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ERIC Number: EJ792463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
The Two Faces of Political Science Studies: Junior and Senior Students' Thoughts about their Education and their Future Profession
Johansson, Kristina; af Segerstad, Helene Hard; Hult, Hakan; Dahlgren, Madeleine Abrandt; Dahlgren, Lars Owe
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v55 n6 p623-636 Jun 2008
The article reports on an empirical small scaled interview study among junior and senior students in the political science program in a Swedish University. The aim is to describe how students at various stages of their studies conceive of their education as well as their future professional life. Questions about their identity as students have also been posed. The results indicate that a program with a major emphasis on political science appears to have two different faces as experienced by the students. The first half of the program is experienced as traditional liberal arts studies, i.e., the students enroll in a "personal 'bildung' project" and conceive of political scientists as a kind of watchdog for democracy. Students in the latter part of their studies report an emerging identity as investigators and civil servants and an appreciation of the parts of the studies that enhance their generic skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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