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Politics & Business specialization 

This specialization (developed in partnership with the Arts and Business program and the Department of Economics) allows students to study the interaction between business and politics both at the domestic as well as the international level combining courses in economics as well as both general and specialized courses in political science. See required courses.

Related courses

  • Government and Business in Canada
  • International Political Economy
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Foundations of Political Economy
  • The State and Economic Life
  • International Business and Development
  • Politics of International Trade

International Trade Minor 

The international trade minor is housed in the department of Political Science.

International trade, the exchange of goods and services across borders, has far-reaching socio-economic and political implications and is determined by a complex array of factors.  Trade benefits consumers by expanding the variety of consumer products available, stimulating competition, and interacting  with other international flows like foreign investments and technology transfers, as well as  with global objectives such as international development and environmental preservation.  While exporters benefit, industries competing with imports incur substantial costs of adjustment.  There is often substantial scope and demand for government intervention.

The courses offered as a part of this minor help you explore international trade from a variety of perspective.  You'll use theoretical, empirical, and policy -oriented approaches to your work.

International trade minor requirements

Students enrolled in any degree program may pursue a minor designation in International Trade.

The International Trade Minor requires successful completion of a minimum of four academic course units (eight courses) with a minimum cumulative average of 65%, including:

More information about the International Trade minor.

MA in Political Science 

Focus on Political Economy

Over ten Political Science faculty members study political economy from a wide variety of perspectives and across different geographical contexts from the domestic and regional levels (North America, Latin America, East Asia, and the Middle East) to the global level examining a wide range of related issues. You can choose to do your MA in Political Science with one of these faculty members who specialize on Political Economy.

Faculty research interests

  • Government-business relations
  • International development and global inequality
  • Political economy of social policy and the welfare state
  • Politics of economic reform
  • Politics of global finance and money
  • Politics of international trade and investment
  • International economic institutions (World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Financial Stability Board)
  • The relationship between the environment and the economy
  • Corporate social responsibility

Related graduate courses

  • Government and Business
  • International Business and Development
  • The State and Economic Life
  • Advanced Topics in Political Economy
  • Politics of International Trade
  • Governance of Global Economy
  • International Political Economy
  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Governing Global Food and Agriculture
  • Political Economy of International Finance
  • Emerging Economies in Global Governance
  • Middle East Political Economy
  • Chinese Political Economy