Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science

About the Department

The Political Science Department is a highly reputed and sought after Department of Seth Anandram Jaipuria College. It is known for rigorous intellectual inquiry and commitment to the empowerment of the students to enable them to face the challenges of higher scholarship and career building. The Department’s focus on academic excellence is indicated not just in the outstanding performance of the students in the Calcutta University Examinations over the last few decades but also the high success rate of the students of the Department in the entrance examinations of institutions of repute such as JNU, Delhi University, JU and other universities of repute in India. The Department commits itself to the excellent syllabus provided by University of Calcutta to which the college is affiliated. To bring vibrancy to the syllabus the faculty stress on moving beyond the syllabus by encouraging research and critical thinking in the students. The Department regularly organises seminars and discussions exposing students to resource persons of repute and students’ seminars where the students are provided a platform for expressing their opinions on various aspects of political life. The Annual Journal and departmental tutorial projects and term papers are tools used by the faculty to imbibe creative thinking and a deeper understanding of the discipline and it’s potential in making a difference to society. The Department's faculty is made up of motivated educators who are dedicated to fostering a democratic academic atmosphere. It now employs ten professors with a diverse set of academic interests and expertise with specializations on theories, international issues as well as area studies. Apart from the required courses, the Department provides a variety of electives such as "Multiculturalism and Citizenship", "Climate Change and Global Environmental Politics", 'Public Policy in India,''Understanding South Asia,''Feminism: Theory and Practices,''Contemporary Political Economy,''Feminism and Indian Politics,''Globalization and Global Conflicts,'" Indian foreign policy in a multi-poler world", with special focus on providing students an interdisciplinary perspective. The Department has been highly active in putting on seminars and symposia on a variety of topics. Faculty and student participation on a regular basis in debates and discussions makes the Department dynamic and vibrant.

Notable Alumni

Students who have concentrated in theories and structures of political science , scientific methodology as well as on conceptual and problem areas of international studies have gone on to careers in a variety of fields: academics, researches in high profile Universities and research institutes, teaching profession in institutions of higher learning, journalism, media and communication studies, law, public administration and bureaucracy, renowned NGOs among others.

Future Prospect for students

Aristotle defined Political Science as a practical science constantly working on the happiness of people. It is a subdivision of social science that describes the need, functions, and responsibilities of government bodies at the national and international levels. History, Public Administration, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, Economics, and International Studies are essential parts of this field. Hence, the list of careers in Political Science is quite long. A student pursuing higher education in political science helps them to delve deeper into issues relating to the nation. A degree in Political Science can lead to powerful careers in union, state and local governments, law, business, international organizations, associations, and non-profit organizations (NGOs), campaign management and voting, journalism and mass media, elections politics, research, university, and college education. If world politics and the politics of your nation excites you then you must consider a career in political science. Opting academics in political science makes a difference: a career in political science and international studies allows students to initiate change in policy making, analysis as well as at the academic front in terms of in depth research in reputed Universities and research institutes. It is a great opportunity to make a major difference in society. Students can be a part of jobs that look after the issues of government, society, and public policies and policy formulations with global dimensions. The new semesterized cbcs syllabus with versatile and inter-disciplinary focus gives students ample and interesting access to the frontiers of research and knowledge.