Cape Breton University
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political Science B.A
**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.
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About The Program
About The University
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Min IELTS overall: 6.5 Minimum Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0
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Each year, CBU offers over $1.8 million in scholarships to students beginning their academic careers at Cape Breton University. There are a range of scholarships from $500 per year to $2,000 per year that will also be offered after a review of applicants.
Like any professional subject that studies people, Political Science is a truly fascinating, informative and evolving discipline. It is a diverse field of applied study, rich in academic tradition but open and responsive to the big issues of our time.
The CBU Political Science program is made up of highly qualified, dedicated professors, who are actively engaged in the community, and regional, national and international service activities. Their goal is to provide students with an enhanced understanding of areas like law, government, environment, human rights, social justice issues, Aboriginal government and treaties, economic and community development, international issues, and social media.
In a world of challenges like global warming, social and economic inequality, racism, violence, political apathy and the hollowing out of democracy, Political Scientists are called upon to examine and challenge the groups, systems and institutions that perpetuate injustice. These professionals explore the opportunities for constructive intervention and social reform.
Political Science at CBU approaches these challenges from several angles including public policy, institutional reform, law and social activism. Firmly grounded in the liberal arts, our Political Science program provides students with the analytical tools and critical thinking skills to constructively contribute to their communities and the broader society.
Learn more about a subject that governs our everyday lives and leads the world around us.
The Political Science program at CBU offers a variety of courses in the fields of Canadian and International Law and Social Justice, Public Policy and Public Administration (Government), Local, National and Provincial Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.
Students explore the ideas and institutions that shape our political world while understanding the role of the individual, social groups and nations involved in building a more just and ecologically sustainable future. Through the diverse and interesting selection of Political Science courses, students at CBU also:
Understand how federal and provincial governments work and the problems municipal government faces and how they involve individuals.
Observe political parties, pressure groups, and terrorist organizations, and analyze elections and calculate their results.
Understand how people think about politics, what values are important to them and how they come to believe what, in their mind, is the right thing to do.
Discover what democracy means and how dictatorships operate.
Study war and the political dimensions to violence and learn about peace and international security.
Observe how laws are made and changed and compare how states are governed in all areas of the world, including North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Our professors are authors of respected books and studies, while being engaged political leaders on a local, national and international level. Their consistent involvement shapes and informs their teaching while increasing the quality and value of the Political Science program at CBU.
Through CBU’s Political Science program, students build a foundation based on critical thinking, research and analysis, interviewing, written and oral communication, and cultural sensitivity. A versatile skill set that can be leveraged in any career path.
Pick a career path that’s right for you. Areas where you can apply an education in Political Science:
High School Teacher or University Professor
National and International NGOs
A Public Service career in Federal, Provincial or Municipal Government
Canadian diplomat, working at the United Nations, or any international organization
A Politician or member of a political party or a special interest group
Law or law enforcement
Journalism, television, radio, or print media
Public Policy Analyst and Policy Consulting
Organizational Leadership and Development
Cape Breton University (CBU) is a unique place where students who believe that they can actually have an effect in the world discover what that effect is going to be. We’re one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 3500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction and employability.
CBU prides itself on providing a personalized undergraduate education that focuses on academic and research excellence, student services, a vibrant campus life and cutting-edge technological tools. The university offers outstanding applied research opportunities to students, and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations. Home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education.
CBU traces its roots to 1951 when the “St. Francis Xavier University Sydney Campus”, also referred to as “Xavier Junior College” (XJC), was opened in downtown Sydney as a satellite campus of St. Francis Xavier University. Growth during the 1950s saw several buildings opened on this site.
Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate international students can work anywhere on and off campus for up to 20 hours per week without a work permit. On average, a part-time student would earn anywhere from $800-$1500 a month (e.g. 20 hours/week x $11/hour x 4 week = $880). After applying for a work permit, international students become eligible to work as a co-op student or an intern.
In 1968 the “Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology” (NSEIT) opened in 1968 on the Sydney-Glace Bay Highway, immediately east of Sydney. This institution focused on business technology and trades and its development was largely enabled by federal and provincial funding at a time when the coal and steel industries in Industrial Cape Breton were facing serious challenges.
In 1974, the first university college in Canada was established on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia through an amalgamation of the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology and Xavier Junior College. The Xavier Junior College was affiliated previously with St Francis Xavier University. The University College of Cape Breton became a public degree-granting institution, and retained technical and vocational programs from the former Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology. Cape Breton University was established by the Cape Breton University Act.
Cape Breton University is nestled in the heart of Cape Breton Island in Sydney, Nova Scotia. As the second-largest city in Nova Scotia, it is said that Sydney is the best of both worlds, offering the amenities of a medium-sized, urban area with the safe and friendly atmosphere of a small town.
Along with our great location, CBU is home to many of Canada’s most content students, which is why we’ve consistently rated among the country’s highest for student satisfaction. We also have some of the highest academic achievers, with Nova Scotia’s highest percentage of students with high school averages of 95+.
More than $1.8 million is put into student scholarships every year to help make sure our students get the support they need to succeed. At CBU, we provide international students a university experience of diversity and excellence and the promise of a future filled with opportunity.
The university’s distinctive blend of degree and diploma programs allows students to design an education ideally suited for success in the liberal arts, business, science and technology. Complimenting its leading academic programs, CBU offers a variety of activities to shape a well-rounded education.Whether you plan to study business, science, technology or the arts or, if you are determined to become a notable CEO, an innovative engineer or a famous novelist, CBU is your first step toward success. From nationally recognized sports teams, award-winning literary publications to world-renowned musicians, and unique theatre productions, you’ll find it all on this campus.
Life at Cape Breton University is one of opportunity, diversity and academic excellence. Receive a world-class education, while embracing adventure in a safe and academically challenging location. CBU is home to nearly 1,000 international students from more than 40 countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, Bermuda, Egypt, Russia, the Bahamas, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and Bangladesh. CBU fosters an inclusive and diverse learning environment, where you will experience the best of Canada while making friends with people from around the globe.
CBU has more than 100 Memoranda of Understanding and institutional agreements, 50 recruitment agents, an exclusive international language school, the International Centre for English Academic Preparation (www.iceap.ca) , a partner campus in Egypt, a cooperation office in Beijing, a widely popular Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Community Economic Development and numerous exciting research projects – all of which demonstrate our commitment to global/local interrelations and outreach.