Political Science Wire 2017


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Faculty | Meet Professor Heather Whiteside

Heather WHitesideHeather Whiteside is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is a member of the Centre for Global Political Economy at Simon Fraser University and the Political Economy group at the University of Waterloo.

Earning a doctorate in Political Science (Simon Fraser University), Master’s degree in Political Economy (Carleton University), and Bachelor’s in Global Political Economy (University of Manitoba), her teaching in the Government and Business stream at the University of Waterloo now includes PSCI 231 (Intro to Government and Business), PSCI 300 (Foundations of Political Economy), and PSCI 403/635 (Topics in Politics and Business). After completing her doctorate in 2013, she held a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia; and in 2014 she attended the Summer Institute in Economic Geography, in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Program Strengths

Specializations and minors in Political Science


Did you know that the department of Political Science is the home of four career-relevant Minors? Students enrolled in any degree program may pursue a Minor in Political Science.

CTAPolitical Science | designed to foster a deeper understanding of politics across the world at multiple scales (domestic, regional, global) while also allowing students to develop the analytical and professional skills required for success. 

international studiesInternational Studies | study transnational connectedness as related to contemporary global issues such as environmental sustainability, global poverty, economic development and protection of human rights.
international tradeInternational Trade | study the exchange of goods and services across borders, and the far-reaching socioeconomic and political implications.
CTAPublic Policy and Administration | study political institutions within specific countries as well as specific courses on public policy and public administration in Canada and elsewhere.

If you are majoring in Political Science (regular or co-op stream) you can choose an optional specialization to enrich your degree:

politics and business     international relations

global governance     canadian politics

Learn more!

Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Political Science

Our MA in Political Science is designed to foster a deeper understanding of politics across the world at multiple scales (domestic, regional, global) while also allowing students to develop the analytical and professional skills required for success in both academic and non-academic job markets.

With 22 faculty members in our department and an additional 15 associated faculty, our program offers a wide range of courses and graduate research supervision and opportunities across a broad range
of topic areas with specific strengths including the following:

Political Economy | What is the relationship between politics and business, power and wealth, states and markets? Our department has particular strength in the study of these political economy questions with over ten faculty members researching in this field. Our faculty members bring a variety of perspectives to these questions and explore their relevance at the local, national, regional and global levels across various geographical contexts ranging from North America to East Asia and the Middle East.

Conflict and Security Studies  | Interested in the role that conflict plays in the contemporary world, the dynamics of domestic security and counter-terrorism, or what happens in a post-conflict era? Many faculty in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo specialize in the study of these and other topics relating to the role of governments, international organizations, and non-state actors in conflict and conflict resolution. Our students learn about the political theories that frame our understandings and debates about national and human security as well as peace building practices and human rights. Our expertise spans many areas of the globe from Europe to the Middle East.

Canadian Politics | A number of faculty in the department have research interests relating to different aspects of Canadian politics. Research strengths include public policy, constitutional politics, political institutions, political parties, local government and Canada-US relations.

You can complete an MA in Political Science (regular or co-op stream) through the Masters Research Paper option or the Thesis option. Our co-op stream enables students to combine their academic studies with practical work experience in positions related to their professional interests in public or private sectors.

graduate admissionsTypical Political Science Master's funding packages:

  • 2 terms of paid teaching or research assistantships
  • Various scholarships in each term of study
  • Total: $15,000.00               

Learn more about our graduate programs. 

Student Profiles

Undergraduate Co-op Student Profile | Anne Marie Hayman

Anne MarieWhat co-op positions have you held?

  • Junior Research Advisor, Research Branch, Ministry of Research and Innovation in Toronto, ON
  • Research Assistant, Resource Policy & Programs Directorate, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada in Gatineau, QC
  • Research Assistant, Digital Innovation & Design Practice, Institute of Systems Science-National University of Singapore in Singapore
  • Research Assistant, Companeros Inc. & FIDEG (International Foundation for Global Economic Challenge)  in Managua, Nicaragua

Graduate Co-op Student Profile | Rachel Beals

Rachel BealsPolicy Intern, Northern Policy Institute, ON

In the summer of 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to be a Policy Intern for the Northern Policy Institute. NPI is a non-partisan, evidence-based think tank located in Northern Ontario and they focus on a variety of policy areas concerning the north such as the environment, Aboriginal affairs, the economy, infrastructure and so on. Over the course of the co-op placement, I was able to become familiar with these issues through my various responsibilities such as writing blogs, gathering primary and secondary research, analyzing Northern Ontario news, attending cultural events and so on.

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