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Political Economy

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The Institute

Director of the Institute: Rianne Mahon

The Institute of Political Economy, established in 1989, developed out of the Graduate Summer School of Political Economy, which was formed in 1983. The summer school was built on the strong tradition of interdisciplinary studies at Carleton, and on the interests of numerous faculty at Carleton involved in political economy. Distinguished international scholars have been attracted to teach in the summer school. Through the Institute, these distinguished visitors will now be in residence during the normal academic year, in addition to the summer program.

The Institute offers a program of study and research leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Political Economy, the only program of its kind in Canada. Its interdisciplinary program is designed to offer students both an exposure to the core concepts of political economy and an opportunity to develop individual areas of research concentration.

The program focuses on investigating the relationship between the economy and politics as they affect the social and cultural life of societies, and secondly, focuses on the historical processes whereby social change is located in the interaction of the economic, political, cultural, and ideological moments of social life.

Carleton University has developed a strong tradition in political economy. Faculty members from most of the social sciences and history participate regularly in the Institute. The program's curriculum includes courses with a political economy orientation that are offered by other departments, schools, and institutes. The Master of Arts in Political Economy is an opportunity for students to study political economy from the perspective of different disciplines within a single program.

Qualifying-Year Program

Applicants who have a general (3-year) bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines represented in the program may be admitted to a qualifying-year program designed to raise their status to that of honours graduates. Students are expected to achieve at least high honours in qualifying-year courses in order to be considered for admission to the master's program. To be eligible for admission to a qualifying year, normally a student must previously have successfully completed at least four courses in one of the social sciences.

Refer to the General Regulations section of the Calendar for details of the regulations governing qualifying year.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

The normal requirement for admission to the master's program is B.A.(Honours), with at least high honours standing, in one of the disciplines represented in the Institute. Prospective applicants without such qualifications may be considered for admission if they have both a strong academic record and relevant work experience. Such students normally are asked to complete a qualifying year of study with at least high honours standing before proceeding to the master's program.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Political Economy is a 5.0 credit program, one of which may be at the 4000- (honours undergraduate) level. Each candidate, in consultation with the Institute, must select and follow one of two optional patterns:

  • 3.0 credits, a thesis equivalent to 2.0 credits, and an oral examination of the thesis
  • 4.0 credits, a research essay equivalent to 1.0 credit, and an oral examination of the research essay

Whichever pattern is selected, all students in the Institute are required to take PECO 5000 and PECO 5001, two 0.5 credit seminars offered by the Institute.

Academic Standing

All master's candidates must maintain B standing or better (GPA of 8.0). A candidate may, with the recommendation of the Institute and the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, be allowed a grade of C+ in 0.5 credit.

Graduate Courses

Not all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for 2003-2004 and to determine the term of offering, consult the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet, published in the summer and also available online at

Course Designation System

Carleton's course designation system has been restructured. The first entry of each course description below is the new alphanumeric Carleton course code, followed by its credit value in brackets. The old Carleton course number (in parentheses) is included for reference, where applicable.

The Institute's courses will not normally be open to undergraduate students.

PECO 5000 [0.5 credit] (formerly 44.500)
Theories of Political Economy
A survey of the core concepts and ideas proposed by both the founders and modern practitioners of political economy. Particular attention will be paid to contemporary theorists as well as classical theorists such as Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Mill, Schumpeter, Keynes, Veblen, and Innis.
PECO 5001 [0.5 credit] (formerly 44.501)
The Methodology of Political Economy
An examination of the methods, procedures, and rules for developing theory and guiding inquiry in political economy research, including topics such as logic of inquiry, conceptualization, research design, dialectics, level of analysis, comparison, evidence and statistics.
PECO 5501 [0.5 credit] (formerly 44.551)
Selected Problems in Political Economy I
(Also listed as SOCI 5504 and PSCI 5501.)
PECO 5502 [0.5 credit] (formerly 44.552)
Selected Problems in Political Economy II
(Also listed as SOCI 5505 and PSCI 5502.)
PECO 5900 [0.5 credit] (formerly 44.590)
Tutorial in Political Economy
A course of directed readings on selected aspects of political economy, involving preparation of papers as the basis for discussion with the tutor. Offered when no regular course offering meets a candidate's specific needs.
Prerequisite: permission of the Director.
PECO 5908 [1.0 credit] (formerly 44.598)
Research Essay
Directly linked to the student's course work, the research essay must be interdisciplinary in approach.
PECO 5909 [2.0 credits] (formerly 44.599)
M.A. Thesis
The thesis is an alternative to the research essay. It must also be interdisciplinary in approach, and requires greater substance and originality than the Research Essay. Normally, a student's thesis committee will be composed of members from more than one discipline.

Selection of Courses

In addition to the graduate courses offered by, or associated with, the Institute, the courses listed below are of relevance to students of political economy and would, with the prior approval of the Institute, be used to design a coherent and internally complementary set of courses to fulfil degree requirements. The list is not exclusive and is subject to change. Moreover, students may select 1.0 credit in political economy that is offered at the 4000-level.

Note: Students should be aware that the number of spaces in graduate courses offered by other departments may be limited, and that registration may be conditional upon obtaining the prior approval of the department concerned. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that permission is obtained from the appropriate department prior to registering in any of the following courses.

The Institute expects to attract high quality graduate students who will be likely to continue to a second post-graduate degree. Given that a Ph.D. program in political economy does not exist, master's students will be directed to consult with the department where they might wish to pursue doctoral studies so that they may select courses that will prepare them for this next stage.

BUSI 5300, BUSI 5301
Canadian Studies
CDNS 5101, CDNS 5102, CDNS 5201, CDNS 5202, CDNS 5501, CDNS 5601
ECON 5101, ECON 5201, ECON 5202, ECON 5403, ECON 5500, ECON 5504, ECON 5505, ECON 5507, ECON 5806, ECON 5807
GEOG 4207 Urban Development and Analysis
GEOG 4300 Comparative Environmental Movements
GEOG 4400 Environmental Geopolitics
GEOG 4401 Geographies of Globalization
GEOG 5005, GEOG 5200, GEOG 5400, GEOG 5401, GEOG 5404, GEOG 5500
HIST 5506, HIST 5508, HIST 5509, HIST 5602, HIST 5800
International Affairs
INAF 5007, INAF 5101, INAF 5300, INAF 5302, INAF 5303, INAF 5501, INAF 5502, INAF 5401, INAF 5601
LAWS 4001 Law, Family and Gender
LAWS 4002 Feminist Theories of Law
LAWS 4003 Historical Perspectives on Law, Economy and Society
LAWS 5002, LAWS 5003, LAWS 5004,
LAWS 5005, LAWS 5006, LAWS 5007, LAWS 5200, LAWS 5302
Political Science
PSCI 4000 Topics in Canadian Government and Politics
PSCI 4002 Policy Seminar
PSCI 4009 Quebec Politics
PSCI 4102 Politics of Western Liberal Democracies
PSCI 4103 The State in Advanced Capitalist Societies
PSCI 4104 Theory and Practice in Third World Development
PSCI 4105 Selected Problems in Third World Development
PSCI 4401 Business-Government Relations in Canada
PSCI 4500 Feminist Analysis in Comparative Perspective
PSCI 4505 Transitions to Democracy
PSCI 4603 Analysis of International Political Economy
PSCI 4604 Selected Problems in International Political Economy
PSCI 5003, PSCI 5008, PSCI 5101, PSCI 5105, PSCI 5107, PSCI 5202, PSCI 5501, PSCI 5502, PSCI 5504, PSCI 5507, PSCI 5509, PSCI 5607
Public Administration
PADM 5001, PADM 5002, PADM 5107, PADM 5401, PADM 5604, PADM 5607, PADM 5701, PADM 5703, PADM 5806, PADM 5808
Social Work
SOWK 4102 Aboriginal Peoples and Social Policy
SOWK 4103 Practice and Policy in Immigration
SOWK 5102, SOWK 5105, SOWK 5106, SOWK 5301, SOWK 5805
Sociology and Anthropology
SOCI 5000, SOCI 5002, SOCI 5007, SOCI 5109, SOCI 5202, SOCI 5204, SOCI 5205, SOCI 5209, SOCI 5300, SOCI 5301, SOCI 5302, SOCI 5308, SOCI 5400, SOCI 5404, SOCI 5405, SOCI 5408, SOCI 5409, SOCI 5500, SOCI 5504, SOCI 5607, SOCI 5608, SOCI 5804, SOCI 5806
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