Power, Conflict, and Ideas Theme

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Power, Conflict, and Ideas Theme Overview

Degrees Offered: (M.A., Ph.D.)

The Power, Conflict, and Ideas Theme focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to research on social change, with a foundation in social theory, governance and policy, power and ideas, and historical context.

For participating faculty, see the Power, Conflict, and Ideas Theme website. The Theme offers full-time, research-based degrees. For research interests of Theme faculty members, consult the Theme website.

Theme Admission Requirements

The overarching IGS requirements are the minimum standards required for admission to the Theme. Evidence in the application for admission that the research interests and scholarly background of the applicant are topically relevant to the Theme, and agreement of a faculty member who participates in the Theme to serve as the applicant’s supervisor, are also required. Refer to the PCI Theme website for a list of potential supervisors.

Theme Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Interdisciplinary Studies, Power, Conflict, and Ideas Theme

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out by the College of Graduate Studies, students in the Power, Conflict, and Ideas Theme must complete 30 credits for the M.A. as follows:

  • a 12-credit Master's Thesis (IGS 599);
  • 3 credits of IGS 524;
  • IGS 589;
  • IGS 590;
  • IGS 591;
  • IGS 592; and,
  • 3 credits of additional coursework selected by the student in consultation with, and approval of, his or her supervisor, of which no more than 3 credits can be at the 300/400 level, and none may be at the 100/200 level.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Interdisciplinary Studies, Power, Conflict, and Ideas Theme

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out by the College of Graduate Studies, the minimum requirements for the Ph.D. are:

  • 3 credits of IGS 524;
  • 3 credits of IGS 592;
  • 6 credits of coursework selected from the following: IGS 589, IGS 590, IGS 591;
  • successful completion of comprehensive requirements; and
  • successful defence of the doctoral dissertation IGS 699 (0) Doctoral Thesis.

Contact Information

Complete details regarding the Power, Conflict and Ideas Theme are available on the IGS website, or by contacting the Theme Coordinator.

For current information, consult the Power, Conflict, and Ideas Theme Website.

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