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Departmental Debate Club forming - first Debate Event on April 23
The Department of Political Science is delighted to announce the formation of a department Debate Club, with the inaugural debate to be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Toldo 203, beginning at 2:00 PM. The debate will follow traditional Canadian parliamentary style (read about this here), and will focus on two issues:
  • Debate 1: “This House believes that Members of Parliament should not be forced to vote along party lines.”
  • Debate 2: “This House believes that the United Nations has failed and should be dissolved.”

Come and listen or participate in the first ever Political Science Debate Event. You will have the chance to vote for the winning debaters and to win door prizes!

Following the deabte, third-year law student and Windsor Political Science BA and MA graduate Brady Donohue will lead an information session on applying for and succeeding in law school. Brady has successfully navigated the law school application process, has secured a top articling position, and is on this year’s law school adjudication committee.

If you would like to be a part of this debate event as a particiapnt or an observer, please RSVP to Chad Curtis at curtisq (at) in advance. You can also download the event flyer by clicking here.


MA graduate working on energy development in Africa
Michael Pietrzak, who gradauted with his MA from Windsor's Department of Political Science, was recetly featured in the Windsor Star for his entrepreneurial and development work in sub-Saharan Africa, where his company LightSeed Energy, is working to bring renewable energy generation and infrastructure to rural communities. Read more about his work here.


Windsor Political Science/IR students take top honours at Model NATO
One of two teams of University of Windsor students, all majors in the department's Political Science and International Relations programs, won top honours at the 13th annual Carleton University Model NATO Conference, held in Ottawa and hosted by Carleton University. The team, representing Germany in a simulation of a potential diplomatic and security crisis faced by NATO, claimed "the Dr. Lee Windsor Award for best overall delegation and four awards for best committee work" at the conference. The winning team consisted of Paige Gouin, Jacob DeJong, Adam Bednarick, Kyle Sousa, and Clement Burgess-Hulme, while a second University of Windsor team (Jacob Godfrey, Justin Tubaro, Abigail Roelens, Brad Moroun, and Shane Chappus, all first-year students) represented Hungary in the simulation. Gouin told the Windsor Star that "I think we represented our university and our city well. You don’t have to live in Ottawa to have great political science programs and I think they were surprised by that." You can read more about the team's win here from the University's Daily News and in the Windsor Star.


Open house info session on graduate programs in Political Science
The Department of Political Science is holding an open house information session for 3rd and 4th year students on our various graduate programs on Thursday, January 16, from 1 to 2 pm in the department's seminar room (1137 CHN). Please stop by during this time if you are thinking of applying to graduate programs in political science and want more info on program structure, application requirements, and so on. Click here for more info.


TA Positions available for Political Science Help Centre
In accordance with Article 12:04 of the CUPE 4580 Collective Agreement the Department of Political Science invites applications for eight (8) TA positions for the Winter 2014 term. The duration of positions are from January 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014.

Political Science Help Centre
Eight positions to help establish and staff a Political Science Help Centre. The Centre will operate for 2 hours a day and will be staffed by two students on a rotating basis. The Centre is designed to help students with general study tips, research techniques, exam preparation and revision skills. The Centre is not linked to specific Political Science classes, but will offer general assistance useful in all Political Science courses.

All positions are for 100 hours and are subject to final budgetary approval.

Eligibility requirements:
TA appointments shall be offered in accordance with the criteria specified in Article 12:04 of the Collective Agreement. In addition to these requirements, candidates must major in a Political Science, International Relations,  Political Science (Law & Politics), Political Science (Bilingual), or double major with Political Science degree, have strong GPAs (major average of 11.0 or higher; cumulative of 10.5 or higher), and have excellent communications skills.  Also note that applicants must be available to attend labs and meetings assigned at the specified times. 

Applications require a one page letter of intent, resume, and one page application form which can be obtained from Kelley Allard, Graduate Secretary, Room 1149 CHN. Applications must be submitted to: Kelley Allard, Graduate Secretary, room 1149 CHN. You may also download the application form here. Deadline for receiving applications is December 9, 2013, or until positions are filled.


EU Study Abroad Program Info Session
Students interested in the 2014 EU Study Abroad Program should attend an information session that will be held in room 1137 CHN on Wednesday, November 27, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Information on the program may also be found at All questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Stephen Brooks.

Election results are in!
Undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Political Science's many programs recently voted for representatives to sit on the department's BAU Council, where they will represent and give voice to Political Science and International Relations students on important decisions related to curriculum and planning in the department. Mohamed Almoayad, Trevor Fairlie, and Adeola Onafuwa were elected as undergraduate representatives, and Robert Powers will represent the department's graduate students on the council.

Elections were also held for executive positions in the Undergraduate Society for International Relations and Political Science (USIRPS), the official student group for the department's undergraduate majors. The following are the executive officers for the 2013-14 academic year:

  • President - Jenna Bontorin
  • Vice-President - Trevor Fairlie
  • Secretary - Amanda Alchin
  • Treasurer - Chad Curtis
  • 1st year representative - Alanna Foulon
  • 2nd year representative - Diego De Armero
  • 3rd year representative - Chibueze Elekwa

If you are a major and interested in learning more about USIRPS, please visit the society's office in CHN 1151, or check out their facebook page. Congratulations to all those students who won positions in USIRPS and on BAU Council, and thanks to all who voted and ran for these positions.


EU Study Abroad Program 2014
Are you interested in the development and politics of the European Union? In the role Europe and the EU play in the context of globalization? In how political decisions and strategies are made in the EU system? Then you should consider participating in the joint University of Windsor/University of Michigan 2014 EU Study Abroad Program, to be held May 4-17, 2014, in Brussels and Leuven, Belgium. The theme of this year's program is "The EU as a Global Actor". For more information on course credits, program fees, and how to apply, please check the program's web page, or contact Dr. Stephen Brooks.


Political Science Help Centre back for Fall 2013

The Department of Political Science is once again offering academic assistance to students in Political Science and International Relations courses in fall 2013 via the Politcal Science Help Centre. You can read more about the services offered through the Help Centre by clicking here. The department is currently hiring eight undergraduate teaching assistants to staff the Help Centre this semester. Click here to download the information about the available TA positions, and to download the application form, or see Ms. Kelley Allard in the department office (Chrysler Hall North 1149). Completed applications must be submitted to Ms. Allard in CHN 1149 by Monday, September 16, 2013 to receive consideration.


MA student internship at city hall featured in Windsor Star
Laura Robinson, an MA student in Windsor's graduate program in Political Science, was recently featured in a Windsor Star article discussing her internship position at the City of Windsor. Laura is completing her six-month internship with the city government as part of her MA program, gaining valuable hands-on experience in a public sector work environment to accompany the course and research paper components of her graduate program. You can read more about the department's MA internship stream here, and read about our first class of intern graduates here.


Congratulations to our 2013 graduates!
Watch the University of Windsor's convocation ceremonies here. Undergraduate students graduating with Political Science and International Relations programs received their degrees on June 13. Students completing their MA degrees in the last year also received their degrees during the June 13 ceremony. 


Department's MA students receive awards
Several current and incoming master's students in the Department of Political Science have received academic and financial awards for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. Three current MA students - Sacha Atherly, Godwin Dei, and Charlene Keizer - were awarded the A. Rand & E.G. Ferriss Award by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, while Nada Abuzaid was awarded the 2012-13 Dr. Lois K. Smedick Graduate Award, and is planning to complete her major paper and MA degree this summer. Andrew Reaume and Sarah Cipkar, both of whom just finished the BA Honours program in Political Science in the department, will be continuing at Windsor in the MA program in Political Science with Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) awarded by the university. Sarah also received a prestigious SSHRC award for MA research and will be working with Dr. Tom Najem on the Jerusalem Old City Initiative as part of her master's research. William 'Zack' Knechtel, graduating with a BA Honours in Political Science and Sociology, also received a SSHRC postgraduate award, but will be attending the University of Geneva in Switzerland for his MA work. Congratulations to all of our graduate student award winners! Read more about opportunities in our department's MA program here.


Department celebrates its first MA internship stream graduates
On December 13, the Department of Political Science celebrated its first class of MA graduates from its new internship stream with a public presentation of students' major research papers, attended by faculty and students as well as representatives from internship placement employers, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the offices of the university President and Provost. Five students are completing their master's degree through the internship stream this year, and coordinator Dr. Joanna Sweet noted that the department will be able to offer eight and potentially ten internship positions for this academic year. Click here to read more about this year's event, and click here for more information on the MA internship stream.