Political Science is the study of the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions and actions taken by groups of people embedded in cultures and institutions that structure power and authority.
- From the ancient Greeks to the present day and beyond
- From small-group collective decisions, through cities, to countries, all the way to global governance
- From the most despotic regimes to modern mass democracy to theories of better forms of political organizations
- From self-interested to group-oriented to altruistic behaviour
- From political stability to radical change
Political Scientists understand, interpret, explain and critically assess events, patterns and structures of politics and government and generate observations of relevance to policy makers, their fellow citizens and global communities.
Our Department specializes in indigenous politics, critical political theory and identity politics, democratic theory and practise, political behaviour, parties and elections, comparative public policy and institutions, environmental politics, international norms, institutions and goverance, human security. We are exceptionally strong in quantitative methods, and have regional area strengths in the study of Asian politics, politics of the Americas, European politics, U.S. politics, and Canadian politics.
What can Political Science Graduates Do?
Upon completion of a Major in Political Science students will be expected to have:
- a substantive, practical and working understanding of Canada’s political system, a range of other political systems and the interactions of states and other actors internationally;
- knowledge of concepts and language to allow them to critically assess and evaluate political experience locally, nationally and globally as citizens;
- an awareness of multiple political traditions and to have explored perennial questions of how societies govern themselves and address problems of power;
- knowledge of appropriate methods and modes of inquiry, including statistical and interpretive techniques to systematically approach the study of political problems, and;
- an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in both oral and written form.
Our graduates have a broad and deep understanding of the forces that shape law, society, the economy, international relations, and the politics of the future. This provides a strong foundation from which to pursue graduate studies, or careers in the public service, law, consulting, business, and journalism.