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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.

Recent News

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...

U of S student Andrew Cooper prepares for final Mars interview (CBC News)
posted January 21, 2015
This excerpt comes from an update about Political Studies student Andrew Cooper's attempt to join the proposed Mars One mission posted by on Jan. 20, 2015. Andrew Cooper makes shortlist for...

Loleen Berdahl's book listed on Hill Times' best political books in Canada
posted January 6, 2015
Congratulations to Loleen Berdahl, Associate Professor Political Studies for your book, Looking West, which made it to spot 49 on the Hill Times' best political books in Canada this...

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