Importance of Political Science: Educate Yourself

importance of political scienceMost of us are just ordinary citizens.  That’s not a bad thing; it just means that the majority of us don’t hold a political office.  Our civic duties include mainly voting, jury duty, and paying taxes.  We, ordinary citizens may know and learn about our political rights and privileges from a given form of government that includes the political structure and processes of our state.  Without this knowledge we wouldn’t know which rights we have and more importantly the battles that were fought in order to award us these rights.  As you can see, the study of Political Science is not only useful, it is valuable.  Political Science deals with theory and practice of Politics, as well as the analysis of our political systems, behavior and culture.  It is broken down into several sub-disciplines; political theory, comparative politics, public administration, internal relations, public law, and political methodology.  If you’re interested in studying political science, be prepared to learn about its sub-disciplines as well.  Political Theory covers the contributions of various classical thinkers like Niccolo Machiavelli.  To learn more about Machiavelli, his way of thinking and his contributions I highly encourage you to enroll in our Machiavelli on Leadership and Politics course.

Together, these policies and sub-disciplines constitute the field of political science.  Politics deal with a variety of complex issues.  Economics, Law, Sociology, History, Anthropology, and Public Policy are all pieces of the political puzzle.  In order for our political leaders to make the best possible decisions for their constituents they must be aware of any and all developments in each of these areas.  If economics is something that interests you, check out our Micro and Macro Economics course today.  As citizens the knowledge that we gain by studying Political Science is useful to both our leaders, and we, the citizens.  It is important to always be aware of our rights.  Our right to vote, our constitutional rights, the right to basic services such as education, health, and sanitation.  Join others who want to learn more about our constitutional rights, and how and why the constitution was written by enrolling in a Biography of the US Constitution today.

Journalists, special interest groups, politicians, and the electorate rely heavily on the baseline ideology provided by political scientists in order to analyze issues that may be presented to them.  For this reason, political scientists may often find themselves advising politicians, or running for political office themselves.  They may also be found working for political parties, in governments, or as civil servants.  A background in political science will also enable you to add value to corporations looking to add an employee that could give them insight into the social sciences.

What You Need To Do

shutterstock_3165397If a career in Political Science is something that interests you be prepared to search for a college or university that offers Bachelors of Arts programs in Political Science.  Since political science is comprised of several different studies, some colleges may not have a separate School or College of Arts and Sciences.  The department may instead be housed within a division or school of Humanities or Liberal Arts.  If you’re getting ready to begin your quest for the best college, our How to Choose a College or a University course will help to prepare you to better identify which college or university will give you the best return for your investment.

Share the Knowledge

Think you’ve learned all there is to know about political science (that’s a trick question, you see you can never truly know everything about political science and its sub-disciplines since they’re always evolving), then it’s time to share your knowledge with others.

Knowledge of State, Government and Administration

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘Power to the People’ before.  Well, have you ever stopped to think of how people gain their power?  Through knowledge, that’s how!  Share your knowledge with the people in your area and give them the power to make informed decisions on subjects that may directly or indirectly have an impact on them.  If you have decided to put your political science expertise to use by working for a government official, educate them as well.  The political leaders, diplomats, and elected officials whose job it is to conduct the affairs of the State should at all times have a sound grasp and knowledge of political science in order to perform their jobs to the best of their ability and make the best decisions for their constituents.

Democracy

The study of political science is especially important to our success as a democracy.  People who are informed of their rights and duties are more aware and vigilant.  A vigilant society is one that is more likely to prevent or speak out against things that are unjust.  We have to look out for one another, our rights, our freedoms in order for democracy to work.

Be a Good Citizen

Be a good citizen, I cannot stress this enough.  It is so easy in today’s society to be caught up with selfishness and self-pity.  We cannot become a society who only cares about themselves.  Political science teaches us to look out for one another, show self-tolerance, adjust, and cooperate with those around us to improve our society.  What happened to us as individuals, and how we are feeling do not have a big impact on the bigger picture.  The state of our nation, reduced funding for schools, and a reduction in state and local subsidized programs have an effect on the bigger picture.  Educate yourself with what is occurring in your surrounding areas, even if it is not something that directly affects you.  Perhaps your city is raising taxes, or cutting funding for one of the after school programs.  Educate yourself on why it is being cut and the impact it will have on your community.  Band your neighborhood together to oppose or support it and explain the impact that it will have on your neighborhood.  I think Ghandi said it best when he told us to ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’.  Political Science allows you to be the change by giving you the power to educate others in so many areas that have an impact on the state of our union.