Political science explores the acquisition, organization, and exercise of power. Political scientists typically seek to understand how the institutions of government are constituted and operated. This entails the study of institutional formation, the behaviour of both politicians and those they govern, and the policies resulting from that interaction. The discipline also explores the normative underpinnings of political activity (the issues of justice and fairness of political institutions, for example). Yet, the study of politics extends beyond those traditional concerns to include political aspects of, among other issues, economic behaviour, identity (religious, ethnic, gender), environment, and media.
Law and Society
Law and Society is the study of the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. As an interdisciplinary liberal arts program, the Law and Society major and minor programs encompass many diverse disciplines of study, among them anthropology, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Law and Society introduces students to different facets of law and the role of law in society through the ages.