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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 sector. 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.

Three Research-based, Graduate Level Degrees

The Institute offers three research-based, graduate level degrees that provide students with opportunities to research significant world issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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