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Department of Political Science


Welcome to the Department of Political Science

Political Science is the systematic study of government, politics and political behaviour.

Political Science is the systematic study of government, politics and political behaviour, in a rapidly changing world. It studies how a society governs itself at all levels and various ideas about how it should be governed in the future. Government is a core component of power and policy structures - it authors how a society organizes itself for collective action. Political structures and governments are in constant flux and that makes this a very exciting major to choose. Politics is a central component of our culture and daily it grows more complicated due to globalization issues and world events.

Department Highlights

Connections: Humanities and Social Sciences Conference May 1-3, 2020

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NICOLETTE STUART, Policy Analyst, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

When I graduated in 2015, I did not yet realize that the support of my political science professors would shape my future achievements. I now recognize that my professors’ guidance on my submission to McMaster University was why I was offered the 2017 Harry Lyman Hooker Sr. Fellowship Award for most promising master’s application to the Faculty of Social Sciences. Moreover, without the blunt advice of one professor who said that I ‘wouldn’t get a job without Co-op experience,’ I would not be working on British Columbia’s first ever Poverty Reduction Strategy. My advice? Do a Co-op; appreciate your professors.



Instructor DAISY RAPHAEL will be delivering an online course - POLI 3750 OL:  "POLITICAL HUMOUR:  POWER AND RESISTANCE" during our SS II/III 2020 session.

SSII/III classes will begin on July 6th and classes end on August 17th, 2020.

The CRN # for this summer course is:  20519.  It has a registration limit of 40 students.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  As entertainment and information converge on The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and Saturday Night Live, and as satirical news stories from The Beaverton and Walking Eagle circulate on social media, political communications scholars ask:  can citizens be entertained and informed at the same time?  Is news satire "fake news" or a real source of information about politics?  Does political humour speak truth to power or reproduce existing power structures?  Can laughter be a form of political resistance?  This 3000-level online course invites students to consider these questions in the Canadian and American political contexts.  Political humour, broadly conceived includes:  fiction, political cartoons, sketch comedy, stand-up, satirical news, and memes.  We will consider the ways these media shape politicians' images and influence election debates, and we will use concepts like gender, race, and nation to consider how social movements use humour as a form of resistance.  Conceiving of "politics" broadly as struggles for power, this course is of interest to students in Political Scieince, Women and Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, and English.



"I graduated from U of L almost 10 years ago with degrees in Poliltical Science and International Management, or as I call them, my gold degree and my bronze degree.  I currently work at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Allberta.  My career has led me to post-secondary where I have found a rewarding path working as a manager on the operations side of the organization.  I don't know what advice I can give that won't sound like the words of just another prisoner, staring at the shadows as they move along the wall of Plato's cave but I've come to appreciate how writing a persuasive argument does wonders for clear communication in business.  Whether I was writing 20 page papers on Tocqueville for Dr. von Heyking or 1 paragraph briefing notes for Dr. Hale, the skills I honed to write effectively have been invaluable in my career.  So when your paper is deducted half a letter grade for a minor mistake, be thankful, those lessons pay dividends when you have to send an "all users" email."



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