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Do you want to know more about political behaviour, understand the practice of public relations or begin your career in politics? If this sounds appealing, you may be the perfect person to take our political science course and enhance your current knowledge. Before you know it, you could be well on the way to becoming a successful political scientist.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our political science courses online, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Introduction to Political Science

    Political science (also political studies) – the study of political behaviour and an examination of the acquisition and application of power.

    2Political Science

    Political philosophy – the study of fundamental questions about the state, government, politics, liberty, justice, property, rights, law and the enforcement of a legal code by authority.

    3Theories of Political Behaviour

    An aspect of political science, attempt to quantify and explain the influences that define a person’s political views, ideology, and levels of political participation.


    Politics and ideology – an organized collection of ideas

    5International Law
    • public international law, which involves, for instance, the United Nations, maritime law, international criminal law and the Geneva conventions.
    • private international law or conflict of laws, which addresses the question of which legal jurisdiction cases may be heard in
    • supranational law or the law of supranational organizations, which concerns at present regional agreements where the special distinguishing quality is that laws of nation states are held inapplicable when conflicting with a supranational legal system.
    6Political Systems

    A political system is a system of politics and government. It is usually compared to the law system, economic system, cultural system, and other social systems. It is different from them, and can be generally defined on a spectrum from left, i.e. communism, anarchism and socialism to the right, i.e. fascism and conservatism.

    7Separation of Powers

    A model for the governance of democratic states. Under this model, the state is divided into branches, and each branch of the state has separate and independent powers and areas of responsibility. The normal division of branches is into the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial.

    7Political Party

    A political party is a political organization that seeks to attain political power within a government.

    • Political parties
      • The role of parties in politics
      • Political parties today
      • The History of political parties
    • The legislative branch
    • The executive branch
    9Political Campaign

    An organized effort which to influence the decision-making process within a specific group. In democracies, political campaigns often refer to electoral campaigns, wherein representatives are chosen or referenda are decided. Political campaigns also include organized efforts to alter policy within any institution.


    An election is a decision-making process where people choose people to hold official offices. This is the usual mechanism by which a democracy fills offices in the legislature, sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and for regional and local government.


    A method of decision making wherein a group such as a meeting or an electorate attempts to gauge its opinion—usually as a final step following discussions or debates.

    12Public Administration and Bureaucracy

    Public Administration can be broadly described as the development, implementation and study of government policy. Public Administration is linked to pursuing the public good by enhancing civil society and social justice.

    13Public Relations

    The practice of managing and manipulating the flow of information between an organization and its public. Use of PR tactics are widespread amongst corporations marketing products and services, corporations attempting to influence legislators and politicians, nonprofit organisation seeking to raise funds and political parties campaigning for election and reflection.

  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our political science courses online. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your career in politics and the public service
    • Study an industry-recognised course that has been designed in conjunction with political science experts
    • Spend more time learning and less time travelling to classes
    • Study when you like, fitting it in around your current schedule
    • Have access to a personal tutor who can help you out when you need it and answer any questions you might have
    • Be able to make interest-free payment plans or pay upfront to get a special 10% discount off the total course fee

    Enrol on our online political science courses today to start your new journey!

  • Career Prospects

    Being a political scientist could open up a career that allows you to advocate for issues you believe in and help people in your local area, across the country or even around the world. It’s an exciting role that is also an important one, and the job comes with plenty of benefits too. Not only can it give you the opportunity to travel, but it may open up collaborations that allow you to work with the most powerful people in your country.

    Our political science course will help you to launch your own career in politics and public affairs, while the course authors will share their personal insider experience, advice and knowledge to ensure you have all the information you need upon starting out.

    Opportunities as a political scientist

    Your career prospects on finishing this course will likely stretch further than simply becoming a politician. While this is, of course, an option, training in political science could also provide you with a wider range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities. This could include:

    • Working in parts of government, from legislative and judicial branches to state or national levels
    • Assisting medium or large businesses with lobbying, technology, law and justice, communications and more
    • Assisting not-for-profit and community organisations with their political efforts and campaigns.
  • Course Levels Explained

    Executive Diploma

    Our political science course leads to the awarding of an Executive Diploma. Such a qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our political science course.

    So what are you waiting for? If you want to dive into a political career, enrol on our online learning programme today to get started.

  • Course Length

    Our political science course is usually completed by students within 24 weeks.

    This isn’t set in stone, however, as ICI courses allow you to study in your own time and at your own pace, without the additional stress of assignment deadlines. You can, therefore, choose the period in which you will complete your studies.

    Should you wish to fast-track your learning, you could complete the course within a few months, but you can also spend up to three years undertaking the programme.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Every aspect of our political science course can be carried out online via distance learning (sometimes referred to as correspondence learning). This type of learning allows you to work around your personal commitments and lets you study in your own time. Remote learning means you don’t have to spend time or money travelling to a class, so you may find this type of online course much more flexible and suited to your needs.

    The course has been designed so that it is useful, interesting and engaging, without forcing you to endure pop quizzes or adhere to strict deadlines.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC) and the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). ICI courses are not NZQA qualifications. ICI is an independent global awarding body that develops and administers career-related curriculum and training programs. When you graduate from an ICI training program you join ICI graduates in over 150 countries around the world.

    Our courses are unique and don’t simply teach you the theory behind the industry – they are written and tutored by industry professionals and will fast-track you into a new career of your choice.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Perhaps you already work in the political industry. If this is the case, our political science course is for you. It could help you to update your existing knowledge, revise your industry skills and contribute towards your personal and professional development. It may even make you stand out from other applicants should you want to look for a new career opportunity or it may help you to gain a promotion in your current place of employment.

    If the political science course is sufficiently connected to your work activities, you may be able to claim the course fees as a tax reduction.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our online political science course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your successful completion of studies and qualifications as a political scientist
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipPS)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 22nd September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

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How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.