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Department of Political Science


6070 Academic Quadrangle, (604) 2915487 Tel, (604) 2915364 Fax, www.sfu.ca/politics/gradintro.html

Chair

S. McBride BSc (Econ) (Lond), MA, PhD (McM)

Graduate Program Chair

D.A. Ross BA, MA, PhD (Tor)

Faculty and Areas of Research

see "Department of Political Science". for a complete list of faculty.

J. Busumtwi-Sam - international organization and law, conflict management, political economy

L.J. Cohen - comparative government and politics - Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

D. Cohn - Canadian politics, research methods and health policy

M.G. Cohen - public policy, women's studies, economics

T.H. Cohn - international relations, Canadian foreign policy

M.A. Covell - comparative ethnic conflicts, African politics, comparative federalism

L. Dobuzinskis - public policy/administration, political philosophy and political economy (rational choice)

L.J. Erickson - Canadian politics, political behavior, women and politics, parties

A. Heard - Canadian judicial and constitutional issues, comparative human rights

A. Hira - international political economy, Latin American studies

M. Howlett - public administration and policy, Canadian government and politics

T. Kawasaki - Japanese politics and foreign policy, international relations theory, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific region

D. Laycock - political philosophy and public administration/policy, Canadian government

S. McBride - political economy, Canadian politics, globalization

P. Meyer - East Asian international relations, Society and Russian foreign policy, comparative foreign policy

A. Moens - international relations, comparative politics, US politics

D.A. Ross - international security and conflict studies, Canadian foreign and defence policies

P.J. Smith - public policy/administration, Canadian and comparative local government, Canadian government and politics, federalism

P.V. Warwick - research methods, comparative government - Western Europe

Fields of Study

The major fields of study are

political theory

Canadian government and politics

comparative government and politics

international relations

Within these three major fields of study there are three distinct thematic emphases of: public policy, political economy and governance.

Admission

For general admission requirements see "1.3 Admission". of the Graduate General Regulations section. In addition, the department requires students to submit written statements of their current interests and proposed areas of research.

Applications for graduate work will be considered, by and large, with reference to the manner in which the proposed area of the candidate's research coincides with the teaching and research interests of the faculty. See the list of faculty for general research interests.

Should additional course work be deemed necessary, the graduate studies committee will indicate the same as a prerequisite.

Degree Requirements

MA Program

The program may be completed through an essay or project option, a thesis option, or a field exam option. Students are admitted to the essay or project option and require approval of the graduate program chair to transfer to another stream. Except in extenuating circumstances, students may only transfer once during the MA program.

Upon enrolment, students are assigned a two member supervisory committee which has the responsibility for determining, in consultation with the student, the projected program of study and for ensuring that the student fulfils all degree requirements. The supervisory committee must approve all courses and program choices.

The essay or project option requires completion of either extended essays in two fields of study offered by the department or one research project. Students in the essay or project option complete five courses: POL 801 or 802 plus four additional courses from at least two of the department's three fields of study. A research project, to a maximum of 12,500 words (plus bibliography), must have substantial original content. Each extended essay is expected to elaborate upon course work research and is not to exceed 12,500 words (plus bibliography). Extended essays and research projects are defended in an oral defence.

To be admitted to the thesis stream, students must submit, first to the thesis supervisory committee and then to the appropriate department field committee, a thesis proposal outlining a brief topic summary, its relevance, the methodology to be followed in the investigation, and a chapter-by-chapter outline, a timetable for thesis completion and a select bibliography. The thesis proposal must be approved by the thesis supervisory committee and by the appropriate field committee.

Students in the thesis stream complete four courses: POL 801 or 802 plus three additional courses from at least two of the three fields of study offered by the department. Students also must write a thesis, normally 18,750 to 25,000 words in length (plus bibliography) and defend it in an oral defence.

To be admitted to the field exam stream, students must submit, first to the supervisory committee and then to the appropriate department field committee, a field exam proposal outlining major and minor fields of study, a draft reading list in each field, and a timetable for field exam completion. The field exam proposal must be approved by the student's supervisory committee and by the appropriate department field committee. To fulfil the requirements, students complete six courses: POL 801 or 802 plus five additional courses from at least three of the five department fields of study. Students also must pass two written field examinations: one in their major and one in their minor field of study. The supervisory committee will serve as the nucleus of the field examination committee. With the student's consultation, the supervisory committee will be expanded to include additional examiners if necessary. Any student who fails one of the field examinations, and one only, may retake the failed field examination.

PhD Program

The department offers specialized research resources in Canadian politics and public policy, comparative politics, and international relations with a focus on issues of political economy, public policy and governance. However, the department may offer advanced study in other political science fields, subject to the availability of faculty research expertise.

Admission

In addition to the minimum admission requirements (page 297 of the Graduate General Regulations 1.3.3), the department requires a completed political science MA normally with a minimum 3.67 GPA in graduate courses taken towards the MA degree. A written statement of current research interests indicating two areas of proposed specialization, three letters of reference from qualified referees, and a sample of the candidate's written work are also required. How well the applicant's proposed research coincides with the department's focus on political economy, public policy and governance is an important admission consideration. Background deficiencies must be met by taking appropriate courses in addition to normal PhD work.

Admission applications are reviewed once each year by the department graduate studies committee. The program starts in September.

Supervisory Committee

In accordance with Graduate General Regulation 1.6, (page 300) upon program admission, the departmental graduate studies committee assigns a senior supervisor and two second supervisors to each student. This committee is responsible for monitoring, aiding and evaluating the student's progress. Each supervisory committee will be structured to reflect the department's focus on issues of political economy, public policy and governance and to ensure that these constitute an integral part of each program.

Program Requirements

The PhD program consists of 20 credit hours of graduate work beyond the requirements of the MA plus a second language requirement, two comprehensive exams and a thesis.

Course Work

Students must successfully complete 20 credit hours of graduate level course work. All courses must be approved by the student's supervisory committee and reflect the areas of specialization within the fields of political economy, public policy and governance as identified in the student's letter of intent. Students must complete POL 801 or 802 or equivalent. All courses must be completed prior to completion of any other component of the program.

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate a reading ability in one language other than English that is acceptable to the supervisory committee. Students studying subjects related to Canadian politics must demonstrate an ability to read French which is determined by successful completion of a time limited examination consisting of a dictionary aided translation of a passage from the political science literature written in the language selected.

Comprehensive Examinations

Upon course work completion and prior to thesis research, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination in two selected fields. By the end of the second semester, the student's senior supervisor notifies the departmental graduate studies committee of the two political science fields of study which will serve as comprehensive examinations subjects. Each exam consists of a three hour written exam and a one hour oral exam, held one week after the written exam. Each is established, conducted and evaluated by a comprehensive examination committee selected by the department graduate studies committee. Each comprehensive examination committee is composed of two members of the student's supervisory committee and one additional faculty member who is not on that supervisory committee. The comprehensive examination committee is chaired by the department graduate studies chair.

Students receive a grade of pass with distinction, pass or unsatisfactory from the comprehensive examination committee following completion of the written and oral component of each field. Students who receive a failing grade are permitted one retake of that exam after a period of remedial study of no less than three months.

Thesis

Candidates successfully completing both comprehensive examinations are required to complete POL 890. The PhD seminar assists students with formal thesis preparation and to relate it to issues of political economy, public policy and governance. POL 890 culminates with the student's presentation as a seminar to the department outlining his/her research interests. This is done prior to submission of a formal thesis proposal to the graduate studies committee.

Following the departmental seminar and after consultations with the student's supervisory committee, the student prepares a thesis proposal for graduate studies committee approval. The proposal will state the thesis title, topic, general intent, methodology and selected bibliography and will be accompanied by a detailed research plan and timetable for the completion of each thesis chapter. The thesis proposal should not exceed 25 pages in length, excluding bibliographic references.

The thesis should not be more than 300 pages and must represent an original contribution to the development of the discipline. The completed thesis must be successfully defended at an oral defence established in accordance with the Graduate General Regulations 1.9 (page 301) and 1.10 (page 302).

Performance Evaluation

In accordance with Graduate General Regulation 1.8 (page 301) the progress of each student is reviewed periodically by the graduate studies committee. At least once each year, the student's supervisory committee submits a written report on the student's progress to the graduate studies committee to aid its deliberations. Students judged to have maintained unsatisfactory progress may be asked to withdraw from the program.

Time Limits

Although Graduate General Regulation 1.12 (page 303) establishes an eight year time limit for PhD completion, the department expects that the PhD program will be completed within three to five years.

Graduate Courses

POL 801-5 Theoretical Perspectives in Political Science
POL 802-5 Political Research: Design and Analysis
POL 812-5 Political Theory
POL 814-5 Normative Political Theory
POL 821-5 Canadian Government and Politics
POL 825-5 Canadian Political Economy
POL 826-5 Parties and Ideologies in Canada
POL 827-5 Issues in Canadian Government and Politics
POL 829-5 Internship
POL 830-5 Comparative Government and Politics
POL 832-5 Government and Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Countries
POL 837-5 Issues in Comparative Politics
POL 838-5 Government and Politics of Industrialized Countries
POL 839-5 Government and Politics of Developing Countries
POL 841-5 International Relations
POL 842-5 International Law and Organization
POL 843-5 Canadian Foreign Policy
POL 844-5 International Political Economy
POL 845-5 Foreign Policy Analysis
POL 846-5 International Security Studies
POL 851-5 Public Policy Analysis
POL 852-5 Urban Government and Politics
POL 853-5 Public Administration
POL 855-5 Science, Technology and Public Policy
POL 856-5 Issues in Social and Economic Policy
POL 861-5 Issues in Political Development

Students with credit for POL 837-5 may not take this course for further credit.

POL 890-0 PhD Seminar
POL 891-0 Master's Seminar
POL 892-0 Research Project
POL 893-5 Readings in Political Science
POL 894-5 Readings in Political Science II
POL 895-0 Extended Essays
POL 896-0 PhD Comprehensive Exam
POL 897-0 Field Examinations in Major Areas of MA Concentration
POL 898-0 Master's Thesis
POL 899-0 PhD Thesis Research


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