international relations and global politics.

This program is offered in English and in French.  

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The French immersion stream is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
Economics (48 units)
ECO 1102Introduction to Macroeconomics3 Units
ECO 1104Introduction to Microeconomics3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Mathematical Methods I 1
Introduction to Calculus
MAT 1302Mathematical Methods II3 Units
ECO 2142Macroeconomic Theory I3 Units
ECO 2143Macroeconomic Theory II3 Units
ECO 2144Microeconomic Theory I3 Units
ECO 2145Microeconomic Theory II3 Units
ECO 3132History of Economic Thought3 Units
ECO 3145Mathematical Economics I3 Units
ECO 3150Probability and Statistics for Economists 23 Units
ECO 3151Introduction to Econometrics 23 Units
ECO 3152Macroeconomic Theory III3 Units
ECO 3153Microeconomic Theory III3 Units
6 optional course units in economics (ECO) at the 4000 level6 Units
Political Science (48 units)
POL 1101Introduction to Political Science3 Units
POL 2101Introduction to Canadian Politics3 Units
POL 2103Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics3 Units
POL 2104Introduction to Comparative Politics3 Units
POL 2107Introduction to Political Thought3 Units
POL 2108Modern Political Thought I3 Units
POL 2156Foundations of Research in Political Science3 Units
POL 3102Modern Political Thought II3 Units
POL 3370Qualitative Analysis in Political Science3 Units
3 course units from the Canadian Politics group:3 Units
Indigenous Politics in Canada
Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship in Canada and Quebec
Political Participation and Mobilization in Canada
Federalism
Law, Politics, and the Constitution in Canada
Electoral Systems and Political Parties
Parliamentary Government in Canada
Health Politics and Policy in Canada
Development of Social and Political Ideologies in Quebec
Social and Political Thought in Canada
3 course units from the Comparative Politics group:3 Units
Comparative Politics: Asia
Comparative Politics of Development
Comparative Politics: Africa
Comparative Politics: Latin America
Political Violence
Comparative Politics: Middle East and Arab World
Comparative Politics: Europe
Comparative Politics: United States
Democratization and Authoritarianism
Comparative Politics: China
3 course units from the International Relations group:3 Units
Migration, Mobility, Borders and Citizenship
Gender Studies and Feminist Theories in International Relations
The Politics of Security
International Political Economy
Politics, Social Movements and Globalization
International Organizations and Global Governance
Contemporary Geopolitics
Critical and Historical Perspectives of United States Foreign Policy
The Politics of Food
International Relations as Political Theory
3 course units from:3 Units
Honours Seminar in Political Thought
Honours Seminar in Canadian Politics
Honours Seminar in International Relations and Global Politics
Honours Seminar in Comparative Politics
Honours Seminar in International Relations and Global Politics
3 optional course units in political science (POL)3 Units
6 optional course units in political science (POL) at the 4000 level6 Units
18 elective course units18 Units
Total: 120 Units

Note(s)

1

Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in economics should select MAT 1300 or the sequence MAT 1320 and MAT 1325 (this last course can be replaced by MAT 1322). A strong background in mathematics helps students succeed in advanced courses and graduate studies in economics.

2

Students who intend to participate in the CO-OP program should take ECO 3150 and ECO 3151 in their second year.