Communications and Public Policy

Program Structure

Communications and Public Policy Major

Students will be required to complete 36 credit hours of Communications and Public Policy (COPP) courses and 24 credit hours of courses in one of five Focus Areas. These Focus Areas are: Politics and Governance; Law and Justice; Social Policy and Social Justice; Science, Technology, and the Environment; and International Relations. The courses to support these Focus Areas are drawn from a variety of disciplines at St. Thomas University, ensuring that students participate in the breadth and depth of the liberal arts experience. Normally, students will choose a Focus Area during the winter semester of the first year in the programme and will begin assembling the courses in their Focus Area during the fall semester of second year.


The programme encourages as many of its graduates as possible to be able to work in both English and French and will provide opportunities for bilingual students and students graduating from French immersion programmes to continue their studies in both languages. All students entering the programme will be encouraged to complete the Certificate in French Language Proficiency offered by the St. Thomas University French Department. The two core 4000-level courses – a public policy case studies course and an internship course – will be designed to offer students the opportunity to complete course work (and internships) in English and French.

In their fourth year, students will complete a mandatory rigorously supervised internship course that will require all students to gain valuable professional experience before graduation.


Part One – Core Courses and Electives

Students must complete 36 credit hours in Communications and Public Policy Courses. A sample of the structure of the program is listed below.


Year 1
Semester 1
COPP 1013 Introduction to Communications
Semester 2
COPP 1023 Introduction to Policy Studies

Year 2
Semester 1
COPP 2013 Fundamentals of Writing
Semester 2
COPP 2023 Policy Making in the Information Age
COPP 2033 Research Methods

Year 3
Semester 1
COPP 3013 Rhetoric
COPP 3023 Ethics and Social Responsibility
Semester 2
COPP 3033 Public Policy and the Media

Year 4
Semesters 1 and 2
COPP 4006 Case Studies in Public Policy
COPP 4016 Internship

Part Two – Focus Areas

To complete the Focus Areas requirement, students must complete 24 credit hours in one of the five following areas:

1. Science, Technology, and the Environment

2. Social Policy and Social Justice

3. Politics and Governance

4. Law and Justice

5. International Relations

Suggested Courses

Please note that these lists are subject to change and modifications and that all courses are not offered every academic year. Additional courses not on these lists may be approved by the Coordinator of the Communications and Public Policy program.


1.  Science, Technology and the Environment
ECON 3323 Environmental Economics
ENVS 1013 Intro to Environmental Problems
ENVS 2023 Intro to Perspectives on the Environment
ENVS 3013 Environmental Policy
ENVS 3023 Environmental Praxis
NATI 2233 Natural Resources and First Nations of the Maritimes
NATI 3223 Native Environmental Ethics and Ecology
SOCI 2213 Society and Ecology
STS 1003 Science, Technology, and Society 1
STS 2103 Science, Technology and Society 2.
STS 2123 Food, Science & Sustainability
STS 2303 Natural Disasters
STS 2313 Energy and Society
STS 2403 Science, Technology, and War
STS 2413 Science, Technology and Innovation

STS 2503 History of Disease
STS 2603 Animals: Rights, consciousness and experimentation
STS 2903 The Politics of Science
STS 3803 Space Exploration

2. Social Policy and Social Justice
CRIM 2743 Social Protest in Canada
CRIM 4123 Peacemaking Criminology and Restorative Justice
ECON 2203 Community Economic Development
ECON 2403 Economics of Poverty
ECON 4323 Social Policy: Current Issues and Global Contexts
GERO 2013 Introduction to Gerontology
GERO 2023 Multidisciplinary Issues in Aging
GERO 3023 Aging and Health
GERO 3733 Social Work and Aging
HMRT 1006 Introduction to Human Rights
HMRT 3013 Codes and Commissions
HMRT 3063 Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
HMRT 3113 The Charter
HMRT 3123 International Human Rights
HMRT 3133 Human Rights and Non-Governmental Organizations
HMRT 3506 Human Right in International Relations and Foreign Policy
HMRT 3803 Child and Youth Rights
NATI 3313 Contemporary Issues in Native/Non-Native Relations
NATI 3623 Native Education and Colonization
NATI 3803 Indigenous Cultures and Immigrant Ethnic Minorities
NATI 3813 Native Cultural Identity and Cultural Survival
NATI 3843 Suicide and Indigenous Peoples
NATI 3853 Alcohol, Drugs, and Indigenous People
NATI 3863 Indian Public Health
SOCI 2106 Canadian Society
SOCI 2416 Inequality in Society
SOCI 2423 Social Problems 1 – Sociological Perspectives
SOCI 2433 Social Problems 2. – Canadian Social Problems
SOCI 2443 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 2523 Sociology of Aging
SOCI 3123 Social Movements
SOCI 3413 Employment Equity Policy and Gender Inequality at Work

3. Politics and Governance
ECON 1006 Introduction to Economics
ECON 2403 Economics of Poverty
ECON 2153 Political Economy
ECON 3433 Economics of Government
ECON 3443 New Brunswick Economy
ECON 3453 Labour Economics
NATI 3703 Indigenous and Western Economics and the Idea of Development
POLS 1103 Canadian Government
POLS 2103 Canadian Constitutional Politics
POLS 2113 Contemporary Issues in Canadian Politics
POLS 3103 Political Parties and Elections in Canada
POLS 3113 Canadian Federalism: Theory and Practice
POLS 3123 The Canadian Constitution: Federalism
POLS 3133 The Canadian Constitution: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
POLS 3213 Media and Politics in Canada
POLS 3223 Themes and Problems in Contemporary New Brunswick Politics
POLS 4103 Seminar in Canadian Government and Politics
POLS 3333 Introduction to Political Economy
SOCI 2106 Canadian Society
SOCI 2323 Sociology for Cyborgs
SOCI 2513 Communications
SOCI 3123 Social Movements
SOCI 3163 Development Issues
SOCI 3693 Discourse and Society
SOCI 3163 Development Issues
SOCI 3413 Employment Equity Policy and Gender Inequality at Work
STS 2903 The Politics of Science

4. Law and Justice
CRIM 1006 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
CRIM 2123 Criminal Law
CRIM 2223 Young Offenders and Juvenile Justice
CRIM 2233 Police and the Canadian Community
CRIM 2243 Corrections
CRIM 2263 Children and Youth-at-Risk
CRIM 2943 Victimology
CRIM 3123 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
CRIM 3143 Charter of Rights and Criminal Justice
CRIM 3243 Advanced Criminal Law
CRIM 3283 Crime Prevention
CRIM 3803 Child and Youth Rights
CRIM 3843 Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulations
CRIM 4133 International and Comparative Criminal Justice

CRIM 4153 Advanced Studies in Youth Justice Policy
CRIM 4403 Feminist Legal Studies
CRJS 3003 Government and the Criminal Justice System
ECON 2423 Political Economy of Crime
HMRT 1006 Introduction to Human Rights
HMRT 3013 Codes and Commissions
HMRT 3063 Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
HMRT 3113 The Charter
HMRT 3123 International Human Rights
HMRT 3133 Human Rights and Non-Governmental Organizations
HMRT 3506 Human Right in International Relations and Foreign Policy
HMRT 3803 Child and Youth Rights
NATI 3903 Native People and the Law 1
NATI 3913 Native People and the Law 2.
NATI 3923 Aboriginal Rights: The Land Question
SOCI 2313 Deviance
SOCI 2343 Surveillance Society
SOCI 3313 Sociology of Law
SOCI 3323 Sociology of Women and Law
SOCI 3333 Social Control and Social Justice

5. International Relations

CRIM 3643 Terrorism
CRIM 4133 International and Comparative Criminal Justice
ECON 3343 Banking and International Finance
HMRT 3123 International Human Rights
HMRT 3506 Human Rights in International Relations and Foreign Policy
POLS 2303 Comparative Politics of the Developed World
POLS 2313 Comparative Politics of the Developing Areas
POLS 3303 US Government and Politics
POLS 332.3 Political Leadership: Local, National, and Global
POLS 3413 The European Union and Europe
POLS 3423 Politics & Society in Russia and Eurasia
POLS 2603 Political and Economic Integration in the Americas
POLS 2613 International Relations I
POLS 2623 International Relations II
POLS 3313 US Foreign Policy
POLS 3503 Human Rights in International Relations and Foreign Policy
POLS 3513 Canadian Perspective on International Law
POLS 3523 International Relations in the Asia Pacific Region
POLS 3533 Canadian Foreign Policy

POLS 3603 The United Nations
POLS 3613 Model United Nations
POLS 4603 Seminar in International Relations
SOCI 3153 Sociology of War
SOCI 3163 Development Issues