MA Stream in Politics of Global Challenges

PhD candidate Mehdi Hashemi
Originally from Iran, PhD candidate Mehdi Hashemi says he appreciates the welcoming and diverse environment he found at UVic. His research looks at Islamic movements and foreign fighter recruitment.

Explore critical global challenges in migration, surveillance and democracy while earning your master's degree in one year.

Our specialized stream in the Politics of Global Challenges (PGC) launches in September 2020 This program will provide you with advanced training in theoretical and methodological approaches to addressing critical global political challenges. The stream equips students to be researchers, scholars and advocates active in advancing alternative and innovative solutions to problems of global importance.

Apply now:

Apply online through the Graduate Studies website.


Canadian and international applicants: January 15

Learn more:

Dr. Matt James, Grad Advisor
or 250-721-6489

Ms. Rachel Richmond, Grad Secretary
or 250-721-7486

The PGC stream is a research project-based degree and offers a focused program of study. The program is centred on four key global challenges:

  1. migration and contested borders
  2. political economy and development
  3. (in)security and surveillance
  4. democracy, diversity and human rights

You'll specialize in one of these challenges and should have a good grounding in your chosen area. Please see the research interests of associated faculty for the types of questions that might work well with these challenge areas.

The research project-based degree is intended to both train students for careers outside academe and prepare those interested in continuing on to a PhD. It is structured to be completed in a single academic year (September-July). You will also have the opportunity to apply for internship opportunities through the Centre for Global Studies, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives or Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.

We encourage applicants from all subfields of political science to apply.

MA Stream in Politics of Global Challenges Requirements Units
POLI 525 1.5
POLI 508, and 540 3.0
POLI 505 1.5
POLI PCG Elective 1.5
Elective course 1.5
Major research paper (POLI 598) 6.0
Total Units 15.0


Migration and Contested Borders
512 – Migration, Nationalism and Identity in Asia (Xu)
533 – The Politics of Colonialism (Dhamoon)
533 – Migration and Refugees (Schmidtke)

Political Economy and Development
514 - Politics of the European Union (Schmidtke, Verdun)
528 – Development and the State (Tremblay)
542 - International Law (Cutler)
544 – Governance in the Global Political Economy
573 – Advanced Topics in African Politics and Political Economy (Clarke)

(In)Security and Surveillance
533 – Nationalism and Violent Conflict (Watson)
533 - Understanding Global Security (Greaves)
556 – The Politics of the Internet (Bennett)

Democracy, Diversities, and Human Rights
533 – The Politics of Historical Injustice and Memory (James)
533 – Violence to Indigenous Lands and Bodies (Aguirre)
533 – Democracy and Populism (Schmidtke)
536 – Politics of Human Rights in New Democracies (Bonner)