In political science, we examine many kinds of contemporary issues: why do political changes (such as revolutions) occur? What role do social movements and economic factors play in politics? How are democracies built, in Canada and in other places? If we understand politics more fully, can we develop fairer and more prosperous societies? Through research and debate, we can achieve a better understanding of how politics evolve in a rapidly changing world. Carleton’s location in the capital city of Ottawa enables students and faculty to have close proximity to political debates and processes.