Learning Streams

Learning Streams aim to provide our undergraduate students with a specialized, evolving knowledge in a certain area of Political Science. This will also allow them to carve out a designated career path.

Below, you can find brief summaries of each stream as well as courses and possible career options related to each.

Diversity and Migration

The Diversity and Migration track examines the possibilities and challenges that result from living in an increasingly diverse society. Political Identities (including race, religion, ethnicity, language, citizenship, gender and sexual orientation) shape how we engage with the political system.

In this stream, we study how these identities matter for politics in Canada and around the world.

Faculty Responsible: Busumtwi-Sam, de Rooij, Fourot, Johnson, Leger, McGovern, Weldon
Potential Careers: working in Advocacy, Federal Government, Provincial Government, NGOs, Immigration

Lower Division Courses:
POL131, POL221, POL222

Upper Division (300):
POL317, POL321, POL338Q,
POL350, POL351

Upper Division (400):
POL416, POL463, POL470

Justice and Law

The Justice and Law track examines the important role of legal institutions and human rights in politics and society. We focus on how governments create laws and legal institutions, how civil society actors challenge them, and how legal institutions shape citizens and their relationship to the state. 

Faculty Responsible: Busumtwi-Sam, Heard, Johnson, Leger, McGovern.
Potential Careers: Law (as a Solicitor, Judge, etc), in Advoacy, Policing, Immigration or Journalism.

Lower Division Courses:
POL151, POL221

Upper Division (300):
POL311, POL312, POL324, POL344

Upper Division (400):
POL415, POL417

Public Policy and Democratic Governance

The Public Policy and Democratic Governance track examines how governments respond to social, economic and political problems on the local, national and international levels. It focuses on the interplay among the public, civil society actors, politicians, the media, and democratic institutions in addressing these problems.

Faculty Responsible: de Rooij, Dobuzinskis, Fourot, Heard, Hira, Howlett, Jeram, Johnson, Laycock, Leger, McGovern, Perl, Pickup, Smith, Weldon.
Potential Careers: Politics, Federal/Provicinal/Municipal Government, NGOs, Advocacy, Policy Analysis, Lobbying, Urban Policy Planning

Lower Division Courses:
POL121, POL131, POL150
POL221, POL253

Upper Division (300):
POL313, POL321, POL322, 
POL350, POL351, POL354, POL381W

Upper Division (400):
POL411, POL415, POL423, 
POL426QW, POL436, POL451
POL452W, POL454, POL455
POL456, POL457W, POL463

Diplomacy, Defence and Development

The Diplomacy, Defence and Development track examinse how state and non-state actors interact in the global arena in political, economic and security areas. It also examines the increasing interconnectedness between domestic and international affairs. 

We study how states deal with conflict, trade, development, and emerging or non-traditional issues. Key ingredients in this track are: foreign and development policy, international law and organization, democracy-building, economic policy and development.

Faculty Responsible: Busumtwi-Sam, Cornut, Hira, Kawasaki, Moens, Ross.
Potential Careers: working in Diplomacy, Foreign Service, Intergovernmental Organization, Military, Security and Intelligence, International Organizations, Journalism.

Lower Division Courses:

Upper Division (300):
POL338, POL342, POL343,
POL346, POL347, POL348,
POL373, POL374

Upper Division (400):
POL422, POL443, POL445W,
POL446W, POL447

Research Methods and Analysis

The Research and Analysis track focuses on developing the analytical, conceptual and data analysis skills necessary for understanding social and political problem in an increasingly data-driven and evidence-based world. This track has two components that fit with SFU's strategic research clusters: Big Data and Community-Engaged research.

Faculty Responsible: Pickup, Weldon, Jeram, McGovern, Johnson, de Rooij
Potential Careers: working in academia, Think Tanks, Research, Polling, Data Journalism

Lower Division Courses:
POL200, POL201, POL210

Upper Division (300):
POL314, POL315, POL338QW

Upper Division (400):
POL426QW, POL490, POL497,