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NEW Honours Political Science Specialization in Global Citizenship

This specialization is designed to prepare students for their roles as citizens within a globalized world. It examines global citizenship in relation to some of the main challenges faced by contemporary politics. Students will use various perspectives to explore citizenship, democracy, human rights, north-south relations, economic justice and human security.

Hons.B.A.NEW Honours Political Science Specialization in Global Citizenship

This specialization is designed to prepare students for their roles as citizens within a globalized world. It examines global citizenship in relation to some of the main challenges faced by contemporary politics. Students will use various perspectives to explore citizenship, democracy, human rights, north-south relations, economic justice and human security.

Citizenship is most commonly understood in national terms. While there are established philosophical and legal traditions that underpin the meaning of “Canadian citizenship” or “American citizenship,” what does it mean to speak of “global citizenship”? This program critically assesses global citizenship in relationship to some of the main challenges of contemporary politics, including refugee movements, global climate change, corporate responsibility, ethnic conflict, humanitarian interventions, global poverty, and advances in communication technologies. By the end of the program students will have gained an understanding of these issues and debates with the aim of showing how they can enact themselves as global citizens

Level 1

  • POLSCI 1AA3
  • POLSCI 1AB3
  • GLOBALZN 1A03

Level 2

  • POLSCI 2I03
  • POLSCI 2J03
  • POLSCI 2O06 A/B
  • POLSCI 2D03 or POLSCI 2M03
  • POLSCI 2NN3

Level 3

  • POLSCI 3NN3

Level 3 Global Citizenship Experiential Requirement

An important element of the Global Citizenship specialization is experiential engagement with global issues in the third year of your program. You will do this either by studying abroad for one or two terms or undertaking a placement with a group or organisation working on global issues. The two options are outlined below.

1. Term(s) Abroad

Spend either one or two terms abroad studying courses that align with our third year global citizenship course list.

Process:
Financing
Common Universities

McMaster has a large number of exchange agreements with other universities. Some are open to all universities while others are limited to particular faculties. The universities that our students have most often attended are:

  • Australia / New Zealand – University of Adelaide, University of Auckland
  • UK – Sheffield, Warwick, Bristol, Durham, Leeds, Newcastle
  • Ireland – Limerick, Maynooth
  • France – Science Po Lille, Jean Moulin Lyon 3
  • Netherlands VU Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam

Other possibilities worth exploring:

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Osaka University
  • University of Trento

For students who decide to do a single term exchange, 9 units from the Global Citizenship Level III Course List are required to be completed.

2. Global Citizenship Placement

An alternative to a term abroad is placement with a group or organization working on a global citizenship issue. This could include groups working on development issues, refugees and settlement, peace and security, climate change, international solidarity of various forms. The placement can take a wide variety of forms. It might involve working on a specific project for a local organisation, volunteering for an organisation, an intensive summer course or even an executive role with McMaster’s Model UN. Most placements would involve 40-80 hours of work and a final reflection paper on the experience. Students will receive 3 units of academic credit in POLSCI 3WP3 (Working in Politics) and will be required to complete an additional 15 units from the Global Citizenship Level III Course List. 

This experience is largely self-directed which means that students take a leadership role in identifying a potential partner and placing their experience in the context of the theme of Global Citizenship. Students will receive guidance from the Department and Office of Experiential Education.

Level 4

  • POLSCI 4GC3
  • 9 units from the Global Citizenship Level IV Course List

Global Citizenship Level III Course List

  • POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
  • POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
  • POLSCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
  • POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
  • POLSCI 3GC3 - Global Climate Change
  • POLSCI 3H03 - Honours Issues in Comparative Politics
  • POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
  • POLSCI 3LC3 - Southeast Asian Politics
  • POLSCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
  • POLSCI 3PB3 - Politics from Below
  • POLSCI 3Q03 - The Causes of War
  • POLSCI 3RF3 - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • POLSCI 3V03 - Gender and Politics
  • POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
  • POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights

Global Citizenship Level IV Course List

  • POLSCI 4CF3 
  • POLSCI 4D06 A/B 
  • POLSCI 4GG3 
  • POLSCI 4HR3
  • POLSCI 4JJ3
  • POLSCI 4KB3 
  • POLSCI 4KC3 
  • POLSCI 4KK3
  • POLSCI 4LA3 
  • POLSCI 4NN3 
  • POLSCI 4PE3 
  • POLSCI 4QQ3 
  • POLSCI 4UF3 
  • POLSCI 4Y03 
  • POLSCI 4YR3 
  • POLSCI 4Z06 A/B

Enrollment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion on any Level I program with a Grade Point average of at least a 5.0 including a grade of C or greater in one of POLSCI 1AA3 or 1AB3 (or 1G06 A/B). Students are strongly encouraged to complete GLOBALZN 1A03 in Level I.

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 (Fall/Winter 2019-20)

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

Dr. Alina Sajed – KTH 531
sajeda@mcmaster.ca

Undergraduate Chair (Fall/Winter 2019-20)

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca 
(Fall 2019 Term)

Dr. Lana Wylie - KTH 511
wyliel@mcmaster.ca
(Winter 2020 Term)

Award and POLSCI 4Z06 Coordinator (For Fall/Winter 2019-20)

Dr. Nibaldo Galleguillos - KTH 542
gallegui@mcmasterca

Engagement Experiential Coordinator and POLSCI 3WP3 Coordinator (For Fall/Winter 2019-20)

Dr. Lana Wylie - KTH 511
wyliel@mcmaster.ca
(Fall 2019 Term)

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca 
(Winter 2020 Term)

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 Democracy
• 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 - Governance, Representation, and Participation in Democracies
• POLSCI 2MN3 - Reel Politics
• POLSCI 2NN3 - Politics by Design
• POLSCI 2O06 A/B - Political Theory
• POLSCI 2PF3 - Politics of Funny
• POLSCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration
• POLSCI 2US3 - US Politics
• 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 3CL3 - Constitutional and Public Law in Canada
• POLSCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
• POLSCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
• POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
• POLSCI 3GC3 - Global Climate Change
• POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism
• 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 3JR3 - The Rule of Law and Legal and Judicial Reforms in the Developing World
• POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
• POLSCI 3KA3 - Indigenous Human Rights
• 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 3LP3 - Topics in Law and Policy
• POLSCI 3NN3 - Statistical Analysis of Primary Data
• POLSCI 3PB3 - Politics from Below
• POLSCI 3PR3 - Practice of Politics
• POLSCI 3Q03 - The Causes of War
• POLSCI 3RF3 - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
• POLSCI 3UU3 - Reading Course
• POLSCI 3V03 - Gender and Politics
• POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
• POLSCI 3WP3 - Working in Politics
• POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
• POLSCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector Management
• POLSCI 4AA6 A/B - Contemporary Politics
• POLSCI 4CA3 - Issues in Canadian Politics
• POLSCI 4CF3 - Canadian Foreign Policy
• POLSCI 4D06 A/B - International Politics
• POLSCI 4DV3 - Death and Violence
• POLSCI 4FF3 - Rights and Justice
• POLSCI 4G06 A/B - Politics of Public Policy
• POLSCI 4GC3 - Advanced Issues in Global Citizenship
• POLSCI 4GG3 - Conceptual Issues in Global Politics
• POLSCI 4HH3 - Critical Theory
• POLSCI 4HR3 - Human Rights
• POLSCI 4JJ3 - Cosmopolitanism
• POLSCI 4JS3 - Judicial Studies
• POLSCI 4KB3 - Non-Western International Relations
• POLSCI 4KC3 - Comparative Democratization
• POLSCI 4KK3 - Advanced Issues in Global Security
• POLSCI 4LA3 - Politics in Latin America
• POLSCI 4LC3 - Research on Law and Courts
• POLSCI 4NN3 - Studies in Global Political Economy
• POLSCI 4O06 A/B - Canadian Politics
• POLSCI 4OL3 - Origins of Law
• POLSCI 4PA3 - Policy Analysis and Implementation
• POLSCI 4PE3 - Global Political Ecology
• POLSCI 4PO3 - Public Opinion
• POLSCI 4Q06 A/B - Comparative Politics
• POLSCI 4QQ3 - Issues in International Politics
• POLSCI 4RR3 - Health Policy in the Industrialized World
• POLSCI 4SS3 - Public Opinion and Policy
• POLSCI 4UF3 - US Foreign Policy
• POLSCI 4Y03 - Domination and Decolonization
• POLSCI 4YR3 - Child/Youth Rights and Security in Global Political Perspective
• POLSCI 4Z06 A/B - Honours Essay
• POLSCI 4ZZ3 - Experiential Learning in Research
• POLSCI 4ZZ6 A/B - Experiential Learning in Research

2019/2020 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses Apply Now
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 (subject to change) to Social Sciences I is 77% - 80%.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
February