About SPS

Political Science (PS) is designed for students eager to explore and understand the complexity of the ever-changing world. In addition to the study of international politics, international relations, political theory, comparative politics, and public policy, PS majors seek to explain the system of governance, state institutions, legitimate use of power, and political participation. The ultimate objective is to comprehend how power, authority, rules, constitutions, laws, ideologies, policies and government programs affect the individual and social aspects of life. How they affect our lives from the domestic, international, and comparative perspectives? That is why our professors engage students in discussions about domestic and global questions, issues, and events that shape our lives and politics around the world. Political Science, as a broad discipline, studies individual and collective human behavior, which is aimed at an understanding of the complexity of personal, social, economic, cultural, and political aspects of life. PS as such is interesting as it is directly related to our personal and social aspects of life. There are numerous examples of how government and politics affect our life on a daily basis. For instance, public decisions on education, healthcare, taxation, human rights, environment, and security are inescapable.

Students in PS use the scientific, objective and systematic approach in the study of political science subjects and issues. For this purpose, PS majors take a number of specialized courses in research methodology, statistics, mathematics, and policy analysis. Thus, students are trained to use the normative approach by asking the question “What ought to be?” and the behavioral approach by asking the questions “How?” and “Why?” Methodological courses equip students with research, critical, analytical and policy analysis skills, which are inevitably for the study of present-day complex political subjects and issues.

The Political Science curriculum is interdisciplinary and modern, which is purposefully designed to meet the career, employment, and citizenship needs. The program offers specialized courses in political philosophy, comparative politics, international politics, international relations, public policy, and political science research methodology. Significant focus is placed on the specialized courses in international relations, diplomacy, and security that are cross-listed in the Department of International Relations. Since PS overlaps with other disciplines, complementary historical and sociological courses are designed to enrich student’s knowledge in political science. For instance, elective sociological courses focus on studying the groups, social institutions, and social thematic areas like the family, education, workplace, religion, crime, deviance, diversity, inequality, socialization, globalization, and social change, which are interrelated with political and historical processes. Such interdisciplinary background fosters active citizenship and political participation, but it also prepares students for their future careers.

Objectives

  • To introduce students to key political and social theories;
  • To introduce students to issues, themes and theories and to teach them how to deal with    problems in a critical manner;
  • To help students develop problem-solving, analytical, critical and creative skills;
  • To equip students with qualitative and quantitative research skills;
  • To familiarize students with modern and contemporary historical developments by allowing them to make links between the past and present;
  • To interrelate theoretical socio-political knowledge to modern issues and themes;
  • To provide to students knowledge and skills as to prepare them for leadership tasks;
  • To provide students with an interdisciplinary program that encompasses different disciplines such as political sciences, history and sociology as to allow students to gain a broader and more comprehensive knowledge.

Upon successful completion of the Political Science Program, students will:

  • Have basic knowledge and understanding of Political Science as an interdisciplinary field of research
  • Explain key terms, concepts and major theories related with the fields of Political Science, Economy, Sociology, History and Philosophy
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in selected theoretical areas of Political Science
  • Demonstrate comparative knowledge of political systems, with particular regard to political institutions, processes, ideologies and religions
  • Develop an active interest in social and political affairs as well as public policy in various settings
  • Contextualise the social and political affairs in various settings and apply critical analysis in the field of Political Science
  • Possess interpersonal, team working and leadership skills
  • Possess necessary skills and self-confidence for individual and independent work
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research in the field of Political Science
  • Demonstrate skills of collecting and critically analyzing information, reviewing literature and managing data in an interdisciplinary academic style
  • Demonstrate skills of effective verbal communication and public speaking
  • Possess necessary skills for active participation in public policy and politics
  • Have necessary, sufficient knowledge and skills to continue with their studies at the higher (postgraduate) level and/or with life-long learning.

Employability

Popular jobs for PS graduates include the following: Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, Customer Service Representative, NGO Program Coordinator, Political Analyst, High School Teacher, Operations Manager, General Project Manager, Government Program Manager, Policy Analyst, Government Affairs Manager, Budget Analyst, Campaign Manager, Corporate Analyst, Corporate Public Affairs Advisor, Corporate Economist, Corporate Manager, Journal Editor, Foreign Service Officer, Intelligence Officer, International Agency Officer, Political Commentator, Public Affairs Analyst, Public Opinion Analyst…

SPS Curricula