Certificate in Public Policy

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The Certificate in Public Policy is designed for those who are interested in the study of governance and policy responses to public issues.

The objective of the program is to provide foundational knowledge for exploring topical issues in diverse policy fields and settings. It is structured around introductory and advanced core courses in political science that promote understanding of the theoretical parameters of public policy.

Essentially public policy is about problem solving. Students will be introduced to the five stages of the public policy process: agenda setting, policy formulation, decision-making, implementation and evaluation. They will learn to recognize public policy problems, describe them and learn how to deal with them.

The area of public policy is a dynamic and growing field that is in demand across the country. This program will appeal to a large spectrum of learners including current students, those new to university and those currently working in the public sector who wish to build their knowledge and skills.

Regulations for the Certificate in Public Policy

To be eligible for the Certificate in Public Policy a student must complete the following:

  • Six credit hours chosen from Political Science 1000,1010, 2600, 3600, including at least one of POSC 2600, 3600

  • Twelve credit hours chosen from one of the following designated policy concentrations:

    1. Economic Policy: ECON 2010, 2020 and six additional credit hours chosen from Table 1, including at least three credit hours in Economics at the 3000-level; or

    2. Urban and Regional Policy: GEOG 1050, 2302 and six additional credit hours chosen from Table 2, including at least three credit hours in GEOG 3350, 3701; and

    3. Governance: 3 credit hours chosen from Political Science 3600 or 3620, and a minimum of 9 additional credit hours at the 3000-level chosen from Table 3 Approved Courses for the Concentration in Governance, including at least 3 credit hours in Canadian Governance and 3 credit hours in International Governance; and.

  • A further three credit hours in Political Science 4600 or 4630

Table 1: Approved Courses for the Concentration in Economic Policy

The Concentration in Economic Policy is overseen by the Department of Economics. Approved courses feature a foundation-level focus on the interrelationships between public policy, political institutions and economic systems.

1000-level and 2000-level3000-level
  • ECON 2010 Introduction to Microeconomics (required)
  • ECON 2020 Introduction to Macroeconomics (required)
  • GEOG 2302 Issues in Economic Geography
  • SOCI 2110 Economy and Society
  • ANTH/SOCI 3260 Social and Economic Development
  • ECON 3010 Intermediate Macro Theory I
  • ECON 3011 Intermedia Macro Theory II
  • ECON 3030 International Economics - Issues and Problems in a Canadian Context
  • ECON 3070 The Structure and Problems of the Newfoundland Economy
  • ECON 3080 Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
  • ECON 3140 Economic Analysis in Health Care
  • ECON 3150 Money and Banking
  • ECON 3360 Labour Market Economics
  • ECON 3711 Intergovernmental Relations
  • POSC 3250 International Political Economy
  • POSC 3650 Canadian Political Economy

Table 2: Approved Courses for the Concentration in Urban and Regional Policy

The Concentration in Urban and Regional Policy is overseen by the Department of Geography. Approved courses feature a foundation-level focus on public policy concerning broad concepts of regionalism, municipal governance, and sub-national planning.

1000-level and 2000-level3000-level
  • ANTH 2280 The City
  • GEOG 1050 Geographies of Global Change (required)
  • GEOG 2302 Issues in Economic Geography (required)
  • ANTH 3058 Urban Anthropology
  • ECON 3711 Intergovernmental Relations
  • GEOG 3340 Techniques of Regional Analysis
  • GEOG 3350 Community and Regional Planning and Development
  • GEOG 3701 Urban Geography
  • POSC 3870 Provincial Politics
  • POSC 3890 Municipal Politics

Table 3: Approved Courses for the Concentration in Governance

Foundation Courses
(complete at least 1)
3000-level Canadian Governance Courses
(complete at least 1)
3000-level International Governance Courses
(complete at least 1)
  • POSC 3600 Public Policy Fields 
  • POSC 3620 Law, Governance and Public Policy
  • ECON 3711 Intergovernmental Relations in Canada
  • LWSO 3014 Aboriginal and Gov't Relations in NL
  • POSC 3650 Canadian Political Economy
  • POSC 3800 Federalism in Canada
  • POSC 3810 Executive-Level Governance in Canada
  • POSC 3820 Constitutional Law in Canada
  • POSC 3830 Aboriginal Governance in Canada
  • POSC 3870 Provincial Government and Politics
  • POSC 3880 NL Government and Politics
  • POSC 3890 Municipal Govt and Politics in Canada
  • POSC 3210 International Law
  • POSC 3220 International Organizations
  • POSC 3250 International Political Economy
  • POSC 3280 Foreign Policy

Not all courses are offered every semester.

Declaring an Humanities and Social Sciences Certificate: Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty is available on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences website.

For detailed course description on courses offered, please refer to the online University Calendar.

Program Coordinator

For more information students are invited to contact the Program Coordinator. Please see http://www.mun.ca/hss/about/contact/coordinators.php for current contact information.