|Field of Study:||Political Science and Government, General
|Description:||Political science examines power in the links between individuals, groups and the state, as well as the workings of government. The field can range from an analysis of global international relations to the study of individual behaviour, from the examination of institutions to reflection on broad philosophical questions and policy issues. The department employs a wide range of approaches in its courses including economic, sociological, psychological, and historical modes of analysis. At the core of the discipline are courses in political theory, embracing the classic writings of political philosophers as well as contemporary analysis. More empirical courses cover the political systems of Canada and a large number of foreign countries, and the relations between those countries. Courses focus on a policy issue such as minority rights, the environment, or technological change. Courses also examine particular dimensions of the political process (e.g., political parties, public opinion and voting, political elites, constitutions, and federalism).
The study of political science can be useful preparation for work in government organizations (administrative and research positions), educational institutions (schools, colleges, and universities), political organizations (parties, movements, groups), nongovernmental organizations such as lobby groups or community structures, the media, and international organizations.