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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.

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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.

  • 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, Huron Alumna
    Foreign Service Officer, Global Affairs Canada
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  • Much of what we're trying to achieve at Victory aligns with Huron's vision of Educating Leaders with Heart, and I'm really excited about the direction the school is going in
    Shafin Tejani
    BA, Political Science, Class of 2001
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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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  • When you have a Philosophy degree, you can do anything you want with it. I feel pretty strongly about a Liberal Arts education
    Dave Beeston, BA'01
    Executive Vice President, Boston Red Sox
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Program Options

The Minor in Political Science offers the experience of advanced courses in political analysis, the Major in Political Science provides a strong general background in political science, while the Honors Specialization in Political Science reflects the achievement of both breadth and depth in political science. Major and Minor modules in Political Studies (Globalization and Governance, State and Policy and Ideology and Identity) are designed to permit specialization in sub-fields of political science that are geared toward both career goals and graduate school specializations.

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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 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:

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Minor

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:

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Minor

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:

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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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  • Your generation is operating within an extremely interesting set of political systems, and it is absolutely essential you empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to effectively maneuver within them
    Neil Bradford, PhD
    Chair, Political Science
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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
    Professor, Political Theory
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Political Science Department

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Political Science Course Intro

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.

2018-2019 Political Science Courses

POL 1020E Introduction to Political Science

Bradford/Scorgie-Porter
/Jonasson

550 course outline/ 551 course outline

POL 2221G Topic Coming Soon

Nesbitt-Larking

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POL 2231E International Relations

Blair

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POL 2237E Introduction to Political Theory

MacDonald

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POL 2245E Introduction to Comparative Politics

Jonasson

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POL 2257 Global Political Economy

Blair

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POL 2284G Inside Governments: Policy Making...

Bradford

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

Mustapha

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

Mustapha

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

POL 2295G Genocide

Scorgie-Porter

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POL 3306F Political Authority and Resistance

Nesbitt-Larking

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POL 3324G Into to Research Methods in Poli Sci

Nesbitt-Larking

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POL 3358F The Politics of Economic Development

Mustapha

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POL 3376E Security Studies: Theory and Governance

Mustapha

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POL 3379E Global Environmental Politics

Blair

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POL 3382F China's International Relations

Chan

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POL 3383F Japan's International Relations

Chan

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POL 3384G Media and Elections...

Nesbitt-Larking

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POL 3394F Canadian Federalism

Jonasson

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POL 3394G Gender and the International

Mustapha

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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

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2017-2018 Political Science Courses

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

POL 1020E Introduction to Political Science

N.Bradford/
L.Scorgie-Porter (550)

Course Outline

POL 1020E Introduction to Political Science

R.Jonasson (551)

Course Outline

POL 2230E Canadian Government and Politics

R. Jonasson

Course Outline

POL 2231E International Politics

D. Blair

Course Outline

POL 2237E Introduction to Political Theory

J. Crimmins

Course Outline

POL 2245E Introduction to Comparative Politics

R. Jonasson

Course Outline

POL 2257 Global Political Economy

D. Blair

Course Outline

POL 2294F The War on Terror and Politics of Fear

J. Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 2294G (Global) Citizenship and Borders

J. Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 2295F The Politics and Governance of Africa

L. Scorgie-Porter

Course Outline

POL 3304F Political Identities

P. Nesbitt-Larking

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POL 3345E International Organization and Law

L. Scorgie-Porter
J. Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 3358F The Politics of Economic Development

J. Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 3368E City Regions in a Global Age

N. Bradford

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POL 3376E Security Studies: Theory and Governance

J. Mustapha

Course Outline

POL 3385F Political Communications in Canada

P. Nesbitt-Larking

Course Outline

POL 3394F Rwanda: Post-Genocide Recovery and Renewal

L. Scorgie-Porter

Course Outline

POL 3394G Gender and the International

J. Mustapha

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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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Key Contacts

Geoff Read, PhD

Dean, Arts and Social Sciences & Associate Professor, History
519.438.7224 ext. 222
gread4huron.uwo.ca
A106

Kathy Mazur-Spitzig

Program Assistant
519.438.7224 ext. 231
ksmazurhuron.uwo.ca

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Monday - Friday

Neil Bradford, PhD

Chair, Political Science
519.438.7224 ext. 333
bradfordhuron.uwo.ca
A300

Sherry Wells-Foster, MA

Coordinator, Dean's Office
519.438.7224 ext. 281
sherry.fosteruwo.ca
A106

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

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