Economic Policy Courses

A New Coordinated and Contemporary Approach by the Department of Economics


The Department of Economics is pleased to publicise that its economic policy courses, ECON 318 Canadian Economic Policy and Institutions and ECON 319 International Economic Policy and Institutions, will be fully coordinated.  

The mode of delivery and student performance evaluation have been changed in order to align the quality of learning to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society and to link the courses to Concordia University’s strategic initiatives. The policy courses are distinguished from the other B.A. courses in the Economics programs, which commonly provide more abstract technical training, with less opportunities to apply theory to “real world” policy problems.

  • To present current and ongoing issues and/or debates in economic policy debates
    • For example, Climate Change and Increasing Income Inequality are and will be important public policy issues for many years to come. Some of the issues that dominated economic policy debates in the past were mostly local in scope, but their importance has generally retroceded.
  • To understand that economic policy choices of the future are the ones which you, as citizens, will need to analyze
    • Therefore, these courses have two major themes: economic growth and environmental sustainability.
  • To debate the merits of the different policy alternatives as presented by experts
  • To understand the sources and drivers of economic growth
  • To establish links between economic theory and the current economic situation
  • To critically analyse current societal challenges using the tools of economics

The Department of Economics' policy courses present three unique features:

Kayley Lenders

Building a Career in Policy
Kayley Lenders, Policy Analyst, Public Safety Canada

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Room H-535
5th floor, 1455 De Maisonneuve W, Montreal (QC) H3G 1M8
This in-person lecture is only accessible to students currently registered in ECON 318 or ECON 319.

Kayley Lenders is a young professional currently working as a policy analyst at Public Safety Canada on Indigenous policing issues. After graduating with a Bachelors of Global and International Studies from Carleton University, Kayley’s passion for social change, education and travel is what propelled her into a career in social policy. 

As a student, Kayley was afforded the opportunity to work as an intern for the Uganda Law Society in Kampala, Uganda, while also studying at Makerere University. Kayley later worked with Insight Global Education, a social enterprise, sharing her knowledge of social justice and responsible tourism by leading educational experiences for Canadian youth in Costa Rica and the Yukon.

Kayley began her career as a public servant at Health Canada as a policy analyst, engaging with health stakeholders across Canada to inform and develop innovative health products and food policy. She is now on an assignment with Public Safety Canada working to co-develop a legislative framework for indigenous policing. In her spare time, Kayley enjoys cycling, practicing yoga and experiencing new cultures. 

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