Why Political Science at York?

What makes us different?

Our approach to the study of Politics

In our department, we explore how power and authority permeate almost every aspect of our lives - from the state to the courtroom, board room, workplace, 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

From the beginning, we've made consistent efforts to lead by example in the field of political science. More than 30 years ago, we were responsible for launching the first Women and Politics graduate program stream in Canada, which in turn has led to the introduction of our new Gender and Politics undergraduate stream today. In addition to this specialization, our courses cover a wide range of other areas in depth – including Political Theory, Political Economy, International Relations, 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 students for an exciting array of elective courses in the following years. Depending on their interests and future plans, students can acquire specialized knowledge in many different issues/areas. We also offer a specialized Honours degree in Global Political Studies. Head to our Courses page to explore our diverse selection.

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.