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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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posted March 26, 2014
Global Saskatoon posted this video and online news piece about yesterday's on-campus lecture about the Crimea situation by Greg Poelzer (Political Studies). Poelzer has appeared frequently on...

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posted February 14, 2014
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Adam Gaudry presents at Native Studies' 2014 colloquium at U of M
posted February 11, 2014
Adam Gaudry at Native studies’ 2014 winter colloquium   Posted in The Manitoban (University of Manitoba Student News) by Jennifer Keith on February 10, 2014    Adam...

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