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Honours Political Science Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies

This specialization examines the role that constitutional, administrative, criminal, and international laws play in limiting or controlling the use of power by governments. It also critically examines the extent to which the judiciary and courts are key players.

Hons.B.A.Honours Political Science Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies

This specialization examines the role that constitutional, administrative, criminal, and international laws play in limiting or controlling the use of power by governments. It also critically examines the extent to which the judiciary and courts are key players.

The specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies builds on the same foundations of the Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science while providing a greater examination of the role of law in democratic systems.  In addition to the core courses in the specialization that focus on law and the judicial system, students will also have the opportunity to take courses from across the five sub-fields of political science, including Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics of Developed and Developing Nations, International Relations, Political Theory and Public Policy.  The specialization also permits students to explore courses in other areas of the Social Sciences, including Anthropology, Sociology, Economics and Labour Studies.

The specialization degree provides a strong foundation and is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a lawyer or in other law related occupations, wants a better understanding of the role that law plays in mediating power in our society, and in particular between the state and its citizens, or is interested in the formal legal apparatuses of the state.  

Level 1

POL SCI 1AA3 and POL SCI 1AB3
Students wishing to major in Political Science must take POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3 (previously 1G06).

Level 2

POL SCI 2O06
POL SCI 2D03
POL SCI 2C03
POL SCI 2NN3

Level 3

POL SCI 3NN3
POL SCI 3NN6

18 Units from the Public Law and Judicial Studies Course List
Public Law and Judicial Studies Course List

  • POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
  • POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
  • POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
  • POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism: Theoretical, Constitutional and Institutional Issues
  • POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3V03 - Women and Politics
  • POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
  • POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights

Level 4

POL SCI 4JS6
6 units of Level 4 Political Science
Students may take a maximum of 12 units of Level 4 Political Science. Additional units of Level 4 POL SCI courses may not be used towards electives
Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Level 4 Political Science. Additional units of Level 4 POL SCI courses may not be used towards electives

Enrollment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement. Students must have a grade of at least C in POLSCI 1G06 A/B or an average of at least 5.0 in POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3. For continuation in the program, see Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

Parliamentary Internship Programs

They should also follow the same formatting in terms of headings etc.  We should also list the awards provided by the Department under the first paragraph in the undergraduate scholarships – if an easily accessible list is available.  If not, then in the future we should.  This formatting should be replicated for each of the programs and minors.

Political Science Academic Advisors (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

Dr. Todd Alway – KTH 538
alwayto@mcmaster.ca

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca

Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

September – January
Dr. Greg Flynn – KTH 543
flynngl@mcmaster.ca

January – April
Dr. Lana Wylie – KTH 506
wyliel@mcmaster.ca

POL SCI 4Z06 Coordinator (For Fall/Winter 2016-17)

Dr. Inder Marwah – KTH 540
marwahi@mcmaster.ca

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

POLSCI 1AA3 - Government, Politics, and Power
POLSCI 1AB3 - Politics and Power in a Globalizing World
POLSCI 2C03 - Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment
POLSCI 2D03 - Canadian Citizenship: Institutional Foundations
POLSCI 2F03 - Politics, Power and Influence in Canada
POLSCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
POLSCI 2I03 - Global Politics
POLSCI 2J03 - Global Political Economy
POLSCI 2M03 - Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Nations
POLSCI 2NN3 - Politics by Design
POLSCI 2O06 A/B - Political Theory
POLSCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration
POLSCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
POLSCI 3B03 - Honours Issues in International Relations and Global Public Policy
POLSCI 3BB3 - Political Communication: Canada and the World
POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
POLSCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
POLSCI 3F03 - Contemporary Social Movements and Popular Coalitions
POLSCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism: Theoretical, Constitutional and Institutional Issues
POLSCI 3H03 - Honours Issues in Comparative Politics
POLSCI 3I03 - Topics in American Politics
POLSCI 3J03 - Honours Issues in Canadian Politics and Canadian Public Policy
POLSCI 3JJ3 - Provincial Politics in Canada
POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
POLSCI 3LA3 - Religion and Politics
POLSCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
POLSCI 3LC3 - Southeast Asian Politics
POLSCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
POLSCI 3NN3 - Statistical Analysis of Primary Data
POLSCI 3NN6 A/B - Public Law
POLSCI 3PR3 - Practice of Politics
POLSCI 3Q03 - The Causes of War
POLSCI 3UU3 - Reading Course
POLSCI 3V03 - Women and Politics
POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
POLSCI 3X03 - Contemporary Security Issues
POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
POLSCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector: Implementation of Policies
POLSCI 4AA6 A/B - Problems In American Politics
POLSCI 4D06 A/B - Human Rights and International Politics
POLSCI 4EP3 - Environmental Policy
POLSCI 4FF3 - Rights and Justice
POLSCI 4G06 A/B - Politics of Public Policy
POLSCI 4GG3 - Conceptual Issues in Global Politics
POLSCI 4HH3 - Critical Theory
POLSCI 4JJ3 - Cosmopolitanism
POLSCI 4JS6 A/B - Politics and Judicial Studies
POLSCI 4KB3 - Non-Western International Relations
POLSCI 4KC3 - Comparative Democratization
POLSCI 4KD3 - Emotion and the Global Economy
POLSCI 4KK3 - Advanced Issues in Global Security
POLSCI 4NN3 - Studies in Global Political Economy
POLSCI 4O06 A/B - Canadian Public Policy
POLSCI 4Q06 A/B - Politics and Society in Latin America
POLSCI 4QQ3 - Issues in International Politics
POLSCI 4RR3 - Health Policy in the Industrialized World
POLSCI 4SS3 - Politics and Social Policy in the Developing World
POLSCI 4T06 A/B - Issues in Canadian Politics
POLSCI 4Y03 - Domination and Decolonization
POLSCI 4Z06 A/B - Honours Essay
POLSCI 4ZZ6 A/B - Experiential Learning in Research

For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
flynnrm@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or equivalent, with 6 Grade 12 U/M courses including English 4U. The anticipated cut-off required by Ontario High School applicants for admission to Social Sciences I is 75-78% (subject to change).
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
April