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. YALE BELANGER - Residency at U. of Nevada, Las Vegas

For the month of May, Dr. Yale Belanger was in residency at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) as an Eadington Fellow. William R. Eadington fellowships facilitate research into many aspects of both gambling and Las Vegas at UNLV Special Collections in the University Libraries.  His residency culminated with a public presentation "Evaluating Cultural vs. Economic Investments of Tribal Casinos in Historical Perspective: An Initial Assessment".  These findings were also presented at the 17th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking at Caesar's Palace.

Harold Jansen

Love of teaching inspires Distinguished Teaching Award winner Dr. Harold Jansen

To put it simply, Dr. Harold Jansen loves to teach.

A political science professor in the University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Arts & Science, Jansen is the winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award. He will receive the award at 2019 Spring Convocation Ceremony II at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 in the 1st Choice Savings Centre gymnasium.

Jansen has been teaching his entire adult life – and then some. He first discovered his predilection for the craft during his high school years, when he led ad hoc Chemistry 20 tutoring sessions for his classmates, filling in the gaps left by an underwhelming high school teacher.

John von Heyking

Rikkyo University

This summer, Professor and Acting Chairperson John von Heyking will teach a course, “The University and Modern Society,” in the Global Liberal Arts Program at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan.  Rikkyo University is one of the University of Lethbridge’s new exchange destination partners.


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