2020-2021 Academic Year

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Coordinator
James Sawler, BComm, MA, PhD (Dalhousie), Associate Professor

This Bachelor of Arts program is primarily intended to prepare students as administrators with governments and non-governmental organizations in Canada. It orients students toward the public policy profession by combining core coursework in political studies and economics, with electives in a diverse array of disciplines. Political Studies courses provide knowledge about the unique environment within which government personnel work, both within Canada itself, and outside in terms of the changing international context. Economics courses provide background in the fundamentals of economic processes and the constraints within which policy decision-making operates. The liberal arts electives encourage students to experiment with the public policy knowledge they acquire from a variety of academic fields and perspectives. Internship placements with government and/or not for profit organizations provides the student with the practical experience necessary to perform well in future occupational settings. The specific goals of the program are as follows:

1. To provide sufficient coursework to ensure that students develop capacities in such skill areas as critical thinking, policy analysis, and communication.
2. To allow students an opportunity to pursue related courses in other programs and to develop areas of substantive expertise.
3. To help prepare students for potential careers in public service and to be effective participants in democratic society.

Major

Students intending to complete the major degree must declare their intention to do so before registering for their sixth unit of coursework. Students who do not make this declaration within this time frame will not be permitted to register for further coursework.

Students must successfully complete 21.0 units with the following requirements:

❏ 1.0 unit internship (POLS 3399)

❏ obtain a GPA of 2.0 in the courses required for the specialization

❏ at least 9.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above

Note: No more than 4.0 units from professional areas may be counted toward the degree. Courses included in the Applied Human Nutrition science minor will not be counted as professional electives

Required Courses (3.5 units)

❏ 0.5 unit ECON 1101

❏ 0.5 unit ECON 1102

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 2203

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 2214/PHIL 2214

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 3304

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 4406

❏ 0.5 unit ENGL 2220/WRIT 2220 or WRIT 1120 (ENGL 2220/WRIT 2220 is recommended)

 

Primary and Secondary Specializations

There are two fields of specializations in the program. Students must choose one of those fields as their primary specialization, and complete 5.0 units from their primary area of specialization. In addition, students must complete at least 2.0 units from the other area of specialization. Each of the two fields has designated required courses and lists of electives from which students may choose to complete their program.

Primary Specialization in Canadian Public Policy

Required Courses:

❏1.5 units selected from the following:

  • ECON 2204                0.5 unit
  • ECON 2206                0.5 unit
  • ECON 2208                0.5 unit
  • ECON 3308                0.5 unit
  • ECON 3325                0.5 unit
  • ECON 3335                0.5 unit

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 2201/CANA 2201

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 2202/CANA 2202

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 3306/BUSI 3306

❏ 2.0 units of electives from the Public Policy and Political Processes category

❏ 2.0 units of electives from the Global Issues category

 

Primary Specialization in Global Issues

Required Courses:

❏ 0.5 unit ECON 2311

❏ 0.5 unit ECON 2312

❏ 0.5 unit ECON 3308

❏ 0.5 unit ECON 3330

❏ 0.5 unit ECON 3335

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 1001/CANA 1001

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 1002/CANA 1002

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 2244

❏ 0.5 unit POLS 3334 or POLS 3344

❏ 1.5 units of electives from the Global Issues category

❏ 2.0 units of electives from the Public Policy and Political Processes category

 

Global Issues Course List
CANA 1001/POLS 1001
CANA 1002/POLS 1002
CANA 4007/POLS 4007
ECON 2311
ECON 2312
ECON 3308
ECON 3330
ECON 4444/POLS 4444
HIST 2219/POLS 2219
PHIL 3312/POLS 3312
POLS 1001/CANA 1001
POLS 1002/CANA 1002
POLS 2219/HIST 2219
POLS 2224
POLS 2244
POLS 3308
POLS 3310
POLS 3312/PHIL 3312
POLS 3324
POLS 3334
POLS 3344
POLS 3391/WOMS 3391
POLS 4006
POLS 4007/CANA 4007
POLS 4444/ECON 4444
SOAN 3533
WOMS 3391/POLS 3391

Public Policy and Political Processes Course List
BUSI 3306/POLS 3306
CANA 2201/POLS 2201
CANA 2202/POLS 2202
CANA 3301/POLS 3301
CANA 4007/POLS 4007
ECON 2204
ECON 2206
ECON 2207
ECON 2208
ECON 3308
ECON 3325
ECON 3335
ECON 3550
FSGN 3450
HIST 2216/POLS 2216
HIST 3330
POLS 2201/CANA 2201
POLS 2202/CANA 2202
POLS 2205
POLS 2216/HIST 2216
POLS 2223/WOMS 2223
POLS 2227
POLS 3301/CANA 3301
POLS 3304
POLS 3306/BUSI 3306
POLS 3309
POLS 3361/WOMS 3361
POLS 3531/SOAN 3531
POLS 4006
POLS 4007/CANA 4007
POLS 2530/SOAN 2530
SOAN 3531/POLS 3531
WOMS 2223/POLS 2223
WOMS 3361/POLS 3361

 

Minor

To obtain a minor in Public Policy Studies, students must fulfill the following requirements:

❏ ECON 1101 and 1102

❏ POLS 2203 and 3304

❏ 1.0 unit selected from one of the areas of specialization

Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year which runs from September 01, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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