FACULTY OF POLITICS

Department of Political Science and Public Administration

 

    Political Science and Public Administration  (BSc):

a.    Aim of Program

The Faculty of Political Science at Girne American University was established in 2015 after its departments existing under the Faculty of Business and Administrative Sciences for many years. The Faculty is dedicated to research, understand and explain politics and international relations. The main motivation of the faculty is to educate students to enhance their vision in politics and international relations, challenge, construct, analyze and engage in  critical thinking and to probe relevant information and tools for investigation to generate their own answers.

On completing the program, the students are expected to acquire competency in conceptual and historical information regarding administrative and political phenomena, critical and analytical thinking, the development of oral communication, written, and research skills in English, an inter-disciplinary approach to both regional and global conflicts as well as conflict resolution strategies, and theoretical and practical capability for development of leadership, team-work, decision making, and problem solving skills.

b.    Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Sciences degree in Political Science and Public Administration

c.    Employment Opportunities

The graduates have the opportunity to find jobs in diplomatic areas, public institutions, political parties, civil society organizations, international organizations, private companies and media as well as universities, strategic research centers and public opinion research companies. Thus, it is a widely preferred area of study in the recent years by young, talented and ambitious students looking for a good future career and position in society.

d.    Educational Objectives

Develop critical, analytical and strategic thinking and enhance effective decision-making,

Demonstrate ability for team working, collaboration and leadership,

Have detailed knowledge about Political Science and Public Administration discipline and awareness of a variety of ideas, concepts and theories within this framework,

Acquire proficiency in English and utilize effective communication skills,

Gain IT skills which are conducive for research using various resources and databases,

Apply knowledge acquired into practical experience through internship before graduation,

Gain ethical consciousness and behavior required by the Political Science and Public Administration discipline,

Apply theoretical Political Science and Public Administration knowledge to contemporary problems challenging the states.

e.    Educational Methods

 Lecturers teach/explain the topics using audio &visual  tools during  2/3 of course time, 1/3 of it is conducted as seminar style IAT interactive method principles.

 Research based activities such as; doing presentation and writing article related with course subject are executed by the students.

f.     Graduation Requirements

Students have to complete 132 credits,

Students should be at least 2 CGPA or above,

Students are required  to do 30 days internship,

Students must also pass from four non-credit courses related with Turkish History and Languages.





Course Descriptions

The Faculty of Political Science was established in 1985 under Faculty of Business and Economics Faculty and currently has around 700 students. As part of Cyprus’s leading international university, which  has four  campuses   in three continents, the students of the Faculty of Political Science  have  opportunities  to study  in the UK, USA, North Cyprus  and Singapore. Faculty of Political Science  provides a wide range of  high quality bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs and attracts talented students  from all around the world. Girne American University Faculty of Political Science has developed discipline specific graduate attributes and obtained international accreditations (IACB and ECBE in addition to YÖD and YÖK).

Career opportunities: The core curriculum providesa career-oriented learning and practice so as to be responsive to ever changing contemporary global requirements and needs. At the Faculty of Political Science, we create effective decision makers and successful leaders capable of making contributions serving the needs of local, national and international communities.

Given the multidisciplinary and career oriented nature of programs,  a bachelor’s degree in  International Relations and Political Science and Public Administration  provide a solid background for many jobs and professions in International Relations and Political Science Environment as well as central and local  government, international institutions.

Departments: The Faculty of Political Science comprises two academic departments: International Relations, Political Science & Public Administration.

CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus
BUS101 Intro. to Business & Mgmt. I 3 0 3 6

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page

COMP103 Computer Applications l 3 0 3 4

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page

PSYC100 Psychology 3 0 3 4

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Humanity Sciences Business Faculty web page

POLS101 Introduction to Political Science 3 0 3 10

This course introduces students to the discipline of political science. Basic definitions of the political process and the fundamental concepts used in studying politics are discussed. The course acquaints students with how political scientists think about society and provides a basis for more sophisticated research and understanding of empirical political theory, as well as skills for analysing political and social issues.

Textbook: Roskin, Michael G. & Cord, Robert L. & Medeiros, James A. & Jones, Walter, S. 2012. Political Science: An Introduction (12/E). Pearson.

EGL101 Development of Reading Skills 3 0 3 4

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page

NH001 National History 3 0 0 1

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page

TFL101 Turkish as a Foreign Language I (For Non-Natives) 3 0 0 2

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page.

Total 15 31
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus
PUB102 Intro. To Public administration 3 0 3 4

Fundamentals of public administration and public policy: concepts, principles, and procedures; bureaucracy and factors of its continuous growth. Introduction to public policy process, policy implementation, principles of management in public administration, and of leadership in public organisations, budgeting, programme evaluation, and relations between central and local governments (principles of federalism) is presented and then a brief consideration of power and information hierarchy in public agencies and enterprises and issues relating to public privatisation is offered.

Textbook: Shafritz, Jay M. & Russell, E. W. & Borick, Christopher P. 2012. Introducing Public Administration (8th Edition). Pearson. 

COMP104 Computer Applications ll 3 0 3 4

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page

HIS104 World History & Civilizations 3 0 3 8

This course introduces the historical development of civilizations around the world, in terms of culture, economy, religion and politics. The course also focus on the rise and fall of the first civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece and Macedonia, Egypt, China, Roman Empire, early medieval states of the Western Europe, Byzantium, The Crusaders and Islam, Renaissance and Reformation periods, the Ottoman Empire, geographical and scientific discoveries, transformation of Europe and the relations between the rise of the Nation State and the development of culture.

Textbook: Cole, Joshua & Symes, Carol. 2012. Western Civilizations: Their History and Their Culture (Brief Third Edition) (Vol. 1). W. W. Norton & Company. 

IRE102 Intro. To International Relations 3 0 3 8
EGL102 Development of Writing Skill 3 0 3 4

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page.

NH002 National History II 0 0 0 1

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page.

TFL102 Turkish as a Foreign Language II (For Non-Natives) 3 0 0 2

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page.

Total 15 31
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus
BUS211 Microeconomics 3 0 3 6

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page

IRE201 Comparative Politics I 3 0 3 8

Issues and concepts in comparative politics, political socialization and culture; political recruitment and structure are reviewed. Interest groups and interest articulation as well as political parties, government and policy making are considered. The course also focuses on the politics, cultures, and political systems of the major European countries.

 

BUS205 Statistics I 3 0 3 6

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page

PUB203 Intro. To Law 3 0 3 6
CS201 Communication Skills I 3 0 3 4

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page

TURK001 Turkish I (for Turkish /T.R.N.C. Students) 3 0 0 1

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page

Total 15 31
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus
BUS212 Macroeconomics 3 0 3 6

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page

IRE204 Comparative Politics II 3 0 3 8

This course deals with the history, culture administrative and political structure of various countries. The aim of this program is to enable the students to use the concepts of comparative politics in order to analyze the concrete political backgrounds of countries of different economic and political settings. Case studies such as England, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, China and America

POLS202 History of Political Thought 3 0 3 6

An analysis of the concepts of politics through the writings of major political thinkers, especially Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx and Mill is presented. Special focus will centre on the foundations of modern authoritarian and democratic politics. The course is a preparation to Contemporary Political Theory.

Textbook: Rosen, Michael & Wolff, Jonathan. 1999. Political Though (Oxford Readers). Oxford University Press. 

PUB206 Constitutional Law 3 0 3 6

A general and comparative introduction to constitutional law and public law for Turkey and other countries such as the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan. The course deals with the constitutional law as a political legal document as regards state and sovereignty, parliamentary democracy, liberalism and authoritarianism, citizen participation, plurality, and the principles of freedom and equality.

Textbook: Hames, Joanne Banker & Ekern, Yvonne. 2013. Constitutional Law Principles & Practice, Delmar Cengage Learning.

CS202 Communication Skills II 3 0 3 4

t is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page

TURK002 Turkish II (for Turkish /T.R.N.C. Students) 3 0 0 1

t is a common course. The course description is available in the Education Faculty web page

Total 15 31
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus
POLS301 European Political History 3 0 3 6

Historical analysis of political and diplomatic relations between the great powers of Europe in the late XIX-XX century is presented and then the introduction of U.S. politics into the world power arena is included to the analysis. The emphasis is initially placed on the relations between Britain, France, Austria, Russia, Germany and the Ottoman Empire; the Eastern Question, German and Italian unifications, the Balkan Crisis, World War I and II. In the second half of the course, the emphasis will shift to the post-World War II diplomatic events: the peace conferences and settlements, the creation of the European Community, the history and political dynamics of the Cold War, and its European implications.

Textbooks: Roberts, J.M. 1992. History of the World. London: Penguin Books.

Peacock, H.L. 1982. A History of Modern Europe 1789-1981. London: Heinemann Educational.

POLS303 Turkish Politics 3 0 3 6

This course aims to give a detailed knowledge and understanding of the scientific analysis of major political events in Turkey. Political structure, political culture, political system, election systems, party systems, ideologies and the basic political tendencies within the Ottoman-Turkish context is also be analysed from a sociological and historical point of view.

Textbook: Zurcher, Erik J. 2004. Turkey: A Modern History. I.B. Tauris.

 

PUB305 Public Finance & Budgeting 3 0 3 6

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page.

BUS303 Human Resource Management 3 0 3 6

It is a common course. The course description is available in the Business Faculty web page.

Departmental Elective 3 0 3 6
Total 15 30
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus
POLS302 Political Psychology 3 0 3 6

This course provides a psychological analysis of the political process, with special attention given to political socialisation and alienation as the two important political stages, which needs the utmost psychological attention in order to be well understood.

Textbook: Houghton, David Patrick. 2008. Political Psychology: Situations, Individuals, and Cases. Routledge.

POLS304 Political Ideologies 3 0 3 6

Concepts and issues such as civil society, citizenship, nationalism, liberalism, conservatism, feminism, socialism, national-socialism, fascism, racism, sexism and other various new social movements and political ideologies is discussed both in theory and in actual practice. The course also connects ideologies to a broader social and economic system.

Textbooks: Ball, Terence & Dagger, Richard. 2011. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal (8/E), Pearson.

Baradat, Leon P. 1988. Political Ideologies: Their Origins and Impact, Prentice Hall.

PUB302 Turkish Administrative Law 3 0 3 6

The course is designed to familiarize students with Administrative Law by introducing definition of the concepts associated and with the scope and function of the field. The course then aims to cover Turkish Administrative Law specifically in order to form a basis for understanding the historical background and current dynamics of the issue prevailing in Turkey.

Textbook: Introduction to Turkish Law, (2005) Tuğrul Ansay, Don Wallace, Kluwer Law International

PUB304 Program Evaluations & Auditing 3 0 3 6

Public programme evaluation and productivity improvement. Stages of scientific and practical development: efficiency, budgeting, management, privatisation, auditing, etc. Types of evaluation: front-end analysis, process evaluation, problem monitoring, impact evaluation, synthesis and auditing methods. Fundamentals: definition, objectives, measures, study plans, etc. Detailed study of the major three innovations: The Bottom Line, Inspectors, and Total Quality Management. Scientific, technical, ethical problems associated with programme evaluation.

Textbook: Johnstone, Karla & Gramling, Audrey. 2013. Auditing: A Risk-Based Approach to Conducting a Quality Audit. Cengage Learning.

Departmental Elective 3 0 3 6
STJ 030 Internship -30 calendar days 0 0 0 0

The internship is compulsory for the students at the end of third year. Its period must be minimum of 30 calendar days and students are required to prepare a report.

 

Total 15 30
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus
POLS407 Global Political Economy 3 0 3 6

This course discusses key international political economic issues using a case based approach. Topics: Economic and political challenges of trade liberalization for both industrialized and developing nations, the role of natural resources and foreign direct investment in economic development, regionalism, global capital flows and financial crises, strategic trade and competition. The course also deals with political globalization as regards economic globalization and the dissolution of international system into a global one.

Textbook: Ravenhill, John. 2014. Global Political Economy. Oxford University Press.

 

POLS409 Nation State & Nationalism 3 0 3 6

This course covers nationalism and nation building in historical perspective. Ethnicity, national consciousness and ethnic nationalism will be analysed in an international comparative framework. The course deals with nationalism in the context of nation state and its building process and hence offers some aspects of state theories in general and social-cultural integration of people and citizens into a general social whole.

Textbook: Malesevic, Sinisa. 2013. Nation-States and Nationalisms: Organization, Ideology and Solidarity. Polity. 

PUB403 Local Government & Administration 3 0 3 6

The course is concerned with the relationship between central and local governments; responsibilities of municipalities and other local administrative units in delivering services, generating resources, evaluating and controlling municipal programmes. It also considers democratic and participatory function of local governments as well as problems and theories of urban and regional politics.

Textbook: Bowman, Ann O’M & Kearney, Richard C. 2011. State and Local Government: The Essentials. Cengage Learning. 

POLS401 Political Sociology 3 0 3 6

This course aims to give detailed knowledge and a required formation regarding fundamental subjects of political sociology to students from various programmes of the Faculty. In addition it aims to teach students how to reach the required knowledge and to equip themselves with the ability of analytical thinking. Another objective of the course is to re-examine political experience and the socio-political structure of various cases including Turkey. In accordance we will frequently try to understand the relationships between some sociological-political theories and certain aspects of our own societies in practice.

Textbook: Giddens, Anthony. 2000. Sociology, Polity Press. 

Departmental Elective 3 0 3 6
Total 15 30
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus
POLS415 Political Parties & Election Systems 3 0 3 6

This course is designed to introduce the student to some basic aspects of the Turkish social structure; such as politics, system of norms and economy, population, modes of residence, social classes and family will be other important issues of concern.

Textbooks: Michels, Robert. 1966. Political Parties. Free Press.

Dalton, Russell J. & Farrell, David M. 2013. Political Parties and Democratic Linkage: How Parties Organize Democracy. Oxford University Press.

 

PUB402 Comparative Public Administration 3 0 3 6

Comparative study of public sector structures and reforms in the developed industrial countries (US, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, Holland, as well as countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and Turkey). Issues, pertaining to the “DPM” formula, developed by the Chicago School of economics – Deregulation, Privatisation, Marketization, and their significance for public administration Different countries’ experiences with adapting their public structures and strategies to the constantly changing needs of growing economy and social problems.

Textbook: Chandler, J.A. 2014. Comparative Public Administration. Routledge.

 

POLS417 Contemporary Political Theory 3 0 3 6

This course outlines the history of political thought of more recent thinkers, all of whom have reformulated classical political theories in the twentieth century, such as V. Lenin, Frederich Hayek, Antonio Gramsci, Hannah Arendth, Lousi Althusser, Michael Focault, John Rawls, Andre Gorz, Jurgen Habermas, Ralph Miliband, and Francis Fukuyama, Manuell Castells, and David Harvey.

Textbook: Kymlicka, Will. 2001. Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.

Departmental Elective 3 0 3 6
Non-Departmental Elective 3 0 3 6
Total 15 30