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What is Political Science?

Political Science is a constantly evolving field of study, fascinating in its diversity and rich in academic tradition. In a world of multiple challenges such as global warming, social and economic inequality, racism, violence, political apathy and the hollowing out of democracy, political scientists are called upon to examine and challenge the groups, systems and institutions that perpetuate injustice and to explore the opportunities for constructive intervention and social reform. Our department approaches these challenges from several angles including public policy, institutional reform, law and social activism. Firmly grounded in the Liberal Arts, our discipline is concerned with providing students with the analytical tools and critical thinking skills to constructively contribute to their communities and the broader society.

The Department of Political Science offers a variety of courses in the fields of Canadian and International Politics. Our concentration areas include Canadian Politics and Government; Local and Regional Politics; Public Administration and Public Policy; Government Relations with Business and Civil Society; Law, Human Rights and Social Justice; International Political Economy; and Political Theory. In our courses, we explore the ideas and institutions that shape our political world with an aim to understand the role of the individual, of social groups and of nations in building a more just and ecologically sustainable future. All department members are actively engaged in community,regional, national and international service activities that shape and inform their teaching.

The sub-fields of our discipline include:

  • Canadian Politics and Government
  • Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Law and Policy
  • Political Thought and Philosophy

Disciplines:

  • Canadian Politics and Government
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Law and Policy
  • Political Thought and Philosophy
  • Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Research Methodology
Arja Vainio-Mattila
Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences

Office: B212

Phone: 563-1354

Mary Keating
Associate Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences / Assistant Professor, English

Office: CC-222

Phone: 902.563.1623

Lynn MacEachern
Assistant to the Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences

Office: B212

Phone: 902.563.1261

Sherry Spracklin
School Secretary

Office: CC-248

Phone: 902.563.1258

Ashley Burchell
Secretary to the Schools

Phone: 563-1368

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