Ours is the communication and information age. Analyzing how information is gathered, produced and distributed today helps us understand the communication processes that drive a variety of settings: social, cultural, political, organizational, economic and legal. In this program, you will develop critical and analytical skills in order to evaluate the nature and impact of technology and media on society, organizations and interpersonal relations. You will have the opportunity to be exposed to the latest developments in the field of communication (communication strategies, digital media, evolution of the media industry, advertising, crisis communications, negotiations, etc.). The Department of Communication offers courses in two main areas: media studies and organizational communication (internal and external communication in public and private organizations, health communication, organizational change, etc.). Combining theory and practice, our programs develop your critical and analytical skills and prepare you either for a professional career or for advanced studies.

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 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
Methodology (9 course units)
3 course units from:3 Units
Research Methods in Communication
Foundations of Research in Political Science
3 course units from:3 Units
Quantitative Methods
Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
3 course units from:3 Units
Qualitative Methods
Qualitative Analysis in Political Science
Communication (42 course units)
CMN 1148Introduction to Organizational Communication3 Units
CMN 1160Introduction to Media Studies3 Units
CMN 2148Organizational Communication3 Units
CMN 2160Theories of the Media3 Units
CMN 3105Media Ethics3 Units
CMN 3109Advanced Theories of Communication3 Units
CMN 3130Communication Planning3 Units
CMN 3133Political Communication3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Ethics and Information Society
Communication in Governmental Organizations
Communication and International Development
Political Economy of the Media
6 optional course units in communication (CMN)6 Units
9 optional course units in communication (CMN) at the 4000 level9 Units
Political Science (42 course 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 3102Modern Political Thought II3 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
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
21 elective course units21 Units
Total: 120 Units