Major Political Science/Minor Philosophy

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.

This plan consists of 122 credit hours distributed as follows:

Requirements

Credit Hours

University Requirements

21

Faculty Requirements

29

Major Requirements

45

Minor Requirements

18

Free electives

9

Total

122

 

1. Major Requirements (42 credit hours):
  a. Mandatory Courses: 24 credit hours include the following:

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite Courses

POLS232 | RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Research Methodology in Political Science

POLS231

POLS233 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE SYSTEMS

Introduction to Comparative Systems

POLS 231

POLS234 | INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Introduction to International Relations

POLS231

POLS235 | POLITICAL THOUGHT AND CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORIES

Political Thought and Contemporary Political Theories

.

POLS334 | PALESTINIAN QUESTION 2

The Palestinian Question 2

.

POLS335 | INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ECONOMY AND GLOBALIZATION

Introduction to Political Economy and Globalization

POLS234

POLS432 | COMPARATIVE POLITICS (INTERNATIONAL REGIONS)

Comparative Politics (International Regions)

POLS234,POLS233

POLS438 | SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Seminar in Political Science

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

 

 

 

  1. Elective Courses: 18 credit hours include the following:

Credit Hours

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite Course

 

3 credit hours form the following courses

POLS237 | POLITICAL THEORY IN ISLAM

Political Theory in Islam

.

POLS238 | THEORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Theory of International Relations

POLS234

POLS239 | ANCIENT AND MIDDLE POLITICAL THOUGHT

Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

.

POLS330 | ADVANCED RESEARCH CURRICULA

Advanced Research Methodology

POLS232

 

3 credit hours from the following courses

POLS331 | POLITICAL SYSTEMS IN THE ARAB WORLD

Political Systems in the Arab World

POLS233

POLS336 | ISRAELI POLITICAL SYSTEM

Israeli Political System

POLS233

POLS338 | STUDIES IN POLITICAL CULTURE AND DEMOCRACY

Studies in Political Culture and Democracy

.

POLS339 | POLITICAL TRANSFORMATIONS AND CHANGES IN THE ARAB WORLD

Political Transformations and Changes in the Arab World

POLS331

POLS434 | ARAB WORLD IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

The Arab World in International Affairs

POLS234

 

3 credit hours from the following courses

POLS337 | INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

International Institutions and Organizations

POLS234

POLS430 | GLOBAL POLITICAL SYSTEMS

Global Political Systems

POLS233

POLS431 | EUROPEAN UNION

European Union

POLS234

POLS4311 | UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

United States of America

POLS233

POLS433 | FOREIGN POLICY OF GREAT POWERS

Foreign Policy of Great Powers

POLS234

3 credit hours from the following courses

GEOG332 | POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY

Political Geography

.

SOCI332 | POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

Political Sociology

SOCI131

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

 

 

  1. Minor Requirements: 18 credit hours include the following:

Credit Hours

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite Course

3 credit hours

PHIL231 | INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

 

 

3 credit hours from the following courses

PHIL233 | A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

 

 

PHIL234 | ARAB ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY

 

 

3 credit hours from the following courses

PHIL438 | SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY

 

PHIL231; recognition by the department is required

PHIL439 | Special Topic

 

 

9 Credit Hours of Philosophy Courses for second, third, and fourth year students