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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

John Courtney, Professor Emeritus blog on the Canadian Electoral System
posted November 16, 2015
John Courtney, Professor Emeritus shares his blog on the Canadian Electoral System. Click the link below for the full story. The promise to change the Canadian electoral system is a bold commitment,...

U of S prof fears backlash in Europe over Paris attacks
posted November 16, 2015
Dr Martin Gaal, Lecturer in Political Studies gave an interview today with the CBC regarding the Paris attacks over the weekend. ‪#‎usask‬ ‪#‎Paris‬ U of S prof fears backlash in...

Carin Holroyd recognized for charitable work in Vietnam
posted October 30, 2015
We are so honoured to have Dr Carin Holroyd, Associate Professor in our department and as our friend. Carin Holroyd has raised more than $700,000 to build schools in Vietnam.  The Government of...

How voting has been made easy for students this federal election
posted October 9, 2015
Dr. Joe Garcea, Associate Professor in Political Studies gave an interview for Global News regarding how voting has been made easier for students in the federal election. Please click here for the...

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