All around us the world is changing. Security considerations, geo-politics, divisions born of wealth and poverty, and global development challenges are all re-shaping the world in fascinating and critical ways.

Political science is the field of study interested in making sense of power and authority within the global, national, provincial and local arenas.

Political Science at King’s is a vibrant community of students and award-winning faculty that offers opportunities to questions and debate policy choices and to examine alternative futures for our society. The King’s Political Science Department is committed to real student engagement and active learning. Our faculty supports an active student club and a debating society where vibrant discussion, contentious, timely public lectures, and visits to major political institutions take place frequently. We aim to help students develop in all aspects of life- intellectually, socially and personally. 

For Ontario high school students a minimum 80% final entrance average is required. Averages are calculated on the top six 4U or 4M credits including English 4U.

College transfer students are required to have a minimum cumulative average of "B" or better in an acceptable one-year certificate (General Arts and Sciences, Pre-Health Science, Human Services Foundation) or completed diploma. College transfer students may earn up to a maximum of five transfer credits. Individual courses must have a minimum achievement of 60% to be considered for transfer credit.

King’s projects a minimum 65% for admission for students transferring from another Canadian University. A maximum of ten transfer credit may be granted. Individual courses must have a minimum achievement of 60% to be considered for transfer credit.

Programs Offered

Courses in Political Science may include:


Course Description: This introduction to politics emphasizes how people and the state use power to achieve political aims. Students will learn essential concepts (power, authority, democracy, freedom) and influential ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, feminism, nationalism), explore our institutional landscape (legislatures, executives, the judiciary) and agents of change (parties, media, interest groups).


Course Description: This course introduces students to the study of global politics. Drawing on a range of perspectives, the course examines the most significant issues in global affairs such as war, peace, terrorism, security, diplomacy, nationalism, global justice, global environment, globalization, global governance, poverty, development, human rights, gender, and inequality.

Political Science 2231E - International Relations

This course surveys contemporary world politics and examines contending theories used by scholars and policymakers to make sense of international affairs. It also provides the conceptual tools and theories to interpret the international system.

Political Science 2237E - Introduction to Political Theory

An examination of central themes and issues in the history of political thought from ancient to modern times.

Political Science 3360F/G - 21st Century Media and Politics

This course looks critically at the role of media as a contributor to and conduit of the political process. It examines the impact of media type and journalistic practices on the distribution of information and political behaviour. Both traditional and new media will be examined in depth.

Political Science 4430E - Critical Security Studies

This course introduces students to the burgeoning field of Critical Security Studies.  One of the problems central to this field is that our understanding of what security means is unresolved. Themes include: security and identity; securitization; gender and security; security and technology; environmental security; and human security.

  • Law
  • Government and Public Service
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Intelligence
  • Public Relations
  • Consulting
  • NGO advocacy
  • International organizations
  • Business
  • Academics

Approximate Costs

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