Introduction to the Department of Political Science
Established in 2009 this nascent department has shown rapid growth and progress both quantitatively and qualitatively. In a very short period students for two programs i.e. BS, MA and MPhilhave been enrolled. Two batches of Master level have graduated after successful completion of their studies. This remarkable development is only by the grace of Almighty ALLAH and then due to the dedication shown by both the faculty and administration of the Department.
Department of Political Science endeavours to initiate PhD programme very soon. For this purpose, HEC rules of admission and curriculum will be adopted. The department of Political Science will provide essential curriculum oriented teaching to its regular campus students. Yet it cannot fully cope with the dimension of the knowledge presently imparting to the students. To fill this gap it will never feel hesitation in asking the experts of the field to assist the department with their knowledge. This will be accomplished through monthly seminar and other related programs.
Six (6)months certificate and diplomas programs will also be introduced very soon. The utility of these courses cannot be underestimated. These will be refreshing courses and would to help revive the knowledge of Political Science. The department of Political Science will establish links with reputed western Universities for the exchange of teachers and students to expose its students to western advanced methods of research.
Political science is a social science is concerned with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. Political scientists “see themselves engaged in revealing the relationships underlying political events and conditions. And from these revelations, they attempt to construct general principles about the way the world of politics works. “Political science comprises several subfields including political theory, public policy, national politics, international relations, and comparative politics. Political science is methodologically diverse and appropriates many methods originating in social research. Approaches include positivism, interpretivism, rational choice theory, behavioralism, structuralism, post-structuralism, realism, institutionalism, and pluralism. Political science, as one of the social sciences, uses methods and techniques that relate to the kinds of inquiries sought: primary sources such as historical documents and official records, secondary sources such as scholarly journal articles, survey research, statistical analysis, case studies, and model building. “As a discipline” political science, possibly like the social sciences as a whole, “lives on the fault line between the ‘two cultures’ in the academy, the sciences and the humanities.” Thus, in some American colleges where there is no separate School or College of Arts and Sciences per se, political science may be a separate department housed as part of a division or school of Humanities or Liberal Arts. Whereas, classical political philosophy is primarily defined by a concern for Hellenic and Enlightenment thought, political scientists are broadly marked by a greater concern for “modernity” and the contemporary nation-state and as such share a greater deal of terminology with sociologists (e.g. structure and agency).