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.
Poelzer in Globe and Mail: Canada's climate policy frozen in time
posted September 3, 2015
This editorial by Greg Poelzer (Department of Political Studies) appeared in the Sept. 2, 2015 edition of the Globe and Mail. Canada’s climate policy is frozen in time By Greg Poelzer Former...
Greg Poelzer: Fires will have significant effect on businesses
posted July 16, 2015
Greg Poelzer (Political Studies) comments on the economic effects of fires in an article in The StarPhoenix. Economic effects of fires like 'modest Hurricane Katrina' By Alex MacPherson, The...
#ReadTheTRCReport is brainchild of A&S student
posted June 26, 2015
Erica Violet Lee, an undergraduate student in political studies and philosophy, had the idea of making the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report recommendations more accessible with YouTube...
Political Studies student pens editorial on MERS
posted June 24, 2015
The following editorial, which appeared in the June 22 StarPhoenix, was written by an undergraduate in the Department of Political Studies. Read the full article. Canada must act on MERS...
Line in the Sand at the Broadway Theatre
(September 10, 2015)