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Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Political Economy
Established in 1989, the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University is the only graduate program of its kind in Canada.
The interdisciplinary nature of the program attracts students from diverse academic backgrounds like Political Science, Sociology, Journalism, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Communications, and Economics. Students are given the freedom to define their own research topics, enrol in courses from other departments, and work under the supervision of a wide range of recognized experts.
Through the application of diverse critical political economy analysis, students are able to explore contemporary Canadian and global issues, such as finance, migration and borders, labour and power relations, environmental justice, race and racism, gender and sexuality, colonialism, Indigenous movements, community participation and social activism. Alumni of Political Economy have completed their theses, research projects, and dissertations on a wide range of important issues and have followed their research interests to help influence positive change in both the private and public sectors. Visit our Alumni page, which features a number of alumni profiles, for a glimpse into the career paths of Political Economy graduates.
Each year, distinguished international scholars are invited to teach at the Institute. These distinguished academics are in residence as visiting professors during the normal academic year, in addition to the summer program.
Five Graduate Level Degrees
The Institute offers five graduate-level degrees that provide students with opportunities to learn about significant world issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Master’s in Political Economy
- Collaborative Master’s with specialization in African Studies
- Master’s in Political Economy with Concentration in Work and Labour
- Collaborative PhD with a specialization in Political Economy
- Graduate Diploma in Work and Labour
For more information about your studies, please see the Frequently Asked Questions For Graduate Students put together by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Upcoming Speaker Series: Bolivia, the end of a cycle?
The Institute of Political Economy is happy to present the upcoming speaker series "Bolivia, the end of a cycle? Reflections on the political crisis, the pandemic, and what comes next." About the...
The Institute of Political Economy is happy to present the upcoming speaker series "Bolivia, the end of a cycle? Reflections on the political crisis, the pandemic, and what comes next." About the Series Bolivia has gone through its most severe crisis in recent decades. After the failed 2019 election, the country was engulfed in...
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Work-Time and its Discontents: Scraps, Cyborgs and Ledgers
Everyone is invited to attend Visiting Professor Aaron Henry's talk, Thursday March 12, 2:30 p.m. in Room 482 MacOdrum Library. Dr. Henry will argue that one consequence of work-time relations today...
Everyone is invited to attend Visiting Professor Aaron Henry's talk, Thursday March 12, 2:30 p.m. in Room 482 MacOdrum Library. Dr. Henry will argue that one consequence of work-time relations today is the production of the scrap as a form of economic activity. The scrap is an attempt to capture both discarded time and discarded...
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Congratulations to Political Economy’s Zoe McKnight and Political Science’s Michael E. Campbell, Winners of Pollara Statistical Confidence Award
The Pollara Statistical Confidence Award is given to those students who produce the best quantitative analysis papers...
The Pollara Statistical Confidence Award is given to those students who produce the best quantitative analysis papers at an advanced stage of their studies and who have been associated with the Department of Political Science through course work or supervision. Pollara Strategic Insights is a major Canadian research company that has been sponsoring these...
Monday, November 25, 2019
Within and Against the Law: Sex Work, Marxist Feminism, and the Politics of Rights
All are invited to attend the Institute of Political Economy's Visiting Professor Katie Cruz (University of Bristol Law School) on the rights of sex...
All are invited to attend the Institute of Political Economy's Visiting Professor Katie Cruz (University of Bristol Law School) on the rights of sex workers. Over the past 30 years, the demand for sex workers’ rights has gained momentum. In this talk, I apply a Marxist feminist legal approach to the use of rights...