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Faculty of Human and Social Development programs

Studies in Policy and Practice ( Masters )

Studies in Policy and Practice (SPP) is an innovative interdisciplinary MA graduate program of critical studies for those involved in activism, human services, and community work. The program provides graduates with a strong grounding in critical analysis for developing practice-based careers and pursuing advanced degrees in interdisciplinary studies and other disciplines.

In a unique combination of analytic and methodological skills, courses and thesis work facilitate an understanding of the social, cultural, and political context of policy and practice. Objectives focus on bringing together critical interpretations of policy, critical analysis of experience and practice, and critical theories of society and polity in innovative ways - all to effect social change.

Themes of interdisciplinarity and collaboration underlie SPP's critical approaches to teaching and training. Through linkages with other graduate programs across campus, SPP offers students the opportunity to study with a range of experienced human service professionals, activists, and community workers.

Program options and specializations

Thesis and non-thesis options

Note:

  • The allotted time for program completion is 3.5 years, if taken full-time. Part-time study is also possible.
  • Candidates require 2 years practice post-BA to enter this program.
  • The experiential learning component of this program is optional.
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