Major Political Science / Minor Women's Studies

Raise the level of political science education of in Palestine through building and development of knowledge and skills of students to hone their abilities to work in the field of political science efficiently, as well as enable them to acquire the capabilities that qualifies them to complete their postgraduate studies.

  • Provide the public institutions of the Palestinian National Authority and inform them of the strong link this field with other related sciences, such as economics, public administration and law.
  • Provide qualified staff for research centers with a high level of education and knowledge are in contact with the theoretical and practical aspects of their field, and specialize in more than one academic field related to their professional life and is capable of combining the academic study and practical application on the long run.
  • Encourage multiple fields of academic study.
  • Achieve a higher of professionalism and specialization in the political field and public work through providing the qualified cadres in this area.
  • Contribute to increasing the sense of knowledge in the political affairs of the Palestinian society.
  • Knowledge of the field of political science in terms of its branches, concepts and research methodologies used in this field.
  • Understand the different theories and schools of thought in political science and its subsidiaries.
  • Understand the basic political processes, institutions, and actors in the domestic and international level.
  • Enable the student to analyze the political issues and phenomena using the concepts of political science, theories and methods.
  • Empower the student to make comparisons between the different case studies and international issues
  • Empower the student to acquire critical thinking and analytical reading.
  • Shows efficiency in thinking systematically about political reactions in the national, global and international contexts.
  •  Analyzes and explains the relationship between politics, economy, culture and other aspects inside and outside the state.
  • Shows understanding of the different political systems in the world and is able as well to make comparisons among them.
  • Shows the ability to write clearly about political issues, including the ability to access and evaluate a wide range of sources of information available using them appropriately to support arguments.
  • Shows the ability to communicate with those working in the state inside and outside professionally.
  • Shows the ability to offer ideas and present arguments and defend them.
  • Public sector.
  • Civil society.
  • Studies and research centers.
  • Academic Sector.

Study Plan:122 credit hours distributed as below

Requirements

Credit hours

University Requirements

21

Faculty Requirements

29

Major Requirements

39

Minor Requirements

24

Free electives [1]

9

Total

122

  1. Major Requirements: 39 credit hours

a. Mandatory Courses: 24 credit hours include the following:

Course No.

Prerequisite Courses

POLS232 | RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLS231

POLS233 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE SYSTEMS

POLS 231

POLS234 | INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

POLS231

POLS235 | POLITICAL THOUGHT AND CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORIES

.

POLS334 | PALESTINIAN QUESTION 2

.

POLS335 | INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ECONOMY AND GLOBALIZATION

POLS234

POLS432 | COMPARATIVE POLITICS (INTERNATIONAL REGIONS)

POLS234,POLS233

POLS438 | SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

This course is intended for senior year students; recognition by the department is required

b.Elective Courses: 15 credit hours include the following

Credit Hours

Course No.

Prerequisite Course

 

3 credit hours form the following courses

POLS237 | POLITICAL THEORY IN ISLAM

.

POLS238 | THEORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

POLS234

POLS239 | ANCIENT AND MIDDLE POLITICAL THOUGHT

.

POLS330 | ADVANCED RESEARCH CURRICULA

POLS232

 

3 credit hours from the following courses

POLS331 | POLITICAL SYSTEMS IN THE ARAB WORLD

POLS233

POLS336 | ISRAELI POLITICAL SYSTEM

POLS233

POLS338 | STUDIES IN POLITICAL CULTURE AND DEMOCRACY

.

POLS339 | POLITICAL TRANSFORMATIONS AND CHANGES IN THE ARAB WORLD

POLS331

POLS434 | ARAB WORLD IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

POLS234

 

3 credit hours from the following courses

POLS337 | INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

POLS234

POLS430 | GLOBAL POLITICAL SYSTEMS

POLS233

POLS431 | EUROPEAN UNION

POLS234

POLS4311 | UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

POLS233

POLS433 | FOREIGN POLICY OF GREAT POWERS

POLS234

3 credit hours from the following courses

GEOG332 | POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY

.

SOCI332 | POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

SOCI131

3 Credit Hours of Political Science Courses for third and fourth year students

  1. Minor Requirements: 24 credit hours include the following:
  2. Mandatory Courses: 12 credit hours include the following:

Course No.

Prerequisite Course

WOMS231 | INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES

 

WOMS232 | WOMEN IN ARAB SOCIETY

 

WOMS236 | FEMINIST METHODOLOGIES

 

WOMS438 | SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES

WOMS231

  1. Elective Courses: 12 credit hours include the following:

Course No.

Prerequisite Course

WOMS233 | WOMEN IN THE FAMILY

 

WOMS234 | WOMAN IN PSYCHOLOGY

WOMS235 | WOMEN IN MEDIA

 

WOMS331 | HISTORY OF FEMINISM

 

WOMS332 | WOMEN AND DEVELOPMENT

 

WOMS333 | FEMINIST POLITICAL THOUGHT

 

WOMS334 | FEMINISM, POLITICAL ECONOMY AND GLOBALIZATION

WOMS231

WOMS437 | Special Topic

WOMS231

 

[1] For Humanities students,  they are required to study MATH1351 course within free electives