Master of Political Theory

The MA in Political Theory provides students with a conceptual toolkit for analyzing complex normative and methodological issues of contemporary political life. Students are encouraged to take an active part in critical thinking about political practices, institutional arrangements, and social science methods by building on a solid foundation in social and political thought. The track [...]

The MA in Political Theory provides students with a conceptual toolkit for analyzing complex normative and methodological issues of contemporary political life. Students are encouraged to take an active part in critical thinking about political practices, institutional arrangements, and social science methods by building on a solid foundation in social and political thought. The track combines analytical rigor with policy relevance.

Key features of the course

  • Clarify ideology, sects and schools in politics
  • Developing skills in practicing modern methods to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in the field of politics.
  • Helping the administration implement its strategy through its effectiveness in translating problems from the perspective of different sciences and linking them with political science.

The first stage - Compulsory courses 72 Credits

1
Scientific Research Methodology

The course includes scientific research methods related to defining scientific research and clarifying its importance, types, steps and methods. It also deals with the sources and methods of data collection and methods of data analysis as well as methods of inspection and estimation and all statistical methods that can be used in the processes of analysis and scientific research in the fields of economics and management.

2
Political theory

The course aims to introduce the student to the science of political theory and its position in political science. The course introduces this science through theoretical engagement with the most important philosophical premises (cognitive systems) on which Western political theory was based, represented in the philosophy of modernity and postmodernism. and Western socialism without being limited to a specific political theory, and then the course provides a general panoramic view of the most important theoretical discussions within the field.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

3
History of political thought

The course is divided into three parts: Part One: It reviews the history of political thought from the Athenian democracy to the Christian Middle Ages, and is distinguished by its encyclopedia, and also in careful detail of opinions and philosophers. Part two: extends since the European Renaissance, when Machiavelli; And how the latter laid politics on new rules, causing an intellectual rupture with Plato and the Christian philosophical heritage. Then the impact of the Protestant religious reform on politics, passing through the major revolutions and the emergence of theories of natural right and the social contract that deals with them in detail. And the end of Spinoza, who returned the human mind to the earth and his critical opinions of religion, and advocates freedom of opinion and expression. The third part: reviews the major currents that followed the Enlightenment: nationalism, liberalism, and socialism, and how they developed in each country and among its main thinkers.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

4
Political ideologies

The course is concerned with studying the most important political ideologies in our contemporary world. This will be done with a realistic and critical view on the one hand, and by linking the course topics to what is happening in our Arab countries after the recent revolutionary movement and the consequent political struggles and ideological polarizations on the other hand. The course aims to identify the concept of ideology, the characteristics of contemporary ideologies, their classifications, and functions, and the most important contemporary political ideologies (liberal, socialist, and communist) in terms of origin, foundations, dimensions, criticisms, and the future.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

5
The origins of political analysis

The course presents the concepts, ideas, and tools necessary to analyze politics and understand its facts, and provides a description and analysis of the issues that occupy the mind of contemporary man: democracy, political behavior, political evaluation, policy making, and addresses the issue of power and influence through specific examples of those who have different degrees of them, in order to help the student to Creative awareness of the realities of the world of politics and its makers.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

6
State creation theories

The course presents a wide range of opinions from a group of academic references in the field of political science, and various main theoretical approaches to the study of the state, in addition to the prominent disputed issues related to globalization, new forms of government, the change in the boundaries between public and private, in addition to the changes that The state's power and capabilities, as well as its definition and concept, and recent developments in the theory of the state.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Optional courses 24 Credits

1
Political globalization

The course is divided into six chapters: chapter one: the concept of globalization and its manifestations, chapter two: globalization from a historical perspective, chapter three: Americanization and the unipolar system, chapter four: globalization and its repercussions on third world countries, chapter five: globalization and its repercussions on the United Nations, chapter Sixth: Globalization: its danger and how to deal with it.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

2
The state and civil society

The course seeks to study and analyze the concepts of civil society and the civil state, to clarify the intellectual bases on which it is built, and based on the assumption that the concepts of civil society and the civil state are not neutral linguistic concepts that can travel across cultures, and employ however the employee wants to employ them, but rather they are terms Cultural that has intellectual and ideological implications, the adoption of which leads to the acceptance of its intellectual framework on which it is based. Otherwise, they are hollow concepts that have no meaning or value.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

3
Political theories in international relations

The course begins by highlighting international relations in general as one of the most important fields of knowledge within the social sciences, then moves on to define political theory and its importance in understanding events taking place in the world by identifying its most important functions and classifications within the positivist and post-positivist model. Then he goes on to explain three of the theories that are considered the most important in the field of international relations: the realist theory, the liberal theory, and the constructivist theory through researching their definitions and most important hypotheses, and the most prominent theorists of them in the modern era, in addition to the most important criticisms leveled against them. Finally, the course aims to employ these assumptions according to the levels of political analysis to understand some real examples of recent political events.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

4
Political Sociology

The course reviews the most prominent ideas of the pioneers of political sociology, deals with the sociological meaning of political participation, studies the subject and origin of political sociology, highlights research methods and tools in political sociology, and reviews intellectual premises and theoretical trends in political sociology.

The curriculum’s inputs include: the form and type of knowledge, learners’ characteristics, needs, tendencies and interests, the society’s philosophy, values, hopes and aspirations. The outputs of the curriculum are: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

The second stage - Practical Training 30 Credits

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Practical Training

In practical training, the student is assigned to teach a virtual course chosen by the college from among the courses studied by the student at the bachelor's level. The student should divide this course from twelve to fourteen brief lectures. The student presents each lecture in the form of a written summary of its topic in Word or PDF format, accompanied by a video recording of it with the student's voice using Power Point, the duration of which is no less than ten minutes and not more than about twenty minutes.

The thrid stage - Master's Thesis 54 Credits

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Master’s Thesis

The student submits a request to the university administration to register a master’s thesis, along with a proposed topic in one of the subspecialty tracks.

● If the initial approval of the subject title is achieved, the college council will designate a supervisor to guide and follow up the student in preparing the plan.

● The research plan includes the importance of the topic and a critical presentation of previous studies in it, specifically the research problem, then defining the study's curriculum and its main hypotheses or questions that you want to answer, and the division of the study and its sources.

● The student presents his proposed plan in a scientific seminar, discussing the plan as a topic and an approach.

● The student adjusts his plan based on the professors' observations in the seminar if he is asked to amend.

● After the seminar, the plan is presented to the college council to take its decision regarding the registration of the subject.

● In the event of approval, the college council’s decision is presented to the university council to approve registration, and the registration date is calculated from the university council’s approval date

To study a master’s degree at International Suleiman College, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. At International Suleiman College, we believe that a bachelor's degree is no longer enough to compete in the labor market, so we offer high-quality postgraduate programs for anyone who has a bachelor's degree and wishes to achieve their academic and research ambitions.
International Suleiman College provides a study commensurate with the student's capabilities, especially in line with the time allotted daily for study, given that the master's student has practical and social responsibilities. We expect fully taught students to be able to obtain a master's degree within two academic years. We expect students studying partially to be able to obtain a master's degree within 3-4 years of study.
The academic year is divided into four semesters. In each semester, the student is allowed to register a maximum of two research courses and one minimum course with a maximum of 24 credit hours and a minimum of 12 credit hours. Classes are distributed as follows: • The first semester begins at the beginning of the third week of October and ends at the end of the third week of December. • The second semester begins at the beginning of the first week of January and ends at the end of the first week of March. • The third semester begins at the beginning of the second week of March and ends at the end of the second week of May. • The fourth semester begins at the beginning of the fourth week of May and ends at the end of the fourth week of July. • Summer vacation begins at the beginning of August and continues for the third week of October. • After the end of each semester, a two-week vacation is scheduled between semesters.
The tuition fee is £75 per credit hour, • Students are allowed to register a maximum of 24 credit hours each semester and 12 credit hours as a minimum. • The student pays a one-time enrollment fee of 200 pounds when registering with the ISC • The student pays 100 sterling pounds per semester as the registration fee for study subjects. • The iddat hour = four actual hours.
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