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  • Locations: Ottawa, Canada; Toronto, Canada
  • Program Terms: Fall Short Term
Program Description:

Political Engagement in Canada (Ottawa & Toronto)

Course Number: PSAD 6200.DE1 (3 credits)
Professor: Dr. Natalia Dinello, GSPM Residency Director
Blackboard-Based Course Dates: November 1- December 7, 2018
Global Perspective Residency Dates: December 8-15, 2018
Additional information can be found on the GSPM website.

Is This Program for Me?
Are you . . .
  • interested in operating in international markets, accounting for the complexities of differing political and societal environments?
  • curious about what advocacy tools influence governments, parliaments, associations and civil society organizations as well as their leaders and staff – in the U.S. and around the world?
  • seeking to advance a cause or commerce in Canada?
  • looking to bring about change in the region?
If so, we invite you to join us.

Course Objectives:
  • Empower and prepare political professionals for success and leadership in engagement in foreign environments and in relations with international counterparts.
  • Focus on experiential knowledge to advance strategic skills in support of multiple career paths.
  • Develop the ability to analyze the workings of political institutions in a particular context with the focus on trends and stakeholders and to use this analysis for suggesting practical approaches to engage key stakeholders, while accounting for current and prospective trends. 
  • Gather information and evaluate the dynamic relationship among governing, legislative/policy, electoral, and cultural/media environments in a specific context through coursework and interactions with insiders.
  • Build on academic readings as well as media reports, databases and research websites to conduct a focused inquiry, based on one’s interest, using analytical tools.
  • Acquire skills for developing an effective, well-contextualized political engagement strategy for promoting or resolving an issue of individual and/or organizational interest

Why Canada?
  • The closest neighbor, partner, and ally of the United States
  • Similarities and differences in US and Canadian history, values, and governance
  • Strong professional networks and mutual job opportunities due to close trade and economic integration between the US and Canada
  • An increasingly important power player in the global arena in support of a more just, inclusive, sustainable, and safe world

What Will My Days Be Like in Ottawa and Toronto?
Following is a sample itinerary for one day abroad (2-3 days per city):

9:00-9:30am: Transfer
9:30am-12:00pm: Meeting with Political Party Representatives
12:00-12:30pm: Transfer
12:30-2:00pm: Lunch with American Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, or similar organization
2:00-2:30pm: Transfer
2:30-4:00pm: Panel: NGOs
4:00-4:30pm: Transfer
4:30-6:00pm: Panel: CEOs and Corporate Executives
Evening: Dinner and activities on students' own

What Dates Are the Class and the Travel to South Africa?
Blackboard-Based Classes: November 1- December 7, 2018. Lectures, readings, and assignments will be made available on Blackboard. Due dates will be listed on the syllabus, and work can be completed at your own pace as long as deadlines are met.
Global Perspective Residency : December 8-15, 2018

When Do I Apply, and When Will I Be Notified of My Acceptance?
Application Deadline: Aug 13, 2018
Acceptance Decisions: Beginning Aug 20, 2018

How Much Will This Cost?
Tuition: $5,130 ($1710/credit; estimate subject to change)
Health and Safety Insurance: $25
Hotel: $875 (seven nights’ accommodations + daily breakfast)
Group Transport: $200 (for inter-city travel, bus rental, taxi, subway, and/or other daily transportation needs throughout the week)
Group Meals: $300 (GSPM dinner reception, lunches, and Farewell Dinner-Reception)
Estimated Total on GW Bill: $6530

NOTE: The listed fees are subject to change. The "Estimated Total on GW Bill" comprises the costs that will appear on the GW Student Accounts bill. All other expenses -- including airfare, non-group meals, non-group transportation, passport and visa fees, etc. -- will be sought out and paid by students directly and will not be billed through the university. GSPM reserves the right to change this program at any time without notice.

Need general short-term study abroad information? Here are some helpful links: Questions? Please email Kay Martinez.