Institut Supérieur des Sciences Politiques et Administratives

Bachelor in Political Sciences

96 crédits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)


General Education
Arts and Humanities
3 credits
Civic Engagement
2 credits
French Communication
3 credits
History of Lebanon
3 credits
POL212Introduction to Geopolitics
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: LFR120
This course offers an introduction to geopolitics, its development through history and, its different schools of thought. An analytical approach to the geopolitics of Lebanon and the Middle East is a key aspect of the course.
POL211Introduction to Political Science
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: LFR120
This course defines the notion of policy. It questions the concepts of “Political Science” and the different “Political Sciences” with a focus on the field of policy. The concept of State is an important part in this introduction given the interdependence and complementarity between “political” and “State”.
Quantitative Reasoning
3 credits
Religious Sciences
3 credits
Science and Health
3 credits
1 credits
SOC218Statistics Applied to Human Sciences I
3 credits
Most of the analysis in human and social sciences and decision-making is founded on statistical data. Students will work individually on data collected either in their research or in their professional lives. This course provides students with the tools and knowledge required to present data in tables and graphs, how to analyze the characteristics of a statistical distribution, and how to study the correlations between two variables. Particular attention is devoted to the choice of statistical methods and interpretation of results.
Common Core
POL225Elements of Constitutional Law
3 credits
This course aims to introduce students to the constitutional rights through the perspective of a political science. It presents the main principles of constitutional law; such as, separation and balance of powers, the various political regimes, institutional bodies as well as those essential to political and social life ­ parties, unions, etc.
POL213Introduction to International Relations
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: LFR120
Beyond any theoretical perspective, this course presents the current state of international relations following the fall of communism; emphasizing the new world order, globalization, the role of the United States and its reappraisal.
POL321Modern and Contemporary Political History
3 credits
The course focuses on the political, economic and sociological landscape covering the major issues of the twentieth century: the world wars, colonization, the East­West confrontation, the Cold War, decolonization, the disintegration of the USSR, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the European integration, US hegemony, the new international order resulting from the Gulf War, etc.
POL322Modern and Contemporary Political History of the Middle East
3 credits
This course focuses on the major constituent events in the modern and contemporary political history of the Middle East. It highlights fundamental aspects of the emergence and evolution of this region: the fall of the Ottoman Empire and its impact, Franco­British colonization, independences and confrontation with the State of Israel, etc.
POL226Political Economy
3 credits
This course aims, first, to analyze the microeconomic behavior; the subjective individual behavior of consumers and producers. The interaction between these two types of individuals, with the goal of maximizing their satisfaction, leads to the study of the market including the law of supply and demand and the equilibrium price. Thus, the analysis of competition in a market will be studied as well as non­competitive situations, such as, monopoly, monopsony, duopoly, oligopoly, etc. Then, individual behavior will be analyzed as a whole using the macroeconomic approach, including the relationship between large aggregates: GDP, consumption, unemployment, Gross Fixed Capital Formation, Export, and Import. This study will consider the different theoretical approaches concerning the choice of economic policy including monetary and fiscal policies for a country or a group of countries.
POL224Political Science Method
3 credits
This course trains students on two levels: linguistic and reflexive. Its objective is to prepare students for the rigorous study in the Bachelor program. It aims to assist students in learning the working methods of political science. Several methodological tools will be taught for this purpose: linguistically, analysis and summaries of texts adapted to different areas of political science, lecture notes, presentations and oral argument, and on the reflexive level, mastery of techniques of dissertation writing, so students can learn to differentiate between personal thinking and personal opinion, engage in synthetic reflection, and present a mini­dissertation “research” applying the methods learned throughout the semester. This course is meant to be participative and students are advised to take this course at the beginning of their degree program.
SPO452Administrative Organization of Lebanon
3 credits
This course deals with the Lebanese central government, its structure and its various institutions, its hierarchy, and the main laws governing its operation. It then discusses the decentralized authorities, municipalities, and autonomous offices. It also examines the Lebanese administrative courts (Council of State and Conflict Tribunal).
SPO461Analysis of Political Texts
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: POL211 and POL224
This course aims to introduce students to the analysis of political texts, manifestos, declaration, charter, treaties, constitutions, political speeches and press releases, etc. The analysis of the text allows the student to build a rich and varied political terminology related to the specialization.
SPO432Conflict Theories
3 credits
This course provides a classification of different types of conflicts; for example, intra­state or sub­state, guerrilla wars of independence, etc. It also outlines the forms and economies of violence.
SPO441Contemporary Political Thought in the Arab­Muslim World
3 credits
This course examines the different political thought of the Arab­Muslim world from the late 19th century to present, including fundamentalist political Islam, the Arab national movement of the late 19th century, the liberal modernism influenced by West, Arab nationalism against the Franco­British occupation, projects of Arab unity, Arab socialism, and current political Islamism.
POL331European Union: History, Organization and Political Challenges
3 credits
This course covers the history of the European Union and the political and economic context of its foundation. It deals with its organization, its institutions, its political issues, particularly those of its foreign policy, its economic power, etc. It addresses geographical, cultural, religious and linguistic features and their role in the formation of the European Union and in its enlargement. It focuses on the Euromed project that encompasses the countries of the European Union and the Mediterranean.
POL336History of Political Thought
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: POL211
This course covers the history of political thought, from ancient times to contemporary history. Particular attention is paid to concepts such of democracy, citizenship, the birth of the states, revolutionary movements, liberalism, socialism and conservatism.
POL333Human Geography of Lebanon and Arab Countries
3 credits
This course aims to introduce the topics of human settlement in Lebanon and the Arab countries, the phenomena of migration, and human activity, such as agriculture, industry and services.
SPO451Lebanon’s Political Regime
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: POL 211
This course covers, in detail, aspects of the Lebanese political system, the various political powers and their ways of operating, including, the Office of the President, Cabinet, Parliament, and judicial practices. This course also explains the community structure in Lebanon. It also introduces students to the Lebanese Constitution and its evolution since1926.
SPO453Lobbies and Political Parties in Lebanon
3 credits
This course familiarizes students with the different Lebanese political parties, political movements, factions, political trends, groups of interests, and lobbies, with their doctrines, principles, preferred type of organization and internal structure. The course examines their relation with the state and legal institutions.
SPO442Negotiations and Conflict Resolutions
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: SPO432
This course is of practical nature, intended to prepare students to address the different forms of international negotiations: individual diplomatic negotiations, labor delegations, international trade negotiations, how to resolve political, ethnic, community, and economic conflicts. This education is provided by practitioners in the field, such as diplomats and international businessmen.
POL334Political Regimes of Arab Countries
3 credits
This course reveals the dominant features that constitute the characteristics of political regimes in the various Arab countries by comparing their respective constitutions.
SOC422Political Sociology
3 credits
This course focuses on the central theme of power. This topic is treated in two parts with sub­themes which are integral to the central issue of the course. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to the notion of power and how it is undeniably linked to politics in its relation to the state and social actors. The second part of the course encourages reflection and questioning in relation to power, demonstrated through the study of different thinkers and sociologists of the twentieth century. Students learn not only to handle the theoretical concepts but also how to reflect on them in a methodical way, moving back and forth between sociological conceptualization and political reality.
POL335Politics and Mass Media
3 credits
Political power remains voiceless or even nonexistent if it does not communicate with the masses, and it is put in danger if it communicates poorly. At its worst it can become autocratic, communicating one way. This course is responding to the question of how to call upon mass communication without manipulating which, this is the policy issue in democracy and the main focus of this course.
SPO431Principles of Law
3 credits
The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the basic legal principles of law applied in Lebanon, with an emphasis on civil law, the penal code, and the commercial code, etc.
RIN443The Arab­Israeli Conflict
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: POL322
This course considers the history of the Arab­Israeli conflict since the founding of the State of Israel and its impact on the regional and international political map, including: the interference of international powers in this conflict, the political contexts of the wars of 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, and the process of peace (the peace conference in Madrid, the Oslo Accords, and the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan), the problem of the Golan Heights and the Shebaa Farms.
RIN444Water Issues in Regional Politics
3 credits
This course considers the issue of waters and rivers in Turkey and in the Middle East, international and interstate conventions and agreements concerning water, strategies and regional water conflicts, large water projects established and executed in the region, the water needs of states and water projects in Lebanon.


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 conduct educational, social, cultural programs, etc. within the Lebanese public service (ministries, municipalities or other public institutions).
2. Graduates will manage political life as a parliamentary attaches.
3. Graduates will integrate the political environment.
4. Graduates will organize political actions in the private sector (associations, lobbies, companies, committees).

Program Outcomes

a. Students will produce documents relating to local and national politics.
b. Students can assist a political leader as a parliamentary attaches
c. Students will be able to compose and implement projects related to internal political issues intended for public or private life (political parties, associations).
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