Introduction to Political Science

political science is the systematic study of government and politics it is a social science just like sociology psychology or anthropology in that we are fascinated by human behavior but in the case of political science we look at political behavior in particular political science has often been defined as who gets what when where and how political science is about power relationships why should one study political science political science is fascinating it's about people politics impacts our lives directly and indirectly whether we're aware of it or not if there is a crime that takes place one calls the police that's government if there's a fire that takes place one calls the fire department you know that's also government the military is government as well our civil liberties our rights that impacts us on a daily basis so if one happens to get pulled over by a police officer for example what are their legal rights in that kind of situation the question of textbook costs and and so on and so forth these are actually fundamentally political decisions that are made by politicians by elected officials the political science is a very broad discipline but some of the sub disciplines include national state and local government so if one is taking political science courses in the United States then they might take courses in American government on the American presidency the court system there's international relations that is a discipline where we look at how all of the various actors within the global system of the international system interact with one another an international relations course one might learn about topics such as human rights such as globalization such as international relations theories that help us understand the world around us or at least attempt to explain various international phenomena power a military power hard power soft power another area that one might study within international relations would be foreign policy decision-making and in fact one can take courses at most American colleges universities and colleges versus indeed throughout the world in studying the foreign policy of particular trees another sub-discipline within political science is political theory and/or political philosophy and in those courses one would study some of the great thinkers throughout human history who have grappled with tough political philosophical questions about the nature of power about the nature of human beings and also really get into discussing various ideas and many of the isms of socialism communism Islamism feminism and so on another sub discipline a political science is comparative government and politics in comparative politics courses we discuss and analyze the various political systems around the world and there are two major approaches to the study of comparative politics the first is the thematic approach where one would study the various broad themes that would help us understand the various political systems around the world facts such as revolutions or nationalism things of that nature another approach is a country-by-country approach where one studies the various countries around the world and their political systems and domestic politics and domestic political issues within a particular country so within comparative politics one can focus on the various regions of the world so for example Middle East North African politics or Latin American politics or Asian and/or African politics or European politics another sub discipline in the area of political science would be research methodology or quantitative analyses courses and that's actually sort of the science part of political science where one would utilize numbers to understand explain and predict political behavior there are many things that one can do with political science major in terms of career options one could work for government at the federal state or local levels one could work for the United Nations or other international governmental organizations one could work in the nonprofit sector for non-governmental or nonprofit organizations or one might actually become a senator or president or an elected official in addition one could teach with the political science background could be a diplomat and work as a foreign service officer or work for the State Department one could also work in business and/or even in journalism in the news media a political science background really prepares one for a wide range of possible career options I would say that one would want to study political science because it's fascinating it's about people it's about the story of people a political science will help you better analyze current events anyone who's literate can read newspapers or articles online but political science will give you that ability to analyze the current events that are going on it'll help you better formulate arguments and strengthen your arguments and develop your critical thinking skills it's perhaps human nature to sort of look for easy answers and easy solutions and kind of get into black and white thinking but what political science will do for someone is actually get you to understand that there are shades of grey and that there's there's nuance and it's the world around us is not just black and white and again political science is a social science so it's about people and any social scientist finds the study of people fascinating if you would like to learn more about your legal rights if you'd like to learn more about the constitution the united states constitution that impacts you every day then political science might be for you you

  1. Video addendum: Public policy/ administration and public law are two additional subdisciplines within the broader discipline of political science. Other career options available to political science majors include, but are not limited to, becoming a lobbyist, campaign manager or consultant, or an attorney. The study of political science provides excellent training for law school. Please see the links in the video description above to learn more about Political Science.

  2. the analysis of the effectiveness and results of laws and policies? would this be the area to access cases concerning specific types of cases over the past 20 years, look at the ways lawyers and judges have handled them, how politicians have voted on them, how other professions involved interplay, do follow up with the lives of the people affected, and find patterns of incorrect decision making, flawed reasoning, poor misunderstanding of phenomena, and/or corruption? and to affect the changes of laws based on this broad and deep, complex systems approach? that includes psychology/anthropology, law, economics … i mean in a very practical hands on approach manner of research that i can get funding to undertake.

  3. I have just finished my 10th grade exams from India and was extremely confused about the concept of Humanities and political science…this really did help me!!

    Thank you sir!
    Love from India!

  4. Our society needs to understand the fundamentals of political science, history and economics to help inform our voting decisions. Youtube is teaching us what we should've learned in school.

  5. Although political theory is obviously related to this, I've been reading Wikipedia entries about what some of the major political "isms" are.

    It helps me make more pointed political statements instead of just blindly reiterating somebody else's comments or possibly making stupid statements.

  6. I think I've found my career, i'll join University after 1 month, I was researching my career trype for so long, finally I've decided 100% to go with Political science

  7. Can I get a bachelor degree at political science and international relations and then get a master degree at law? If yes, is it a good combination?

  8. A basically introduction in politcal science political science about the nature off off leader community impact political life is very helpful guide the worker

  9. You’ve convinced me to get into politics, I will be studying more about political science from now on and hopefully I’ll have a career with a degree in political science

  10. Political science is a social science which deals with systems of governance, and the analysis of political activities, political thoughts, and political behavior. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics which is commonly thought of as determining of the distribution of power and resources.

  11. I have a minor in political philosophy and I wish it would have been explained to me like this when I started school in the late 1980s. My 101 prof wasn't nearly this good.

  12. wow great introduction, it gives me hope that someday I can learn and study political science, just like I love history subject 😃

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