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Required Courses

International Relations 2702E - Global Politics since 1945

This interdisciplinary course unpacks history, theory, and practice of global politics since 1945 using experiential learning. The first semester explores the international system's evolution emphasizing the cold war and decolonization. The second semester considers contemporary global problems ranging from environment to degradation and migration to nuclear terrorism and arms spirals. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course

Prerequisite(s): Political Science 1020E and 1.0 course in History numbered 1201-1999.
Extra Information: This course is restricted to students enrolled in the International Relations Honors Specialization.


History 2705E - The Western Tradition in International Relations Theory and Practice

History 2705E is a ‘great books' course. The purpose is to examine critical works of international relations theory in context. The focus is “the Western tradition”. Thinkers to be considered include: Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Erasmus, Grotius, Hobbes, Frederick of Prussia, von Clausewitz, Angell, and Morgenthau. 3 hours, 1.0 course


Political Science 2231E - International Politics

This course surveys contemporary world politics and examines contending theories used by scholars and policymakers to make sense of international affairs. It also provides the conceptual tolls and theories to interpret the international system. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Prerequisite(s): Political Science 1020E


Political Science 3324F/G - Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science

This course introduces students to a range of methodological approaches to questions in political science. Students will become familiar with qualitative and quantitative data sources and ways of using each to address political issues.

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in Honors Political Science, Honors Specialization in Political Science, or Major in Political Science.


International Relations 4702E - Contemporary Challenges in the Global Community

The capstone seminar in the IR Honors Specialization applies historical and political science approaches to challenges relevant to Canada and the global community today. Students initiate, direct, and produce a major group project with a public policy focus aimed at the Government of Canada and/or the global community.  2 hours, 1.0 course

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the Honors Specialization in International Relations Module.