Millennials Studying Political Science/International relations from a Liberal Arts perspective

Critical thinking and understanding a wide array of subjects is a necessity for the millennials due to the ever changing world scenario. As rightly stated by Jan Ludert, the ‘liberal arts skills’, ‘serve as stepping-stones … for a wide range of possible careers’ (Lüdert 2020).

What is Liberal Studies? An area that encompasses knowledge from a wide array of disciplines be it core subjects of Humanities and Social Sciences, this includes disciplines like Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Creative Arts, History, Literature, etc. A knowledge in such varied field had proven to be a boon for the experts and for the International representative at national and international forum and committees. Similarly, “A discipline in International Relations has grown over the years and so are the opportunities. Varied professions such as Area Studies, Peace Studies, Conflict resolution, think tanks etc. have also emerged and the need for skilled professionals with expertise in international politics is on a rise,”

Understanding Political Science/International Relations:

The interconnectedness between Political Science and International Relations explore the concept of sharing and shaping of power at different levels. An understanding of these liberal disciplines provides an edge over the systematic understanding of the world scenario and provide a better solution to the world problems. Students learning and exploring the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective provide them a holistic approach of the subject. These sort of knowledge gathering and learning at college and university level provide them to become more pragmatic and problem solvers at a very early stage of their academic career. They tend to become an effective and ‘ignited’ minds to contribute towards policymaking/suggestions for issues pertaining to national and International issues.

Interconnectedness of the Liberal disciplines:

Subjects like Political Sociology, Political Economy, Political Psychology, Geo-psychology or Psephology have evolved over the period of time and gaining expertise in these fields along with the core papers of Political Science and International relations are opening up news avenues for a secured and better career prospects. These areas of expertise provide a better working environment as a policy think tank representative, decision makers for national and International bodies, NGO’s, NPO’s, Government institutions, etc.

‘The subject knowledge of these Liberal disciplines not only gives an insight into world politics but also enhances their critical thinking. A better understanding of international relation helps to mitigate world problems’.

What next?

Be the problem solver, and become the part of the world which is going through tremendous world problems, be it fight for land and resources for national interest, struggle to keep the environment clean and from understanding of economic issue with cross boarder challenges. You can learn the world and can provide a better solution for a better future. You join the process to Learn more, unlearn a few and to relearn Political Science and International relations from a liberal perspective that will make the world a better place and to solve ‘wicked problems’.

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