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

Dr. Stephanie Kerr – POLI 4300A (F2024): Terrorism and Extremist Violence in Europe, Russia, Eurasia

Dr. Stephanie KERR will be teaching POLI 4300A (Terrorism and Extremist Violence in Europe, Russia, Eurasia) on Mondays/Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. and POLI  2310A (Comparative Politics and Government) on Mondays/Wednesdays: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.     


Dr. Lars Hallstrom

Dr. Lars Hallström - POLI 3850A (F2024): Public and Social Policy in Canada

Dr. Lars HALLSTROM will be offering POLI. 3850A: (Public and Social Policy in Canada)

It is scheduled for Mondays/Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Dr. John von Heyking, Chair – POLI 2511A (F2024): Introduction to Political Theory

Dr. John von HEYKING will be teaching POLI 2511A (Introduction to Political Theory) on Tuesdays/Thursdays: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. and POLI 3500A:  (Justice, Democracy and Tyranny) on Fridays 12:00 - 2:45 p.m.










Instructor: Marc Zanoni – POLI 3850B (S2024): The Charter of Rights and Freedoms









Marc Zanoni will be offering POLI 3850B (S2024): The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Spring Semester 2024.

It is scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. This course will examine the implications of the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The early stages of the course will present a brief introduction to law and the Canadian legal system. The main focus will then be on the Charter, starting with the historical context in which it was entrenched and then tracing its development through important judicial decisions. The scope of the course will extend beyond law and courts; it will focus on how the Charter has influenced governance in Canada, including its subsequent influence on Canadian citizens, interest groups, and other political institutions. 

Xavier Crosby - Winner of the 2022 Mahon Family Sport Award

In 2022, I had the honor of being chosen as a recipient of the Mahon Family Sport award along with 8 other incredible Pronghorn athletes. Receiving this award meant the world to me. Excellence in sport is something that we all aspire to achieve, but recognition for the things that we do beyond our events, recognition for our hard work in the classroom, our volunteer efforts, and our involvement in the community is the type of achievement that I believe all Pronghorns strive for. Receiving the Mahon Family Sport Award was also deeply moving. To know that the President of our university believed so strongly in what we were striving to achieve as Pronghorns that he and his family would offer financial support is a feeling of belonging and support that very few student athletes will ever have the chance to feel.

Shining Student Shada Aborawi

Beginning her academic adventure at the University of Lethbridge with a clear focus on political science, Shada Aborawi's curiosity led her to expand her studies into social studies education, adding a valuable layer to …

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Shining Student Francis Ayotte (BA '23)

Francis Ayotte (BA ’23) discovered his passion when, during his undergraduate studies, he switched from digital audio arts to political science. Here, he discovered an enthusiasm for writing and researching, paving the …

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ULethbridge offers pathway to degree in Canadian Law at Australia's Bond University

If you're looking for a legal career, have a desire to enter the workplace as quickly as possible, and studying in a tropical setting appeals to you, check out the new dual degree program, offered …

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