Political Science

Program Snapshot

See The World In A New Way

Students from across the global and political spectrum come to Cape Breton University for a chance to make a real impact in the world around them. When you study political science at CBU, you learn from more than books. You’re learning from a rich environment shaped by local, national and global politics.

We pride ourselves on having accessible professors who are highly qualified and dedicated professionals. Some are authors of respected books, journal articles and research studies. Others are engaged as leaders in local, national and international activities that shape political science education. Their goal is the same as yours: to help you obtain an enhanced understanding of the subjects that will help pave your path to success.

The political science program at CBU responds to the issues of our time. Our Department of L‘nu, Political, and Social Studies offers a variety of courses in the fields of Canadian law, international law, social justice, public policy, public administration, international relations and political theory.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Analytical, independent and structural thinking
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Understanding of how governments work
  • Management and community development skills
  • Critical understanding of important issues in global politics
  • Develop an awareness of colonialism and decolonization

Why study at CBU?

The political science program at CBU has a solid reputation for hard work, innovation, and commitment to excellence. Firmly grounded in the liberal arts and social sciences, our program provides students with the analytical tools and critical thinking skills to constructively contribute to society.

Political scientists are called upon to examine and challenge the groups, systems and institutions that perpetuate injustice. Issues that impact real communities are the types of issues we study every day, including worldwide issues such as global warming, or local issues such as social and economic development.

Our approachable faculty enable you to draw knowledge from their experience with public administration, governance, community economic development, social justice, the environment and democracy.

Sample Courses

  • POLS 2114: Scandals, Corruption and Lies: Power, Politics and Morality
  • POLS 2117: Children’s Rights
  • POLS 2120: An Introduction to United States Government and Politics
  • POLS 2144: Famous Trials: The Administration of Justice
  • POLS 3136: Human Rights: International Dimensions
  • POLS 3153: In Search of the Just Society

Possible Career Paths

  • High school teacher or university professor
  • Working with national and international NGO’s
  • Public service career in federal, provincial or municipal government
  • Canadian diplomat or any international organization
  • Politician, member of a political party or a special interest group
  • Lawyer; law enforcement
  • Journalism, television, radio or print media
  • Public policy analyst; policy consulting
  • Organizational leadership and development

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Work-study opportunities
  • Experiential learning courses

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