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 skills of independent thinking, good writing, and independent learning, investigation and effective organizational;
  • Present their own critical understanding of the issues studied to tutors and peers, and to engage in dialogue with them;
  • Identify 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;
  • 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;
  • 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 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 opinions, arguments and facts; 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.
  • University of Oxford – Department of Politics and International Relations – Specifications for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Programme.
  • The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education - The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland – Subject Benchmark Statements – Politics and International Relations, February 2015(note that material from this source has been included in this programme specification with little or no modification).
  • The National Authority for Quality and Accreditation of Education in Egypt (NAQAAE), NARS Statements.
  • SEEC Credit Level Descriptors for Higher Education.  Southern England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer                                                                                                                  
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 related to 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 are explored using general theories and on which students should 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;
  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 should 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 utilize evidence 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 on theoretical and empirical foundations;
  4. Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of research requires, with special emphasis on critical and reflective use of information and communications technology in the learning process;
  5. Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing;
  6. Use communication and information technology, including audiovisual technology, for retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical data;
  7. Work independently, and demonstrate initiative, self-organisation and time management, progressing through the degree programme to become a mature, independent learner.

Programme Structure for Political Science 2018-2019

Contact US

Address

El Sherouk City , Suez Desert Road , Cairo 11837 - P.O. Box 43

Phone

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Mail

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