1. Aims of the programme:

To offer an honours degree programme in the field of Political Science. At the end of the Programme, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate enhanced critical and analytical skills, look for underlying principles, and identify and analyse key concepts;
  • Demonstrate the skill of independent thinking, good writing skills, a facility for independent learning, investigation and effective organisational skills;
  • Present their own critical understanding of the issues studied to tutors and peers, and to engage in dialogue with them;
  • Establish an awareness of key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of regional and international politics, and to be able to distinguish between a variety of methods of enquiry;
  • Analyse key topics related to the discipline on the basis of directed and independent reading, and to produce good quality essays while meeting deadlines;
  • Understand and use the main concepts, approaches and theories of the discipline; to analyse, interpret and evaluate political events, ideas and institutions; and to relate the academic study of politics to questions of public concern which are transferable to a wide range of employment contexts and life experiences;
  • Place questions of political and international order and decision-making at the centre of analysis;
  • Understand elements of continuity and change in the study of politics and to be able to apply their knowledge to specific case studies;
  • Work within a supportive and responsive learning environment that is enriched by research and in which the academic development and career opportunities of students are enhanced;
  • Acquire key transferable skills including analysis of opinion, argument and fact; evaluation of evidence and hypothesis; synthesis of debate; appropriate use of communication and information technology; and clear communication – all of which lead to students becoming productive and interactive members of society.
2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:
  • University of Exeter – School of Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Politics – Undergraduate Study Programme Specifications                                                                    http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/politics/politics/
  •    University of Oxford – Department of Politics and International Relations – Specifications for Philosophy, Politics, & Economics Programme.                                                                                   http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses-listing/philosophy-politics-and-economics
  • The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education - The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland – Subject Benchmark Statements – Politics & International Relations, February 2015                                                                                                                         http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-politics-15.pdf                                                            (note that material from this source has been included in this programme specification with little or no modification).
  • The National Authority for Quality & Accreditation of Education in Egypt (NAQAAE), NARS Statements http://naqaae.eg
  • SEEC (2016).  Credit Level Descriptors for Higher Education.  Southern England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer                                                                                                                  www.seec.org.uk

3. Intended Learning Outcomes

 a. Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Selected concepts and methods involved in the academic discipline of Political Science;
  2. Political Science as a comprehensive discipline that deals with international and regional relations, political economy, international law, foreign policy, political economy and political theory;
  3. Political phenomena, which we explore using general theories and on which we reflect both normatively and positively;
  4. The workings of political institutions and actors, foreign policy, political processes and the policy outputs of governance and regulatory structures;
  5. Different political systems operating at the national, Middle Eastern, and international level;
  6. The interaction between national, regional, and international levels and the links between inputs, processes, and outcomes;
  7. Middle Eastern and international politics framed in terms of political theory, national political systems, international relations, political economy, law,  ideology, state-society relations, and foreign policy analysis;
  8. The nature and significance of politics as a human activity.

b. Subject-Specific Cognitive Skills

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Use multiple sources and critically evaluate research strategies and methods, the range employed varying according to purpose;
  2. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideologies, institutions, and practices;

c.  Subject Specific Practical Skills

On successful completion of this programme students will be able to:
1. Compare, contrast, and evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events in a logical, systematic manner;
2.  Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems.

d.  Transferable Skills

 On successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

  1. Gather, organise and deploy evidence data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources
  2. Think critically and analytically about the subject matter;
  3. Construct reasoned arguments based upon theoretical and empirical foundations;
  4. Reflect on their own learning and make use of constructive feedback;
  5. Manage their own learning self-critically;
  6. Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study which requires critical and reflective use of information and communications technology in the learning process;
  7. Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing;
  8. Use communication and information technology, including audiovisual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information;
  9. Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self organisation and time management, progressing through the degree Programme to become a mature, independent learner;

4.  Graduate Attributes

On graduating from the programme, students should have the attributes which enhance their employability: 1.  Describe, evaluate and apply different approaches involved in collecting, analysing and presenting political information;
2.  Identify issues for political enquiry; assess their ethical implications; and gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources;
3.  Identify, investigate, analyse and advocate solutions to problems;
4.  Develop a reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
5.  Reflect on their own learning and make constructive use of feedback;
6.  Manage their own learning self-critically;
7.  Communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing;
8.  Use communication and information technologies for the retrieval, analysis and presentation of information. Presentational skills may include a focus upon delivery (in addition to content), time management, usage of audio-visual resources and an ability to stimulate debate;
9.  Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management;
10.  Collaborate with others and contribute effectively to the achievement of common goals;
11.  Critique and synthesise information.
12.  Present themselves as effective employees: as the module specifications include employability skills enabling graduates to think critically, write clear reports, express ideas orally, demonstrate the possession of informational technology skills, work independently as well as in a team, engage in problem-solving and reflect on work experience with the aim of improving performance.

Programme Structure for Political Science 2018-2019

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