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 3500A (F2024): Justice, Democracy and Tyranny and POLI 2511A (F2024): Introduction to Political Theory

Dr. John von HEYKING will be teaching POLI 3500A:  (Justice, Democracy and Tyranny) on Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30- 5:45 p.m. and POLI 2511A (Introduction to Political Theory) on Tuesdays/Thursdays: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. 

POLI 3500

Ancient Greek political thinkers, including Plato and Aristotle, gave us our fundamental understandings about citizenship, justice, democracy, tyranny, oligarchy, and other central topics of political life. Current concerns over the decline of liberal democracy, polarization, and demagoguery have brought their wisdom into sharp focus regarding what we can learn from them about our own plight. We shall examine a selection of key thinkers as well as
moderns who applied their insights to contemporary political problems.













Dr. Jodi Bruhn – POLI 3850A (W2025): Dissidence and Totalitarianism Rule

Dr. Jodi BRUHN will be teaching POLI 3850A (Dissidence and Totalitarianism Rule) on Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. 

This course will explore dissidence as a potential response to the impositions of totalitarian rule. We will consider key characteristics of totalitarianism as presented by selected political theorists, placing dissidence within the universe of other possible responses to it. We will then analyze selected writings of dissidents in four totalitarian contexts (National Socialist Germany, Communist Czechoslovakia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Communist China).  The course will conclude by considering potential applications of these dissidents’ insights and experiences to political life in modern liberal democracies.  










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 Brody Fleischhauer

Brody Fleischhauer has developed a love for history and political science's various sub-disciplines while at the University of Lethbridge. His time here has been marked by an internship at the Prentice Institute that …

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Shining Graduate Jodi Newman

Jodi Newman's dedication to philosophical inquiry and drive for social change are evident. Through her research on online dehumanization, she showcases her commitment to creating safer and more equitable digital environments.

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Shining Graduate Samantha Scott's ULethbridge journey took a change of course

Samantha Scott (BA Co-op '24) credits the University's liberal education philosophy with helping her find the right career path, and since then she's taken every opportunity to separate herself from the rest …

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