About Political Science


Political Science is important to society because an educated citizenry is the best safeguard for democracy. Political Science is valuable for individuals who want to know more about the values, laws, institutions and policy mechanisms that govern their lives in society, and as well, the differences between their system of government and those in other countries.

Political Science is an especially useful preparation for students who wish to pursue careers in teaching, law, public service or business. There are many minor program opportunities to further these study areas.

Faculty & Research

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There is exciting research happening everyday through the assistance of many grants; through many workshops and conferences we are able to demonstrate the knowledge gained as well as gather further insights.

The Political Science Department is also home for the Centre for the Study of Security and Development which is involved in international projects such as The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence

Department News

  • PhD candidate Julia Rodgers in Today@dal
    PhD candidate Julia Rodgers published in the Today@dal, “Brand Versus Reality: Trudeau’s Style of Governing Must Now Change” https://www.dal.ca/news/2019/11/12/brand-versus-reality--trudeau-s-style-of-governing-must-now-chan.html?utm_source=Today@Dal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dalnews
  • Memorial for political science alumus Thomas Hines.
    The faculty and staff of the department of political science lament on the passing of our former student Thomas Hines. Here is the obituary in the Chronicle Herald: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/obituaries/thomas-james-guy-hines-27666/?fbclid=IwAR3LJGd4lM7YbSl6C2oncwDIQgYRm4rTExLjm8NhgtW44CwkT7PLtqlGmzs
  • Leah Sarson interview on G7 summit
    CSSD faculty fellow Leah Sarson was interviewed on the G7 summit in Biarritz, for CTV News: https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1763961
  • Interview of Adjunct Professor Jean‑Francois Savard
    Interview with the SignalHFX on new federal cabinet member for Nova Scotia
  • Dr. Katherine Fierlbeck, Professor in Political Science, sits on Policy Matter panel discussion
    The federal Liberal administration has articulated its intention to introduce a national pharmacare program. However, the particulars of this program are still unknown: what gets on the formulary? who decides? who pays? how much? and through what mechanism? This panel discussed the administrative, legal, economic, and political challenges in implementing such a program across all provinces. It also reflected on how particular implementation plans could affect Nova Scotians for better or for worse. Other panelists included: Diana Whalen, Advisory Council for the Implementation of National Pharmacare, Marc-Andre Gagnon, Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, Maureen MacDonald, MLA for Halifax Needham between 1998 and 2016, and served as both Minister of Health and Minister of Finance for the NDP between 2009 and 2013
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