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Department of Political Science

INRE331 | CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL ISSUES
INRE332 | THE ART OF NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
INRE334 | ADVANCED DIPLOMACY STUDIES
INRE335 | CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM
INRE336 | TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
INRE431 | UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD
INRE432 | SECURITY AND STRATEGIC STUDIES
INRE433 | WAR AND PEACE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATION
INRE439 | Special Topic
POLS231 | INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

The course is an introduction to the mature of political sciences, giving the student a general idea about the concept of political science, the methodology of research and political analysis, state foundations, the different theories explaining its initiation, the phenomenon of sovereignty and the role of law and limits of political dominance, the function of the state and simplified idea about the development of political thought, and the important political doctrines and ideologies.

POLS232 | RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

The course consists of two parts: The first is about curricula, whereby the curriculum and the common schools of political science are covered in a critical and analytical method, including the traditional school and its different branches, the modern school and its curricula, and the process of its development in theory and practice. The second part concentrates on the methodology of research, by explaining steps of writing scientific research (in practice and theory) starting with definition of the research problem, stating the hypotheses, the research plan, methods of obtaining data, including the interview, the questionnaire, organizing, classification and analyses of data. Finally, the student receives training on reviewing books and the art of exhibition.

POLS233 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE SYSTEMS

This course explores the scope and evaluation of comparative political science, the basic methodologies in the study of political systems, and the internal and external environmental framework for political systems. The course also gives a preliminary comparative study for the different most important political systems all over the world, such as the United States of America, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, China and examples from the Arab World. The course also address such issues as alliance between the militants and bureaucracy in the state, whereby there will be emphasis on the subject of government, separation of authorities, partnership, legality, and the nature of partisan or political organization, the role of special interests groups, and the position of opposition and political participation in the political systems.

POLS234 | INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

This curriculum of its study and the active powers in such relations with emphases on basic international relations such as the world system, external policy, goals and emeans that countries try to achieve, conflict and international integration, and finally, the study of examples on conflicts or cooperation in the international sphere.

POLS235 | POLITICAL THOUGHT AND CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORIES

This course discusses the development of political thought, with special emphasis on western political thought and its development starting from Machiavelli, and looking over the most important contemporary and modern contributions in this scope with some examples of national and religious thought against colonialism in southern countries. The course also deals with the important developments in this field in modern and contemporary eras, especially, liberal western theory and its components, the new Marxist theory, whereabouts of Marxist thought after the collapse of the Soviet Union, in addition to acquaintance of political of the twentieth century (Hubermas, Foucault and others), acquaintance of new political concepts such as modernity, after-modernity, power, knowledge, reconstruction, globalization.

POLS236 | PALESTINIAN POLITICAL SYSTEM

This course investigates the Palestinian political system as from the beginning of its formation, taking into consideration the back ground of its social, cultural and political components in society, it goes through in analyzing the Palestinian political legality, especially, in relevance to the PLO and its institutions. Thence, it addresses the period extending from the Oslo accords and the formation of the Palestinian Authority, elections, the basic law project, parties, and laws and organizing the executive, legislative and judicial authorities. The course discusses the most important problems confronting the Palestinian political system: the continuation of occupation, social polices the important issues of political transformation such as participation, equality, legality and identity.

POLS237 | POLITICAL THEORY IN ISLAM

This course aims at the study of political Islamic thought, its evolution since the beginning of the porofohets’ message, the stands of doctrines and its major schools: The sunnih, the shiah, khowarij and others. It reviews opinions of the biggest philosophers in the past and at present(Farabi, Ibn Rushd, Ibn Sina…”Avicenna”, Ghazzali, Ibn Taymeiah) on issues of power and freedom, their perspective for the state in general and the Islamic state in particular, and the connection between their interpretation of these issues with the problems their countries encountered. This course also analyses answers presented by Islamic thinkers and Islamic movements to challenges confronting Islamic societies at present.

POLS238 | THEORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

This course handles acquaintance with international relations, the curriculum of its study and the different theories and curricula that are contained in these schools. There should be emphasis on developments that occurred in international relations addressing its curricula as equilibrium of forces, the realistic theory, the liberal theory, game theory, international echelon theory and other theories in the realm of the study of international relations.

POLS239 | ANCIENT AND MIDDLE POLITICAL THOUGHT

This course involves the acquaintance of political thought, the curricula of its study, and the political philosophies in ancient Greece, the Romans and early Christianity. The second part handles the development of political thought in the middle ages, especially, the nature of relationship between the religious and early authority, with a wide exposition of the contributions of a wide group of thinkers of the middle ages.

POLS330 | ADVANCED RESEARCH CURRICULA

This course is considered as a complement to course Nr. 232 and addresses methodology and theoretical aspects of philosophy of science. The course emphasizes the modern research curricula such as logical selection theory, game theory and comparative methodological research. There will be identification of the statistical systems used in carrying out field research and the empirical experimental research.

POLS331 | POLITICAL SYSTEMS IN THE ARAB WORLD

This course discusses the most important historical, cultural, political and social factors and variables that constitute the environment of contemporary Arab Political systems it investigates criteria for classification of political systems around the world and its application to the Arab case. The course discusses basic concepts such as identity, legality, ideology, political participation, and civil society. Finally, a detailed case study on selected comparative examples on Arab Political systems is completed.

POLS332 | INTRODUCTION TO DIPLOMACY

The course aims at the acquaintance with diplomacy, its characteristics and relation to other sciences. This would involve the study of diplomatic history and diplomacy of modern era, permanent diplomacy of conventions and international organizations. Also there would be acquaintance with the diplomatic occupation (the basic law, appointing heads of diplomatic corps, appointing members of diplomatic corps, integrated diplomacy, responsibilities of the diplomat, commencement and end of Diplomatic Corps). Consular systems would also be addressed kin relation to its history, types, the setup of consulate mission and their duties.

POLS333 | PALESTINIAN QUESTION 1

The Palestinian question through local, Zionist, Israeli, Arab and international perspectives, conditions of the Palestinian society on the eve of the Zionist project, Zionism dimensions, convergence of interests of Zionism and western colonization, impact of First World War on Palestine, transformations in Palestine under the British Mandate, the struggle of Palestinian people against the Zionist project, the nature and policy of the Yishuv during this period, political settlement projects ending with the Partition Plan in 1947, events of the Catastrophy (Nakbah) in 1948.

POLS334 | PALESTINIAN QUESTION 2

The course handles the political, social, demographic and psychological outcomes and effects of the (Nakbah) disaster, and the transformation of the conflict into an Arab/Israeli conflict. Lt also reviews the formation of the concepts of return and entity that dominated the Palestinian street in the fifties and sixties(of the twentieth century), until the emergence of the contemporary Palestinian national movement and the Palestinian Liberation Organization(PLO). The course addresses the causes and effects of the war of 1967, and the crystallization of the Israeli-Zionist strategy in the West bank and the Gaza Strip, and attempts at the destruction of the Palestinian Society and pushing it for emigration. The courses probes evolution in the political programs of the PLO, and the conflict with Arab states systems in Jordan and Lebanon, and shifting PLO’S strategy from armed struggle into political solutions. It explores the first Intifada and the entailed political movement, effects of declaration of principles (Oslo) and the beginning of the era of the Palestinian National Authority.

POLS335 | INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ECONOMY AND GLOBALIZATION

This course involves acquaintance with political economy and its most important theories (liberalization, Marxism, dependency, and social democracy) reviewing essential discussions about state economic relation, characteristics of market economies, guided economy and global economic and political systems (socialism, new liberalization and dependency theory). The course concentrates on the study of the states’ role in the national economy and its relations with regional and international variable stimuli. This course opens discussions on globalization, economic hegemony and their relationship with the formation of international market theories and the question of the slates’ representation to its people interests under the shadow of external dictations of the international market.

POLS336 | ISRAELI POLITICAL SYSTEM

This course discusses the nature of the Israeli political system with its authorities, institutions and parties, and the influence of the army in forming the features and nature of this regime. It also investigates the structure of the Israeli society, especially, the centrality of immigration to Israel by Jewish communities spreading in the world, and its effect on racial and ethnic formation of the Israeli state. The course analyzes the nature of the Israeli political economy and the impact on the shape and structure of the regime. The course reviews the status of Palestinians in Israel and their basic issues, such as the issues of discrimination, equality, and political participation.

POLS337 | INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

This course reviews the initiation of international organizations and institutions that were established after word War I, emphasizing the motives behind their foundation, and the special purposes of each. Ensuing that, there will be an evaluative presentation concerning the contributions of these organization, especially the United Nations, in the achievement of international stability and security. The course reviews some of the regional organizations, such as League of Arab States, Organization of African Unily, European Union, and other regional organizations and institutions

POLS338 | STUDIES IN POLITICAL CULTURE AND DEMOCRACY

This course handles the most important theoretical frameworks and curricula that cover in some detail the concept of political culture and democracy. It analyzes the issue of historical bases of the democratic system in the emergence of European states according to the analysis of Charles Taily, and the different ways that took the process of governance and citizenship in these states. It also deals with the thought of Robert Dal and Joseph Shumpeter about the concept of democracy and the study of its merits and disadvantages with its practical divisions and experiments. The course also reviews the concepts of freedom, justice, equality, and the theory of rights. And duties as a basis for a sound community system and a successful and effective political system.

POLS339 | POLITICAL TRANSFORMATIONS AND CHANGES IN THE ARAB WORLD

This course deals with the subject of international political changes and their effect on the relationship between the state and its citizens in the Arab World. It handles new theories relevant to the transition from autocratic to democratic systems. It also reviews logical frameworks upon which Arab movements and political parties are based. This course also deals with the Arab national movement, the Islamic movement with its contemporary tributaries, and the Marxist and socially oriented parties and movements. Finally, there would be review to the relationship between these movements and parties to the relationship between these movements and parties with the governance systems, and their role in the Arab political system.

POLS430 | GLOBAL POLITICAL SYSTEMS

The crux of this course is acquaintance with major political systems of the world after reviewing the nature of political systems and their intermingling with institutional studies and developments that occurred in this realm after the Second World War and throughout the Cold War and the stage of liberation in Asia and Africa. The course compares between the political systems in the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and India. The course would turn to acquaintance with political systems in Japan, South East Asia and Latin America.

POLS431 | EUROPEAN UNION

This course studies the emergence and development of the European Union. It traces, historically, the most important events and agreements that led to progress in regional cooperation between the European States. The course investigates’ the whereabouts of Western European common market and its development and the affiliation of new membership and eventually the establishment of a union between the European states, especially, after the unification of Germany and the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The course discusses the present international weight of the European Union and issues relevant different interactions facing this Union.

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