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Experiential Learning in Research - Case Studies in Public Leadership with Dave Levac

Section C01: In partnership with the Socrates Project, this course aims to demystify parliamentary institutions and public policy making in Canada, through field trips, guest lectures, case studies, and problem-based learning approaches. Students accepted into the course will work collaboratively in small groups, under guidance of the McMaster Public Leadership for Change Distinguished Visiting Professor. Leveraging the DVP’s practical political experience and extensive networks, students will engage in independent research, including document analysis and candid interviews with decision makers. They will gain a deeper understanding of how political power operates, and how policy reform and social change is achieved through advocacy, alliance-building, skilled communication, negotiation and principled compromise across competing interests. Students will also learn practical skills such as policy analysis and policy memo writing.


Unit(s): 6.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Full Year Offered?: Yes Language?: No

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV Honours Political Science; and written permission of the faculty member supervising the research; and permission of the Department. Not open to students with credit in POLSCI 3UU3 or POLSCI 4Z06 A/B if on a similar topic.