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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Image of article published in IRPPWelcome Professor Sebastián Vallejo Vera!

We are thrilled to be welcoming Sebastián Vallejo Vera ( as an Assistant Professor of Political Science in Summer 2023!

Photo of Christopher Alcantara and title of articleProfessor Alcantara New Publication!

Dr. Christopher Alcantara has published a new co-authored paper in Governance that seeks to measure accountability in Indigenous-local intergovernmental agreements.

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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