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Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy - Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 7: Drawing upon McMaster’s expertise in the field of international and comparative public policy, the conference seeks to unpack the global dimensions of policy in order to bridge the gap between international relations, international political economy, and public policy.

Research

While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in a number of research clusters including: climate and sustainability; critical international relations; gender and politics; globalization; global political economy; labour issues; politics of representation; social and health policy.

Undergraduate Programs

Whether you are a current or future student at McMaster considering Political Science as an undergraduate degree or taking only one course for interest, you will find that our Department offers an undergraduate curriculum that is both diverse in scope and high in quality.

Graduate Programs

Our Department is the ideal place to do Master's and Doctoral work. We offer the range of specialized seminars needed for strong graduate-level training, but are a small and collegial department so that students and faculty experience the type of intellectual interaction, supervision, and research collaboration that makes graduate work exciting.

November 14 RIPS: Documenting the 'killing fields' of Sri Lanka: Atrocity images and the politics of habeas corpus extremis

Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS) hosted by the Department of Political Science presents, Dr. Narendran Kumarakulasingam, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University. Tuesday, November 14 from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 709

Nov 13, 2017

Working? Employment Policy in Canada

Since the economic crisis of 2007/8, signs of discontent among citizens of Western democracies include the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote. Such examples suggest that many people may feel increasingly alienated from the economic and political forces that shape their lives. Political scientist Stephen McBride new book explores the experience of work in today’s labour market.

Nov 13, 2017

McMaster political scientists wade into OMB hearings over Hamilton’s ward boundaries

PhD student Rachel Barnett and Professor Karen Bird's research paper on visible minority vote dilution in Ontario municipalities highlighted in Ontario Municipal Board hearings over the City of Hamilton's ward boundaries.

Nov 10, 2017

Department wins two Graduate Student Association awards

Political Science's Manuela Dozzi takes home the Graduate Student Association (GSA) staff award. Professor Tony Porter wins President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision.

Nov 10, 2017

PhD student Samantha Jackson and Dr. Karen Bird launch 2017 EXCLerator Report

McMaster study, in partnership with the YWCA, shows women & visible minorities are missing in top jobs in Hamilton and Halton.

Nov 09, 2017

Congratulations to PhD student, Marrissa Mathews, for receiving the Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Marrissa received the OGS to conduct work on Respectability and Reconciliation Politics within an Indigenous Context

Nov 08, 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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