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Political Science Career Scope, Eligibility and Job Prospects

Duration: 3 years, Eligibility: 10+2 in Arts stream, Job Profiles: Political Researcher (a fresh graduate would receive Rs 8,000/- to Rs 15,000/- per month), Political Scientist, Civil Servants, Politicians, School Teacher, Political Advisor

Politics and its understanding is shaped by recorded history of the world. This social science is defined as ‘the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour’. Understanding various subfields such as political theory, public policy, national politics, international relations and comparative politics is part of the discipline. It is also a study of human behavior of sorts. Various social science think-tanks use it as a tool to analyse the current trends in the society.

Course overview: Theory is a major part of the course. You will delve deep into classical political philosophy, positivism, structuralism, post-structuralism, behaviouralism, realism and institutionalism. Research from primary sources such as historical documents and official records is required. In addition, secondary sources such as journal articles, survey research, statistical analysis and case study is a must.

Job opportunities: Political scientists can work as advisors to politicians or political parties. Working in government organizations or as a civil servants is a preferred choice. Some work in NGOs or political movements. Teaching is another possibility.