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Economic and Political Studies Major, Bachelor of Arts

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,260

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Economics and politics is "the study of choices" and so is concerned with all areas of our lives. It provides rigorous analysis of many real world subjects: government institutions, taxes, unemployment, financial markets, international trade, development, and economic growth but also poverty, crime, pollution, healthcare, education, the environment and many other areas.
  • Political Studies or Political Science, as it is more commonly known, is one of the newest and fastest growing disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. From a period in the early 1960s when there were few departments of political science, the discipline has expanded to the point where reputable universities must contain Political Studies departments.
  • The growth of Political Studies can be largely attributed to its subject matter: politics.
  • Political Studies examines politics, government and political ideas, themes which concern the every day life of ordinary citizens as well as scholars, bureaucrats and politicians. The breadth of the subject means that Political Studies is a highly pluralistic discipline.
  • Political Studies touches on political history, political philosophy, political sociology, political economy, political geography and political anthropology. The discipline is linked by a common effort to understand the vast field of politics and government.
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses)

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • October 2023

Open admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)

Admission to each major program may have specific requirements.

  • Recommended: Foundations of Mathematics 11 or higher is strongly recommended for students pursuing Education or a major in Geography and Environmental Studies, Sociology or Psychology
  • Students usually declare a major before the beginning of their third year of courses, but they must meet specific lower-level requirements to be admitted. All candidates are assigned a Major Program Advisor. Students are expected to meet with their advisor to ensure that they qualify and that appropriate courses are selected.

If you don’t meet the requirements

  • High school graduates can apply and be admitted to this program while upgrading at TRU.
  • Mature students without a high school diploma (or equivalent) can work towards completing their BC High School Graduation Diploma while in this program through TRU courses.
  • Students who do not qualify for mature student status can apply for the TRU University Preparation program to complete their BC High School Graduation Diploma.

Below you will find the current list of offerings for FALL 2021 and Winter 2022 in Political Studies. These courses are subject to change.

FALL 2021

  • The government and politics of canada 
  • The government and politics of canada 
  • Contemporary ideologies 
  • Contemporary ideologies 
  • Contemporary politics 
  • International politics 
  • Canadian political parties 
  • Modern political theory: analysis of a selected theorist 
  • Politics of developing nations 
  • Politics of the middle east

winter 2022

  • The government and politics of canada 
  • Contemporary ideologies 

Political philosophy 

  • Canadian government 2: public-administration and public policy 

Topics in politics 

  • local government in canada 
  • Modern political theory: analysis of a selective theorist 
  • Topics in politics: women, development and human rights 
  • Communism and the environment 
  • Topics in politics: non-violent resistance
  • Tuition $448.65
  • Fees $191.91 Books and supplies
  • Typically about $150 per course $150.00 
  • Total (CDN) $790.56

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