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Mandatory Classes

Fall 2020

PIA 6002 3.0: Economics and Public Policy (Offered in English)

Application of fundamental economic principles to the design and analysis of government programs and policies. The dilemma between equity/efficiency faced by governments in their interventions is addressed, as well as how economics devises optimal practical solutions to this problem.

PIA 6003 3.0 : Research Methods (Offered in French)

A range of qualitative and quantitative methods is examined to enable students to use, interpret and analyze qualitative and quantitative data as well as to appraise the analyses of others.

pia 6200 1.5 : Colloquium: Canada and its Place in the World (Offered in English)

Critical reflection on challenges facing Canada and the Canadian state, from both domestic and international perspectives. Sessions involve faculty members, visiting faculty, practitioners, members of School advisory committee, etc. Weekly sessions to be attended by all students in the program.

Winter 2021

PIA 6000 3.0 : Public Management (Offered in English)

This course examines the principles and processes of public management. It covers specific topics such as financial management, budget process, personnel management, political and administrative control. Analysis of proposals for public sector reform. Canadian and comparative experiences are studied.

PIA 6001 3.0 : The Policy Process (Offered in English)

Examination of the various stages of policy analysis: definition, design, implementation and evaluation. Exploration of various theories and models of the policy process. Canadian and comparative experiences will be examined.

pia 6100 3.0 : capstone seminar (Offered in French and English)

Students pursue individual projects, starting with policy briefs and culminating in Major Research Papers (MRPs) or a Policy Analysis Exercise. A Major Research Paper is an independent examination of an issue in public affairs. A Policy Analysis Exercise is developed in collaboration with a public sector organization, or client, exploring issues that confront the client and proposing recommendations. Drafts of texts are presented in the weekly seminars and the completed papers are presented in a year-end colloquium, attended by the full student body.

pia 6200 1.5 : Colloquium: Canada and its Place in the World (Offered in English)

Critical reflection on challenges facing Canada and the Canadian state, from both domestic and international perspectives. Sessions involve faculty members, visiting faculty, practitioners, members of School advisory committee, etc. Weekly sessions to be attended by all students in the program.

Summer 2021

pia 6400 6.0: Internship

A four-month full-time internship with an appropriate governmental or non-governmental unit. the program will assist students in locating appropriate internships. The internship will be remunerated and be an integral part of the overall student financial assistance package. In close collaboration with the coordinator, students will define objectives and prepare an analysis of their experience. Students no undertaking an internship will complete two additional half courses, during the summer session.

Elective Courses

Fall 2020

pia 6304 3.0 : Science and Technology Policy (Offered in french)

Science and technology influence society and economy as never before.  This reality is not only national but also international and impacts on governmental strategy, international organizations and diplomacy are profound.  Increasingly science diplomacy succeeds where foreign diplomacy failed.  The course covers also the causes and consequences of scientific and technological change and its impact on major public policies.

PIA 6320 3.0 : Human Rights and Civil Liberties (Offered in french)

This course probes the dilemmas of human rights in democracies. While certain principles such as free speech are fundamental to our system, they invariably collide with other important values, such as public safety. We will examine these recurring conflicts.

PIA 6344 3.0 : Social Policy in the Canadian Context (Offered in english)

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the development of social policy in Canada, including the interaction between social issues and policy responses and their impacts. The course will explore historical and contemporary approaches to Canadian social policy, including social welfare policies, economic and labour policies, education, healthcare, and housing, among other areas of focus. The course provides important background about social policy contexts and debates, to provide students with the skills and knowledge to advocate on social policy issues, including politics and social movements, institutions and state structures, culture and international influence. The course primarily focuses on Canada and Ontario specifically, but will also compare social policies across provinces/territories and cross-nationally.

pia 6345 3.0 : Politics and Public Policy in Europe (Offered in english)

Public policy traditionally focuses on domestic politics, but decades of integration have significantly altered the conduct of government and governance in Europe. This course analyses European politics and public policy in areas such as migration, citizenship, borders, economics, and law. This course starts with an introduction to EU institutions before examining the relationship between these institutions and national and subnational governance institutions. Case studies of particular policy areas illuminate the complexities of governance in a multilevel political system. This is an integrated course that is accessible to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (POLS) as a 4000-level course.

Winter 2021

pia 6311 3.0 : Theories of International Relations (Offered in French)

This course is an introduction to the major theories of international relations. It is intended as a survey course for MPIA students at Glendon College, who may have little to no background in political science or international relations.

pia 6313 3.0 : Feminism, Political Citizenship and Collective Action (offered in english)

This course proposes the most current feminist theories concerning the definition/redefinition of rights, social and political citizenships and movements. The course is multidisciplinary and structured around the intersectionality of race, gender, sexual practices and abilities.

pia 6329 3.0 : Municipalities, Gateways and Community-based Logics (offered in french)

A detailed analysis of municipalities serving as gateways in transport, distribution and the international political economy, as well as of their impacts on local communities.

pia 6342 3.0 : Privacy & Surveillance: Law & Practices (Offered in english)

This course examines the legal foundations of privacy in Canadian and international contexts and studies the evolving concepts of privacy and surveillance in the digital era. It analyzes the place of whistleblowers in contemporary debates on privacy and surveillance and the legal frameworks they work within and around. Finally, this course examines movements and tactics aimed at surveillance reform.