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  • Global Political Economy brings together professors and courses from history, economics, sociology, political studies and anthropology to help you develop the interdisciplinary perspective, skills and critical thinking necessary to understand and act upon pressing contemporary social problems.

    Economists, political scientists, historians, sociologists and anthropologists all have distinct ways of seeing the world, each offering unique, sometimes competing, sometimes complementary explanations for why the world is as it is. The interdisciplinary nature of the GPE program exposes you to all of these ways of seeing—helping you learn how to bridge these perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of our increasingly complex world.

Programs of study

The Global Political Economy program at UM is unique among Canadian universities for its commitment to interdisciplinary education and rigorous set of core and elective courses. We are proud to offer two degree options for students looking to develop their theoretical and applied skills in the discipline.

GPE 4520 - GPE field placement course

Take advantage of the GPE field placement course to gain valuable work experience and networking opportunities in community-based organizations, government departments and agencies, policy and research organizations, unions and more.

GPE 4700 - The capstone course of the advanced degree program

In GPE 4700, students work closely with the instructor and a faculty advisor developing and demonstrating their research skills and interdisciplinary perspective by producing a major political economy research paper. Students meet in class on a regular basis to discuss the research process, to develop an answerable research question through conversation with the instructor and classmates, to analyze examples of political economy research, and to work through methodological questions. Additionally, students meet individually with the instructor and in peer groups to address challenges in the research process, develop strategies for overcoming obstacles, and share research findings. Students also present their research as it progresses, and as part of a year-end, public research symposium. This is an opportunity to delve deeply and meaningfully into a topic about which you are passionate, while learning the ropes of the research process.

Student resources

As a GPE undergraduate student, you can take advantage of opportunities and supports from academic focus areas to student groups.

Global Political Economy Student Association (GPESA)

GPESA presents talks to explore research, graduate studies and careers. They also offer movie nights and other fun events to help students connect.

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Experiential and international learning

The UM International Centre maintains an excellent listing of volunteer, exchange and internship opportunities for students.

In Community Engaged Learning (CEL), students take part in projects and initiatives where they learn about the world, themselves and the importance of community while developing relationships and supporting the goals of community organizations locally and internationally. CEL projects can happen both on campus and on community sites (both locally and internationally).

GPE course registration

Students registering for GPE 2700 or GPE 4700 require the permission of the instructor. Please contact Dr. Mark Hudson prior to attempting to register on Aurora for permission. Students who are not in the GPE program are welcome to request permission to enroll, but please be advised that GPE majors have priority.

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Dr. Mark Hudson
Coordinator, Global Political Economy Program
Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
333 Isbister Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada