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."
In addition, Master of Applied Politics (MAP) students can benefit from the presence of our department’s practitioner-in-residence. For the 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.
As an MA student in our program, you will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills – skills that go beyond teaching and research – by contributing to the department as a Teaching Assistant (TA). This experience will help you develop skills that can be applied in your academic journey at Laurier and in the future in many different jobs and settings such as work in business, industry, government, or the non-profit sector. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your experience as a TA through professional teaching development workshops and certificates.
As a TA, you will play an important role in the academic development of Laurier students through:
If you are looking to further develop yourself during your graduate studies, acting as a TA is an excellent way to do so. You will have the opportunity to problem-solve in a teaching setting, contribute to course design in collaboration with professors, hone your time management skills, further develop your emotional intelligence through interactions with students and faculty, and apply your talents to better the student experience in our department. MAP faculty are committed to your development and can act as mentors during your time as a TA.
As a TA, you will be able to develop the following skills:
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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