Profession political scientist

Political scientists study political behaviour, activity and systems, including the elements that fall therein. Their study of the field ranges from the origins and evolution of various political systems to topical matters such as decision-making processes, political behaviour, political trends, society, and power perspectives. They advise governments and institutional organisations on governance matters.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Political science

    The systems of government, the methodology concerning the analysis of political activity and behaviour, and the theory and practice of influencing people and acquiring governance.

  • Statistics

    The study of statistical theory, methods and practices such as collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments in order to forecast and plan work-related activities.

  • Political ideologies

    The various political ideologies that represent a set of ethical ideas, principles, symbols, myths and doctrines, followed by individuals, groups, classes or institutions and offer an explanation on how a society should work.

  • Politics

    The method, process and study of influencing people, gaining control over a community or society, and the distribution of power within a community and between societies.

  • Government policy

    The political activities, plans, and intentions of a government for a legislative session for concrete causes.

  • Government policy implementation

    The procedures related to the application of government policies at all levels of public administration.

Skills

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Report analysis results

    Produce research documents or give presentations to report the results of a conducted research and analysis project, indicating the analysis procedures and methods which led to the results, as well as potential interpretations of the results.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Apply statistical analysis techniques

    Use models (descriptive or inferential statistics) and techniques (data mining or machine learning) for statistical analysis and ICT tools to analyse data, uncover correlations and forecast trends.

Optional knowledge and skills

teach political science develop professional network provide technical expertise conduct qualitative research write research proposals apply teaching strategies advise on foreign affairs policies advise on legislative acts write scientific papers political parties observe new developments in foreign countries sociology conduct public surveys conduct quantitative research develop scientific theories analyse foreign affairs policies maintain relationships with government agencies analyse election procedures foreign affairs economics assess risk factors advise on public relations international law election law political campaigning perform public relations advise legislators