Department of Political Science

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The Political Science Department would like to congratulate the following student for their Writing Centre awards:
 
Honourable Mention, Undergraduate Social Science Paper (Upper Level):  Sydney Hull
Paper: “Take Home Exam: The Hierarchy of Sovereignty in the International Criminal Court and the International Monetary Fund” (Political Science 3321.1)
Prize: Notation on transcript
 
 

The Alumni Association was pleased to honour Dr. Marc G. Doucet with the Father William A. Stewart, S.J., Medal for Excellence in Teaching at the 2017 Spring Convocation.

The Father William A. Stewart, S.J., Medal for Excellence in Teaching was created in 1983 by the Alumni Association, Faculty Union, and Students’ Representative Council (now SMUSA), in honour of Father Stewart who faithfully served the Saint Mary’s community for many years, both as a teacher of Philosophy and an academic administrator.

Dr. Doucet joins Drs. Edna Keeble, Ron Landes, and Edward McBride as recipients of this award from the Department of Political Science.

 

The Alumni Association was pleased to honour Dr. Marc G. Doucet with the Father William A. Stewart, S.J., Medal for Excellence in Teaching at the 2017 Spring Convocation.   The Father William A. Stewart, S.J., Medal for Excellence in Teaching was created in 1983 by the Alumni Association, Faculty Union, and Students’ Representative Council (now SMUSA), in honour of Father Stewart who faithfully served the Saint Mary’s community for many years, both as a teacher of Philosophy and an academic administrator.  Dr. Doucet joins Drs. Edna Keeble, Ron Landes, and Edward McBride as recipients of this award from the Department of Political Science.
 

The Department is proud to put on display at the Patrick Power Library its first book acquisitions purchased with the Gerald P. Beech Memorial Fund. Many thanks go to Wendell Sanford for initiating the fund and to members of the Saint Mary’s Alumni for their contributions.


Books purchased in Memory of Gerald P. Beech
 

Books donated to Library - 2017
 
 
The first panel to present their Honour Thesis, Sydney Hull, Cassie Hill and Aaron Johnston.

Honours Thesis Panel I Q&A - Aaron Johnston, Cassie Hill and Sydney Hull
 
The second panel to present their Honours Thesis; Alex Isenor, Elinor Hammond and John-Paul Nwaezeigwe.

Q&A with Alex Isenor, Elinor Hammond and John-Paul Nwaezeigwe
 
2017 Honours Thesis presenters: Alex Isenor, Sydney Hull, Elinor Hammond, Cassie Hill, John-Paul Nwaezeigwe and Aaron Johnston.

Honours Presenters 2017 - Aaron Johnston, Cassie Hill, Sydney Hull, Alex Isenor, Elinor Hammond and John-Paul Nwaezeigew
 
 
The Political Science Department would like to congratulate the 2016-2017 Honours students on their successful Honours Thesis Presentations on 31 March 2017!

Honours Presenters with Instructor Dr. Alexandra Dobrowolsky
 
Our Model UN Delegation won an Honourable Mention Delegation Award for their work at the National Model UN (NMUN) Conference last week. In addition, two delegates, Elinor Hammond and Sara Little, won Outstanding Delegate Awards for their work in UNHCR; and two delegates, Analia Lowe and Jermaine Addo, won an Outstanding Position Paper Award for their pre-conference preparation for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. We had an excellent delegation this year. They were very well prepared and work very hard during the entire conference. We are very proud of their accomplishments.
 

Analia Lowe - Winner - Outstanding Position Paper
 

Elinor Hammond and Sara Little - Winner - Outstanding Delegate
 

SMU Political Science - Winner - Honorable Mention Delegation
 

2016-2017 Model UN 
 

Dr. Alexandra Dobrowolsky attended the ‘Imagining a Future Canada: An Interdisciplinary Conference’
 
Dr. Alexandra Dobrowolsky attended the ‘Imagining a Future Canada: An Interdisciplinary Conference’ March 2-4th, 2017, in Ottawa. Conference participants, which included civil servants, non-governmental organizers, university faculty, graduate students and alumni, discussed innovative ways of promoting collaboration between researchers and the community with the goal of responding to the challenges Canada faces.
 
 

VITA ACTIVA - THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT
The Department of Political Science hosted the viewing of a new documentary on the life and work of Hannah Arendt, Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:00-9:00pm, Atrium 101. The one hour documentary titled Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Stella Gaon (Political Science), Maria Gomez (Sociology & Criminology) and Marc Doucet (Political Science). 
The goal of the panel was to draw from Arendt's work on politics, totalitarianism, ideology, and other themes to generate discussion on current global political events including the US Presidential elections.
 
 
 
We had a wonderful turn out for our Student/Faculty Meet and Greet on 27 October!

Discussion - Political Science Social - Gorsebrook Lounge - Oct 27 2016

Meet and Greet 1

Meet and Greet 2

Meet and Greet 3 
 
 


  • Saint Mary's University, and Political Science alumna Kalina McCaul has received a Rotary International Fellowship, read about her experience here

  • The Political Science Department would like to congratulate the 2015-2016 Honours students on their successful Honours Thesis Presentations on April 7th, 2016!
 
In the photo: Dr. Marc Doucet, Matt Gaul, Iara Aguilera-Riera, Emily Prosser, Isalean Phillip, and Dr. Lyubov Zhyznomirska 
  

  • Once again, Saint Mary’s University’s Model UN delegation won a Distinguished Delegation Award at the 2016 National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference. Some 5,500 students representing over 400 schools debated, negotiated, and drafted resolutions in simulated UN committees during two back-to-back conferences held in New York March 20th to 31st. Representing Switzerland at Conference B, this year’s delegation included 18 students from Saint Mary’s and 4 students from Freiburg University of Education in Germany. The joint delegation, a first for Saint Mary’s, was headed by Dr. Marc Doucet of the Department of Political Science. Saint Mary’s was one of only four Canadian universities to be awarded a Distinguished Delegation Award. In addition, two students, Wesley Wilcox and Thomas Lee, were awarded Outstanding Delegate Awards in recognition of their work in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). While in New York, students also had an opportunity to meet with officials at Switzerland’s Permanent UN Mission in New York to discuss the Swiss position on UN related issues. 
  
   

 
 

 
  • The Hunting Ground film screening, January 12, 2016 at the Halifax Central Library.  A panel discussion was led by Dr. Alexandra Dobrowolsky following the screening, featuring (from left to right) Lyndsay Anderson, Rachel MacDonold, Diane Crocker, Elaine Craig, Sylvia Hamilton, Caroline Andrew and Jackie Stevens.
 
 
 


  • Professor Alexandra Dobrowolsky is the proud recipient of Saint Mary’s University’s President’s Award for Research Excellence.  Dr. Dobrowolsky is thrilled with the fact that she is the first woman in the Faculty of Arts (and the third woman in the history of the Award) to achieve this distinction, and she has every confidence that this marks the beginning of a long line of Research Excellence Awards to come for women in the Arts, and throughout the university.


A. Dobrowolsky Receiving Award
 
 

 

  • The 2014-2015 Saint Mary's Model UN Delegation won an Honourable Delegation Award at the National Model UN (NMUN) Conference in New York. The award was announced in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. Seventeen Saint Mary's students from the Faculty of Arts participated in this year's conference. With some 2,500 students representing close to 200 universities, the NMUN conference is one of the largest university level UN simulations in the world. Saint Mary's was one of four Canadian universities recognized in the Honourable Delegation category and one of seven Canadian universities recognized overall. 

First row, from left to right: Laura Crocker, Sydney Hull, Cassie Hill, Tatiane Camargo, Isalean Philip, Julia Rodgers (Head Delegate), Thokozani Sithole

Second row, from left to right: Yannick Manga, Brandon Hawley, Aaron Johnston, Benjamin Mawdlsey, Emily Prosser, Matt Gaul, Wesley Wilcox, Antoine Dutil, Alexander Isenor, Thomas Redden, Dr. Marc Doucet (Faculty Advisor).

 

 


 

  • The Political Science Department would like to congratulate the 2014-2015 Honours students on their successful Honours Thesis Presentations on March 26th, 2015!

In the photo: Dr. Marc Doucet, Michael Smith, Sean Hanlon, Callee Luddington, Tatiane Camargo

 


 


 

  • "Why Nova Scotia should look beyond econocentric immigration policy." Saint Mary's Political Science professor, Dr. Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Dalhousie Sociology professor, Dr. Howard Ramos discuss alternative immigration policy in the Centre for Policy Alternatives report, Expanding the Vision.  See their Chronicle Herald OpEd piece here.

 


 

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Alexandra Charter Day 2014Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra Dobrowolsky, who received the Award for Overall Excellence in the Field of Education at Saint Mary's University's 2014 Charter Day celebrations! ‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  •  The Political Science Department would like to congratulate the 2013-2014 Honours students
    on their successful Honours Thesis Presentation event!
Nova Scotia government has to look beyond the economics of immigration report urgesWhy Nova Scotia Should Look Beyond Econocentric Immigration Policy - See more at: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/expanding-vision#sthash.dPnHxdGr.dpu
May 20, 2014

Halifax- Over the past 20 years, the number of immigrants to Nova Scotia has increased, but the share of immigrants coming to the province has not, and retention rates remain among the worst in the country. This is the context for the challenges that are tackled in a new report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia today.

- See more at: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/nova-scotia-government-has-look-beyond-economics-immigration-report-urges#sthash.dwOhLdb2.dp

Nova Scotia government has to look beyond the economics of immigration report urges

May 20, 2014

Halifax- Over the past 20 years, the number of immigrants to Nova Scotia has increased, but the share of immigrants coming to the province has not, and retention rates remain among the worst in the country. This is the context for the challenges that are tackled in a new report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia today.

- See more at: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/nova-scotia-government-has-look-beyond-economics-immigration-report-urges#sthash.dwOhLdb2

2013-2014 Honours Thesis Proposals