Political Science is the study of the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions and actions taken by groups of people embedded in cultures and institutions that structure power and authority.
Aristotle defined it as the study of state. At UBC, Political Science majors will explore the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions from the ancient Greeks through to the present day and beyond. The course of study will look at the structure power and authority from the most despotic regimes to modern mass democracy, from political stability to radical change, from decisions made at the micro level all the way through to cities, nations and even global governance. Courses will combine large classes with small group tutorials. At UBC, Political Science majors will develop the skills to synthesize facts, present arguments through research, and work on problems in groups.