Political Science and Policy Studies
Political Science and Policy Studies is the study of political theories, processes, events and institutions, the operation and function of government, and the development and analysis of public and other policies.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of political systems and processes, the links between political structures and social and economic development, the social and political aspects of power, how societies govern themselves, how nations relate to each other in a global society, and policy development.
Courses in Political Science and Policy Studies develop skills in:
- analysing the various factors affecting voting behaviour and the nature of political campaigning
- evaluating and interpreting the links between political structures and social and economic development
- evaluating the effect of economic and political change, and government policy on international relations
This field comprises the following detailed fields:
- Political Science
- Policy Studies
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