MA in Political Science

The Currculum for MA in Political science is designed and copmleted and the program will be launched  soon.

 

Bahir Dar University

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

 

 

Curriculum FOR

The Degree of Master of Arts

In

Political Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 2014

 

 

 

 

Bahir Dar University

Faculty of Social Sciences

 

MA in Political Science Program

 

 

 

ባህር ዳር፤ ኢትዮጵያ

Bahir -Dar- Ethiopia

 

  

1.  Introduction

2.  Rationale for the Program

3.  Objectives of the Program

4.  Graduate Profile

5.  Professional Profile

6.  Accademic Requirements

Admission Requirement

Duration of the Study

Mode of Delivery, Assessment and Evaluation Policy

Grading System

Graduation Requirement

Degree Nomenclature

Medium of Instruction

Admission Requirement

7. Quality Assurance

8. Staff Profile

9. List of Courses and Modules

10. Course Breakdown

11.Course Guidebooks

 

  1. 1.INTRODUCTION

Universities in any society and country play a pivotal role in producing highly qualified professionals for the broader social, cultural, economic, political and technological developments and innovations. In countries like Ethiopia where well trained and skilled man power is limited, investment in higher education is of extreme importance to meet the growing demand of such professionals in all areas. Bahir Dar University (BDU) is one of the largest and rapidly growing universities in Ethiopia, with tens of thousands of students in its diverse undergraduate and graduate programs.

As tools of realizing its vision and mission, BDU has established several colleges, faculties, schools, institutes and academies in different campuses. Currently special priority is given to expand post graduate programs to make the University one of the top premier research universities in Africa within a couple of years.

The Faculty of Social Sciences of BDU has currently four undergraduate and six post-graduate programs. The faculty designs programs based on the socio-economic and political imperatives of the country. The faculty is preparing to launch a new program at post-graduate level in political science as part of the broader effort in producing well trained professionals in the area.

 

Rationale

The post 1991socio-economic and political changes in Ethiopia especially the change in ideological orientation, introduction of federalism, re-orientation of the country’s foreign policy as well as decentralization as part of the democratization initiative necessitated professionals particularly of political science. Ethiopia is emerging as a power house in the horn and Africa at large, given that Ethiopia is the center of African and international diplomacy as many Continental like African Union and International Organizations like the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa located in the Country, experts in political science is no doubt central in helping the country to play a leading role.

Though no need assessment has been done yet for the post graduate programme in political science, we had already conducted undergraduate PSIR program need assessment by contacting different stakeholders both at federal and regional institutions and offices as well as non-governmental organizations. They indicated that there are vacant positions and also demands which require competent professionals in Political Science in their respective institutions. Especially, the regional bureaus (Amhara region in particular) have shown great interest for such program in meeting the gaps of well trained professionals in areas of decentralization, governance/local governance, public relation, public administration, etc. Informally as well Regional offices repeatedly inform as to open such program.

The program is of interest by various stake holders ranging from regional governments to federal ministries and nongovernmental organizations. Meeting the demand of such organizations/institutions at undergraduate level is not suffice, specialty courses at postgraduate level are vital to meet the growing needs of the country, i.e., producing experts, academicians and researchers.

The MA program in Political Science offers high quality education and training to scholars interested in broadening their intellectual horizon in the field. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in higher education, government or international agencies by equipping them with knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about a wide range of national, regional and international issues in the ever changing and dynamics of today’s world.

Besides its practical relevance in terms of seeking solutions to the multifaceted socio-economic and political problems facing the country like Ethiopia, the program will also contribute for the generation of new knowledge and theories in the field in order to understand the complexities and changing nature of national, regional and global politics through an interdisciplinary research.

Since various organizations are on the look at for specialized and skilled personnel, it will expand prospect of employment for those completing postgraduate program in political science. More than two dozen new universities are established throughout the country and the need for higher level training for teaching and research personnel for second and third degree is utmost importance for the nation where postgraduate programs are limited. Thus, BDU will play such role in the field aforementioned.

Launching the program, thus, will help not only to produce skilled and professional scholars to engage themselves in problem solving research activities in the region as well as in contributing their part to the overall development endeavor of the country but also help the faculty and the university to work and establish links with different regional and national stake holders as well as with foreign higher education and research institutions.

 

  1. 2.OBJECTIVES

The general objective of the program is to produce well qualified and high level professionals in the field who could play a leading role in contributing for new knowledge, engaging higher-level research, teaching and consultancy services. It also has the following specific objectives that would:

  • Producing highly trained and qualified manpower in the field of Political Science
  • Equipping trainees of necessary knowledge and skills for teaching, research and training for governmental, non-governmental and international stakeholders
  • Contribute for widening the research interest, skill and output of trainees
  • Meet the growing demand for analysts, researchers, policy advisors, etc
  • Promoting research in political science focusing on Ethiopia, the horn and Africa at large and beyond
  • Meet the growing demand of internal and external stakeholders for skilled, professional manpower
  • Provide short term and long term training for different stake holders

 

 

 

  1. 3.GRADUATE PROFILE

The program aimed at producing well-trained and qualified professionals in the field of political science. The graduates of Political Science are expected to be proficient in terms of their grasp of key theoretical knowledge, methodologies and methods in the field of study, develop strong analytical skills, and acquire demonstrable skills in engaging research in the wider academic context. Upon completion of the program, the graduates shall be able to:

  • Understand and familiarize with basic concepts, theories and practices of political science
  • Exhibit academic leadership as specialist and experts in the field of political science
  • Good understanding of diplomacy and diplomatic practices
  • Equip with the methods and techniques of policy analysis on domestic and international political affairs
  • Grasp methods and methodologies of research in Political Science and International Relations.
  • Demonstrate their expertise in competing theoretical models and pursuing independent and interdisciplinary research on their own in areas of national and international politics, diplomacy, domestic and foreign policies, etc

 

  1. 4.PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

The program offers thoroughgoing, up-to-date studies in the sphere of political science enabling its graduates to gain high-level professional skills and a solid grounding in terms of knowledge and analytical techniques. Thus, the Political Science professionals in their careers in public/government and non-governmental organizations will have the following profiles:  

  • Diplomats, domestic and international civil servants
  • Political and Policy analysts on domestic and international issues
  • Consultants/advisors to different stakeholders- governmental and non-governmental
  • Researchers and experts in areas of Political Science (Domestic and International Politics) as well as in other related areas
  • Teachers/instructors in political science and other related fields
  • Serve as academic advisor in the relevant graduate and undergraduate programs
  • Public/external relations personnel and experts
  • Experts in Conflict studies and hydro-politics
  • Security advisers and experts

 

  1. 5.ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

5.1  Admission Requirements

Students who want to pursue MA in Political Science should possess adequate background knowledge of the subject matter. To be eligible for admission to the program candidates shall:

  • Comply with the general regulations for admission to the Graduate Program of the University
  • Hold a Bachelor degree in political science and international relations, a minor in political Science,Civics and Ethical Studies, governance and development studies, and other related fields
  • Applicants from non-political science background may take bridging courses of not more than 18 credit hours in undergraduate courses of political science and international relations.
  • A pass in entrance examination(written and oral)

 

5.2  Duration of the Study

The curriculum extends for one academic year of full-time course work and one more year for thesis writing. Extending the duration beyond two years requires the permission of the program Council and academic commission of the Faculty of Social Science.

Unless the graduate council of the program directs otherwise each course must combine assignments, term papers and exam(s). The student's result in a course shall depend on the cumulative performance in these series of activities.

 

5.3  Mode of Delivery, Assessment and Evaluation Policy

               5.3.1. Mode of Delivery

  • Lecture
  • Debate
  • reflections
  • Article and book review
  • Seminars, presentations
  • Field work

 

               5.3.2. Assessment and Evaluation

  • Examinations
  • Article and book reviews
  • Course papers and/or presentation
  • Thesis work and defense

 

Grading system

The grading system of the program will be as per Bahir Dar University’s grading system.

 

Assessment of the MA Thesis and defense

The thesis exam session is conducted by an examining board composed of the advisor, internal and external examiners. The result of the student will be determined by the equal vote of the board members. The board will use the following marking scheme:

Grade

Point

Excellent

90% and above

Very good

75-89%

Good

65-74%

Satisfactory

50-64

Fail

Below 50

 

The Thesis will be evaluated out of 70% based on the following criteria:

Technique:

  • Originality of the work
  • Logical development of the argument (the thesis)
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Citation rules

Content

  • Problem formulation and Methodology 15 percent
  • Survey and analyses of relevant sources and literature 30 percent
  • Survey and analyses of relevant cases 20 percent
  • Over all organization 5 percent

Thesis defense will be evaluated out of 30%.

   5.4 Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify and earn the M.A. degree in Political Science, a student will have to fulfill rules and regulations and ethical standards set by the office of the graduate program of Bahir Dar University.

Students will be eligible for graduation upon successful completion of all the courses/modules and thesis (36 credit hours total). The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for graduation is 3.0 with no "F" grade. In addition, student should complete, submit and successfully defend orally his/her Thesis at the end in public after carefully examined by internal external supervisors.

 

   5.5 Degree Nomenclature

The degree to be conferred upon candidates who successfully completed their studies shall be entitled: Master of Arts in Political Sciencein English and የአርትማስተርስግሪፖለቲካልሳይንስin Amharic.

 

   5.6Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction for the program is English.

6. QUALITY ASSURANCE

In general, quality assurance measures will be made as per the university quality assurance policy. Appropriate Quality assurance mechanism to attain the stated objectives of the Programs, shall be made. Careful overseeing of the program’s activities, assigning competent and qualified instructors to courses, conducting course and module level evaluations, use of all available instructional resources, etc shall be made to ensure quality of education.

Quality is assured through a combination of instructions given by experts in the field of political science and other related areas so as to meet the requirements of the program. Quality of teaching is maintained and provided to the students. Standards of other reputable institutions nationally as well as globally will be employed through adopting appropriate teaching techniques and tools in order to produce highly qualified professional scholars.

Specialized instructors in the area will be employed. Performance in the course will be evaluated in seminar presentations, assignments (independent and team works), book and article reviews and exams, field reports, etc, as per the adopted syllabus.

Internal as well as external assessment of the program will be made periodically. Internally, the teaching staff and its students make semester and annual evaluation of the program and its staffs, the department will ensure up to date text or reference books, or prepare modules and other teaching materials. Externally, professionals from other sisterly institutions and other stakeholders will evaluate the program. Feedbacks and constructive comments will be addressed through curriculum revision.

The total marks obtained by each student in each of the courses are graded and a minimum passgrade is required to continue the program. In addition, students undertaking field work for data collection will be monitored through periodic submission of report of activity, which will be assessed by supervisors and reported to appropriate post-graduate committee or coordinator.

7. STAFF PROFILE

No.

Name

Field of Specialization

Academic Rank

1

Abdi   Zenebe*

International Relations

Lecturer(BA,MA)

2

Abebe Asefa

Federal Studies

Lecturer(BA, LLB,MA)

3

Alefe Abeje

Federal Studies

Lecturer(BA,MA)

4

Ashenafi Tsegaye

International Relations

Lecturer(BA,MA)

5

Belachew Getinet*

RLDS

Lecturer(BA,MA)

6

Chalachew Tarekeng*

Political science

Lecturer(BA,MA)

7

Dessalew Mesfin*

Federal Studies

Lecturer(BA,MA)

7.

Embiale Beyene

International Relations

Lecturer(BA,MA)

8.

Eskindir Teferi

Peace and Conflict studies

Lecturer(BA,MA)

9.

Frew Yirgalem

RLDS/Urban Management & Dev’t

Lecturer(BA,MA,MSc)

10.

G/Tsadik Awugichew

Philosophy

Lecturer(BA,MA)

11.

Haftom Bayu

Gender and Development

Lecturer(BA,MA)

12.

Kalewongel Minale*

Peace and Conflict studies

Lecturer(BA,Mphil)

13.

Kebede Yimam*

International Relations

Lecturer(BA,MA)

14.

Matusala Sundado

Philosophy

Lecturer(BA,MA)

15.

Mekdelawit Taye

Human Rights

Lecturer(BA,MA)

16.

Moges   Demissie*

International Relations

Lecturer(BA,MA)

17.

Mohamed Yimam

Peace and Conflict studies

Lecturer(BA,MA)

18.

Mossa   Hussen

International Relations

Lecturer(BA,MA)

19.

Petros Kibebew

Human Rights

Lecturer(BA,MA)

20.

Tadesse   Aklog*                                          

International Relations

Lecturer(BA,MA)

21.

Taye Demissie

Federal Studies

Lecturer(BA,MA)

22.

Yonas Getinet

International Relations

Lecturer(BA,MA)

NB: *Staffs on study leave for PhD

 

8. Assignment of Course Code

The Political Science program’s courses are coded as ‘PoSc’ followed by four digits. ‘Po’ refers Political and ‘Sc’ stands for Science.

The four digits are meant the following:

  • The first digit indicates the level of the course in terms of year, i.e., ‘5’ for first year courses, and ‘6’ for second year courses, taking in to account that students must have first degrees taking three or four years.
  • The middle two digits indicates the various modules within the program where;

     01 –Political Theory and Comparative politics,

     02 –Politics and Government in Ethiopia

     03 –Conflict and International Relations,

     04 - Research Module.

  • The last digit stands for Semesterization in which ‘odd’ numbers refer first semester and ‘even’ numbers refers second semester except the MA Thesis where it takes two full semesters.

LIST OF COURSES

No.

Course Title

Course Code

Credit hours

CP

1

Contemporary Political theory

PoSc5011

3

5

2

Politics and Government in Ethiopia

PoSc5021

3

5

3

Federalism and local government in Ethiopia

PoSc5023

3

5

4

Theory of International Relations

PoSc5032

3

5

5

Ethiopia`s Foreign policy and Diplomacy

PoSc5034

3

5

6

Comparative Politics and Government

PoSc5013

3

5

7

Hydro politics in Africa and the Middle East

PoSc5038

3

5

8

Democratization & Politics of Development in Africa

PoSc5015

3

5

9

Peace and Conflict in Africa

PoSc5036

3

5

10

Research Methodology in Political Science

PoSc5042

3

5

11

M.A Thesis

PoSc6041

6

10

Grand Total

36

60

 

List of Modules

 

Module 01: Political Theory and Comparative Politics

 

No.

Course Title

 

EtCTS

Course Code

Cr Hr

LH

Tut.

CP

1

Contemporary Political theory

PoSc5011

3

3

 

5

2

Comparative Politics and Government

PoSc5013

3

3

 

5

3

Democratization and Politics of Development in Africa

PoSc5015

3

3

 

5

Total

9

 

 

15

 

Module 02: Politics and Government in Ethiopia

 

No.

Course Title

 

EtCTS

Course Code

Cr Hr

LH

Tut.

CP

1

Politics and Government in Ethiopia

PoSc5021

3

3

 

5

2

Federalism and local government in Ethiopia

PoSc5023

3

3

 

5

Total

6

 

 

10

 

Module 03: Conflict and International Relations

 

No.

Course Title

 

EtCTS

Course Code

Cr Hr

LH

Tut.

CP

1

Theory of International Relations

PoSc5032

3

3

 

5

2

Ethiopia`s Foreign policy and Diplomacy

PoSc5034

3

3

 

5

3

Peace and Conflict in Africa

PoSc5036

3

3

 

5

4

Hydro politics in Africa and the Middle East

PoSc5038

3

 

 

5

Total

12

 

 

20

 

Module 04: Research

 

No.

Course Title

 

EtCTS

Course Code

Cr Hr

LH

Tut.

CP

1

Advanced Research Methodology in Political Science

PoSc5042

3

3

 

5

2

MA Thesis

PoSc6041

6

0

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

12

 

 

15

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