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Political Science

Critical thinking in action

Political science is the study of power, authority and governance in human affairs. We examine the social, economic, cultural, historical, geographical and other forces that generate conflicts in and between societies.

Do you want to understand how decisions are made at different levels of government? Are you curious about how social justice issues affect you and the world?

Join us and learn how to evaluate different points of view and think critically about the world around you.

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Study political science at UVic

From small class sizes to hands-on and international learning, learn why you should study political science at UVic.


Open Awards for CUFA BC 2022

Awards for CUFA BC 2022

The CUFA BC honours exceptional academics with its Distinguished Academics Awards. And this year, two of the three awards go to UVic scholars: Sarah Wright Cardinal and Colin Bennett.

Open Q&A: Complexities of PPE supply chains

Q&A: Complexities of PPE supply chains

Political scientist Claire Cutler shines a light on the complexities and corruption of PPE procurement in a fractured market with countries around the world competing for medical supplies in this...

Open Father-daughter duo finds home at UVic

Father-daughter duo finds home at UVic

Chorong Kim and Chong Su Kim will cross the stage at convocation in November, marking the end of nine years together—and two degrees each—at UVic. They have shared a few brown bag lunches along...

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Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a dynamic and multi-faceted community of people. We have more than 140 regular faculty members, 200 additional adjunct, emeritus and sessional faculty, and approximately 30 support employees. Our student community includes roughly 400 graduate students and more than 4,500 undergraduate students.

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We acknowledge and respect the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples on whose territory the university stands, and the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.