Why Political Science at York?

What makes us different?

Our approach to the study of Politics

At this department, we explore how power and authority permeate almost every aspect of our lives - from the state to the courtroom, board room, work place and the family. For us, Politics is not only about power and authority and how these are exercised. Politics is also about  holding power accountable, about exercising democratic rights and about active citizenship which attempts to change the world for the better. Our goal is to bring to our students a Political Science that is living, relevant, dynamic – something that profoundly shapes the lives we live – but can also be shaped by us – with our knowledge and actions. Read more about what you will learn with us and how.

Our curriculum

Our courses offer a commendable breadth of areas – including Political Theory, Political Economy, International Relations, Women and Politics, Canadian Politics, Public Policy, and Politics of specific areas such as the Middle East, Europe, India, China, Russia, Africa and Latin America.  In the first two years of their undergraduate training, our students receive a thorough grounding in the key concepts and ideas in Politics. Our most distinguished teachers teach these first and second year classes. This prepares them for an exciting array of elective courses in the following years. Depending on their interests and future plans, specific can acquire specialized knowledge in many different issues/areas.  We also offer a specialized Honors in Global Political Studies. Click on the Courses to explore courses by your area of interest.

Our student body

With our location in one of the fastest growing and most diverse places in the globe, we attract a student body that is also as diverse. They bring with them a wealth of experiences and worldviews that create a unique learning environment, where we learn not only from books, but also from the society in which we live.

Our commitment to democratic education

Democratic education requires a dialogue in which students and teachers critically assess their own assumptions and beliefs about politics and society. Since none of us has all the answers, this dialogue must take place within a community where everyone’s ideas are taken seriously and critically. This is what happens in a true ‘community of scholars’. This is what we have tried to create in York University’s Department of Political Science.