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Mandatory Classes

Fall 2019

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

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 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 French and 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 2020

PIA 6000 3.0 : Public Management

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 6002 3.0 : Economics and Public Policy (Offered in French)

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 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 French and 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 2020

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 2019

pia 6300 3.0 : State and Society

The nature of civil society and alternative theorizations of the relationship between civil society and the state. Continuing validity of the private-public division. Examination of new forms of governance that transcend the two spheres. Comparative examples will be examined.

PIA 6309 3.0 : Europe in International Affairs

This public affairs seminar considers the role of Europe in international affairs, focusing on the European Union and its institutions. Emphasis on an independent research project in public affairs. Enrolment is restricted to students in the Graduate Program in Public & International Affairs.

PIA 6314 3.0 : The Environmental Crisis: International and Public Policy Implications

The environmental crisis is a multi-dimensional phenomenon in which climate change, pollution, resource depletion, food, energy, consumption, culture, social justice and demography interact. This course examines the ramifications of these interactions for international and national public policy questions.

pia 6343 3.0 : Governance and Digital Platforms (Offered in French)

Digital platforms (Uber, AirBnb, Blablacar) have become part of our daily lives and have a proven impact on public regulation and the ways of doing politics. While these platforms are open to the collaboration of millions of individuals, their governance is closed and governed by traditional financial mechanisms. The course offers a practical and critical analysis of the main types of governance of digital platforms. This is an integrated course that is accessible to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (POLS) and students with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (COMS) as a 4000-level course.

Winter 2020

pia 6303 3.0 : Global Immigration and Canadian Law and Policy (Offered in French)

An overview of Canada’s legislation and policy relating to immigration and exploration of the challenges facing policymakers. Examination of current debates regarding international migration, related issues of state sovereignty, demographic trends, migration control and human rights obligations.

pia 6315 3.0 : The United States and the Emerging World Order

This course employs forecasting as a policymaking guide to tackle the question of how the competition between the United States and contenders for its superpower status might combine with major trends to shape alternative futures requiring new approaches to international governance and new foreign policy styles.

pia 6320 3.0 : Human Rights and Civil Liberties

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 6337 3.0 : Diplomacy and World Affairs (Offered in French)

This course covers the diplomatic practice from three perspectives: the theoretical perspective which deals with the conceptualization of the relationship among States and their respective foreign policies , the practical perspective of the diplomatic function for the implementation of these policies, in particular through diplomatic representation and negotiation, and finally the historical perspective to capture changes that diplomacy has experienced in modernity.