Study Plan

Study Plan 2022 - 2024 

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Study Plan 2021 - 2023 

As detailed below 

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Course Title 
Course Code
Credit Hours

First Semester​ ​

​Research Methodologies in Political Science
​3 Credit Hours 
​Comparative Politics Seminar
​3 Credit Hours 
​International Relations Seminar
​3 Credit Hours 
​Issues in the Study of Social Sciences and Humanities  
​3 Credit Hours 

Semester​ ​

​Politics in the Middle East 
3 Credit Hours
​Theories of Democratic Governance
3 Credit Hours
International Organizations
3 Credit Hours
​Critical Issues in Political Theory
3 Credit Hours

​Third Semester 

​Political Science and the Arabs Seminar
3 Credit Hours
​Readings in Politics
0 Credit Hours
​Interdisciplinary Course 
3 Credit Hours
​Interdisciplinary Course-​
3 Credit Hours
Free Elective Course from DI
3 Credit Hours

Fourth Semester

Dissertation - Politics and International Relations

​ 6 Credit Hours 
Total Credit Hours 

​ 42 Credit Hours

 Elective Courses

POL620 Issues in Politics and International Relations

This course provides focused attention on a new topic each semester. Students will be provided with information regarding the topic of the course for the semester prior to the registration period.

POL622 Mass Violence, State Failure, and International Intervention

This course addresses the reasons for outbreaks in violent intra-state conflicts and the effect of the state’s weakness on these conflicts. It then examines the impact of conflicts on the strength and cohesion of states, the subsequent call for external intervention under the banner of humanitarian assistance or international security, and the political and legal problems posed by such interventions.

POL625 Arab Gulf Politics and Society

This course explores the most critical political and societal developments in the Arab Gulf region beginning with the era of British dominance to the present period. The course focuses on enhancing critical thinking by engaging with academic and intellectual debates in the Arab Gulf.

POL626 International Organizations

This course covers theories of international organizations and discuss their roles in promoting peace, security, financial prosperity, human rights, and environmental protection. The course will also highlight various international actors including (but not limited to) the IMF and World Bank, the UN, the EU, NATO, and the WTO, as well as transnational network communities.

 Core Courses

POL611 Research Methodologies in Political Science

This course provides a broad overview of research methodologies in political science and is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars and programming sessions on qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

POL001 English Readings in Political Science

This is an English-language course that teaches critical reading and is designed for the study of terminology, texts, concepts, and theories that relate to dominant topics in political science and international relations.

POL612 Political Science and the Arabs Seminar

This course addresses Arab contributions to adopting, developing and criticizing modern schools of political thought. It presents some of the major debates examined by Arab scholars in the field.

POL613 Comparative Politics Seminar

This seminar addresses the major theories and debates in comparative politics, including studying political systems, revolutions and the process of democratic transition and political development.

POL614 International Relations Seminar

This seminar examines the leading theories in international relations and the theoretical debates pertaining to the foundations and transformations of the international system, and the applications of these theories to empirical observations.

POL615 Middle East Politics

This course revisits the core themes of the comparative politics and international relations seminars, relating them to the Arab world and the Middle East as a whole, and adopts a critical approach towards the main theories and their practical application to the region.

POL616 Theories of Democratic Governance

This course focuses on democracy and democratic governance as a field of academic and research inquiry. It introduces students to key concepts, debates, and theories of democratic governance and helps them to critically examine the structural, institutional, and ideational factors that explain why and how the democratization process emerges and consolidates.

POL618 Critical Issues in Political Theory

This course surveys a selection of major works in political theory, placing them in critical conversation with thinkers and social currents in the Middle East and North Africa to facilitate and encourage theoretical connections.

POL619 Foreign Policy Analysis

This course focuses on theoretical approaches in analyzing foreign policy. It covers the major theories, concepts, and debates related to foreign policy. It also addresses the processes, dynamics, and strategies of making foreign policy.