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Prof. Adrian Guelke
Emeritus Prof. Adrian Guelke appointed Van Zyl Slabbert Chair in 2nd semester 2016
Prof Guelke will be hosting a conference at UCT on "Ethnicity and Politics in post-Apartheid South Africa", being held from 24 - 25 November 2016.
New staff 2016
New members of staff welcomed in 2016
Dr Lwazi Lushaba, Ms Alecia Ndlovu and Dr Scanlon join the department in 2016.
More on the new major
New Undergraduate Major in 2016
The Politics Department will be rolling out a new, single major in 2016 in "Politics and Governance"

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Welcome to the Department of Political Studies!

The Department of Political Studies is home to internationally recognised scholars in comparative politics, international relations, political theory, political behaviour, intellectual history, public policy, and public administration. Our staff members have made major intellectual contributions in their respective fields and some have published widely in renowned international journals.  Our staff members have also made practical contributions to the policies and politics of our new democracy.

Our department is home to one of the bigger postgraduate programmes and boasts a lively and cosmopolitan postgraduate student community.  Our postgraduate programmes provide students with a firm academic foundation in political theory; comparative politics; international relations; South African politics; public administration; and public policy, amongst others. Students are encouraged to pursue more specialised study under the close supervision and guidance of faculty.

Our undergraduate courses remain a popular choice and the department is one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Humanities at UCT.

Staff and students both comprise a vibrant and intellectually engaged community and you are most welcome to join us.

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