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Being 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

As part of our commitment to a solid grounding in “applied” politics, our program offers students numerous opportunities to develop hands-on skills and engage with practitioners. For example, as part of the course options, students may take PO690: Research Practicum. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to develop new skills via hands-on learning as well as a chance for practical application of skills learned throughout the program. The course involves a placement with a community organization, local politician or government agency and is intended to provide students with the opportunity to complete a research project for a "client."*

*Pending approval by the Faculty of Arts and University Senate.


In addition, Master of Applied Politics (MAP) students can benefit from the presence of our department’s practitioner-in-residence. For the 2016/17 academic year, former MPP and Ontario Cabinet Minister, John Milloy, will be offering “practical politics” workshops focusing on skills development in such areas as the preparation of policy briefs and memoranda, advising the Minister, advocacy strategy and program evaluation. These workshops will be packaged into a “Certificate in Practical Politics” for students' co-curricular records. Our practitioner-in-residence may also participate in supervisory committees for students who are pursuing the Policy Analysis Project or the Major Research Project.

Each term, Milloy also holds mentoring sessions with undergraduate and graduate students in Political Science, as well as students in the Legal Studies Option. Topics for these sessions include networking, public sector employment strategies and professionalization.

Practical Politics Speakers Series

Through our department’s Practical Political Speakers Series, we offer a variety of lectures throughout the year on important topics and pressing issues in Canadian and international politics. The series features both Laurier faculty and invited experts from academic, policy, government and civil society circles. Past speakers include former Prime Minister Paul Martin, federal trade negotiator Terry Collins-Williams and IPSOS Reid CEO Darryl Bricker.

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