Undergraduate Programs
BA Political Economy Concentration

Regulations effective September 1, 2007

As a graduate of Athabasca University's political economy program, you will gain a diverse knowledge of the interplay between politics, society and economics. Students may focus their studies in either Global Political Economy or Canadian Political Economy. For more information visit the program's website.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

      Bachelor of Arts (3-year) General regulations.

Requirements within the general program requirements for the 3-year BA with concentration.
A minimum of 15 credits in designated Political Economy concentration courses. It is strongly recommended that students complete these courses at the beginning of the program.
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I (3)
POEC/GLST 230 Globalization and World Politics (3)
POEC 302 Introduction to Political Economy (3)


A minimum of 15 credits in one of the two areas of focus. Students must take at least one course from each of the following areas: Economics, Political Economy, and Political Science.
  Area of Focus I: Global Political Economy
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy*
*Students who have taken ECON 301 may not take ECON 401.
ECON 376 Economic Development in the Third World (6)
ECON 475 International Trade (3)
ECON 476 International Finance (3)
ENVS/GLST 243 Environmental Change in a Global Context (3)
GLST/HIST 307 The Pacific Century (3)
GLST 308 Americas: An Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
GLST/HIST 377 Twentieth-Century China (3)
HIST 486 The Industrial Revolution (3)
POEC/GLST 395 Global Development Strategies (3)
POEC/GLST 483 International Political Economy: Power, Production and Global Order (3)
POLI 330 International and Global Politics (3)
POLI 342 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
SOCI 435 Theories of Social Change
  Area of Focus II: Canadian Political Economy
CMNS 401 Cultural Policy in Canada (3)
ECON 385 Money, Banking and Canadian Financial Institutions (3)
GEOG 310 Canadian Urban Development (3)
GOVN 450 Public Budgeting and Financial Management (3)
HIST 326 Contemporary Canada: Canada after 1945 (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations (3)
IDRL 320 Labour Law in Canada (3)
LBST 332 Women and Unions (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations (3)
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics (3)
POLI 311 Aboriginal Politics and Government (3)
POLI 325 Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics (3)
POLI 383 Introduction to Canadian Political Economy (3)
SOCI 321 The Sociology of Work and Industry (3)
SOCI 445 Selected Topics in Canadian Society (3)
TAXX 301 Introduction to Income Taxation (3)

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following designated political economy general elective courses (or from Area of Focus I or II (provided you have not been used the courses already to fulfill the Area of Focus requirement).

ANTH 307 The Inuit Way (3)
ANTH 362 First Nations of Canada (3)
ANTH 375 The Anthropology of Gender (3)
ANTH 394 Urban Anthropology (3)
CMNS 385/
SOCI 378
Media Constructions of Social Movements and
CMNS 402 International Media Systems I–The Americas (3)
CMNS 423 The Television Age (3)
ECON 321 Economics of Health Care (3)
ENTP 212 Starting a Small Business (3)
ENVS 435 Case Studies in Environmental Protection:
Popular Education, Community Sustainability,
and Global Connections
FREN 100 French for Beginners I (3)
FREN 101 French for Beginners II (3)
GEOG/GLST 200 World Regional Geography
GEOG 201 Introductory Human Geography (3)
GEOG 302 The Canadian North (3)
HADM 336 Community Health Planning (3)
HADM 339 The Organization of the Canadian Health Care System (3)
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour (6)
HIST/LBST 470 Pre-Industrial Origins of Labour and Socialist
HIST/LBST 471 Labour and Socialist Thought in the Early Industrial Revolution, 1800-1850 (3)
INST 111 Introductory Cree I (3)
INST 112 Introductory Cree II (3)
MATH 244 Business Math (3)
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I (3)
PHIL 371 Ethics, Science, Technology, and the Environment (3)
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 381 The Sociology of Power and Inequality (3)
SOCI 450 Social Theory and the Environment (3)
SPAN 200 First Year Spanish I (3)
SPAN 201 First Year Spanish II (3)
WMST 400 Feminism in the Western Tradition (3)
WMST 401 Contemporary Feminist Theory (3)

18 remaining elective credits selected from the following disciplines:

History (HIST) (6)
Labour Studies (LBST) and/or
Industrial Relations (IDRL) (6)
Women's Studies (WMST) and/or
Indigenous Studies (INST) (6)



The remaining 30 credits are options.
It is strongly recommended that students who want to pursue graduate work in Political Economy or international affairs include among their options, POEC 499.

Language proficiency: It is strongly recommended that students in Canadian Study areas who want to pursue employment in the federal civil service or foreign affairs, take French as an elective or option. Students interested in North American integration should take Spanish. Likewise, students interested in governance capacity building for First Nations communities should take First Nations language courses. Students are advised that “language proficiency” usually means one of the following:


the ability to read French or Spanish at a level consistent with the usual requirements of a junior French language course. This ability may be proven by one of the following: either by completing 6 junior credits in French (for example French 200 and French 201) or by passing a reading proficiency examination in French or Spanish;


speak fluently one of Canada's First Nations languages (for example, Cree or Inuktitut);


read one of Canada's First Nations languages (for example, Cree or Inuktitut), at a level consistent with the usual requirements of a second-year university language course.
Writing proficiency: Given the importance of good writing skills for success in post-secondary studies and the workplace, it is strongly recommended that students take ENGL 255 as an elective or option course. Students for whom English is a second language should also take ENGL 177.

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