Political science

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Studying at Georgetown University is both interesting and hard. It is interesting because perspectives are viewed from perspectives that are new to me. Also, I find teachers inspiring and the knowledge of students extensive. These factors contribute to challenging discussions and valuable debates. However, studying is also hard. Literature is often described as 'dense'. I interpret density as extensive, both in terms of quantity and quality. I have included a picture of the pile of books I will read as a student at GU.

The first subject I will study is Elements of Political Theory. The course tackles the fundaments of political philosophy and poses the most fundamental questions of politics. Reading includes the work of Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. I chose the course because my reading at Law School only considered these writers from a legal perspective. Elements of Political Theory puts philosophy in a broader (and more interesting) perspective.

The second course is called Comparative Political Systems. In GU the course serves primarily as a foundation for political science majors and offers theoretical and methodological tools to explain political behaviour. In class we discuss virtually every political institution, contributing to insight and the ability to learn through comparison.

As a student who graduated in 2001 and will obtain his MPA degree in 2009, these classes are sometimes odd. I receive credits for participation and my mark is determined by exams. Also, I am being taught political science after I gained the knowledge of politics in practice. Nevertheless, studying at GU remains hard. And predominantly interesting.
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