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Athabasca University

BA Political Science Concentration

This program is closed to new admissions, effective April 24, 2018.

The BA in Political Science concentration is a valued liberal arts degree that will serve a variety of educational and professional needs in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Canada and globally.

As a discipline, Political Science is very much concerned with the study of power, authority, and governance in human affairs. In today’s world, forms of power, authority, and governance are changing rapidly and becoming increasingly complex. Governance is no longer confined to the nation-state but involves a range of institutions — public, private, and non-governmental — involved in the process of governing and steering a society at the international, national, and sub-national levels.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

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Program Requirements

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 3-year BA with Concentration:

  1. A minimum of 36 credits in designated political science concentration courses including a minimum of 30 senior (300/400) level credits.
  2. 15 credits in the following designated political science concentration core courses:

    6 junior (200) level credits in introductory political science, POLI 277 and POLI 278 or equivalent.

    6 senior (300/400) level credits in political philosophy/theory, POLI 355, POLI 357.

    3 senior (300/400) level credits in Canadian politics and government, POLI 309.

  3. A minimum of 21 credits in the following designated Political Science concentration elective courses:
    CMNS 401 Cultural Policy in Canada (3)
    GLST/GOVN 403 Public Policy in a Global Era (3)
    GLST/GOVN 440 Global Governance and Law (3)
    GLST/INTR/POEC 483 International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization (3)
    GOVN 301 Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power (3)
    GOVN 390 Public Policy and Administrative Governance (3)
    GOVN/HSRV 400 Governance and Leadership (3)
    GOVN 405 Innovative Public Management (3)
    HADM 369 Health Policy in Canada (3)
    POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy (3)
    POLI All 300/400 level courses  


Information effective Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019.

Updated June 18 2018 by laurab

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