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Why Study Political Science

Why Study Political Science

Politics is a phenomenon that surrounds the world. Aristotle referred to politics as a ‘master science’ because it influences all human life aspects, that is, what people can do, say, where to live and eat. People cannot escape politics, but they can discover more effective ways to use it by studying political science (Whitman, 2020).

Political science is a broad discipline that encompasses law, political philosophy, international relations, comparative politics, and American politics. This discipline explores how power is exercised by individuals within group settings and the processes, rules, and institutions that are put in place to ensure cooperation. Because political science is broad in its nature, it overlaps with other disciplines such as criminal justice, communications, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and economics.

According to Marsh and Stoker (1995), political science helps students gain an understanding of the political laws and institutions that govern all functions of business; it sharpens the understanding of students in human relations and organizational dynamics, hones their communication, writing, and statistical skills as well as in-depth research skills, non-partisan discussion skills, and clear presentation skills.

Studying political science is relevant to me because I want to increase my knowledge of our government and its relations with other powers. I think studying people in power, how and when people get power to deal with situations that affect the well-being of themselves and millions of others. I intend for advocacy to form a significant part of my career; hence, gaining an undertaking of the political realm of our government is critical. I want to learn how incentives and institutions push people into action. At the end of this course, I hope to have learned how to view the world and understand why and how it operates in the way it does.


Marsh, D., & Stoker, G. (Eds.). (1995). Theory and methods in political science (p. 115). London: Macmillan.

Whitman Cobb, W. N. (2020). Political Science Today (1st ed.). Washington, DC: Sage, CQ Press


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Week 1 Discussion Why Study Political Science?

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Why Study Political Science

Why Study Political Science

  • Textbook: Chapter 1 ,2
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Initial Post Instructions

Identify why students should learn about political science. Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from assigned readings or online lessons, and at least one outside scholarly source. Describe at least one reason why political science is interesting or relevant to you personally.

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:

Course Outcomes (CO): 1

Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT Recommended by Wednesday
Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday

Posts must be on two separate days.

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