Political Science MA

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Political Science MA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Political Science is a fascinating field, and one which can prepare you for many roles beyond that of politician or policy advisor. It is designed to give students the overall perspective and critical analysis skills they’ll need to make persuasive arguments of all kinds, pursuing philosophical truth, social justice, more effective organisation and of course political change. It will prepare you well for further education as well, whether that is law school, a PhD or something else entirely. 

    The University of New Brunswick’s MA program in Political Science offers many different specialties. You can engage in original research in areas like:

    • Canadian Politics
    • Comparative Politics
    • Gender and Politics
    • Global Political Economy
    • International Relations
    • Political Theory

    This is an unusual program, as it is offered jointly at both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. This allows it to include many of the country’s top experts on political science, including specialists in decision making, change management, institutional organisation and political power dynamics. 

    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 degree program is typically delivered over 1 – 2 years of full time study.

    Political Science Modules Include:

    • Canadian Federalism
    • Canadian Foreign Policy
    • Canadian Ideas
    • Citizenship, Justice, Democracy: South Africa
    • Contemporary China
    • Democratic Disengagement
    • Economics and Politics of Transition
    • Feminist Issues in Political Thought
    • Gender and War: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
    • Hegel and Marx
    • Independent Study in Political Science
    • International Political Analysis
    • International Relations Theory
    • Late Modern Political Philosophy
    • Law and Politics in Canada
    • Modern Theories of the State
    • Policy, Politics and Prostitution
    • Public Policy Analysis
    • Research Methods in Political Science
    • Self-Government and Aboriginal Community
    • The Global Economy in the New Millennium
    • The Middle East States
    • The Politics of Consent and Coercion
    • The Politics of Global Health
    • The Rise of the Far Right
    • Theories of Federalism
    • Thucydides: War and Empire
    • Topics in American Politics
    • Topics in Canadian Politics
    • Topics in Comparative Politics
    • Topics in International Relations
    • Topics in Political Theory
    • Topics in Public Policy
    • When Bards are Bothered

    Learning And Teaching

    University of New Brunswick relies on many standard teaching methods to convey the content above. These typically include large formal lectures, interactive tutorials as well as seminar style classes. As UNB is a major research university, you will be able to contribute to these programs as you study.

    The Political Science program in particular includes the application of theory to the real world political landscape using case studies and similar techniques. 

    Career Possibilities

    Many UNB Political Science graduates do of course go into local, regional, national or even international government. Others found personally rewarding careers in public service groups, not for profit organisations and international bodies of other kinds. Some go into business and management. What you learn in this program can be applied to nearly any field of human endeavour, especially if it involves managing others or attempting to form a coalition of interested stakeholders. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a relevant 4 year degree with a B or better average in all Political Science content, or the international equivalent. If you do not meet the requirements, a qualifying year may be possible. 

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring a 7.0 on the IELTS, or going well on another approved test. 

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