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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 21, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Program Learning Objectives

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge

Situate the study of politics within its own historical evolution (including disciplinary sub-fields) and vis--vis other areas of inquiry within the social sciences and humanities.

Demonstrate detailed knowledge of core political institutions and processes, as well as core political ideas, methods, theories, and concepts.

Knowledge of Methodologies

Comprehend and evaluate different conceptual/theoretical and methodological approaches (qualitative and quantitative) to the study of politics, and apply them to new research problems.

Appreciate the roles that different levels of analyses have on research and practice.

Application of Knowledge

In written and oral work:

Frame questions, pose solutions, and solve problems by applying core concepts, theories, and methods to assess various political phenomena.

Synthesise information from the scholarly literature and primary resources to address complex research questions.

Communication Skills

Communicate ideas and arguments in a variety of written and oral mediums and to a range of audiences, both academic and non-academic.

Accurately summarize, evaluate, and analyze arguments and debates from a variety of sources and mediums through written and oral work.

Awareness of Limits of Knowledge

Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of the variety of approaches used by political scientists to make sense of political phenomena.

Describe how political science can and cannot help address a variety of real world political problems.

Autonomy and Professional Capacity

Appreciate the importance of political engagement, using a variety of means at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Develop organizational, time management, and research and analytical skills through both independent and group work.

Develop critical thinking skills involving the evaluation and development of arguments, debates, concepts, methods, and theories both within and outside the discipline.

Act in a manner consistent with academic integrity and social responsibility.