Albert Einstein was once asked, "Why is it that when the mind of man has stretched as far as to discover the structure of the atom have we been unable to devise the political means to keep the atom from destroying us?" He replied, "That is simple, my friend, it is because politics is more difficult than physics". However, politics in the past five decades has managed, so far, to keep atomic energy from destroying us.
The discipline of political science is fundamentally concerned with the political nature of the problems of the nation and the world, and determining lasting solutions for them. For instance, concerns such as how our society can be distinctly constituted and reproduced in the backdrop of conflicts of interest between diverse social groups and how to choose the best political and philosophical principle so as to realise better policies, programmes and options in terms of distributive justice, are at the core of political science. The subject also focuses on the nature and structure of the government as a decision-making process and those who press their claims on it.
The writer, an assistant professor, is Head, Department of olitical Science, Ramjas College, University of Delhi.
Teaching at school/ college (after MA+ NET)/ university (after MA+NET)
Fellows at research organisations
Election analysis/ surveys
Working as think-tank in various governmental, non-governmental organisations
UN and its agencies, international NGOs
An honours graduate in political science has a wide range of choice in public and private sector and governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Colleges and universities
Insurance and market research firms
(International) Non-governmental organisations
UN and its agencies
Social work organisations
Public policy organisations
Skill sets required
A political scientist must engage directly and theoretically with national and global problems. Also, must be able to confront the analytic and pedagogic issues necessary for the transformation of civil society. The study of political science involves theoretical thinking and critical judgments. S/he should require the following skills:
Ability to grasp political problems
Ability to contest, debate and confront political issues
Ability to critically evaluate
Ability to interpret and explain political ideas
Ability to connect between abstract and concrete
Cogent, rational and systematic thinking
Frame policies about social welfare
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