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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 one of POL SCI 1AA3 or 1AB3 (previously 1G06).

Level 2

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

Level 3

POL SCI 3NN3
POL SCI 3CL3 and POL SCI 3RF3 (previously 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
  • POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3V03 - Gender and Politics
  • POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
  • POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights

Level 4

POL SCI 4JS3
POL SCI 4LC3
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

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 C or greater in one of  POL SCI 1AA3 or 1AB3 or a grade of at least C in POL SCI 1g06 A/B. 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 2017-18 Term)

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

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

Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2017-18 Term)

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

POL SCI 4Z06 Coordinator (For Fall/Winter 2017-18)

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.

POL SCI 1AA3 - Government, Politics, and Power
POL SCI 1AB3 - Politics and Power in a Globalizing World
POL SCI 2C03 - Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment
POL SCI 2D03 - Canadian Democracy
POL SCI 2F03 - Politics, Power and Influence in Canada
POL SCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
POL SCI 2I03 - Global Politics
POL SCI 2J03 - Global Political Economy
POL SCI 2M03 - Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Nations
POL SCI 2NN3 - Politics by Design
POL SCI 2O06 A/B - Political Theory
POL SCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration
POL SCI 2US3 - US Politics
POL SCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
POL SCI 3B03 - Honours Issues in International Relations and Global Public Policy
POL SCI 3BB3 - Political Communication: Canada and the World
POL SCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
POL SCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
POL SCI 3CL3 - Constitutional and Public Law in Canada
POL SCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
POL SCI 3F03 - Contemporary Social Movements and Popular Coalitions
POL SCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
POL SCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
POL SCI 3GC3 - Global Climate Change
POL SCI 3GG3 - Federalism: Theoretical, Constitutional and Institutional Issues
POL SCI 3H03 - Honours Issues in Comparative Politics
POL SCI 3I03 - Topics in American Politics
POL SCI 3J03 - Honours Issues in Canadian Politics and Canadian Public Policy
POL SCI 3JJ3 - Provincial Politics in Canada
POL SCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
POL SCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
POL SCI 3LA3 - Religion and Politics
POL SCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
POL SCI 3LC3 - Southeast Asian Politics
POL SCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
POL SCI 3NN3 - Statistical Analysis of Primary Data
POL SCI 3PB3 - Politics from Below
POL SCI 3PR3 - Practice of Politics
POL SCI 3Q03 - The Causes of War
POL SCI 3RF3 - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
POL SCI 3UU3 - Reading Course
POL SCI 3V03 - Gender and Politics
POL SCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
POL SCI 3WP3 - Working in Politics
POL SCI 3X03 - Contemporary Security Issues
POL SCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
POL SCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector: Implementation of Policies
POL SCI 4AA6 A/B - Contemporary Politics
POL SCI 4CA3 - Issues in Canadian Politics
POL SCI 4CF3 - Canadian Foreign Policy
POL SCI 4D06 A/B - International Politics
POL SCI 4EP3 - Environmental Policy
POL SCI 4FF3 - Rights and Justice
POL SCI 4G06 A/B - Politics of Public Policy
POL SCI 4GG3 - Conceptual Issues in Global Politics
POL SCI 4HH3 - Critical Theory
POL SCI 4HR3 - Human Rights
POL SCI 4JJ3 - Cosmopolitanism
POL SCI 4JS3 - Judicial Studies
POL SCI 4KB3 - Non-Western International Relations
POL SCI 4KC3 - Comparative Democratization
POL SCI 4KD3 - Emotion and the Global Economy
POL SCI 4KK3 - Advanced Issues in Global Security
POL SCI 4LA3 - Politics in Latin America
POL SCI 4LC3 - Research on Law and Courts
POL SCI 4NN3 - Studies in Global Political Economy
POL SCI 4O06 A/B - Canadian Politics
POL SCI 4PA3 - Policy Analysis and Implementation
POL SCI 4Q06 A/B - Comparative Politics
POL SCI 4QQ3 - Issues in International Politics
POL SCI 4RR3 - Health Policy in the Industrialized World
POL SCI 4SS3 - Politics and Social Policy in the Developing World
POL SCI 4UF3 - US Foreign Policy
POL SCI 4Y03 - Domination and Decolonization
POL SCI 4Z06 A/B - Honours Essay
POL SCI 4ZZ6 A/B - Experiential Learning in Research

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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