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GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
at the U of M

 

Social, political, ecological and economic issues are inseparable. Multiple perspectives and the ability to connect and synthesize them are needed to grapple with contemporary, complex issues. The multi-faceted global political economy program will present you with a balanced and innovative way to deepen your understanding of global political and economic relations.

Global political economy is an interdisciplinary program offered by five different departments: history, sociology, economics, anthropology and political studies. Faculty from each department have collaborated to create an exciting degree program that will prepare you to better understand the world, to bridge local issues and global forces and to become effective, collaborative actors beyond the walls of the university.

Skills you will gain by studying GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

  • The ability to understand and define global political and economic relations
  • The ability to analyze current and historical events from a social, political, ecological and economic perspective
  • The ability to think critically and develop innovative solutions to complex global issues
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

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This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
6 credit hours from HIST 1370, HIST 1380, HIST 1500, HIST 2380 and HIST 2720; ECON 1010 and ECON 1020 (or ECON 1210 and ECON 1220) and GPE 1700

Advanced: POLS 1000

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with the global political economy program coordinator to help you plan your program.
  2. Take SOC 1200 and ANTH 1220 or ANTH 1520 as electives
    to get the prerequisites for upper level sociology and anthropology courses.

CAREER TIPS


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Global Political Economy Students’ Association and Arts Student Body Council.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Info Days and other events on campus.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Community Action Poverty Simulation.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Considering international opportunities? Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre for Students or learn about local agencies via the Manitoba Contact Guide.

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Year 2 - 60 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
ANTH 2000, ECON 2540 and ECON 2550, GPE 2700, SOC 2290 (or both ANTH 3930 and STAT 1000)

Advanced: plus 9 credit hours of required courses*)

To do this year:

  1. Go to the Faculty of Arts office to declare your major in person prior to registration..
  2. Take POLS 2040 as an elective to get the prerequisite for upper level political studies courses.
  3. Consider choosing a second language for your minor to enhance your employability prospects upon graduation.

CAREER TIPS


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with the Political Economy of the World System (PEWS).
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for a research assistant position or Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out Canadian Red Cross, Manitoba Legislative, UNICEF or volunteer abroad through the AIESEC Global Citizenship program.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador or join the Student Leadership Development Program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Travel Study program, Students Without Borders internship or UNICEF Internship Programme, Badili Mtizamo! Tanzania Service-Learning Experience, Canada World Youth, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the World W.I.S.E. Ambassador Program, WUSC Student Refugee Program or Praxis: Service-Learning for Social Change. Practice your use of additional languages through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

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Year 3 - 90 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
ANTH 3320, GPE 3700, POLS 3250 or ANTH 3750, POLS 3270 and one of SOC 3380, SOC 3838, SOC 3840 or SOC 3890

Advanced: plus 9 credit hours of required courses*

To do this year: Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).

CAREER TIPS


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as Manitoba New Venture Championship.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other academic institutions.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Canadian Border Services Agency, Global Affairs Canada and UMSU elections.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Devex, My World Abroad, Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

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Year 4 - 120 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
GPE 4700, plus 9 credit hours of required courses*

To do this year: Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

 

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Present your research at the CSA Annual Conference or submit an article to the CCJA Justice Report.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the International Youth Internship Program, Manitoba Legislative Internship Program or Embassy of Canada’s Internship Program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or register for a Workplace Cultural Competence Workshop through Extended Education.

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Sample Careers

 

Sample careers with an undergraduate degree and related experience

  • Border Services Officer
  • Citizenship and Immigration Agent
  • Community Development Officer
  • Counciliation/Mediation Officer
  • Donor Relations Officer
  • Economic Development Analyst
  • Emergency Preparedness Analyst
  • Food Program Coordinator
  • Foreign Intelligence Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Program Officer
  • Immigrant Settlement Worker
  • International Development Officer
  • International Policy Advisor
  • NGO Program Officer
  • Political Aide
  • Regional Development Director
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Options requiring other education

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What Do Employers Want?

 

Industries such as business, community development, government and policy development would value a global political economy degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Digital technology
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

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