The interdisciplinary nature of the Master of Arts (MA) in Political Economy is designed to expose our students to the core concepts of political economy and an opportunity to develop individual areas of research concentration. The program focuses on investigating the relationship between the economy and politics as they affect the social and cultural life of societies and also focuses on the historical processes whereby social change is located in the interaction of the economic, political, cultural, and ideological moments of social life. The curriculum includes courses with a political economy orientation offered by other departments, schools, and institutes.

A collaborative Specialization in Accessibility, African Studies, Climate Change and Latin American and Caribbean Studies are available. There is also a Concentration available in Work and Labour.

Capital Advantage

Our placement course is able to connect students with Ottawa-based research offices and organizations, such as political party offices, NGO head offices, not for profit agencies and head offices of labour unions and advocacy organizations.

Research Highlights

  • Political economy of resource extraction
  • Water, food, environment
  • Latin America, Africa, Canada
  • Labour and social activism
  • Feminist political economy

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