Political Science Learning Outcomes
We want students to have a solid grounding in the history of politics, and the ability to critically analyse issues and current events. We want our students to go beyond the known facts, and develop new understandings of politics and political processes, and be active participants in providing innovative solutions to societal problems. We believe that it is important for students to learn how to manage ambiguity and marshal arguments. To these ends, the political science department is committed to the following learning outcomes which we consciously incorporate into our courses:
Knowledge of the Discipline
Students will gain an understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives and approaches, and historical and contemporary debates in the discipline of political science and its subfields; Political Theory, Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.
Students will develop an understanding and be able to apply both diverse quantitative and qualitative research methods in the discipline of political science to design, conduct, analyze and write research reports and essays.
Critical Thinking Skills
Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills which are essential ingredients in identifying, defining, and analyzing political problems and providing solutions.
Application of Knowledge in Political Science
Students will develop competency in the discipline and be confident to apply diverse theories, concepts, policy approaches, and principles to address local, national, international, transgovernmental and transnational challenges.
Values and Culture
Students will develop ethical understating of diversity, indigenization, gender, and multiculturalism and act in a respectful, honest and transparent manner in the university, community, and the workplace.
Students will develop effective written and oral communication skills, including listening and comprehending complex arguments, and be confident to articulate their views while offering innovative solutions to societal problems.
Students will be able to identify credible sources of information, develop an understanding of the difference between opinion and informed argument, locate, access, and reference academic and non-academic information from a wide range of sources including libraries, internet, and the community.
Students will understand and develop a deeper appreciation of different intellectual philosophies, traditions, cultural values, and beliefs that underpin political behavior of diverse societies and organizations in the world.
Individual Growth and Professional Development
Students will develop a deeper understanding of the political world by engaging in informed analysis of issues, debates, and presentations on a variety of topics that not only prepare one for graduate studies but necessary for employment in the public and private sectors.