Meaning And Importance Of Political Science

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A brief introduction to the topic

Political science focuses on the theory and practice of government and politics at the local, state, national, and international levels. We are dedicated to developing understandings of institutions, practices, and relations that constitute public life and modes of inquiry that promote citizenship. This chapter gives a basic understanding into the development of the concept of political science and its importance.


Chapter 1 of the Political Science part, this chapter is important for students to understand further topics of political science.

Additional References

How the topic is discussed in NCERT Books

NCERT textbooks deal with this aspect of Political science as political theory, and typically in Class 11 with greater depth.

Useful websites

This Wikipedia page is useful to look at the history and definitions relating to Political Science.

This document is helpful in providing some scope about the use of Political Science and gives the distinction between Politics and Political Science.

This gives insight on Plato and Socrates to a good extent and also talks about some political theory.

This video is also helpful in telling students how this will help them in their lives and how they will use Political Science in certain careers.

Teaching Outlines

The key ideas to cover in this chapter are

  • Historical development of political science
  • Importance of political science

Project Ideas

A good idea for a project is to assign students a political thinker such as those mentioned in this chapter and collect interesting facts regarding those thinkers.

For instance: Plato, Socrates or Kautilya.