Public Policy and Governance

In the Public Policy and Governance program, students will have the opportunity to explore how our society organizes politically, and how we can effect real change. The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Governance is one of the few of its kind in Canada. It emphasizes how public policy works in Canada as well as internationally, and provides them with the opportunity to participate in an internship.

Framed within the Bachelor of Arts structure, students are able to explore a broad range of disciplines while still completing core courses in the field of Public Policy. This means students get a well-rounded undergraduate experience, drawing from a number of vantage points and perspectives.

Your First Year
Students interested in Public Policy and Governance will enroll in the Bachelor of Arts degree, and complete 30 credits in their first year, including the following courses:

PGOV 101- Modern Challenges in Public Policy and Governance

This course introduces students to the field of public policy and governance by immersion in a key set of contemporary challenges for Canada and the world. It is available to all students but is also intended as the gateway course for those planning to take more Public Policy and Governance program (PGOV) courses. Students will be taught foundational concepts and explore key current issues. Three credits.

ECON 101- Microeconomics

This course provides an introduction to microeconomic concepts and methodology. Students will learn about basic concepts such as scarcity and opportunity cost, and economic efficiency. The other central themes of the course include theories of supply and demand; the theory of production and costs, the functioning and the performance of competitive markets versus monopolies and oligopolies; labour markets and the markets for public goods. Three credits.

ECON 102- Macroeconomics

The second half of introductory economics provides an introduction to macroeconomic concepts. The course examines pressing problems and issues in the Canadian economy and the world. Students will learn about alternate economic systems, national income accounting and the components of the national economy; the role of money in the economy; inflation; unemployment; international trade and trade policy; and the role of government in managing the economy. Three credits.

PSCI 101- Introduction to Power and Politics

This course provides a basic introduction to the study of politics by exploring key concepts, ideas and debates that are important for understanding political life. Topics covered include the nature of politics, varieties and dimensions of political power, political authority and the state. Students will be introduced to both traditional and contemporary political ideologies. Credit will be granted for only one of PSCI 101 or PSCI 100. Three credits.

PSCI 102- Introduction to Comparative and Global Politics

International relations and national politics shape political life today. This course examines various forms of government and compares political systems and processes, electoral systems, and public policies. It introduces students to the international state system and relations among states, covering topics such as co-operation and conflict, alliances and international organizations, war and peace, the global economy and contemporary global issues. Credit will be granted for only one of PSCI 102 or PSCI 100. Three credits.

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