Higher Institute of Political and Administrative Sciences

Master in Political Sciences



The mission of the Political Science department is to train students in the Lebanese political system and other political systems. The main goal is to provide our students with the basic theoretical and methodological tools in the field of Political Science to be capable of understanding and explaining the political environmental and the main sociopolitical dynamics that affect the politics at its different levels. In order to reach this goal the Political Science department is offering a program focused on the following topics:
• Middle Eastern, Arabic and Lebanese policy
• Public affairs, public institutions, Constitutional Law
• Political communication
• Comparative politics, theory/philosophy of politics

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will have the ability to manage a team within a parliamentary or ministerial group.
2. Graduates will have the ability to perform consultations in study offices or consulting firms.
3. Graduates will have the ability to work on political editorial projects.

Program Outcomes

a. Students will be able to define political projects with parliamentary leaders and ministerial offices.
b. Students will be able to create special folders on economic policy for public and private companies.
c. Students will collaborate in the design and evaluation of editorial projects in politics.
36 credits
Common Core
POL515Challenges of Globalization
3 credits
This course provides a multidisciplinary approach to the challenges of globalization, with a particular emphasis placed on its scope and its economic consequences. We will discuss the much debated theoretical questions about globalization, and combine it with an analysis of changes in the balance between powers in the 20th and 21st centuries, including the decline of traditional powers, the emergence of new regional powers, the multiplication of decision centers, and the role of international governance in organizations.
POL510Comparative Political Systems
3 credits
The comparative study of contemporary systems is a relatively recent development in the field of political systems and this course focuses on the comparative analysis of different Western political systems in particular. There will be an emphasis on the practice of comparing systems, comparing and classifying what is studied in order to achieve a generalization or a developing a better explanation. Political science is no exception to the rule and comparative work makes up a significant part of the analysis conducted on the diversity of socio­political phenomena around which the discipline is built. The methodological approach of this course will combine comparative analysis by subject and then by country. Throughout this course students will be invited to participate in an active way.
POL520Current Events Issues
3 credits
This course is a set of practical activities focused on current issues. Presentations and press releases, the writing of book reviews and synthesis, and participation in simulation debates are all exercises that will allow students to gain practical and working methods in close contact with the current themes of international, regional and national politics.
POL505Methodology of Writing and Research in Political science
3 credits
POL530Political Communication
3 credits
This course aims to give students a theoretical analysis framework to understand the practical issues of political communication. Thus, the seminar aims to assess the different types of political effects and to understand strategies and communication practices during the development, elaboration and the implementation of public policy.
POL525Politics and Societies in the Mediterranean Area
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: POL211 And POL336 And POL213 And SPO431 And POL321 And POL212
The Mediterranean area is now at the center of international and European policy. Mediterranean societies have a long and rich history, but it is their contemporary problems and issues that interest us the most in this class. We will also pay special attention to their common points and differences in order to better understand this region.
ADP552Constitutional Law and State Theories
3 credits
This course offers a critical and comparative approach to constitutional law and the theory of the state, based on various case studies. Its content is structured around the questioning of the notion of state in Lebanon and the Arab countries, with regard to the sources of norms production and policies and legislative practices, in comparison with historical experiences the West has known, and other regions of the world (Indian subcontinent, Latin American world).
ADP556Federalism, Decentralization and Regional Cooperation
3 credits
Federalism and decentralization are issues of debate in many countries including Lebanon. This course aims to provide students with practical knowledge through the study of case studies along with theoretical tools related to these fields.
ADP560Political Challenges of Religions in Societies
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: POL211 And POL336 And POL213 And SPO431 And POL321 And POL212
"The 21th century will be religious or not" (attributed to André Malraux). It is clear that religions have become ­ or have again become ­ actors of international relations in the Middle East, but also in some European countries as rather acquired secularism. Key questions will be discussed in this course, including: How has Islam projected itself onto the world stages and its legitimacy to speak about religious conflicts in the Middle East or the Balkans? What is happening in Italy, where in November 2009 more than 80% of its population voted for maintaining its commitment to keeping crucifixes in the classrooms of public schools, just after the European Court of Human Rights decided on their removal in the name of freedom of conscience? This course will provide some answers while placing the Lebanese experience at the center of the debate.
ADP558Political System and Administrative Organization in Lebanon
3 credits
Deep knowledge and critical approach of the political system and the administrative organization in Lebanon are necessary for any student who is interested in public policy and who wants to pursue a professional career or conduct research in this area.
ADP550Public Politics and Administrative Law
3 credits
This course provides tools for policy analysis, a central theme in political science. The analysis of public policy helps to identify practical and ideological conditions in which publication is developed, formulated and implemented. It combines the practical instruction of general administrative law based on various case studies.
ADP554Sustainable Development and Resource Management
3 credits
Sustainable development is a current topic which is investing more and more public action in the management of natural, cultural and historical resources. This course offers both practical and theoretical instruction, for putting into practice in the Lebanese and regional situation.
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