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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Research Practicum

Step from the classroom into the work world. This course builds skills through real world, hands-on opportunities. It combines class time with a placement in a community organization, local politician’s office, or government agency that is engaged in research.

During the placement, you are part of a research team and/or asked to complete a number of research tasks for the organization, while under the guidance of a resident researcher.

Master of Applied Politics (MAP) students have been placed with the City of Kitchener, the Region of Waterloo and Ploughshares. They have been involved in research related to housing policy, the environment, and international conflict prevention and arms control.

Practitioner-in-Residence

MAP students benefit from the experience of our department’s practitioner-in-residence, former MPP and Ontario Cabinet Minister, John Milloy. Milloy provides a series of “Practical Politics Workshops” that zero in on skills development.

For example, you'll learn:

  • How to prepare a policy brief and briefing memo;
  • What is involved in advising a minister, employer, or client;
  • How to do lobbying and advocacy work; and
  • How to evaluate a government program.

These workshops are packaged into a “Certificate in Practical Politics” for your experience records.

Milloy also holds mentoring sessions on networking, getting a job in government, and boosting your professional skills. He regularly supervises MAP students who are pursuing the Policy Analysis Project or the Major Research Project. 

Teaching Assistants

Students in the MAP program are given the opportunity to work as Teaching Assistants (TAs). Being a TA involves grading work, leading small-group discussions, clarifying concepts for students, and acting as a role model and mentor. The position is challenging, enriching, and provides the opportunity to build a whole slate of skills for future employment in business, industry, government, and the non-profit sector.

For example, TAs problem-solve, contribute to course design in collaboration with professors, and build emotional intelligence through interactions with students and faculty. MAP students, therefore, develop skills in:

  • Public speaking;
  • Decision-making and problem-solving;
  • Planning;
  • Conceptualizing;
  • Organizing and prioritizing;
  • Leading/motivating others; and
  • Setting goals and objectives.

Contact Us:

Want to Know More?

E: yshamsie@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2937

General Inquiries

E: spalmer@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3374

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