Philosophy

Since it deals mainly with issues that have no simple solutions, philosophy emphasizes the exchange of ideas and debate, and thus cultivates an appetite for deep and serious reflection. By reading and discussing the works of the world's great thinkers on fundamental topics like truth, justice, morality and existence, you sharpen your own ability to think clearly, critically and independently. The Department's curriculum has a twin approach, historical and analytical, and covers political and social philosophy, ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and logic. 

The Department of Philosophy also runs a minor in applied ethics.

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.

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
Philosophy (48 units)
PHI 1101Reasoning and Critical Thinking3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Moral Reasoning
Fundamental Philosophical Questions
Great Philosophers
PHI 2170Logic I3 Units
PHI 2174Ethics3 Units
PHI 2183Political Philosophy3 Units
PHI 2380Greek Philosophy or the Birth of Philosophy3 Units
PHI 2382Philosophy in the Middle Ages3 Units
PHI 2383Modern Philosophy3 Units
PHI 4311Problems in Contemporary Political Philosophy3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Seminar in Ethics
Problems in Contemporary Ethics
18 optional course units in philosophy (PHI) at the 3000 or 4000 level18 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
3 course units from:3 Units
Qualitative Analysis in Political Science
Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
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