In the global economy countries exchange goods and services and rely on each other’s cooperation. International relations and international trade play an important in role in determining the state of domestic development and welfare. The B.Econ. Honours Concentration in International Political Economy provides a rigorous and intensive grounding in international trade and finance, international relations, and selected area studies. Students will develop detailed knowledge of problems and issues in international economics and political relations as well as various policy solutions. Students also acquire advanced quantitative skills and the ability to carry out independent research projects.

The B.Econ. Honours Concentration in International Political Economy is normally completed during the last three of four years of full-time study. The concentration combines selected specialized courses from departments of Economics and Political Science. This concentration is recommended to individuals who have a strong interest in international affairs and plan to pursue a career in the foreign service or in an international governmental or non-governmental organization.

Students seeking to gain additional training in quantitative methods may benefit from combining B.Econ. Honours Concentration in International Political Economy with B.Econ. Honours Concentration in Economic Data Science. Combining the International Political Economy concentration with either the B.Econ. Honours Concentration in Development or B.Econ. Honours Concentration in Natural Resources, Environment, and Economy will develop a broad knowledge of issues and solutions in the domain of international economic relations across several fields of social science. Furthermore, any one of these combinations will provide students with a strong and broad set of skills generally sought by the employers.

Recommended Course Pattern

Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Fall Winter Fall Winter Fall Winter
PSCI 2602 ECON 4602 PSCI 4603
1.0 credit from: ECON 3807 or PSCI 3207, PSCI 3204 or PSCI 3205, PSCI 3600, PSCI 3703, PSCI 3802 or ANTH 3027 or SOCI 3027 ECON 4601
1.0 credit from: ECON 4508PSCI 4604, PSCI 4207PSCI 4500, or PSCI 4805
Concentration and (non-concentration) elective courses may be re-distributed to some extent across years. As a general rule, students should schedule concentration courses first and elective courses second for a given year.