Department of Political Science

Political science investigates what is possible for humankind, and the public processes and institutions through which we seek to realize those possibilities. Thus, political science is the study of ends: happiness, freedom, prosperity, security.

Political science is also the study of means: public law and authority, policy-making and administration, interest groups and political parties, political power and compromise, political action and public participation, political leadership and public opinion.

To better understand the way in which our governments and our international liaisons, both public and private, will deal with these changes and to better gauge appropriate actions, we must be well informed regarding the institutions and processes of our own public affairs, as well as those of our neighbours, both near and far. By studying political science, you will be better prepared to make informed and intelligent decisions about your own life, which unavoidably exists in an environment that is substantially influenced by politics and government.

UFV’s Political Science department offers a range of lowerand upper-level courses that concentrate in the fields of Canadian politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. A major advantage of studying political science at UFV is the instructor/student ratio. This creates a personalized learning environment where we feature small classes as well as the chance to get to know your instructors and fellow students.

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