Program Structure

A. Program Requirements: 

1 - Core Courses (24 Credit Hours): 

  • - POL611 Research Methodologies in Political Science.

    - POL 612 Political Science and Arabs Seminar.

    - POL 613 Comparative Politics Seminar.

    - POL 614 International Relations Seminar.

    - POL 615 Politics in the Middle East.

    - POL 616 Theories of Democratic Governance.

    - POL 618 Critical Issues in Political Theory.

  • POL 619 Foreign Policy Analysis

3- Specialized English Language Course (non- credit):

The School may offer a number of non-credit bearing courses, which must be taken as a condition for graduation when required by the relevant program. Students must successfully pass the assignment for each course as a condition for graduation. These courses will also appear on the student's transcript but will not contribute to the student's GPA.


B. School Requirements:

1- Cross - Disciplinary Course (3 Credit Hours): 

All SOSH students must successfully complete one core compulsory course offered at the School level as a cross-disciplinary introduction to the study of the social sciences and humanities.

- SOSH601 Issues in the Study of Social Sciences and Humanities 


2 -Two Interdisciplinary Courses (6 Credit Hours): 

Each program allows students to enroll in courses of special interest, and of a cross-disciplinary nature, which are offered jointly with one or more other programs. Courses offered as interdisciplinary courses may vary and are dependent on faculty availability, student demand and registration capacity.

All students will choose two courses of 3 credits each from the list of interdisciplinary courses. Please visit the "Interdisciplinarity at SOSH" page for more details about these courses and their descriptions.


- SOSH673 Gender, Identity and Modernity in the Middle East

- SOSH674 Critical Readings in Modern and Contemporary Aesthetics: Sound, Image, Text

- SOSH675 Sociolinguistics

- SOSH676 Political Economy of the Arab World

- SOSH677 Comparative Cultural Studies: Theory and Application

- SOSH678 History of Liberation Ideas

- SOSH679 War Ethics

- SOSH680 Advanced Critical Thinking and Academic Writing

- SOSH681 Power and Language

- SOSH684 Religion State and Society

- SOSH695 Framing other cultures: Arab-US encounters 

- SOSH696 History, Philosophy and Social Sciences: Epistemological and Methodological Relations

- SOSH697 French Theory: Theoretical Approaches and Models

- SOSH669 Understanding Arab conflicts

- SOSH668 The sublime, the beautiful, the subversive: On politics, art and literature

- SOSH667 The Palestinian cause

- SOSH666 Critical Readings on Arab Renaissance Questions

- SOSH665 Human Development 

- SOSH664 Intergroup Relations: Groups, Conflict and its Reduction 

- SOSH663 Freud and the social and human sciences

3 - Non-restricted Elective (3 Credit Hours): 

Students may choose one course of 3 credits from any program in any of the Schools/centers in the Doha Institute (including SPADE and CHS). Students may choose their free elective from the courses offered by the Politics and International Relations Program below, which are offered on a rotating basis:

C. Dissertation (6 Credit Hours) 

In consultation with an academic supervisor, the student will choose a dissertation topic and program of research. The student will submit a dissertation of 12,000 – 18,000 words at the end of the second academic year, but discussions about the topic begin during the first year. The coordinator of the course will organize regular sessions for students to discuss research methodologies and choose a research topic. Students will be expected to write a summary research proposal, incorporating the main assumptions to be tested, choose a research methodology and write a summary on what the dissertation will contribute to present literature, based on a critical view of existing writings on the subject. The coordinator will then chooses a supervisor who follows up with the student until completing the dissertation.

The dissertation examination consists of two parts; a marked assessment of the dissertation by two examiners and an oral defense in front of an examination panel comprised of the same two examiners.