Department of Political Science

The power of social movements

The power of social movements

Studying political science explains how social movements and youth politics can create powerful political change. Our courses look at these topics through different lenses - mass media, multiculturalism, indigenous nationalisms and gender.

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Co-op student's work makes a difference

Co-op student's work makes a difference

Political Science Co-op student, Katheryn Jones' work links weavers in small Peruvian communities with Canadian consumers. She is one of many UVic Co-op students working with local organizations to foster learning and community engagement.

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Fighting for human rights

Fighting for human rights

Political scientists ask questions about human rights, gender equality, transitions to democracy, identity politics, international security, indigenous governance - issues which are global and local.

How do nation states interact?

How do nation states interact?

Dr. Michael Webb teaches courses on international relations and has been the faculty mentor for Model UN Club. The UVic Model UN Club is a student-run simulation of the United Nations. Each year, students take on the role of diplomat and represent their country on a variety of issues and the Club travels to New York City to participate in the National Model UN Conference. 

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Newest Rhodes scholar ‘lives her social justice politics’

Newest Rhodes scholar ‘lives her social justice politics’

Tara Paterson—University of Victoria student, devoted community volunteer, ardent activist and former students’ society chair—is heading to the University of Oxford next October as UVic’s newest Rhodes Scholar. Paterson, 23, is the 2013 Rhodes Scholar for BC.

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Convocation is a time to celebrate student success

Convocation is a time to celebrate student success

Department of Political Science

What is Political Science?

Political Science is the study of power, authority and governance in human affairs. Our courses examine the social, economic, cultural, historical, geographical and other forces that generate conflicts both within and among societies. With a degree in Political Science you will develop an aptitude for critical debate, and use your analytical and research skills to evaluate competing perspectives and theories.


  • Dr. Katy Sian (University of Manchester, UK) will be a Visiting Scholar in Political Science from September 17 to November 22 conducting research on relations between Sikhs and Muslims. Dr. Katy Sian will be giving a CSRS Public Lecture "Understanding the Contours of Sikh and Muslim Conflict in Britain and North America", Thursday, Oct. 23, 4:30 pm, DTB A104.
  • POLI Alumni Talk: Rebecca Collard, "Reporting on the Islamic State", Thursday, October 30, 3:30 pm, COR A121
  • POLI Faculty Seminar:  Dr. Fran Dyson, University of California, "Disaffected Voices and Posthuman Subjects", Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12-1:30 pm, TEF 170.
  • Experiential education opportunities for Political Science students.
  • Political Science Weekly Digest: latest issue.

Faces of UVic Research is an ongoing video series showcasing the passion and commitment of UVic researchers.

Dr. James Lawson talks about his work looking at Canadian politics and the history of trade in raw materials:




Dr. Rita Kaur Dhamoon talks about her study of race and gender politics and how government and society respond to our differences in identity: