University of Toronto Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto ranks among the world's best. It provides an ideal setting for students and learners at all levels to engage with novel ideas, thorough scholarship and creative research in all of the discipline's subfields, as well as in an array of interdisciplinary areas of inquiry. As a community of established and emerging scholars -- teachers and students -- we are uniquely positioned to draw upon a Canadian perspective as well as the university's intellectual buzz and the city's cultural diversity, to address the most enduring questions of politics, locally and internationally.
More than ever, our mission is to encourage our students to think broadly, critically, and internationally about the core features of democratic and global citizenship. We do this with a faculty that includes award-wining teachers, building on a legacy of famously gifted instructors -- the likes of Harold Innis and C.B. Macpherson, Alan Bloom, Tom Pangle, and Janice Stein. With a history going back to the 1880s, the department now has a total faculty complement of over sixty across the three campuses of the University of Toronto.
December 9, 2013 — Late Professor Richard Simeon defined political discourse in Canada
by: Michael Valpy
Richard Simeon was one of the great scholars of Canadian federalism and constitution building of the past half-century who did much to define the political conversation in his country in…
Professor Erin Tolley’s Perspective: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 5, 2013 — Recently Kelly Rankin from U of T news interviewed a series of experts asking them the question: what role can a Day of Remembrance play in spurring action against gender violence?
One of those experts was UTM Political Science Professor Erin Tolley:
November 22, 2013 — On November 12th in the New York Public Library Professor Ryan Balot was one of three guest speakers discussing the topic of Tyranny and Democracy: Ancient Lessons for a Global Crisis. The talk was organized by the Onassis Foundation and…
November 22, 2013 — Carsten Jasner recently interviewed Ryan Balot for GEO magazine, a well known journal of ideas and culture in Europe.
The topic of the article is courage, on which Balot has just written a major book entitled Courage in the Democratic Polis:…
November 21, 2013 —
Professor Jacques Bertrand has been very busy over the past year.
Currently he teaches both:
POL 215Y – Politics and Transformation of Asia-Pacific
POL 2429H1F – Democracy and Ethnic Conflict.
In addition to his teaching, Professor Bertrand is also the TA supervisor for the department…
November 19, 2013 — The Saul Goldstein Memorial Lecture was named in honour of U of T graduate Saul Goldstein by his family and friends following his death at the age of 97.
In Saul Goldstein’s honour and with the support of his family and…
October 22, 2013 —
On October 20th 2013, The Ottawa Citizen published an article written by PhD Candidate Paul Thomas. Thomas writes about Canada’s use of prorogation and compares our parliamentary system with the “mother of all Parliaments,” the United Kingdom.
“Prorogation has become a…
October 10, 2013 —
The Communications Security Establishment Canaeda (CSEC) is alleged to have used it resources to spy on Brazil based on documents leaked by former NSA employee Robert Snowden. Recently the President of Brazil accused Canada of “cyberwar” after allegations that government hackers…
October 10, 2013 —
The United States’ federal government shutdown is now in its seventh day.
The stalemate over specifics of the debt ceiling, President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and the operating budget continues to stall the American economy with no end in sight.
Renan Levine teaches…
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