Global Power & Politics


Program Coordinator

A. Pickel, MA (Guelph), Dipl Pol (Free University of Berlin), PhD (York)

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. Enter this option, designed to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the formal, informal, visible and hidden structures of power in the global age and the mechanisms that propel global power and politics.

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:

POST 2200Y

POST 3200H



POST 3240H

POST 3905Y/3906H

POST 3960Y

POST 4030Y

POST 4200H


POST 4340H

POST 4905Y/4906H

POST 4960H

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