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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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Kalowatie Deonandan wins J.W. George Ivany Award
posted October 21, 2014
Kalowatie Deonandan of the Department of Political Studies is the recipient of the 2014 J.W. George Ivany Internationalization Award. Awarded by the university each year at Fall Convocation, the...

Political Studies welcomes Clifton Mark to the Department!
posted October 16, 2014
Clifton Mark is a new lecturer in the department of political studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He recently completed his PhD, Honour, Dignity, and the Politics of Respect , at the...

Lawrence Martz appointed acting vice-dean of social sciences
posted July 11, 2014
Lawrence Martz has been appointed acting vice-dean of social sciences for the College of Arts & Science. Martz takes over from Linda McMullen, who recently completed her second term in the...

Obituary: BJ Bodnar
posted June 5, 2014
BJ Bodnar in a 2009 photograph by Karee Davidson On May 28, 2014, former political studies student BJ Bodnar passed...

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