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Political Studies

The Department of Political Studies is committed to continuing its traditions of academic excellence through its commitment to strong research and innovative teaching. Building on the national and international reputations of former professors R. MacGregor Dawson, Frank Underhill and Norman Ward, the Department has broadened its early focus on Canadian institutions into a study of modern governance and public policy, from a Canadian, comparative and international perspective; this includes the critically important perspective of Aboriginal peoples.

We live in a time of rapid and transformative change, in which people’s lives are shaped increasingly by global forces and norms. The Department of Political Studies has thus identified "Governance in a Global Era" as a key theme around which to build a research focus. Faculty and students conduct research on how governing institutions and processes in Canada and around the world are affected by major global forces such as race, ethnicity and culture, new patterns of international trade and economic organization, democratization, development, ideologies, religious movements, terrorism, innovative technologies, the opening of the Circumpolar North, and the aspirations of Indigenous peoples.

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Six employees nominated for Dean's Distinguished Staff Award
posted April 27, 2015
Dean Peter Stoicheff with the six nominees for the 2015 College of Arts & Science Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award. Back row...

Poelzer picked for prestigious Fulbright Arctic Initiative
posted April 23, 2015
Associate Professor of Political Studies Greg Poelzer in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 2013 When top diplomats from...

Winners of the 2014-15 College of Arts & Science Teaching Excellence Awards
posted March 16, 2015
Loleen Berdahl (Political Studies), Marie Lovrod (English / Women’s & Gender Studies) and George Patrick (Mathematics & Statistics) are the winners of the 2014-15 College of Arts &...

Poelzer: Canada should follow Norway's example on oil revenue
posted February 18, 2015
Greg Poelzer (Department of Political Studies) was featured on the Feb. 12, 2015 edition of CBC's The Exchange with Amanda Lang. Poelzer argued that Canada should follow Norway's example in...

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