INTRO: Political Science is the king of sciences. Aristotle called it the master science. It is simply the systematic study of power acquisition, power exercise, and power consolidation in the state. From the definition above, it is observable that Political Science amounts to a nullity without power at the centre of the circle of the discipline. Students of Political Science have often times been faced with the question of why they study Political Science. Below are some of the reasons for the study of Political Science.
1/ We study Political Science in order to be better citizens: This is the basic reason for studying Political Science. Leadership and followership training are in the domain of Political Science. Political Science in this way, stands out as the most relevant agent of political socialization, molding the citizenry to be better participants in res publica. This explains why Political Science calls herself the only institution for qualitative leadership training.
2/ We study Political Science for a career in Political Analysis: Political Analysis is a career opportunity for students of Political Science. The skills required for in depth study of political phenomena is acquired from the Study of Political Science. Political Science features a course titled Political Analysis which is designed to teach students of Political Science the technics and technicalities of political analysis. The importance of political analysis in governance is central as it concerns policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. Political Analysts offer consultation services, advisory and assistant roles to governments, even beyond borders.
3/ We study Political Science in order to be aware of our rights and duties: Study of Political Science teaches people their rights and duties as citizens. In this manner, the study of Political Science helps us to get the best out of our lives. It gives us confidence and ability to ward off intimidations from our fellow citizens who would have ordinarily exploited our ignorance of our rights in the society.
4/ We study Political Science because it helps us to understand the dynamics of the political system. A typical political system is complex matrix of power play so that a political novice would find it an incomprehensible maze of discordant political actions and inactions. The study of Political Science makes the convoluted political issues, actions and inactions of our daily life understandable and predictable. Political Science studies the past, compares it with the present and predicts the future.
5/ We study Political Science in order to remain informed on the latest politics around the world. This is important in the globalized world where countries no longer live in isolation. Policies of one country today affects the lives of the citizens of other countries of the world. The study of Political Science keeps students of politics informed, gives analysts a better understanding, and helps governments to adopt best practices, and adapt to changes.
6/ We study Political Science for academic reasons and intellectual exercise. Political Science is a discipline of its own with theories, approaches and methods for academic and intellectual purposes. Students of Political Science upon graduation are awarded relevant certificates which represent feathers on their academic cap, and basis for career in academics.