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Global Political Economy

McMaster's Department of Political Science has an exceptionally strong concentration of expertise in Global Political Economy (GPE) and are known for their long standing contributions to International Political Economy (IPE). Study the institutional characteristics of the governance of the contemporary global political economy from internationally renowned scholars and award winning teachers.

Climate & Sustainability

Explore climate change, the global water crisis and a range of environmental and natural resource policy challenges in connection with broader debates about development, political economy, property rights, labour and global governance.

Globalization

Explore a wide range of subjects including areas of social economy, nationalism and political theory, liberalism, imperialism and global relations, Cosmopolitanism, Indigenous peoples' diplomacies, refugees, citizenship, global civil society, labour and globalization.

Social & Health Policy

Social Policy spans the fields of health, education, pensions, social assistance, and labour policies. Study policy in both the developing and developed world, taking a comparative approach to understanding why jurisdictions choose different solutions to the same social policy problems.

Labour Issues

Focus on topics like the emergence of a Global Labour Movement and Labour Interaction with Global Governance Institutions or austerity response to the economic crisis , and continuing work on employment policy in the OECD area.

Gender & Politics

Key questions and debates on the political leadership and representation of women in parties and electoral politics; the role of gender in shaping social, pension, health policies; issues of identity and community; understanding of globalization, transnational social movement and knowledge production in political science.

Critical International Relations

Focus internationally with critical approaches to security, theoretical debates about citizenship, sovereignty, globalization, borders, political space-time, feminist, postcolonial and decolonial approaches.

Politics of Representation

In today’s world, it is more critical than ever that we understand the roles of identity, policy, geography, global relations and culture in shaping citizenship and political representation in Canada and beyond.

Austerity workshop encourages interdisciplinary exchange of ideas across Canada

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007 austerity is often viewed as the new normal. Governments curtail spending in an attempt to control public sector debt. In turn, prolonged budgetary austerity can and has, reshaped the political landscape.

May 29, 2017

Promoting permaculture at the Ontario Climate Consortium

4th Year Honours Political Science student, Adam Chiaravalle, wins student poster competition.

May 25, 2017

Lack of accountability

McMaster political science professor Peter Graefe says Meredith's eligibility to receive a pension indicates a lack of accountability. Interview by CTV News.

May 15, 2017

Remaking Europe: New article explores supra-national policy making the in EU

Article by Dr. Stephen McBride (Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Public Policy) and Sorin Mitrea (Political Science PhD Candidate) unpacks the layers and complexities of policy-making in the EU.

May 10, 2017

Planning for the future: Methodology training in the Social Sciences

Dr. Michelle Dion (McMaster, Political Science) and Dr. Laura Stephenson (Western) have organized a workshop to begin a discussion between academics, practitioners and experts from around the world about how best to train our students to conduct cutting-edge research and meet the needs of employers.

May 09, 2017

The Transgender Experience and the 21st Century...is it getting better?

Public lecture by Dr. Carys Massarella, Wed, April 19, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., hosted by the McMaster Academic Women’s Success and Mentorship (AWSM)

Apr 11, 2017

Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

An undergraduate education in Political Science has traditionally led students into a number of directions, such as careers in government services (municipal, regional, provincial or federal), journalism, media and communications, support services for politicians (such as political assistants, consultants, and researchers), public affairs managers, and international organizations. Some graduates have continues their studies at professional schools, such a Law, Social Work, and Colleges of Education.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Political Science Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies

This specialization examines the role that constitutional, administrative, criminal, and international laws play in limiting or controlling the use of power by governments. It also critically examines the extent to which the judiciary and courts are key players.

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B.A. Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science provides a broad exposure to politics, law and government at the domestic and international levels on a less intensive basis than the Honours degrees. Students can pursue a general interest degree or specialize in one of the five areas of study, including Political Theory, Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics of Developed and Developing Countries, International Relations and Public Policy. Students can also upgrade to the more intensive Honours BA if it suits their academic interests and abilities.

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Minor Minor in Justice, Law & Order

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Minor Minor in Political Science

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Minor Minor in Public Leadership

New in Fall 2017! This minor is intended to provide students with a strong theoretical, practical and applied understanding of leadership and the role that political and/or public actors can play in the public domain of both democratic and non-democratic states to achieve their policy goals, affect positive social change and impact the policy choices of governments. Students will be prepared for further studies or careers in politics, government, public policy, community organization and activism, education, human rights and law.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Political Science

Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy

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M.A. Master of Arts in International Relations

International Relations, Global Politics, Globalization, Global Political Economy

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (Comparative Public Policy)

McMaster is the only university in Canada, and one of very few universities worldwide, to offer a PhD in Comparative Public Policy. In order to more robustly examine and explain policy dynamics and change, students are trained in the comparative method and required to examine a policy issue in at least two political jurisdictions. These jurisdictions may be states, but they could also be at the subnational or international level.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (International Relations)

McMaster has one of the strongest International Relations PhD programs in Canada. A 2007 survey of International Relations professors' views on which PhD programs provided the best preparation for an academic career found that our Department's program ranked in the top four of Canadian universities (along with University of Toronto, UBC, and York). Source: Lipson et al, 'Divided Discipline' International Journal, Spring 2007, p. 337.

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