International Affairs MA

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International Affairs MA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full time

    • Start Date:

      31 January 2020

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    Course Summary

    Carleton University’s MA program in Public Affairs is delivered by the field-leading NPSIA – the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs. The NPSIA specialises in providing in-depth, interdisciplinary training in this fascinating but very complex field.  

    You will learn the basis for many different kinds of international policy, and the issues, factors and philosophies which underlie those policy decisions. Among many others, you’ll explore topics like security and conflict resolution, intelligence and terrorism, international finance, trade issues, economic and social development and governance of international programs.

    You can further specialise your degree by taking optional modules, or by expanding your degree to include collaborative specialisations such as African Studies. Co-operative opportunities are available within Canada or greater North America as well. These will be equally useful whether you intend to pursue an academic career at the Research Degree level or whether you prefer to transition directly into the job market. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 1-2 years at full time, though part time options are usually available.

    International Affairs Modules Include:

    • Canada in International Affairs
    • Canada-U.S. Relations
    • Civil-Military Relations
    • Comparative Defence Policy
    • Conflict Analysis
    • Conflict and Development
    • Conflict Management: Theory and Evidence
    • Contemporary International Security
    • Disarmament, Arms Control and Nonproliferation
    • Economic Development Policy and Planning
    • Economics for Defence and Security
    • Economics of Conflict
    • Food Security and Rural Development
    • Intelligence and International Affairs
    • International Aspects of Economic Development
    • International Development Policy
    • International Mediation and Conflict Resolution
    • Law and International Affairs
    • Middle East Economic and Political Relations
    • Peacebuilding and Reconstruction: Theory and Practice
    • Policy Process and International Affairs
    • Post-Conflict Justice: Theory and Practice
    • Project Operations in a Developing Country Context
    • Research Design and Methods for International Affairs
    • Rights, Development, and Conflict
    • Statistical Analysis for International Affairs
    • Technology and War
    • The Politics and Institutions of International Trade
    • Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
    • S. Foreign and Security Policy

    Learning And Teaching

    Carleton University’s Norman Patterson School of International Affairs relies upon small cohort size and standard learning and teaching methods to deliver an excellent learning experience. You can expect to experience formal lectures, smaller and more interactive seminars and skills tutorials, and access to faculty research. These teaching methods have been selected to help students gain a deep understanding of the field and its place in society, as well as to engage the minds of the students.

    Career Possibilities

    Depending on how you specialise your degree, you could qualify for many different careers. Many students go directly into the workforce or into public service with their degree.

    Graduates of the NPSIA’s International Affairs program have found rewarding careers with organisations like the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank and the Council of Europe. Others have gone on to work in government departments, in the private sector, or at PhD programs.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a MA degree.

    To apply, you’ll need to have completed an Honours Bachelor’s level degree which in a field proximate to that of International Affairs, or the international equivalent.

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise specified, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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