Department of Political Science

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada. Our Department offers a broad spectrum of courses dealing with the political, economic and geographical causes and implications of various domestic and international issues, preparing students both for careers of effective service in the Canadian Forces and for further educational development at the graduate level. A minimum of 12 courses in Politics and Economics, with at least five from each of the two disciplines, is required for an Honours degree; a minimum of ten courses, with five from each discipline, for a general degree. Prospective students are encouraged to consult the academic calendar for more specific information about courses of study or to direct inquiries directly to any member of the Department.

 

Events

Conflict simulation and gaming in the classroom

Conflict simulation and gaming in the classroom

The Faculty of Arts, the Department of Political Science, and the Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society are organizing a workshop on
Conflict simulation and gaming in the classroom moderated by Dr. Rex Brynen, McGill University

Monday 19 October 2015
1030-1200 SSC26: Seminar “Conflict simulation and gaming in the classroom"
1330-1400 SSC26: hands-on introduction to some commercial wargame products
1400-1630 SSC26: AFTERSHOCK: A Humanitarian Crisis Game (4-8 players)
1900 SSN24: ISIS CRISIS (a game examining the conflict in Iraq/Syria, 6-13 players)

Those interested in participating in one or both of the actual games that will run in the afternoon and evening are asked to register with the OPI since space is limited and allocated on a first come, first served, basis
Dr. Christian Leuprecht, local 6428, christian.leuprecht@rmc.ca

Part of the series on scholarly publishing, research, and teaching sponsored by the RMCC Foundation

Note: This event will run in English

Download the Conflict simulation poster.

Fall 2015 Political Science Workshop
Gender, Politics, and Security

Monday, 9 1800-2100 Nov 15 in Room Currie 200, Royal Military College of Canada

Given the popular and polemical nature of gender studies, how has this perspective informed the study of security? Indeed, in light of recent events, reports, and controversies, how can an awareness of the gender perspective change attitudes, values, and perceptions in favour of a more inclusive and professional environment? What role does gender play in security? This workshop seeks to explore these questions in the hopes of furthering the discussion on the role of gender in security studies.

Presenting are:

  • Dr Stéfanie von Hlatky of Assistant Professor of Political Studies and Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University,
  • Dr Alan Okros, Professor of Defence Studies at RMCC and Professor and Deputy Chair of Command, Leadership, and Management at the Canadian Forces College.
  • Up to three Students from RMCC

Download the Gender, Politics, and Security poster.

Past Events

Conference of Defence Associations Institute - 18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Canada’s Security & Defence Interests

15-16 October 2015
Royal Military College of Canada
Currie Hall

Kingston Ontario

Strategic Partners
  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Royal Military College of Canada

Sponsors and Supporters

  • National Defence
  • Centre for Military and Strategic Studies (University of Calgary)
  • Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Kingston Conference on International Security
  • Porter
  • Royal Canadian Military Institute
  • 45eNord.ca

Workshop: Strategic Communication and Stratcom Defence

The Department of Political Science and CSAFS invite faculty and students to a workshop entitled “Strategic Communication and Stratcom Defence”, given by LCol Simon R. West; NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga, Latvia. The activity will be on Tuesday 8 September, 2015, at noon, at the room SSN 24 (Swing space).

All are welcomed. Please note that the presentation will be in English only.

Research in the Department

17 November 2014
From 1200hrs to 1300hrs
Girouard Building, Room 432

Dr David Last
“OThree: Demonstrating Online Collaborative Research in Global Security Education”

Maj H.C. Breede, CD, Ph.D.
“The Canadian Experience in Afghanistan and Human Performance Enhancement”

For information contact: Dr James Mckay x6643 james.mckay@rmc.ca

Organized by the Department of Political Science

Download the poster: Research in the Department

The Department of Political Science invitation - Series of research workshops

The Fraternity of the Uniform: American Military Multilateralism and the ‘Epistemic Community’ of the Profession of Arms.
Presented by Dr.  Joel Sokolsky, Department of Political Science

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 1200 hrs
Girouard 432

The presentation will be in English; discussion in both official languages

For further information contact: Dr Al Dizboni,
Email: Dizboni-a@rmc.ca

Visitors from outside of RMCC should contact Dr. Dizboni at least 48 hours in advance to facilitate campus admission.

Download the poster about The Fraternity of the Uniform

Democracy and authoritarianism in North Africa: Status and Prospects

The Department of Political Science and CSAFS invite faculty and students to: Democracy and authoritarianism in North Africa: Status and Prospects by Ali Yahia Abdennour, Veteran of the war in Algeria, former minister, Lawyer and human rights activist

Thursday 20 November 2014, 1200hrs, Girouard 432

All are welcomed

Note: The presentation will be in French

Download the poster: Democracy and authoritarianism in North Africa: Status and Prospects

Round Table

Referenda and Independence: Use and Misuse of Popular Consultations from Sudan to Crimea

Round Table poster With participation of

  • Philippe Constantineau (RMCC)
  • Kristin Hulme (RMCC)
  • Pierre Jolicoeur (RMCC)
  • John McGarry (Queen’s University)
  • Margaret Moore (Queen’s University)
  • Abdelkerim Ousman (RMCC)
  • Philippe Roseberry (Queen’s University / RMCC)
  • Marc Sanjaume (UQAM)
  • Anthony Seaboyer (RMCC)

Organised by the Department of Political Science and the Center for Security, Armed Forces and Society (CSAFS)

30 October 2014
From 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Commandant’s Conference Room, Yeo Hall
All are welcome

Download the Round Table poster

Winter 2015 Political Science Workshop

Friday, 0800-1100 Jan 15 in Currie Hall, the Royal Military College of Canada

Call for Proposals - Democratic Disengagement

With a federal election pending in the next 12 months, attention invariably shifts to the question of voter turnout.  Conventional wisdom has often argued that fewer Canadians are voting, whether in federal, provincial, or municipal elections.  Recent research has confirmed this notion.  However, the question remains: why?  Why are Canadians not going to the polls?  Who is voting and does this have an impact upon the government of the day?  What does this mean for the quality of Canadian democracy?  This workshop seeks to explore these questions in the hopes of furthering the discussion on who votes and why (or why not) – and perhaps more importantly, what can we do about it?  Framing this workshop will be presentations by Dr. Paul Howe, of the University of New Brunswick and author of Citizen’s Adrift (2010, UBC Press).  He will be joined by Dr. Bryan Paterson, Professor of Economics at RMCC and recently elected Mayor of Kingston.  Students from RMCC are invited to submit proposals (no more than 500 wds) to participate in the workshop.  Please note that the presentation can be part of the students regular course work, with his professor’s approval.  Proposals – in the form an abstract – are to be submitted to Maj Christian Breede no later than 23 Jan 15.

Poster - Faites attention au vœux que vous faites: Résolution des problèmes de sécurité dans la péninsule coréenne

Download poster Intelligence Gathering in Democracies: A Balance between Rights and Requirements

Winter Term 2014 – Political Science Workshop:
Intelligence Gathering in Democracies: A Balance between Rights and Requirements

Panelists

  • Mr. John Adams MGen (Ret’d), Former Head of Communications Security Establishment Canada
  • Chief Superintendent Mike Armstrong, Commander, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police
  • OCdt White Crépeau
  • OCdt Marshall

The security challenges of Sochi Olympic Games poster

The Department of Political Science invitation
Series of research workshops

Be Careful What You Wish For: Resolution of Security Issues on the Korean Peninsula

Major Bernard J. Brister CD, PhD, Department of Political Science

The presentation will be in English; discussion in both official languages

Download poster: The security challenges of Sochi Olympic Games poster

Oct. 8th: Conference Dr. Martin Nassua (German fellow at the Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg) on "The Federal Elections in Germany of September 22, 2013: Triumph and Tragedy? Busted Dreams and Lasting Disappointments?", in English.

Oct. 15th: Round Table on "The Syrian Crisis: regional and international perspectives". Many faculty members from RMCC, Queen's University and more will be presenting their views and analysis of the Syrian crisis. Among others: Houchang-Hassan-Yari (Iran), Pierre Jolicoeur (Russia), Jane Boulden (UN), A.G. Dizboni (Syrian groups), Adbelkerim Ousman (Saudi Arabia and Qatar), Anthony Seaboyer (International Community), Stephanie von Hlatky (NATO), Jan von der Felsen (Germany), Col. Christopher J. Barron (U.S.). It will be a bilingual event.

Oct. 16th: Conference of LCol Patrick O'Halloran on “Food Security and implications for Canada.” In English (maybe bilingual).

Oct. 28th: Workshop in political science. Two profs (Houchang Hassan-Yari and A.G. Dizboni) and four students (OCdts Anderson, Blair and Cook as well as Mr. Omar) will be presenting their views on “The Future of Political Islam”. It will be a bilingual event.

Fall Term 2013 - Political Science Workshop - The Future of Political Islam

Panelists:

  • Prof. Hassan-Yari
  • Prof. Dizboni
  • OCdt Cook
  • OCdt Anderson
  • OCdt Blair
  • Mr.Omar
  • Third Student TBA

Nov. 28th: The Dean of Arts and the Department of Political Science invite faculty and graduate students to: Publishing in Scholarly Journals by Dr. Graham White, Co-editor for the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and former President of the Canadian Political Science Association. Thursday 28 November 2013. Part of the series on Scholarly Publishing and Research. Note: English presentation; an event similar in nature will follow at a later date in French.

Download poster: January 30 2014 Publishing a Book Manuscript poster Jan 30th: The Department of Political Science and The Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society (CSAFS) invite faculty and graduate students to: Publishing your Manuscript with a University Press presented by Ms. Emily Andrew, Senior Acquisitions Editor for UBC Press. Thursday 30 January 2014. Part of the series on scholarly publishing and research. Note: English presentation; an event similar in nature will follow at a later date in French. Scholars wishing to meet individually with Ms. Andrew the morning of 30 Jan 14 to discuss a book proposal should contact the undersigned. The event is for information purposes only and not intended to endorse any press in particular. OPI : Dr. Christian Leuprecht, ext 6428, christian.leuprecht@rmc.ca.

Feb 10th: The Political Science Department at the Royal Military College of Canada has sponsored the following public conference in Partnership with CIDP, Queen’s University: "The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World" With: T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University.

Download poster(pdf) The security challenges of Sochi Olympic Games Feb 12th: The Department of Political Science invitation Series of research workshops The security challenges of Sochi Olympic Games Presented by Dr Pierre Jolicoeur, Acting Head, Department of Political Science Wednesday, February 12. The presentation will be in French; discussion in both official languages.

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