Course description

Students in this seminar course will develop breadth and depth in their knowledge and skills in the sub-fields of political science. Students will work with key texts, and demonstrate their knowledge of the standard methodological quantitative and qualitative approaches in each of the sub-fields. The seminar will meet regularly. As part of the course, students will undertake a detailed research project comprising a 40-60 page (15,000 – 20,000 word) paper under the direct supervision of a faculty member, which demonstrates their ability to analyze and evaluate an issue in one of the sub-fields of Political Science. As part of the seminar students will prepare and present a project proposal, draft and final versions of their papers, discuss their ongoing research, examine issues and approaches related to the structure, organization and presentation of the thesis, and comment and critique work presented by their peers.

  1. Dr. Philippe Constantineau for Political theory

  2. Dr. Stéphanie Chouinard for Canadian Politics

  3. Dr. David Last for Comparative politics

  4. Maj. Christian Breede for international relations

  5. Dr. Abdelkérim Ousman for Public administration

Module description - Comparative Politics

This is a special accelerated offering of the Comparative Politics component of the Honours seminar in political science. POE492 is a two-credit, two-semester course with a delivery pattern of 1-0-8. The course is divided across five fields and a research project. The research project is about 50 percent of the effort, or 13 contact hours and about 100 study hours. With an introduction and integration (front and back end for the fields) there are about two contact hours and 16 study hours per field. Normally, the learning objectives would be assessed through presentations and discussions. In the case of this accelerated option, the student will write a 1500-word seminar paper for the Comparative module. We assume that the student has successfully completed POE320 and understands the basics of comparative method (most similar and most different systems design) and comparative government.  Eight hours of reading permits about 400-500 pages of assigned readings, allowing time to write and edit a 1500-word paper. The student will make choices about the readings with which to engage, and will reflect those choices in the seminar paper.

This module will be marked out of 100, which will constitute an agreed portion of the total mark for the course.

  1. 20 - Discussion, questions, and comments on readings with the instructor

  2. 20 - Outline plan for seminar paper

  3. 10 - Annotated bibliography and references for seminar paper

  4. 70 - Seminar paper

The final assignment may be resubmitted for an improved mark based on comments returned on the assignment wrapper. Earlier assignments are benchmarks for

This online teaching resource was developed by David Last at RMC as part of a normal teaching load. It is housed on a private web site.  It is neither the property nor the responsibility of the RMC Division of Continuing Studies.

David Last, lastdav@gmail.com  updated April 2018