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Political Science

The Political Science Co-operative Education Program (PSCE) provides an opportunity for students to obtain relevant full-time employment experience in fields related to Political Science, such as government, advocacy groups or political parties. Students apply their academic knowledge to practical situations. Candidates who are accepted into the PSCE must complete the normal requirements for their degree, as well as three full-time work terms.

Areas of Academic Study

In addition to the requirements below, students must fulfill all requirements for either an honours or Major in Political Science. Work terms normally begin after the student has completed four academic terms, including the following courses:

POSC 1000 Introduction to Politics and Government (required) POSC 2010 Research and Writing in Political Science (recommended) POSC 2600 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration (recommended) POSC 2800 Introduction to Canadian Politics and Government (required)

Work Term Schedule (Suggested)

YEAR 1 AT 1 AT 2  
YEAR 2 AT 3 AT 4 WT 1
YEAR 3 AT 5 AT 6  
YEAR 4 WT 2 AT 7 WT 3
YEAR 5 AT 8    
*AT = Academic Term; WT = Work Term

Type of Work Assignments

Students have opportunities to work with a variety of employers for their work terms, including:

Federal, provincial and municipal governmentElected officials and political partiesAdvocacy groups and non-profit organizationsLabour organizationsLegal and legislative bodies

At least one work term must occur in a Fall or Winter semester. The final work term must be completed before the final academic term. Competition for placements is heaviest in the Spring semester and students are strongly recommended to complete one Spring placement outside of the St. John's area. With permission a student may complete a maximum of two work terms in consecutive semesters.

Work Term Evaluation

There are three components in each work term evaluation. The first is the preparation of a written assignment such as a briefing note and/or a cabinet paper of a topical issue relevant to the student's placement. The second is of a student's on-the-job performance. The final evaluation component is a substantive reflective essay.