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  • Academic title
    Master of Arts in Political Economy
  • Course description
    Program Requirements

    The Master of Arts in Political Economy is a 5.0 credit program, one of which may be at the 4000- (honours undergraduate) level. Each candidate, in consultation with the Institute, must select and follow one of two optional patterns:

        * 3.0 credits, a thesis equivalent to 2.0 credits, and an oral examination of the thesis
        * 4.0 credits, a research essay equivalent to 1.0 credit, and an oral examination of the research essay

    Whichever pattern is selected, all students in the Institute are required to take PECO 5000 and PECO 5001, two 0.5-credit seminars offered by the Institute.

    PECO 5000 [0.5 credit]
        Theories of Political Economy
        A survey of the core concepts and ideas proposed by both the founders and modern practitioners of political economy. Particular attention will be paid to contemporary theorists and classical theorists such as Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Mill, Schumpeter, Keynes, Veblen, and Innis.

    PECO 5001 [0.5 credit]
        The Methodology of Political Economy
        An examination of the methods, procedures, and rules for developing theory and guiding inquiry in political economy research, including topics such as logic of inquiry, conceptualization, research design, dialectics, level of analysis, comparison, evidence and statistics.

    PECO 5501 [0.5 credit]
        Selected Problems in Political Economy I
        (Also listed as SOCI 5504 and PSCI 5501.)

    PECO 5502 [0.5 credit]
        Selected Problems in Political Economy II
        (Also listed as SOCI 5505 and PSCI 5502.)

    PECO 5900 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in Political Economy
        Directed readings on selected aspects of political economy, involving preparation of papers as the basis for discussion with the tutor. Offered when no regular course offering meets a candidate's specific needs.
        Prerequisite: permission of the Director.

    PECO 5908 [1.0 credit]
        Research Essay
        Directly linked to the student's course work, the research essay must be interdisciplinary in approach.

    PECO 5909 [2.0 credits]
        M.A. Thesis
        The thesis is an alternative to the research essay. It must also be interdisciplinary in approach, and requires greater substance and originality than the Research Essay. Normally, a student's thesis committee will be composed of members from more than one discipline.

    PECO 6000 [0.5 credit]
        Political Economy: Core Concepts
        Core concepts in political economy, drawn from classical and contemporary writings. Topics will be selected in consultation with participating units, taking into account the potential number of students, their research interests and those of the participating units.

    Selection of Courses

    In addition to the graduate courses offered by, or associated with, the Institute, the courses listed below are relevant to students of political economy and would, with the prior approval of the Institute, be used to design a coherent and internally complementary set of courses to fulfil degree requirements. The list is not exclusive and is subject to change. Moreover, students in the Master's program may select 1.0 credit in political economy that is offered at the 4000-level.

    The Institute expects to attract high quality graduate students who will be likely to continue to a second post-graduate degree. Master's students will be directed to consult with the department where they might wish to pursue doctoral studies so that they may select courses that will prepare them for this next stage.

    BUSI 5300, BUSI 5301

    Canadian Studies
    CDNS 5101, CDNS 5102, CDNS 5201, CDNS 5202, CDNS 5501, CDNS 5601

    ECON 5101, ECON 5201, ECON 5202, ECON 5403, ECON 5500, ECON 5504, ECON 5505, ECON 5507, ECON 5806, ECON 5807


        * GEOG 4207 Urban Development and Analysis
        * GEOG 4300 Comparative Environmental Movements
        * GEOG 4400 Environmental Geopolitics
        * GEOG 4401 Geographies of Globalization
        * GEOG 5005, GEOG 5200, GEOG 5400, GEOG 5401, GEOG 5404, GEOG 5500

    HIST 5506, HIST 5508, HIST 5509, HIST 5602, HIST 5800

    International Affairs
    INAF 5007, INAF 5101, INAF 5300, INAF 5302, INAF 5303, INAF 5501, INAF 5502, INAF 5401, INAF 5601


        * LAWS 4001 Law, Family and Gender
        * LAWS 4002 Feminist Theories of Law
        * LAWS 4003 Historical Perspectives on Law, Economy and Society
        * LAWS 5002, LAWS 5003, LAWS 5004, LAWS 5005, LAWS 5006, LAWS 5007, LAWS 5200, LAWS 5302

    Political Science

        * PSCI 4000 Topics in Canadian Government and Politics
        * PSCI 4002 Policy Seminar
        * PSCI 4009 Quebec Politics
        * PSCI 4102 Politics of Western Liberal Democracies
        * PSCI 4103 The State in Advanced Capitalist Societies
        * PSCI 4104 Theory and Practice in Third World Development
        * PSCI 4105 Selected Problems in Third World Development
        * PSCI 4401 Business-Government Relations in Canada
        * PSCI 4500 Feminist Analysis in Comparative Perspective
        * PSCI 4505 Transitions to Democracy
        * PSCI 4603 Analysis of International Political Economy
        * PSCI 4604 Selected Problems in International Political Economy
        * PSCI 5003, PSCI 5008, PSCI 5101, PSCI 5105, PSCI 5107, PSCI 5202, PSCI 5501, PSCI 5502, PSCI 5504, PSCI 5507, PSCI 5509, PSCI 5607

    Public Administration

    PADM 5001, PADM 5002, PADM 5107, PADM 5401, PADM 5604, PADM 5607, PADM 5701, PADM 5703, PADM 5806, PADM 5808

    Social Work

        * SOWK 4102 Aboriginal Peoples and Social Policy
        * SOWK 4103 Practice and Policy in Immigration
          SOWK 5102, SOWK 5105, SOWK 5106, SOWK 5301, SOWK 5805

    Sociology and Anthropology

    SOCI 5000, SOCI 5002, SOCI 5007, SOCI 5109, SOCI 5202, SOCI 5204, SOCI 5205, SOCI 5209, SOCI 5300, SOCI 5301, SOCI 5302, SOCI 5308, SOCI 5400, SOCI 5404, SOCI 5405, SOCI 5408, SOCI 5409, SOCI 5500, SOCI 5504, SOCI 5607, SOCI 5608, SOCI 5804, SOCI 5806

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