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Welcome to Department of Political Studies

The department provides a balanced mix of modules in our undergraduate and post-graduate programmes covering International Relations, Comparative Government, African and South African politics and Political Theory.


 Political Studies


​The Department of Political Studies is a small but dynamic high-performance enterprise, motivated to facilitate quality teaching and research in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. The vision of the department is to cultivate quality graduates who are equipped to engage with the complex political challenges of the 21st century. This means being able to construct sophisticated arguments on the basis of thorough research, but also to participate in individual and collective processes of problem-solving and to contribute to the intellectual project of the department at postgraduate level.

In addition the department leads several innovative research programmes on the following areas:  new forms of representation, participation and accountability, informality and urban politics, the quality of election campaigns, middle powers and in the new international order, and international politics around nuclear capability.​

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