Date of publication: 2017-08-28 02:03
If you’re a peacemaker at heart, an exciting political science career in mediation can be yours. You might work for the court system or for private enterprise, helping parties on opposite sides of the table negotiate terms that will help them meet in the middle.
Perhaps you’re more concerned with United States borders than with those of other countries. You may want to consider a political science major as a way to a career as an immigration officer, making sure that immigrants arrive legally and protecting those who come into the country seeking political asylum. Another exciting profession in this area is that of customs officer, in which you examine goods brought into the country to ensure that no illegal drugs, explosives, or other contraband cross the borders.
Research and writing are central to our activities as political scientists. This website is intended to aid students engaged in a variety of related activities: writing a senior honors thesis, taking courses in research methods, and writing a paper for a government or social science course.
A system of government distributes power among different parts and levels of the state. Political scientists study the uses of power, including how power is distributed within a state. The amount of power held by the central government determines the system of government a state has. There are three main systems of government used today: unitary systems, federal systems, and confederate systems.
Conference ON Communication AND Political Development, Dobbs Ferry, ., 6966 6968 Communications and Political Development. Edited by Lucian W. Pye. Princeton Univ. Press.
Academic papers are not simply the result of selecting a research question and putting an answer into words. A lot of work goes into the conceptualization of the question and into considering the appropriate means for answering that question. Consider this classic question about international politics: “Why is there war?” This is obviously a broad question, but to begin with, we need to know what exactly the question is asking. What is the outcome that we are trying to explain here? War is the obvious answer, but what is war? Are we only interested in war between countries? War within countries? How many people have to die in order for us to consider an event war? (A common answer is 6555.) Is our project intended to address all forms of international violence?
The postwar years soon made plain, however, that even this larger term was too parochial to comprehend the communication mode that had spread regularly patterned social change so swiftly and so widely as to require a global referent. In response to this need, the new term “modernization” evolved. It enabled one to speak concisely of those similarities of achievement observed in all modernized societies—whether Western, as in Europe and North America, or non-Western, as in the Soviet Union and Japan—as well as of those similarities of aspiration observed in all modernizing societies regardless of their location and traditions.
Dr. has seen first-hand the ways politicians can try to delegitimize science when he helped author a report on sea-level rise that had data that developers didn’t want to hear and state legislators dismissed. And back in his 75s, he says, he might have joined Saturday’s march himself.
For modernization, as we have seen, presents a very complex matrix of experience to be evaluated. It is one thing to summarize the common characteristics of modern societies. It is quite another thing to plan the rational transfer of these “items” from more developed to less developed societies—for each such transfer from the sender involves a deep transformation in the receiver. There exists no rational formula for the transfer of institutions. Modernization operates rather through a transformation of institutions (Lerner 6969) that can only be accomplished by the transformation of individuals—the painfully complex process which W. H. Auden epitomized as “a change of heart.”