Welcome to Political Studies at Trent University

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The Department of Political Studies offers courses in three areas of investigation:

World Politics emphasizes a critical understanding of the many dimensions of ‘globalization’: international political economy, peace and security issues, nationalism, foreign policy, democratization, North American economic integration, and the centrality of the European Union, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region in redefining world order.Course Overview

Canadian Politics examines the basic institutions of government at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, stressing the emergence of environmental, Aboriginal, urban, race, class, gender and sexual orientation issues in the context of law and justice, political economy, constitutional mechanisms, regionalism, Canadian-American relations, the distribution of power, social and health services, public administration and the crafting and implementation of policy.Course Overview

Political Theory explores the ideas people use to understand and shape political life. Theoretical premises developed over centuries invest our assumptions, our choices and our rhetoric with meaning. Whether in a global or a Canadian mirror, we see ourselves as liberals, conservatives, neoliberals, socialists, Marxists, anarchists – perhaps postmodern or postcolonial – but always as members of a community. Political theory helps us grasp wider significance from the diversity of political ideas and events shaping our present and our future. Political theory also helps us invest those ideas with new and inspired meaning in the contemporary context.Course Overview

The Department of Political Studies also runs a Joint Major in International Political Economy.

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