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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Registration Open - Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 6

Sixth Annual Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy -February 6-7, 2017 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario

Jan 13, 2017

Political Science PhD student receives SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

PhD student Liam Midzain-Gobin was awarded $105,000 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to research the effects of data collection on indigenous communities

Dec 13, 2016

Electoral reform survey sparks online backlash

Peter Grafe of McMaster's Political Science Department was interviewed on CTV News about the Liberal government’s increasingly ambiguous stance on electoral reform continued Monday with the launch of an online survey that has already sparked intense backlash on social media.

Dec 05, 2016

Trump Election Three Weeks Out: Now What?

Join the Political Science department for an unusual panel format: each speaker gets 90 seconds, leaving plenty of time for audience participation! Nov. 30, 3:45 -5:45pm, L.R.Wilson 1003

Nov 22, 2016

Making History Now

Racism, Resistance and Strategies for Building Alliances in the World of Trump, Teach-in, Wednesday, November 16, 4:30 to 6:30pm, Convocation Hall in University Hall, room 212

Nov 14, 2016

Navigating Policy is Making Its Way Around the World

A recently released book by Political Science's Oldrich Bubak has made its Asian debut in November, 2016.

Nov 10, 2016

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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