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New Name, New Directions

The Centre for the Study of Security and Development (CSSD) inherits the legacy and reputation of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (CFPS), originally established in 1971. The CSSD carries on the CFPS’ longstanding commitment to research excellence and community outreach, but has been reorganized to better support new collaborative research by our faculty, students, and national and international partners.


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Our PhD and MA candidates win scholarships

PhD candidates John Mitton, Andrea Lane, Michelle Legassicke and Susan Manning, along with MA candidate Callee Luddington, have all been recognized with very prestigious awards, scholarships, and grants.


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Fall/Winter 2016-2017 course offerings

A full selection of classes are available to all interested next year. Check out full descriptions and class timings and register today


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Meet our graduate students

Our students are engaged in many areas of award winning research including local politics, foreign relations, and the politicization of social issues. Find out more by visiting their individual profiles.



DUPSS Mentorship Program Office Hours

The Dalhousie Undergraduate Political Science Student Society (DUPSS) welcomes you to take advantage of their mentorship program.



Political Science Graduate Student Receives Fullbright Scholarshis

PhD Candidate John Mitton receives Fulbright Scholarship sending him to California for Study


About Political Science

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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 European Union Centre of Excellence

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