Department of Political Science


This page will provide you with information about the political science courses we offer at Saint Mary's. The table below will give you information about current courses. Under the "Title" column, you will find links to syllabi, which contain outlines, expectations, etc.



Course Number Title Professor Day/Time Room
POLI 1201.2A Contemporary Issues Michelle C Coffin MW 01:00 pm-02:15 pm LA 283
POLI 1201.2B Contemporary Issues Edna Keeble TR 04:00 pm-05:15 pm LA 175
POLI 1230.2B Law and Politics Hendricus Van Wilgenburg MW 04:00 pm-05:15 pm SB 255
POLI 1230.2DT Law and Politics Hendricus Van Wilgenburg W 01:00 pm-03:30 pm DT
POLI 1240 Politics and Business Darryl Eisan W 7:00 pm - 9:29 pm LA 174
POLI 1250 Politics and Globalization Carlos Pessoa TR 11:30 am-12:45 pm ME 104
POLI 2304.2YY Canadian Politics in the 21st Century Alexandra Dobrowolsky TR 10:00 am-11:15 am AT 216
POLI 2305.2YY  International Relations  Edna Keeble  TR 01:00 pm-02:15 pm  LA 171 
POLI 2335 History of Political Thought Stella Gaon TR 04:00 pm-06:30 pm LA 273
POLI 2380.2YY Introduction to Comparative Politics Lyubov Zhyznomirska MW 01:00 pm-02:15 pm HC 211
POLI 3205 Politics and Sex  Edna Keeble  W 04:00 pm-06:30 pm  MM 209 
POLI 3246 Public Policy II  Michelle C Coffin TR 08:30 am-09:45 am  LA 171 
POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas  Carlos Pessoa MW 10:00 am-11:15 am  LA 275 
POLI 3470.2YY Empirical Democratic Theory  Ronald G Landes  MW 11:30 am-12:45 pm  LA 282
POLI 3546 Political Parties and Democratic Change  Alexandra Dobrowolsky  T 04:00 pm-06:30 pm  B 207 
POLI 4402 Model United Nations  Marc Doucet  M 04:00 pm-06:30 pm  B 201 
POLI 4500.2YY  Honours Thesis       
POLI 4510 Honours Seminar Lyubov Zhyznomirska   F 11:00 am-01:00 pm   AT 306 
POLI 4877 Espionage & Surveillance State  Ronald G Landes  MW 02:30 pm-03:45 pm  AT 217 


Course Number Title Professor Day/Time Room
POLI 2304 1XX/2YY Canadian Politics 21st Cent Alexandra Dobrowolsky TR 10:00 am-11:15 am AT 216
POLI 2305 1XX/2YY International Relations Edna Keeble TR 1:00 pm-2:15 pm LA 171
POLI 2380 1XX/2YY Comparative Politics Lyubov Zhyznomirska MW 1:00 pm-2:15 pm HC 211
POLI 3470 1XX/2YY Empirical Democratic Theory Ronald G Landes MW 11:30 am-12:45 pm  LA 282
POLI 4500 1XX/2YY Honours Thesis      


Course Number Title Professor Day/Time Room
POLI 1250.1 Politics and Globalization TBA TR 1:30 pm - 4:29 pm B 221
POLI 4827.1 Politics of Environment Justice TBA MW 1:30 pm - 4:29 pm TBA


Course Number Title Professor Day/Time Room
POLI 1230.1 Law and Politics TBA MW 1:30 pm - 4:29 pm TBA
POLI 3314.1 Politics of Developing Areas TBA TR 9:30 am - 12:29 pm TBA
POLI 3322.1 Global Political Economy TBA TR 1:30 pm - 4:29 pm LA 273




Grading Guidelines for the Political Science Department

As of September 16, 2005.

Although the weighting of these categories may vary from course to course, evaluation is normally based on three broad categories:

  • Form: grammar, syntax, and presentation
  • Content: use of relevant, original, and current material
  • Analysis: nuance, balance, and critical assessment

Grading Guidelines PDF

Grade QPA (Full/ Half)* Percent Reg.** Criteria/Description
A+ 4.300 / 2.150 90-100 5a Outstanding, Exceptional, Brilliant. Demonstrates mastery of the subject matter, is an insightful, original thinker/writer, connects theory and practice, understands context and interdisciplinary connections, outstanding research and writing (grammar, punctuation, spelling...) skills.
A 4.000 / 2.000 85-89 5a Excellent. Student has mastered the material/course but lacks no more than one of the other qualities listed above for A+ work.
A- 3.700 / 1.850 80-84 5a Student has generally mastered the material/course but performance in two or more above-mentioned categories is less than superior. Minor proofreading problems.
B+ 3.300 / 1.650 77-79 5a Very good. Well above average and critical understanding of essential material, well-organized thinker/writer/researcher.
B 3.000 / 1.500 73-76 5a Good. Focused. Clear pattern of argument. Good survey of essential research. Well-developed paragraphs.
B- 2.700 / 1.350 70-72 5a Interesting. Beyond obvious arguments and research, some critical thinking, grammatically sound.
C+ 2.300 / 1.150 67-69 5a Above Average. Very good grasp of assigned/required material. Some critical skill.
C 2.000 / 1.000 63-66 5a Average, Satisfactory. Fairly good grasp of the assigned/required material. Basic research and writing skills. Little to no creative or original writing.
C- 1.700 / 0.850 60-62 5a Fair, Adequate. Noticeable pattern of argument. Few serious grammatical or substantive mistakes/gaps. Limited documentation, substantiation of argument.
D 1.000 / 0.500 50-59 5a, 5c Marginal pass. Meets requirements but unlikely to succeed in or get into higher level course.
F 0.000 / 0.000 0-49 5a, 5c,
16b, c, d, e
Failure. Student has withdrawn after the deadline. Plagiarism. Does not meet minimum requirements, has an inadequate grasp of the material, poor research and writing skills.
IP 0.000 / 0.000 0   In Progress. Dean's permission / defaults to F for Honours courses and theses / defaults to F at 6 months.
IC 0.000 / 0.000 0 5e Incomplete. Dean's permission / defaults to F.
AE or estimate 5b, 12 Aegrotat. Dean's permission for medical or compassionate reasons.
W N/A 5b, 16a Withdrawal. Authorized withdrawal from course.
AI N/A 5h Administrative Incomplete. When student is not responsible for incomplete grade.

* The first figure is for full-year (6 credit-hour) courses. The second figure is for half-year (3 credit-hour) courses.
** Relevant calendar regulation. Refer to the .