Department of Political Science

In the Department of Political Science, we teach our students about the political world, the ways in which institutions and behaviours 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, such as the state, law, constitutions, elections, leadership, interest groups, public opinion, political conflict, war, and peace.

We also enable students to focus on some of the critical issues currently 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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Professor Dyczok New Articles!
Professor Marta Dyczok continues to follow the War Against Ukraine in articles “Ukraine’s Information Warriors” and “Zelens′kyi uses his communication skills as a weapon of war.” See her new online Special Topics course: Russia's War Against Ukraine (2192B)

Professor Martin Horak giving downtown London walking tourThese Shoes Are Made For Walking!
A downtown field trip helps students connect to local politics, as Professor Martin Horak puts learning about Local Government and Urban Politics into practice in the heart of London, ON using landmarks to analyze how political decisions shape a city.


Professor Friesen New Edited Book!

The topical volume, An Epidemic among My People, explains how the COVID-19 pandemic stress tested American religious communities and created a new politics of religion centered on public health.

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