The Department of Political Science is a dynamic, research-driven unit with a focus on the political challenges which South Africa and the broader African continent must face in a globalising world. Through comprehensive research programmes, the department has developed expertise in a wide spectrum of international, African and domestic politics. Pressing issues such as poverty, development, globalisation and inequality are addressed at the under- and postgraduate levels. The department provides high-level theoretical and analytical training in a variety of subfields of Political Science, with particular focus on political risk analysis, public policy analysis, political behaviour and survey research, foreign policy analysis, global governance, and conflict and peace studies in Africa. Experts from practice and international universities are frequently involved in the presentation of modules.
Prof James L. Gibson, Extraordinary Professor in Political Science at Stellenbosch University and member of ASAF honoured with numerous awards
Stellenbosch University’s Department of Political Science and Stellenbosch University International invite you to join the webinar: Closing the gender gap in economic participation: Perspectives from Japan and South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa’s liberty deficit: can civil society help fill the gap?
BY PROF NICOLA DE JAGER
There is something inherent in the idea of democracy that invokes expectations of valuing human dignity and thus freedoms. These include freedom of association, thought, belief, religion and speech, and freedom from government abuse.
Contemporary comparative politics scholars Christian Welzel and Ronald Inglehart argue that: “liberal democracy is a manifestation of human freedom.”
Forthcoming book on Policing by Dr Guy Lamb
Dr Derica Lambrechts and Dr Ubanesia Adams-Jack host a short course that focuses on policy analysis and political risk analysis. Recently, we were approached by an Africa-focused strategic advisory firm with offices across the continent, to tailor the short course for their staff. The course is presented over the duration of four weeks.
Scarlett Cornelissen is a recipient of the 2021 Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation. The Commendations are awarded by the Japanese government to individuals and groups with “outstanding achievements in international fields” in acknowledgement of their contribution to international relations. Scarlett received the award for “the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the Republic of South Africa.”
Dr Guy Lamb was recently quoted in the Washington Post
Prof Scarlett Cornelissen took part in a Workshop organised by the Italian Institute for International Political Studies in Milan
Pathways to Recovery in Post-Pandemic Asia