Department of Political Science

Political science improves awareness of ourselves and our place in the political world, including the capacity to improve and change the world around us. Concerned with the theory and practice of politics, faculty in the department help students develop the ability to understand the world from a variety of political, social and cultural perspectives. The discipline prepares students to think independently, develop flexibility and apply critical judgement.

Associate of Arts, Political Science Emphasis

International Development Diploma

Diploma in Environmental Studies


Political Science courses explore issues such as civil rights, war, peace, poverty, justice, globalization and equality.


Dr. Ayla Kilic

Political Science - Chair
Office: Centre For Learning 316
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4366
Political Science instructor Ayla Kilic

I am a political animal who decided to study political science and become a professor when I was 16. My fields of interest include global governance, international development, democracy and human rights with a geographical focus on the Middle East. I have published several articles, book reviews and a book in her field. I encourage my students to become independent thinkers who are not afraid to challenge authority, question the norms and change the status quo to defend their rights, freedoms and beliefs. My advice to students is "Don't just complain: if you don't like it do something to change it". On a personal note, I am a movie buff and I love Jazz.

PhD, Political Science, Bogazici University
MA, Political Science, Bogazici University
MBA, Human Resources Management, IU

Linda Elmose

Political Science
Office: Main Building C305
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2279
Linda Elmose

The reason why I most love to research and teach about Political Science – Introduction to Politics, government of Canada, Global Politics, Global Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Politics of Human rights, or Public Policy-- is to better understand the complex, and seemingly crazy, world in which we live. My teaching and research interests centre on vital international development issues including climate action, sustainability, foreign aid, and inclusive trade. Two of my major teaching goals entail, first, ensuring all my students are able to operate in this complex world by understanding how the dynamics of power shape our everyday existence; and second, to foster a sense of resistance and critical thinking on the part of students – our future! – who will actively strive to make the world a better place for all.  

Dr. Rosalind Warner

Political Science
Office: Centre For Learning 422
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4294
Political Science instructor Rosalind Warner

I have researched and published on topics like ecological modernization, global environmental governance issues, protected areas governance in North America, environmental discourses, and environment and trade in Canadian foreign policy. I am also energized by educational technologies and the latest news and information about teaching and learning in higher education. I am currently a Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance Project, Board member for the BC Council for International Cooperation, Chair of the local Steering Committee of the Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan (BCCIC Chapter), Board Member of the Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council, and Associate Editor for Canadian Journal of International Development.


PhD, York University
MA, York University
BA, Simon Fraser University

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Patrick Wight

Political Science
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