Political Theory helps us better understand the concepts that have shaped our politics, including freedom, equality, individuality, democracy and justice. Importantly, Political Theory is the part of Political Science that explores what a better political world would look like and how we can create it. Political Theory thus frequently involves critiques of our present political reality, and may even take explicitly political positions.
Indeed, whether we study philosophical treatises, political pamphlets or speeches, Political Theory always involves a reflection on one’s own and others’ political principles. The hope is that such critical reflection can contribute to all of us becoming more engaged citizens.
Our Political Theory faculty’s research interests include modern and democratic political theory, political philosophy and higher education. Their work has been published in the discipline’s leading journals and book presses.