The MA programme comprises the following:
(A) Taught modules
(B) Independent study, attending and participating in seminars/conferences
(C) MA dissertation
Each student is required to successfully complete all three parts of the programme. Following the submission of their application and admission to the MA programme, students are required to choose a specialization direction in International Relations or European Politics.
Specifically, 60% of credit units will be given in eight courses (66.6% in compulsory courses and 33.3% in courses of your choice).10% of credit units will be allocated to the compulsory attendance of departmental research seminars/conferences and the completion of an independent study (description, critical analysis and assessment) based on a certain lecture, recommendation or roundtable. 30% of credit units will be allocated to the completion of the dissertation in the direction of specialization chosen by the student.
(Α) Taught Courses (60 ECTS)
Each candidate is required to complete eight courses. Three of them are compulsory for both directions, three more will be compulsory as specialization courses, while the remaining two are chosen from a range of optional courses hosted by the Department of Social and Political Science (from the other direction of specialization in the MA programme and/or from the existing MA in Social and Political Theory). Each taught course is credited with 7.5 ECTS, exactly as the rest of the postgraduate courses of the department.
(1) Core Courses
[all three are compulsory for both specialization directions]
- SPS 540 International Political Theory
- SPS 541 Regional and International Governance
- SPS 500 Research Methods
(2) Specialization Courses
(2.1) Compulsory courses for the International Relations direction and optional for the European Politics direction
- SPS 640 International Political Economy
- SPS 641 Diplomacy
- SPS 642 International Law
(2.2) Compulsory courses for the European Politics direction and optional for the International Relations direction
- SPS 643 Contemporary European Politics
- SPS 644 European Political Economy
- SPS 645 European Union as International Actor
(3) Additional Courses
(Choice of two optional courses, either from the other specialization direction in 2.1 or 2.2 above and/or from the courses below)
- SPS 510 Interpretative Approaches to Political Theory
- SPS 511 20th Century Political Perceptions
- SPS 512 Political Sociology
- SPS 513 Special Issues in International Relations
- SPS 514 Feminist Theory
- SPS 515 Special Issues in European Politics
- SPS 529 EU & Contemporary Subjects of Human Rights and Democratization
- SPS 610 Classical Sociological Theories
- SPS 611 Technology and Social Change
- SPS 612 Contemporary Sociological Theories
- SPS 613 Social Anthropology
- SPS 614 Sociology of Social Movements
- SPS 618 Globalisation and Social Theory
(Β) Research Seminars/Conferences - Attendance and Independent Study (10 ECTS)
Attendance to the department's research seminars will be compulsory. By the end of the 2nd Semester, students choose a specific presentation or roundtable discussion upon which to compose an independent study (description, critical analysis and assessment) of approximately 3000 words.
(C) Dissertation (30 ECTS)
(in the field of specialization)
In their 3rd semester, students attend two courses and begin writing their dissertation. The dissertation should be around15,000 words long, including bibliography. In the 4th semester, the students continue and finish their dissertation.
Total: 100 ECTS
1st Semester: 3 Courses (22.5 ECTS)
International Political Theory
International Political Economy
Contemporary European Politics
[or any other optional course for the specialization in European Politics]
2nd Semester: 3 Courses(22.5 ECTS)
Regional and International Government
European Political Economy
European Union as International Actor
[or any other optional course for specialization in International Relations]
3rd Semester: 2 Courses and Independent Study (25 ECTS)
4rth Semester: Dissertation (30 ECTS)
(a) A photocopy of a university undergraduate degree (applications may be submitted by candidates who hold an accredited university degree or a qualification that has been approved by KYSATS - Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications - as being equivalent to a university degree. Applications may also be accepted from candidates who present a university degree or a university graduation confirmation by the end of the week before enrolment week).
(b) A detailed transcript of undergraduate degree results.
(c) A brief curriculum vitae.
(d) A certificate demonstrating the required knowledge of the English language, and possible other foreign languages, but also Greek language for graduates of non-Greek universities.
(e) Two reference letters (at least one from an academic).
(f) A brief statement (up to two pages in length) describing the applicants research goals and interests.
(a) Candidates for the MA programme should be graduates of an accredited university department, holding degree in Political Sciences or in relevant fields.
(b) As a rule graduates of Greek universities or of the University of Cyprus should normally hold at least 7.0 or above. The equivalent grade is required from candidates-graduates of other universities.
(c) Teaching language is Greek; still, the dissertation and other academic essays could be written in English or in other languages, if that is possible, with the permission of the student's supervisor and MA coordinator.
(d) A good knowledge of the English language is required. The knowledge of an additional foreign language will be counted as an extra qualification.
(e) Final decision for admissions in the postgraduate programme is taken by the Departmental Council, following a recommendation from the Postgraduate Studies Committee. The committee assesses whether it is necessary to call a candidate for an interview or/and in written examination, even if they meet all entry requirements.
(f) The annual number of entrants to the programme is: 20 (10 in each specialization).
These are regulated according to The University Postgraduate Study Rules.
On the Masters Programmes offered by the Department of Social and Political Sciences students can study full-time or part-time. University Regulations stipulate that the maximum duration of study for a Masters Programme is eight semesters.
Successful completion of 100 credits following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
These are allocated as follows:
Seminar Attendance and Essay: 10
Students will be obtaining MA in Political Science (International Relations) or MA in Political Science (European Politics).
The course aims to help students comprehend the process of developing research following scientific methods and approaches. The module will include: ways of choosing research questions, the importance of reviewing bibliography, developing theoretical research frameworks, categories of variables, research questions, research hypotheses, formulation of questionnaires and other methods of measuring, the validity and credibility of methods of measuring, internal validity, research ethics, sampling techniques, methods of data collection, data analysis and interpretation of results using the statistics package SPSS, various kinds of research, authoring a scientific research paper.
SPS 510 Interpretative Approaches to Political Theory
The module investigates the methodological problems that are related to the study and interpretation of the history of political thought. When political terms such as justice, rights, freedom etc are examined through the written statements of political thinkers, crucial methodological issues arise that are related to the historicity of concepts, the universality of ideas and how those ideas are understood. Separating history from philosophy and treating them as different subjects of scientific investigation brings up the question of whether the history of political thought belongs to historical research or to philosophical investigation. If interpretative reading should occur following an eclectic collaboration between the two then what is the relationship between these two methods of investigation? There exist a large number of suggested methodological approaches concerning the reading of political ideas. These will be examined through the critical interpretation and analysis of the works of each approach's main proponent. The research methods suggested and developed by R.G. Colingwood, M. Oakeshott, L. Strauss, A. Lovejoy and Q. Skinner and others shall be analysed.
SPS 511 20th Century Political Perceptions
The module focuses on the two-way relationship between the political perceptions and the defining historical events of the 20th century. During the 20th century liberalism was boosted and redefined, national socialism appeared in the political forefront becoming a formal state dogma, Marxism experienced such a fragmentation that the use of the term in its singular form became utterly problematic (western Marxism and "critical theory", Stalinism, reformism). The clash of ideologies and the social movements that came with them to an extent determined the historical developments that consequently became the basis for new ideological directions, differentiations within trends of thought, new convergences and divergences between the various schools of political thought and the number of newly founded ideological trends within each line of thinking.
SPS 512 Political Sociology
Themodule investigates the main terms and theoretical debates, the methodology and the themes of political sociology. The social foundation of the political phenomenon is investigated through the analysis of various systems of political structure, different forms of political action, the role of ideology and the procedures of political opposition and change. The module places special emphasis on theoretical issues, but always in conjunction with the analysis of empirical data.
SPS 513 Special Issues in International Relations
This course examines current or other issues of international relations, of concern to the scientific community but also the 'international' community. Issues can include, international security, NGO activism, as well as the global communication, enviroment and intercultural relations.
SPS 514 Feminist Theory
The module deals with the various philosophical trends and currents that comprise the intellectual legacy of contemporary feminism. Firstly, the development of feminist thought is investigated from a historical-sociological angle. In addition, the module examines the theoretical oppositions that reflect women's various needs and perceptions in different societies and under different conditions that, in turn, originate from the founding of feminism within antagonistic ideological traditions.
SPS 515 Special Issues in European Politics
This course examines current or other issues of European politics, of concern to the scientific community but also the 'European' community. Issues can include legitimacy crisis of European democracy and the challenges that the Europe of the 21st century faces.
SPS 529 EU & Contemporary Issues of Human Rights and Democratization
This module is comprised of a series of postgraduate seminars/l workshops/ lectures, through which, it examines and analyses contemporary issues of human rights and international democratisation. It also critically addresses, through an interdisciplinary approach, the way in which EU deals with those issues.
SPS 540 International Political Theory
This course examines the development of international thought as it emerges from within the study of classical and modern political theory. It engages in the historical and philosophical investigation of key concepts and the way they are used in international politics, that is to say,their acceptance, interpretive struggle, proper, improper or rhetorical use by the different political actors of the world society. Specifically, the course examines concepts like sovereignty, governance, power, violence, peace, security, civilization, development, order, community, self-determination, legitimation, friendship, enmity, coexistence, solidarity, justice, integration, etc.
SPS 541 Regional and International Governance
The establishment of international and regional organisations and institutions constitutes one of the most notable trends in post-war era. Indeed, there are more than 5.000 international organisations in the world today. The course examines theories and practices of governance at the regional and international level. It examines the factors affecting the establishment of international organisations, their evolution and future, as well as various trends in international governance. The course also analyses the problems and pathologies of international organisations and their formal institutional structures. It also analyzes the general and specific nature of organisations of regional and international magnitude. In particular, this course intends to provide insightson how international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, WTO, IMF etc, and regional institutions like the EU, the African Union, ASEAN, Mercosur, etc function. Additionally, among other topics, this module examines themes like bureaucracy, democracy, interventionism and resistance movements.
SPS 610 Classical Sociological Theories
The module examines the work of sociology's most important thinkers of the classical period (from around the mid 19th century up to the mid 20th century). The module's main aim is the in-depth analysis of the most important issues of classical sociological theory. Special emphasis is given to questions concerning the methodology of the social sciences, the appearance of modernism and modern society's capitalist character.
SPS 611 Technology and Social Change
The module investigates the social effects of technology that can only be understood through the systematic analysis of people's everyday lives. The following points will be tackled: the comprehension and analysis of bibliographical references, the investigation of the theories and models of technological innovation and social change and their in between relationships; how are the institutional, cultural and political elements connected to technological transfer acquired? The methods of determining the affects of technological change will be studied and the alternativeness of planned technology that is linked to social change will be critically analysed based upon case studies in Cyprus and Europe.
SPS 612 Contemporary Sociological Theories
The module examines the work of the most important thinkers of sociology in modern times (from around the mid 20th century until the present day). The module's main aim is the thorough discussion of the main issues of contemporary sociological theory. Questions regarding the methodology of social sciences and the character of social reality will be posed and social change in modern society will be analysed.
SPS 613 Social Anthropology
The module examines social anthropology's main theoretical trends with a special emphasis on more recent approaches and on social anthropology's contribution to social theory. The basic theoretical approaches will be discussed (functionalism, structural functionalism, structuralism, Marxist anthropology, action theories, anthropology of the social gender, interpretative anthropology, post-modernism, and post-colonial critique) with the main reading material being each school's classic ethnographies. Additionally, a series of thematic categories such as gender, religion, capitalism and the body will be discussed from the different angles of approach suggested by the different theories.
SPS 614 Sociology of Social Movements
The history of social movements poses a serious theoretical problem concerning social analysis. On the one hand, there is a temptation to search for deterministic regularities that limit the scope of the effect of social movements but on the other, social movements are dangerously easy to find everywhere. Therefore, the module shall focus on the internal differentiation of social movements and it will then move on to their historical formalisation comparing the various tactics and strategic methods ofmovements. The interaction between political parties, social classes, ethnic and religious groups will be examined along with the fluid relationship and antithesis between revolutionary and social movements or pressure groups. Bothmicro-sociological and macro-sociological approaches will be examined.
SPS 618 Globalisation and Social Theory
The module presents the main social theories that seek to interpret globalisation. Starting from the school of world systems and the theories of international relations, the module covers the classical approaches as they have developed in the current international literature. The module will be covered using both primary sources and secondary sources. Themes such as the historicity of globalisation, the relationship between cosmopolitanism, internationalism and globalisation will be examined. Also the State's role in the new reality will be investigated.
SPS 640 International Political Economy
This course examines international relations from the scope of economic transactions among nations, including looking at the basic poles of international economy and the pattern of uneven economic development between states. Emphasis will be given to modern trends of economic interpenetration, interdependence and dominance of 'national' economies, as well as in leading international institutions (such as the World Trade Organisation and IMF), which have decisive effects in the institutional framework or/and in the crisis management of the 'globalised' economy.
SPS 641 Diplomacy
This course examines diplomatic theory and practice, from the perspective of interstate relations and beyond. Specifically, it engages the developement of diplomatic thought, different theoretical approaches to diplomacy, the traditional and emerging actors, and the new structures and processes of diplomatic practice. It looks at the scope and extent of diplomatic relations, diplomatic law, the types of diplomatic mission, diplomatic communication, public diplomacy, mediation and negotiation. It examines case studies like coercive diplomacy, crisis management, and celebrity diplomacy.
SPS 642 International Law
The purpose of this module is to examine the basic concepts and principles of international law, as well as its law-making and enforcement mechanisms. It will give an overview of the traditional and contemporary theoretical approaches to international law and will examine its sources (treaties, custom etc) and subjects (states, international organizations etc). Issues of statehood and recognition, as well as the role of non-state actors will be emphasized. The module will be also examining the fundamental rules of international law, such as the prohibition on the use of force in international relations, the principle and means of peaceful settlement of disputes, as well as particular fields, such as the law of the sea.
SPS 643 Contemporary European Politics
Europe is comprised of stateswith very different political systems, social structures and cultural characteristics. This course examines the political systems of certain European states, and attempts to highlight particular issues arising from their heterogeneity, as well as from the need to formulate and apply different or/and common policies. It comparatively deals with the most crucial differences among states, and examines how their particularities have contributed in the development of European institutions. On the other hand, through the analysis of certain policies, the module examines how the EU affects the evolution of institutions and practices in other member states.
SPS 644 European Political Economy
This course examines the process of European integration as a complex, dynamic system comprised of two main and interdependent components, i.e. the economic and political ones. During the past decades, these components have evolved in different paces, causing imbalances, problems, underlying and unresolved crises in the institutional framework of the EU. The question relating to the sustainability of the EU as an institution characterized of ongoing, imbalanced levels of economic development, multispeed and changing geography will be emphasized.
SPS 645 The EU as International Actor
This course examines and analyses the role of the EU in the world through the historical evolution of its foreign relations and policies: Common Foreign Policy and Security Policy, Trade Policy, Development Policy, Neighbourhood Policy, issues of Human Rights and Democratisation, the role of European diplomacy in resolving international conflicts, etc. Today, the EU constitutes a significant, unconventional actor in the international stage, with more authority than conventional international institutions, and less authority than that of states. How does the EU participate in international institutions? How does its involvement differ depending on the level of integration in various policy fields? What are the changes due to its participation? What changes are the due to the existence of the European External Action Service? How are its role and policy coherence affected by the intrinsically different approaches or foreign policies of its Member States? These questions are open to multiple answers. Using the rich theoretical discourse developed over these issues, the course intends to offer a fertile framework for discussing the phenomena shaping the network of foreign relations and policies of the EU.