A. Pickel, MA (Guelph), Dipl Pol (Free University of Berlin), PhD (York)
The Option in Global Power & Politics (GP) is offered by the Global Politics Section within the Department of Political Studies. It is intended for students interested in developing a critical understanding of the formal and informal, visible and hidden structures of power in the global age. A critical approach starts from the premise that the most urgent political problems of our time pose fundamental moral problems that require not only goodwill and commitment, but a deep understanding of the mechanisms of global power and politics. From imperialism and resource wars to the corruption of both liberal democracy and socialism, as well as the ubiquitous rise of inequality, those who desire to make a difference must seek this expanded knowledge. While housed in the social sciences, the Option also seeks to appeal to politically-minded students in the sciences and the humanities.
The Option in Global Power & Politics is closely tied to the work done in the Centre for the Critical Study of Global Power & Politics (see Research Centres). Students are invited to participate in the work of the Centre. Students are strongly encouraged to explore the thesis option in their final year of study.
Students who have fulfilled the requirements for an Honours degree in any subject may graduate with an Option in Global Power & Politics if they have also successfully completed the following 5.0 credits:
– 1.0 credit from POST 2200Y or 2230Y
– 2.0 credits from 3000-level POST (GP) courses or HIST 3150Y/3151H or IDST-POST-WMST 3881H/4881H
– 2.0 credits from 4000-level POST (GP) courses
The following courses carry the designation “GP” in the Political Studies section of the Calendar. See Political Studies (p. 215) for course descriptions: