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Why study politics and philosophy?

As the case happens to be with all other courses in the Humanities and most of the Social Sciences, studies in Philosophy or Government and Politics do not constitute professional training in the strictest sense. This does not however imply that these areas are not of importance to any present or future careers you may be engaged in.It so happens that almost all aspects of professional and management-related occupations require a certain range of intellectual skills and competencies for which the subjects of Philosophy and Government can provide a solid foundation. Both subjects also help, in great measure, to gain an insight into the nature of all the other allied Social Sciences.

Some of the key benefits associated with learning Philosophy include the following:

The ability to -

  • understand and appreciate your own culture as well as other cultures;
  • compare and evaluate different arguments as an aid to the re-examination of your own positions and viewpoints;
  • present ideas and to communicate information (both literally and orally) in a detailed, relevant and convincing fashion;
  • become aware of yourself as someone among many in a diverse world, to be able to see the benefits of tolerance, and to learn to protect your own interests and those of others;
  • understand the currents of the history of thought, and the basis of our intellectual tradition.

Benefits of learning Government and Politics include:

The ability to -

  • become acquainted with the behavioral elements in human nature that necessitate political socialization and the need for government;
  • understand the basic structures of organized society and its main institutions;
  • comprehend the principles and rules that explain the relationships within the political system, the responsibilities of government, on one hand, and those of citizens, on the other;
  • perceive the factors that determine political attitudes, governmental (un)popularity, voting behavior, and special interest groups in society;
  • gain an insight into electioneering processes and the techniques of political decision-making and procedures;
  • understand the interaction between the domestic and the external relationships of individual states.

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