Why choose Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies?
When you study public policy, policy advocacy and community economic development, you’ll graduate ready to jump into the policy-making process in private, public and community sectors.
Our bilingual program is energized by our students, who bring a diverse range of backgrounds and a broad spectrum of community experience to each class. You study in small, congenial groups and are encouraged to pursue another Arts or Science program at the same time.
Combining academics with activism strengthens your experience. You’ll hone your sensitivity to social, economic and political factors influencing the public policy process and explore such values as:
Social and economic justice
Participatory citizenship and democracy
You integrate the theoretical with the practical. You can do an internship, and we ground our work through close relationships with community organizations, public and private institutions, and unions.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
Students of the School of Community and Public Affairs are strongly encouraged to pursue a departmental major of their choice. The combination of a disciplinary BA and the SCPA program provides maximum career flexibility for our graduates.
Students are required to maintain an overall average of B-. In addition, all members of the School of Community and Public Affairs are expected to participate fully in the operation of the School.
The School's student body is drawn primarily from the Faculty of Arts and Science, although students from other Faculties can be admitted. Students are therefore exposed to various disciplines through interaction with their peers.
Please note: Students who take one or more of the required courses as part of their degree program must replace the credits with a course chosen in consultation with the SCPA advisor. Under special circumstances, a student may replace one of the elective courses with a course chosen in consultation with the SCPA advisor.
The Major in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies consists of the following courses taken over 3 stages.
STAGE I (18 credits)
SCPA 201 - Introduction to Public Policy & the Public Interest (3 credits)
SCPA 203 - Community and Public Affairs in Quebec and Canada (3 credits)
SCPA 215 - Economics for Public Policy and Community Development (3 credits)
INTE 296 - Discover Statistics (3 credits)
Plus one of the following:
SCPA 204/POLI 204 - Introduction to Canadian Politics (3 credits)
SCPA 211/POLI 211 - Quebec Politics and Society (3 credits)
Plus one of the following:
SCPA 205/HIST 205 - History of Canada-Post Confederation (3 credits)
SCPA 210/HIST 210 - Quebec Since Confederation (3 credits)
STAGE II (12 credits)
SCPA 301 - Social Debates and Issues in Public Policy Analysis (6 credits)
SCPA 321 - Public Affairs Strategies (3 credits)
SCPA 352 - Community and Local Activism (3 credits)
STAGE III (12 credits)
SCPA 411 - Internship (3 credits)
SCPA 412 - Senior Research Seminar (3 credits)
SCPA 450 - Neo-Liberal Globalization and the Global Justice Movement (3 credits)
SCPA 498C - Public Affairs Communication (3 credits)
The policy process cannot be conveyed successfully without access to a “real world” laboratory. Hence, the BA Major in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies emphasizes practical experience to help students develop the judgment necessary to complement traditional academic training. Drawing on an innovative combination of theory and practice, the SCPA helps its students to become familiar with the fundamental intellectual tools that will enable them not only to formulate their own educated critique of their sociopolitical environment, but also to participate actively and knowledgeably in the improvement of that environment.
The internship is an important training ground. Because it demands active and imaginative responses, the internship experience is an opportunity to test theory and formulate new approaches. In addition, this period of practice is a time when our students can familiarize members of the larger community with our program, its aims and its achievements.
Support for our internship is consistently positive. Government, business and community leaders have been helpful in advising and placing our students. The experience is one that adds a very important practical dimension to our program. Success in an internship enhances a student's potential, whatever career path is chosen.
The SCPA/Vince Sirois Memorial Entrance Scholarship
Established in 1995 by Imperial Oil Ltd. to honour their former Senior Vice-President and Director, Vince Sirois. Mr. Sirois was instrumental in the development of the School through his involvement as a member of the Board of Advisors. This award is offered to bilingual students entering the School of Community and Public Affairs and who, in addition to academic achievement, have demonstrated a commitment to public life.
The School of Community and Public Affairs Prize
This award is given to a student upon completion of the School of Community and Public Affairs’ 42 credits Major and the completion of the student degree requirements. The award recipient will be selected on the basis of the student’s contribution to the intellectual and social life of the School.
There are many job opportunities for graduates with our combination of academic and practical experience in public affairs. Demand is strong, particularly if you are able to express yourself in both French and English. Depending upon your choice of disciplinary specialization, you can expect to pursue such diverse occupations as:
Public affairs specialists in corporations
Civil servants at the local, provincial, national or international level
Public policy analysts and advisors to community and other organizations
Community group leaders and political organizations
Journalists, broadcasters, editors, television and radio producers