Department of Political Studies
The mission of the Department of Political Studies is to serve the nation through excellent educational opportunities involving outstanding teaching, quality research, and effective civic engagement. The department focuses its resources to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities for understanding, participating in, and managing the institutions, processes, and behaviors characteristic of national and international politics and public affairs and public administration as well. With excellent instruction as the highest priority, the department also supports extensive interaction with another universities in Bangladesh through communications. The department is dedicated to maintaining program effectiveness for both faculties and students through continuous self-assessment and improvement.
The Department of Political Studies consists of well-qualified teachers who are sincerely interested in helping students make optimum gains as developing professionals. While they necessarily function in various formal capacities to effect those gains, each can be relied on to provide the personal guidance, assistance, and encouragement that a student might occasionally seek in his or her development.
The faculty consists of individuals drawn from leading universities throughout Bangladesh and abroad.
The Department of Political Studies for individuals interested in politics and public administration as well as public service.
Political Studies examines the dynamics of human interaction in which individuals and groups compete to achieve their goals. The study of politics involves a consideration of the interactions between the individual, the state, government, public affairs and public policy. Political Studies examines the dynamics of these interactions in the context of competing visions, values and interests, particularly in the pursuit of varying public goals, including the quest for political power and the control of government. Politics is thus both a study of conflict between competing interests and a study of how these competing interests achieve compromise and cooperation.
The Political Studies Department offers courses in three areas:
It explores the ideas people use to understand and shape political life. Theoretical premises developed over centuries invest our assumptions, our choices and our rhetoric with meaning. Whether in a global or a subcontinent mirror, we see ourselves as liberals, conservatives, neoliberals, socialists, Marxists, anarchists – perhaps postmodern or postcolonial – but always as members of a community. Political theory helps us grasp wider significance from the diversity of political ideas and events shaping our present and our future. Political theory also helps us invest those ideas with new and inspired meaning in the contemporary context.
It emphasizes a critical understanding of the many dimensions of ‘globalization’: international political economy, peace and security issues, nationalism, foreign policy, democratization, economic integration, political process of South and Southeast Asia, world politics and the centrality of the European Union, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region in redefining world order.
It examines the basic institutions of government at the all levels, stressing the emergence of Bangladesh, various movements, urban, race, class, gender and sexual orientation issues in the context of law and justice, political economy, constitutional mechanisms, regionalism, Bangladesh-rest of the world relations, the distribution of power, social and economic services, public administration and the crafting and implementation of policy.
The Department also emphasizes on some important interdisciplinary courses (non-major courses but compulsory for all students), which help the students to understand the rigorous of social science and boast up their knowledge of political studies. These no major courses come from Statistics, Economics, Sociology, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Business Administration, English, Bangla and Computer Sciences discipline.
1. Bachelor of Social Sciences (4 Years & 8 Semesters)
2. Masters of Social Sciences (1 Year & 2 Semesters)
We produced five batches of graduate and four batches of postgraduate students. Among them one of the student named Mohammad Jahirul Hoque obtained Distinctions in both BSS and MSS Examinations from our department. He also secured the highest CGPA in the Department as well as in the School of Social Sciences. His CGPA of BSS and MSS levels also the records in the Department as well as in the School of Social Sciences. We also proved our strength in co-curricular and extra curricular activities also.
At the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, students have to prepare minimum a seminar paper and they have to present before the evaluation committees in every semester. Monograph is mandatory for all students. We also offer thesis for meritorious students like outstanding CGPA holder. So, every year a lot of research works are done by this process on contemporary issues on politics and international world order and it also publish in different journals at national and international levels.
The Department has a Seminar Library and there is a provision to take maximum two books by each student per week. But the facility of the seminar library is not satisfactory.