In the Department of Political Science, we teach our students about the political world, the ways institutions and behaviour come together, and about the methodological skills required for research in the social sciences.
We offer courses in the main fields of political science -- political theory, international relations, Canadian politics, comparative politics, local government, and public administration – and we are a leader in research methodology.
We aim to deepen students' understanding of (1) key ideas and values such as democracy, freedom, justice, and equality; and (2) central institutions and practices like the state, law, constitutions, elections, leadership, interest groups, public opinion, political conflict, war, and peace.
And we enable students to focus on some of the crucial issues facing modern societies from the threats of climate change and nuclear war to the promise of global justice, human rights, and the welfare state.
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Method to Measure Growth of International Norms
Tracking how different societies and countries change over time is not easy, but PhD Candidate Tyler Girard has developed a way.
In Honour of Robert A. Young.
Across Boundaries include essays honouring Bob Young's groundbreaking work on multi-level governance, secession, and political economy.