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Political Science

Exploring the many faces of power in society, political science at Huron investigates the big political ideas and visions, world-transforming movements inspired by political ideals, the daily lives of political organizations, as well as the inner mechanisms of governments. In the study of Political Science at Huron, we recognize that many of today’s most urgent and complex public challenges require new forms of ethical leadership that combine social justice and inclusive decision-making.

POLITICAL SCIENCE BROCHURE

Alumni Stories

Huron Political Science graduates have moved into a wide variety of professions, reflecting the breadth of knowledge and intellectual skills gained through their studies. They’re highly-capable public speakers, researchers and creative strategists who have the necessary knowledge to recognize their position within the current political landscape – and how changes within particular climates may affect their workplaces and local and global wellbeing.

  • The Liberal Arts help you contextualize all these challenges within our past, present and future, which reinforces how we look at the world and how able we will be to change it.
    Natalie Cross
    Double Major in Political Science and English
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  • Huron's experiential learning opportunities enabled me to extend my knowledge far beyond what I learned in class. This helped me develop a robust understanding and skillset that I am able to apply to my pursuits of Leadership with Heart.
    Emily Abbott
    History & Political Science
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  • Everything that has happened to me personally and professionally since then has been shaped by the decision to go to Yonsei. Because of my time there, I developed a strong interest in inter-Korean relations and the prospects for Korean unification; I wrote my 4th year thesis on that issue.
    Toby Schwartz, Alumna
    Foreign Service Officer, Global Affairs Canada
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  • Huron gave me competence academically and socially. My education taught me how to communicate with people from all walks of life, including those in positions of authority.
    Taylor Harris
    From Huron to Cambridge
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HONORS SPECIALIZATION
SPECIALIZATION
MAJOR
MINOR
Political Science

The Honors Specialization and Major modules in Political Science provide students with a strong foundation in all of the main sub-fields of the discipline.  The Major in Political Science is designed for students who wish to have a good general background in political science, and the Honors Specialization offers the added advantage of permitting students to design their own specialized programs through their choice of optional courses within the module.  Both of these modules structured to help students gain admission into virtually any graduate program in Political Science either in Canada or abroad.

Learn more about the following programs offered in Political Science:

Honors Specialization
Major
Minor
Combined Honors Specialization Faculty of Arts and Social Science/HBA

Ideology and Identity

Ideology and Identity modules bring together the study of political philosophy, ideologies, and movements in the context of a detailed exploration of political behaviour.  Ideology and Identity includes detailed studies of political traditions, politics and the media, and the political mind.  With a background in ideology and identity, careers in the media, public relations, political communications, political organizations, and policy research institutes are all viable options.  Ideology and Identity modules also serve as a good background to graduate work in political theory, political communications and political psychology.

Learn more about the following programs offered in Political Studies: Ideology and Identity:

Major
Minor

State and Policy

State and Policy modules are concerned with the details of how policy ideas emerge and make their way through the system of policy consultation and formation, resulting in the making of binding laws and regulations.  These modules also examine institutional and organizational structures and investigate matters related to policy implementation and evaluation.  A background in state and policy is a useful preparation for graduate research in public administration or policy analysis as well as for careers in the public service, business administration, political consulting, policy research institutes, and not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations.

Learn more about the following programs offered in Political Studies: State and Policy:

Major
Minor

Globalization and Governance

Globalization and Governance modules focus on the ways in which politics and government within nation-states are influenced by international forces and how nation-states are in turn attempting to shape those international forces.  These modules will be of interest to students planning graduate research in international or global studies and careers in such areas as the foreign service, international development, international business and non-governmental organizations.

Learn more about the following programs offered in Political Studies: Globalisation and Governance:

Major
Minor

Professors

Our department challenges students to be Leaders with Heart by investigating both the human struggles of political conflict as well as the creative forces of political cooperation – from the local to the global. We support them to look at past and present political systems to understand how the distribution of power influences significant economic, cultural and social trends. Further, we empower students to develop the capacity for making projections about our political future, so they can leverage this foresight to encourage their professional and personal success.

  • As an educator, my main goal is to assist in the cultivation of learning. Of necessity, this is a collaborative process that takes place in the community.
    Paul Nesbitt-Larking, PhD
    Professor, Political Science
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  • Every generation needs to prioritize their understanding of political systems, so they are well-informed enough to advocate for and against significant issues that will affect the health and wellbeing of their local and global communities.
    Robert Jonasson, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Political Science
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  • Our students will be called to serve in a rapidly changing and complex world. Collaborative leadership and ethical governance are increasingly crucial to ensuring the common good. Rather than “trading off” the economy, environment, and community, we need to find ways to work together for sustainable, inclusive development.
    Neil Bradford, PhD
    Professor, Political Science Chair, Governance Leadership and Ethics
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  • I hope to engage students in the perennial questions and ideas that are essential to our life in community with others.
    Sara MacDonald, PhD
    Professor, Political Science
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  • My main task as a Liberal Arts professor is to help students build the tools they need to go out into the world as principled and thoughtful people. It all comes down to whether or not they have the critical thinking skills to question not only the world around them, but also to question themselves.
    Jennifer Mustapha, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Political Science
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  • My teaching is centred on the student’s engagement in reading and analyzing political theory, from the classical writings of the Ancient Greeks to modern and contemporary theories of government, justice, democracy, and liberty. I am particularly interested in the application of ideas to practice, in shaping policy and law and as a grounding from which to criticize government and institutions.
    Jim Crimmins, PhD Fulbright Fellow, Research Fellow, Professor Emeriti
    Research Fellow, Professor Emeriti, Political Theory
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Political Science Department

Tenure-stream

Program Sessional and Per Course Instructors  

  • Elise Brown, Lecturer, 519-438-7224 ext. 231, Rm Lucas Annex, ebrow73@uwo.ca
  • Crystal Gaudet, Lecturer, 519-438-7224 ext. 231, Rm A208, cgaudet5@uwo.ca
  • Dr. Kathryn Graham, Assistant Professor, 519-438-7224 ext. 231, Rm V122, kgraha@uwo.ca
  • Dr. Zheger Hassan, Assistant Professor, 519-438-7224 ext. 231, Rm Lucas Annex, zhassan@uwo.ca
  • Dr. Rob Jonasson, Assistant Professor,  519-438-7224 ext. 231, Rm V125, rjonasso@uwo.ca
  • Dianne Lalonde, Lecturer, 519-438-7224 ext. 231, Rm A208, dlalond3@uwo.ca
  • Dr. Laszlo Sarkany, Assistant Professor, 519-438-7224 ext. 231, Rm Lucas Annex, lsarkan@uwo.ca

Professor Emeriti

Political Science Courses

Across a variety of settings, from the local to the global, our courses investigate the human struggles associated with political conflict as well as the creative forces of political co-operation.

2021 - 2022 Courses

 

Course Instructor View Course Outlines
POL 1020E – Intro to Political Science Bradford / Scorgie 550
POL 1020E – Intro to Political Science Jonasson 551
POL 2230E – Canadian Govt and Politics Jonasson 550
POL 2231E – International Relations Sarkany 550
POL 2237E – Intro to Political Theory MacDonald / Lalonde 550
POL 2245E – Intro to Comparative Politics Jonasson 550
POL 2257 – Global Political Economy Blair 550
POL 2270E – Women and Politics Gaudet 550
POL 2293G – Genocide, Famine, Mass Atrocity Scorgie 550
POL 2294G – SEL TOPICS-Political Theory Through Science Fiction Lalonde 550
POL 2295F – SEL TOPICS-Citizen Activists & City Politics Graham 550
POL 2295G – SEL TOPICS-Cities in the Federation Graham 550
POL 2297F – Citizenship, Borders, States 550
POL 3345E – International Law & Org Sarkany 550
POL 3353E – Security: Theory & Governance Mustapha 550
POL 3354F – Gender & the International Mustapha 550
POL 3359F -African Politics Scorgie 550
POL 3394G – SEL TOPICS-Regional Governance in the Asia Pacific Mustapha 550
POL 3395F – SEL TOPICS-International Criminal Court and Civil Society Sarkany 550
POL 3395G – SEL TOPICS-Human Rights, Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity Sarkany 550
POL 3396F – SEL TOPICS-Polarisation of American Politics Hassan 550
POL 3397G – SEL TOPICS-State and Society in the Middle East Hassan 550
2020 - 2021 Courses
Course Instructor View Course Outline
POLISCI 1020E – Introduction to Political Science Bradford / Scorgie 550
POLISCI 1020E – Introduction to Political Science Jonasson 551
POLISCI 2221G – The Canadian Polity Jonasson 550
POLISCI 2223F – The Canadian Regime Jonasson 550
POLISCI 2231E – International Relations Blair 550
POLISCI 2237E – Introduction to Political Theory MacDonald 550
POLISCI 2245E – Intro Comparative Political Science Jonasson 550
POLISCI 2257 – Global Political Economy Blair 550
POLISCI 2270E – Women and Politics Gaudet 550
POLISCI 2293F – Genocide, Famine, Mass Atrocity Scorgie 550
POLISCI 2295G – SEL TOPICS – Politics Through Science Fiction Lalonde 550
POLISCI 2297F – Citizenship, Borders, States Lalonde 550
POLISCI 3304F – Political Identities Nesbitt-Larking 550
POLISCI 3306F – Political Authority & Resistance Nesbitt-Larking 550
POLISCI 3345E – International Law & Organizations Mustapha 550
POLISCI 3353E – Security:  Theory & Governance Mustapha 550
POLISCI 3359G – African Politics

POLISCI 3394G – SEL TOPICS – Canadian Federalism

Scorgie

Jonasson

 

 

550

550

POLISCI 3395F – SEL TOPICS – International Criminal Justice Sarkany 550

 

2019 - 2020 Courses
COURSE SECTION INSTRUCTOR COURSE OUTLINE

POL 1020E – Introduction to Political Science

550 / 551

N. Bradford / L. Scorgie-Porter

Course Outline 

POL 1020E – Introduction to Political Science 552 Jonasson Course Outline
POL 2219E – The Politics of Human Rights 550 Jonasson Course Outline
POL 2221G – The Canadian Polity
(cannot have taken POL 2230E prior to 2018-2019)
550 Nesbitt-Larking Course Outline

POL 2222E  Politics & the Media in Canada

550

Nesbitt-Larking

Course Outline

POL 2223F The Canadian Regime
(cannot have taken POL 2230E prior to 2018-2019)
550 Nesbitt-Larking Course Outline

POL 2231E International Relations

550

Blair

Course Outline

POL 2237E Introduction to Political Theory

550 / 552

MacDonald

Course Outline

POL 2239F  American Constitutional Law  550 Crimmins Course Outline

POL 2245E Introduction to Comparative Politics 

550

Scorgie-Porter

Course Outline

POL 2257 Global Political Economy 

550

Blair

Course Outline

POL 2284G Inside Governments: Policy Making

550

Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 2294F  Selected Topics: Terror and the Politics of Fear

550

Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 2294G  Selected Topics: Cities in the Federation

550

Graham

Course Outline

POL 2295F Selected Topics: Politics and Pop Culture 550 MacDonald Course Outline

POL 3304F Political Identities  

550

Nesbitt-Larking

Course Outline

POL 3345E  International law & Org.

550

Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 3376E – Selected Topics: Security Studies: Theory and Governance

550

Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 3394F Selected Topics: Canadian Federalism 550 Jonasson Course Outline
POL 3395G 550 – Selected Topics:  Rwanda’s Recovery: Experiential Learning in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation 550 Scorgie-Porter Course Outline

 

 

2018 - 2019 Courses
COURSE INSTRUCTOR COURSE OUTLINE

POL 1020E Introduction to Political Science

Bradford/Scorgie-Porter
/Jonasson

550 course outline551 course outline

POL 2221G The Canadian Polity
(cannot have taken POL 2230E prior to 2018-2019)
Nesbitt-Larking View course outline
POL 2223F The Canadian Regime
(cannot have taken POL 2230E prior to 2018-2019)
Nesbitt-Larking View course outline

POL 2231E International Relations

Blair

View course outline

POL 2237E Introduction to Political Theory

MacDonald

View course outline

POL 2245E Introduction to Comparative Politics

Jonasson

View course outline

POL 2257 Global Political Economy

Blair

View course outline

POL 2284G Inside Governments: Policy Making…

Bradford

View course outline

POL 2294F The War on Terror and the Politics of Fear

Mustapha

View course outline

POL 2294G (Global) Citizenship, Borders, and the State

Mustapha

View course outline

POL 2295F Women and the Philosophy of Rights MacDonald View course outline

POL 2295G Genocide

Scorgie-Porter

View course outline

POL 3306F Political Authority and Resistance

Nesbitt-Larking

View course outline

POL 3324G Into to Research Methods in Poli Sci

Nesbitt-Larking

View course outline

POL 3358F The Politics of Economic Development

Mustapha

View course outline

POL 3376E Security Studies: Theory and Governance

Mustapha

View course outline

POL 3379E Global Environmental Politics

Blair

View course outline

POL 3382F China’s International Relations

Chan

View course outline

POL 3383F Japan’s International Relations

Chan

View course outline

POL 3384G Media and Elections…

Nesbitt-Larking

View course outline

POL 3394F Canadian Federalism

Jonasson

View course outline

POL 3394G Gender and the International

Mustapha

View course outline

POL 3395F The Politics of Governance in Africa Scorgie-Porter View course outline
POL 3395G Conflict and Peace Building in Rwanda Scorgie-Porter View course outline

GLE 2001F Introduction to Governance

Bradford

View course outline

Political Science Careers

Career paths include the civil service as advisors to governments and international agencies, the private sector as policy researchers and consultants, the media as television and radio journalists, and community or volunteer organizations as advocates and planners. Huron Political Science graduates frequently pursue advanced study in Political Science or Legal Studies to build rewarding careers as university professors or lawyers.

Where will a degree in Political Science take you?
  • Political Consultant
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Non-Profit Organizer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Politician
  • Public Servent
  • Political Staffer
  • Market Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Publisher
  • Press officer
  • Lobbyist
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