Government is the regulation of public affairs, and politics is the means by which people determine whose views of government will prevail. Politics itself is a mixture of the high and the low. Politics is the realm in which we attempt to make real some of our highest aspirations: our desire for political freedom, our longing for justice, our hope for peace and security. At the same time, politics is laced with individuals and groups seeking their selfish interests at the expense of others.
The academic discipline of political theory examines what great thinkers have discerned about the nature of human government. Plato and Aristotle sharply disagreed about the principles that should inform politics, and any serious effort to grasp political theory begins with the contrast between Plato’s hypothetical account of a truly just society in The Republic and Aristotle’s attempt in Politics to identify the actual qualities of the successful state and the statesman. Politics deals with messy and complicated situations. For this reason, the study of politics is concerned not only with the political ideal, but also with the best that can be achieved here and now.
Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political philosophy, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields.
Political science students can gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
Political science nowadays is typically considered a social science. Most accredited universities indeed have separate schools, departments, and research centers devoted to the study of the central themes within political science. The history of the discipline is virtually as long as that of humanity. Its roots in the Western tradition are typically individuated in the works of Plato and Aristotle, most importantly in the Republic and the Politics respectively.
Some of the courses offered in the field:-
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Bachelor of Arts in Politics
- Masters of Arts in Intellectual Property Rights
- Master of Arts in Political Science
- Master of Arts in Politics
- Master of philosophy in Political Science
- Doctor of philosophy in Political Science
- Doctor of philosophy in Politics
- Bachelor of Arts Honors in Political Science
For under graduate level:-
For getting admission into bachelor's degreeprogram in Political Science, a candidates should have completed their higher secondary education or 10+2 (intermediate) examination. This is a full time course which has duration of 2 years.
For post graduate level:-
For getting admission into master’s degree in Political Science a candidate must have completed his/her graduation from any stream. This is a full time course which has duration of 2 years.
Some of the area of specializations in this discipline:-
- Political theory
- Public policy
- National politics
- Comparative politics
- International relations
A bachelor's degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching. Political science majors gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas.
- Activist, Advocate/Organizer
- Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc.
- Archivist, Online Political Data
- Budget Examiner or Analyst
- Banking Analyst or Executive
- Campaign Operative
- Career Counselor
- CIA Analyst or Agent
- City Planner
- City Housing Administrator
- Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
- Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
- Communications Director
- Corporate Analyst
- Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
- Corporate Economist
- Corporate Manager
- Corporate Information Analyst
- Corporate Adviser for Govt. Relations
- Corporate Executive
- Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
- Customs Officer
- Editor, Online Political Journal
Employment Opportunities in various organizations:-
- Law Firms
- Marketing Research Firms
- Consulting Firms
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Political Office Holders
- Field Research Firms
- Lobbying Firms
- Publishing Firms
- Political Organizations
Students on apprentice basis are usually offered stipend of Rs 15,000 pm and Rs 2,500 per month for telephone, conveyance and internet costs (the remuneration is subjected to the area work)