Studying political science: making a real difference

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Politics changes at a rapid rate. Tomorrow’s outcome depends on today’s decisions. Political science appeals to people who want to part of the decision-making process. Students will look at how past decisions created the modern age and how the political process works. In addition, students will learn how ideas become government policies or law. Finally, they will examine how political decisions impact people.

Why study political science?

Political science appeals to people who want to effect real social change. As a result, many graduates work within the government. Government work has many challenges, but ambitious and intelligent people can make a real difference to peoples lives. In addition, NGOs and the not-for-profit sector are another source of employment. Here are just a few of the career opportunities for political science graduates:

  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Politician
  • Lobbyist
  • Economic Development Officer

What does it involve?

Political science delves into history, legislation, law and language to unravel the political process. Undergraduate, postgraduate and shorter courses are available. Shorter courses of around three months often look at specialised topics such as the geopolitical causes and consequences of 9/11. Other courses offer practical skills taught by political insiders. These are especially relevant to anyone hoping to launch their career in politics and public affairs. However, whatever kind of course you choose, you will need to work hard and apply critical thinking.

At a glance

Political Science is ideal for anyone who wants to work in government, public affairs or in the NGO sector. Students need to be smart, critical thinkers who are willing to work hard. Finally, graduates can look forward to interesting, important and well-rewarded work.

Anne Sexton

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