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.