Political Science

Department of Political Science

General Information: Tilley Hall, Room 219
Mailing Address: Department of Political Science
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4826
Email: polisci@unb.ca
Website: http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/politicalscience/
Chair:  Dr. Paul Howe

 Faculty

  • Bassett, Carolyn, BA (Trent), MA (Car), PhD (York), Assoc. Prof - 2008
  • Bedford, David W., CEGEP Dip (Sir G Wms), BA (C'dia), MA, PhD (York), Prof - 1989
  • Hindmarch, Suzanne, BA (Alberta), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (Toronto), Assist Prof - 2015
  • Howe, Paul, BA (Tor), MSc (London School of Economics & Pol. Sc.), PhD (UBC), Prof & Chair- 2001
  • MacLean, George, BA (King’s College/Dalhousie), MA (McMaster), PhD (Queens), Prof – 2014
  • Workman, Thom W., BA(Car), MA, PhD (York), Prof - 1994
  • Wright, Donald, BA (MTA), MA (Mc.G), PhD (Ottawa), Prof – 2005
  • Wright, Joanne, BA (MTA), MA (UNB), PhD (York), Prof & Dean - 2005

General Information

1000-level courses introduce the discipline.

2000-level courses are Foundation courses, which introduce the main sub-fields.

3000-level courses are Advanced courses on specialized topics.

4000-level courses are Honours Seminars, open to senior students.

The courses are grouped into sub-fields, which are intended to guide students in developing a coherent program of study, but students may choose according to their interests and course availability as long as they meet program requirements.

Minor, Majors and Honours

Minor

A Minor in Political Science consists of 24 credits in Political Science courses, of which at least 6 credits must be in Introductory Level courses (1000 or 2000 level) and 12 credits in Advanced Level courses (3000 or 4000 level).

Minor in Public Policy

This is a joint Minor offered by the Departments of Economics and Political Science. The Minor is open to all students including those majoring in Economics and Political Science.

Students may minor in Public Policy by completing 24ch of courses offered by the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science. Students are required to complete 24ch as follows:

a. 6ch of economics (ECON) courses chosen from: ECON 1014 or ECON 1013, ECON 1024 or ECON 1023, ECON 2203, ECON 3505, ECON 3705, ECON 3905.
b. 6ch of introductory political science (POLS) courses chosen from: POLS 1103, POLS 1203, POLS 2202, POLS 2503.
c.  6ch of advanced economics (ECON) courses from: ECON 3055, ECON 3203, ECON 3504, ECON 3702, ECON 3755, ECON 3775, ECON 3801, ECON 3815ECON 3845, ECON 3865.
d. 6 ch of advanced political science (POLS) courses from: POLS 3103, POLS 3213, POLS 3241, POLS 3251, POLS 3257, POLS 3282, POLS 3284, POLS 3292, POLS 3391, POLS 3461, POLS 3531, POLS 3647, POLS 4724.

Majors Program

NOTE: These regulations apply to students who began their program at UNB in Fall 2014 or after. For regulations pertaining to students who entered before that date, please consult an earlier calendar or the Department.

  •  Single Major: A student doing a single Major in Political Science shall complete a total of 42 ch in Political Science, 24 ch of which must be in advanced level courses. The student's program must include:
    • POLS 2202 Canadian Politics
    • 6.0 additional credit hours selected from Foundation Courses offered at the 2000 level
    • POLS 3410 Survey of Political Thought
  • Double Major: A student doing a Double Major in Political Science with another discipline shall complete a total of 30 ch in Political Science, 24 ch of which must be in advanced level courses. A student's program must include: 
    • POLS 2202 Canadian Politics
    • 3.0 additional credit hours selected from Foundation Courses offered at the 2000 level 
    • POLS 3410 Survey of Political Thought 

Honours Program

In order to be eligible for entry into Honours, students must have:

  1. a GPA of 3.0 in Political Science courses
  2. a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  3. 60 ch of course work completed
  4. 12 ch of course work in Political Science completed

Students wishing to read for Honours in Political Science should notify the Departmental Coordinator of Honours and Majors on registration day or immediately thereafter. Approval by the Coordinator, in consultation with the Department, of the programs of successful applicants is required. 

Students considering entry to the program are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Honours and Majors in the term prior to their desired term of entry for further information.

  • Honours (Single) 
    A student reading for Honours in Political Science must complete at least 48 ch in Political Science, 30 ch of which must be in advanced level courses. The student's program must include:
    • POLS 2202 Canadian Politics
    • 6.0 additional credit hours selected from Foundation Courses offered at the 2000 level
    • POLS 3410 Survey of Political Thought
    • POLS 3533 Research Methods in Political Science
    • POLS 4000 Directed Readings and Research in Political Science
    • 6 ch at the 4000-level (in addition to POLS 4000)
  • Joint Honours
    A student reading for Joint Honours in Political Science and another discipline must complete at least 36 ch in Political Science, 24 ch of which must be in advanced level courses. The student's program must include: 
    • POLS 2202 Canadian Politics
    • 3.0 additional credit hours selected from Foundation Courses offered at the 2000 level 
    • POLS 3410 Survey of Political Thought
    • POLS 3533 Research Methods in Political Science
    • POLS 4000 Directed Reading and Research in Political Science 
    • 3 ch at the 4000 level (in addition to POLS 4000)

Course Credit:

Students may count courses towards the fulfilment of their program requirements in a Single Major, Double Major or Honours in Political Science only if they receive a grade of C or better. Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in POLS 4000 to receive an Honours degree.

SUB-FIELDS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Foundation courses, which are marked with an asterisk*, introduce students to the different sub-fields in the program.

CANADIAN POLITICS
POLS 1203 Political Issues that Divide Canadians
POLS 2202* Canadian Politics
POLS 3203 Issues in Canadian Public Policy
POLS 3211 Canadian Governance in the Global Era
POLS 3212 Topics in Provincial Public Administration
POLS 3213 Capitalism, Canada, and Class
POLS 3227 Poverty, Governance, and Citizenship in Canada
POLS 3237 The Politics of Memory in Canada and the United States
POLS 3241 Canadian Foreign Policy
POLS 3242 Canadian-American Relations
POLS 3247

Trudeau's Canada

POLS 3251 Canadian Federalism
POLS 3257 Law and Politics in Canada
POLS 3263 Canadian Provincial Politics
POLS 3267 Quebec Politics and Government
POLS 3271 Community and Culture in Canadian Politics
POLS 3282 The Canadian Political System
POLS 3284 The Concentration of Power in Canadian Politics
POLS 3292 Self-Government and Aboriginal Community
POLS 3647 Democratic Disengagement
POLS 4416 Canadian Political Thought
POLS 4713 The Future of Work
POLS 5345 Natural Resources, Industrialization and the Environment in Atlantic Canada
POLITICAL THEORY
POLS 1403 Contemporary Political Ideas and Ideologies
POLS 3410 Survey of Political Thought
POLS 3413 Modern Theories of the State
POLS 3415 Liberalism
POLS 3418 Politics and Protest Music
POLS 3423 The Politics of Repression
POLS 3433 Late Modern Political Thought
POLS 3441 Women Political Thinkers
POLS 3443 Feminist Issues in Political Thought
POLS 3446 Subjects, Citizens. Individuals: Politics of the Early Modern World
POLS 3471 When Bards are Bothered: Political Critique in Literature
POLS 3473 Marxism and Anarchism: Alternative Political Communities
POLS 3475 The Political Left
POLS 3714 Imperialism and Crisis
POLS 4416 Canadian Political Thought
POLS 4463 Eros and Leadership: The Philosophy of the Good Ruler Through the Ages
POLS 4483 Hegel and Marx
POLS 4495 Gender and War: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
POLS 4496 Thucydides: War and Empire
WOMEN AND POLITICS
POLS 2503* Women and Politics
POLS 3441 Women Political Thinkers
POLS 3443 Feminist Issues in Political Thought
POLS 3635 The Critical Study of War
POLS 3712 Globalization and Everyday Life
POLS 4495 Gender and War: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
POLS 4722 Women, Gender and Development
POLITICS OF THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD
POLS 1103 North American Politics
POLS 1503 Law, Power, and Politics
POLS 2603* Comparative Politics of the Industrialized World
POLS 3011 European Imperialism, 1815-1914
POLS 3012 European Imperialism, 1914-1975
POLS 3101 American Politics
POLS 3103 Rights in Conflict in North America
POLS 3104 African American Politics
POLS 3233 Empire and Resistance in New York City: From Wall Street to Zucotti Park
POLS 3237 The Politics of Memory in Canada and the United States
POLS 3312 Political Sociology
POLS 3323 Cities in the Urban Century
POLS 3387 Theories of Comparative Politics
POLS 3413 Modern Theories of the State
POLS 3461 Public Policy Analysis
POLS 3647 Democratic Disengagement
POLS 3714 Imperialism and Crisis
POLS 3715 Work in the World Economy
POLS 3717 The Politics of Nationalism
POLS 3391 Governance
POLS 3392 Comparative Public Administration
POLS 4723 The Rise of the Far Right
POLS 4724 Topics in Environmental History and Politics
POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD
POLS 1603 Politics of Globalization
POLS 2303* Politics of the Developing World
POLS 3011 European Imperialism, 1815-1914
POLS 3012 European Imperialism, 1914-1975
POLS 3323 Cities in the 'Urban Century'
POLS 3387 Theories of Comparative Politics
POLS 3614 Ethics and International Politics
POLS 3635 The Critical Study of War
POLS 3637 Capitalism and War
POLS 3643 United Nations
POLS 3711 Political Economy of Development in Africa
POLS 3712 Globalization and Everyday Life
POLS 3713 The Global Economy: Production, Profits, Power and People
POLS 3714 Imperialism and War
POLS 3715 Work in the World Economy
POLS 3717 Politics of Nationalism
POLS 3721 The Politics of Drinks: from Rum to Coffee to Bottled Water
POLS 3725 The Political Economy of Latin American Society
POLS 4722 Women, Gender, and Development
POLS 4727 The Politics of Global Health
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
POLS 1603 Politics of Globalization
POLS 1703 Issues in World Politics
POLS 1803 Politics of Climate Change
POLS 2703* Introduction to International Relations
POLS 3011 European Imperialism, 1815-1914
POLS 3012 European Imperialism, 1914-1975
POLS 3241 Canadian Foreign Policy
POLS 3242 Canadian-American Relations
POLS 3614 Ethics and International Politics
POLS 3615 International Relations Theory
POLS 3633 International Public Law
POLS 3635 The Critical Study of War
POLS 3643 United Nations
POLS 3637 Capitalism and War
POLS 3713 The Global Economy: Production, Profits, Power and People
POLS 3714 Imperialism and War
POLS 3718 International Security in Theory and Practice
POLS 4495 Gender and War: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
POLS 4496 Thucydides: War and Empire
POLS 4703 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in World Politics
POLS 4727 The Politics of Global Health
POLITICAL ECONOMY
POLS 1603 Politics of Globalization
POLS 2013* Introduction to Political Economy
POLS 3213 Capitalism, Canada, and Class
POLS 3323 Cities in the Urban Century
POLS 3635 The Critical Study of War
POLS 3637 Capitalism and War
POLS 3711 Political Economy of Development in Africa
POLS 3712 Globalization and Everyday Life
POLS 3713 The Global Economy: Production, Profits, Power and People
POLS 3714 Imperialism and Crisis
POLS 3715 Work and World of Economy
POLS 3721 The Politics of Drinks: from Rum to Coffee to Bottled Water
POLS 3725 The Political Economy of Latin American Society
POLS 4713 The Future of Work
POLS 5354 Natural Resources, Industrialization and Environment in Canada