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SPS 151 Introduction to Political Science
What is politics? Political ideas and ideologies. Politics and the state. Democracy and legitimacy. Nations and nationalism. Political economy and globalization. Politics, society and identity. Media and political culture. Representation, elections, voting. Parties and party systems. Governments, political systems, regimes. Security, war, peace. Does politics matter?
SPS 152 Comparative Politics
The course aims to introduce the basic approach of Comparative Politics and to examine basic concepts like the state and democracy as well as political, party and electoral systems. It applies these concepts to the case studies of the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States.
SPS 153 International Relations
This course introduces students to international relations and how it is being transformed under conditions of globalization. Specifically, it examines the evolution of the modern international society, the foundational events of international political history, the basic theories of international relations, the actors, structures and processes of the international system, as well as specific themes like international peace and security, international economy and development, human rights, and the international aspects of communication, culture and the environment.
SPS 154 Political Theory
The purpose of this course is to familiarize the students with classical texts. Further, basic concepts and ideas that shaped European political structures are explored.
SPS 155 Foreign Policy
The process of foreign policy decision making. Methodological tools and levels of analysis. The goals and means of foreign policy. Continuity and change in foreign policy. Key factors in foreign policy analysis. The historical and sociopolitical context of foreign policy. The domestic setting and external influences. The world system and the geopolitical environment. The foreign policy of big powers and the international system.
SPS 156 European Integration
Introduction to European integration. The European Treaties. European law and finances. European institutions. Customs union. Common market. Economic and monetary union. Towards a political union in Europe. External policies. Conclusions.
SPS 157 Political Analysis and Methods
The students are introduced to the fundamental principles of quantitative and qualitative methods in Political Science and Social Sciences in general. The students are trained to use data from existing data bases such as the European Social Survey, the Eurobarometer, the Voice of People etc. The course includes intense training on the use of appropriate software such as R and/or SPSS for the analysis of quantitative data and Atlas for the analysis of qualitative data.
SPS 232 Power, Gender and Politics
Understanding issues related to gender, power and politics through the discussion of different feminist theories and in relation to problems, challenges and dilemmas of contemporary societies at national, international and global level.
SPS 251 The Political System of Cyprus
This course deals with a historical, social, and political analysis of the pre and post establishment of the Cyprus Republic. Basic concepts such as Constitution, political system, citizens’ rights and institutions are discussed with detailed reference to Cyprus. A critical view of the Cyprus constitutions and detailed analysis of articles and treaties are also being dealt.
SPS 261 Comparative Political Systems
The course aims to introduce students to comparative political systems. The first part of the course emphasizes the differences between democratic and authoritarian regimes, focusing on the distinct types and evolution of various forms of authoritarianism. The second part focuses on the comparison of democratic political systems, analyzing differences in their basic institutions, like party and electoral systems, welfare provisions, and administrative structures. The analysis of democratic and authoritarian systems relies on case studies of the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union/Russia, China and Brazil.
SPS 269 Basic Principles of Political Economy
The course focuses on such issues as: value theories, the distribution of wages, the theories of crises, and the laws/trends concerning the development of the free market economy. The course also examines the economic policies of both the state and of the central banks in contemporary economies.
SPS 281 Modern Political Thought
The course examines the development of Political Thought from Machiavelli to J.S. Mill, and analyses the contribution of modern political theorists to the debates over liberty, property, political obligation, social contract, justice, rights, sovereignty and power.
SPS 314 Political Sociology
The lesson will theoretically approach the subject of Political Sociology. After an introduction to the basic concepts and the historical tradition of Political Sociology with particular reference to its two main schools (Liberal and Marxist), the analysis will focus on the power relations and practices in modern society (distribution of political power, legalization of power and political consequences of power relations and practices) as well as modern forms and functions of the modern state (see parliamentary democracy and state bureaucracy). In addition, will be examined the modern political organization and political action - political parties, pressure groups and social movements. Lectures and discussion will be conducted in conjunction with aspects of social and political reality in Cyprus and other countries.
SPS 364 Europe and the Mediterranean
The course aims to examine and analyze the multifaceted nexus of relations between the EU and the countries of the Mediterranean basin, as well as the complex dynamics that govern these relations emphasizing issues of cooperation, democratization and security. Mediterranean is a region of high strategic importance and a place where countries of asymmetrical political and economic profiles and backgrounds interact in multiple ways. Moreover, the Euro-Mediterranean region encompasses complex, difficult and often unspoken lines of division that frequently intersect between then: North and South, East and West, Christianity and Islam, etc. The course offers the students the chance to understand the way relations, lines of divisions and conflicting interests interplay in the post-Cold war era in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The course is of great importance for students of international relations and European integration.
SPS 365 Plato’s Political Thought
Examination and critical analysis of Plato’s political theory on the basis of his rich text. The course also explores Plato’s reception throughout the centuries along with the ideological appropriation of his major political theses.
SPS 366 Theories of the Social Contract
The course examines the background and philosophical debate that led to the theory of the Social Contract, initially as the product of the philosophy of natural law and subsequently as an integral part in the theory of classical liberalism. It also examines how the theory of Social Contract had been transformed in the 18th century and what were the consequences of the critique addressed to it by the major representatives of utilitarian political philosophy.
SPS 367 Theories of Political Justice
Analytical examination of contemporary theories of social/political justice. This module examines the nature of justice, its importance in political life, and its relation to other social values. The range of theories examined aims to provide a clear picture of both the continuities and discontinuities on thinking about justice, in such works as those by John Rawls, Michael Sandel, Robert Nozick, Amartya Sen but also on themes such as intergenerational justice.
SPS 368 Hegel’s Political Thought
The course focuses on the Hegelian theory of the state. According to Hegel, the state, which was built as the result of the new realities after the French Revolution, is founded on the principle of the “free subjectivity”. Modern political life is characterised by an array of features as: the value and recognition of individuality, the right to free expression and critique, and the autonomy of action. The role of the modern state is not confined only to operational management of social realities. The modern state embodies the historical crystallisation of the notion of freedom and becomes the means for both developing further and deepening freedom.
SPS 373 The Cyprus Problem
Conceptual and analytical considerations and analytical contexts. Background of the domestic ethnic conflict. The impact of cross-boundary ethnic ties. Ethnopolitics and superpower politics. Ethnic rivals versus NATO allies. The role of the United Nations. The European Union and the Cyprus Problem. Conclusions.
SPS 376 Conflict Resolution
The course provides an introduction into the theory and practice of ethnic conflict focusing on the main theories concerning the root causes, opportunities and motivation in the eruption of tensions between ethnic/rival groups. The course emphasizes the methods of resolving deep-rooted conflicts through a range of diplomatic instruments (negotiations, mediation, coercion), and overviews the conflict resolution settlements (territorial, non-territorial etc) and the institutional models (power sharing) across a number of cases (Kosovo, Bosnia, Cyprus, Fyr Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Iraq).
SPS 377 Power and Legitimation in International Politics
This course examines how the power of state and non-state actors is legitimated and challenged in international politics. It firstly examines conceptual and theoretical questions around issues of power, legitimacy and legitimation and then focuses on the selective use and interpretation of the rules of international law, the legal and illegal use of force, the role of regional and great powers in the maintenance or violation of the international order, the creation of states, military bases and states of exception, the use of soft power and public diplomacy, and the management of the global commons.
SPS 381 Theories of Liberalism
The Module aims to bring to the fore the differences in the analysis of the concept of freedom in the liberal tradition. Laying special emphasis on the distinction between “negative” and “positive” freedom, the Module will examine the basic arguments of thinkers such as Isaiah Berlin, Gerald MacCallum, Robert Nozick, Hillel Steiner, Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz and Αmartya Sen. During the Module, students will be expected to become familiar with substantial issues as well as the way with which philosophers develop their arguments. The Module will begin with the classic arguments of Thomas Hobbes and J.S. Mill.
SPS 382 Contemporary Political Thought
The course aims to examine the production of political theory since John Stuart Mill’s constructive criticism of classical possessive liberalism. Basic concepts, such as liberty and justice, rights and obligations, social contract and property are revisited. The contribution of John Rawls and Robert Nozick to these discussions is the focus of our visitation of twentieth-century political thought.
SPS 383 Political Parties and Elections
The course will scrutinize representative democracy’s most important pillar, political parties; the nucleus of political representation. Although the first party scholars -Ostrogorski (1902) και Michels (1912)- predicted their demise a long time ago, political parties continue to be at the centre of political systems and political processes, to influence political culture, to structure political representation and represent societal interests and through party ideologies to influence the way in which citizens perceive the word around them. What is more, political scientists/analysts consider political parties a crucial prerequisite of democratic politics. A leading American scholar –Schattschneider- wrote that ‘political parties created democracy and modern democracy is unthinkable save in terms of the parties’. The course will cover a range of issues integral to the study of political parties and party systems: the way they emerged, their various functions, their organization and ideology, the ways they interact, typologies etc. During the course we will also explore the most important party families, as well as the most important electoral systems and how they influence the operation of political parties and party systems. Party failures and pathologies will also be examined since they directly relate to the way we perceive the parties but more importantly democratic, representative politics.
SPS 386 Right-wing Radicalism
The course examines the historical origins, the evolution and the theories that explain the emergence and consolidation of right-wing radicalism and extremism. It emphasizes the emergence of historical fascism and Nazism in the interwar period and its development and transformation in the post-war era. It analyzes and compares particular cases of right-wing extremism and/or radicalism and the reasons that govern the rise of such parties and movements in certain periods and countries.
SPS 391 The Political Thought of Marx
This course covers the development of Marx`s political thought from the Manuscripts of 1844 to the Capital. This module deals with an array of questions such as: is the political superstructurea simple reflection ofsocial and economic base or its relation to this is something more complex? What is the role of the political subject in the social activity and how is the political subject associated with the class struggle and contribute to the class struggle in contemporary capitalist societies? Special emphasis is given to concepts and notional structures such as: the concept of religion, alienation, social progress, commodity fetishism, individual freedom, and the state.
SPS 393 International Relations Theories
This course introduces students to the conventional and critical theories of international relations, which seek to understand and explain global political life. Specifically, it examines Realism, Liberalism, Marxism, Critical Theory, Social Constructivism, Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism, Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, and Ecology. It applies these theories to specific cases of international practice, so that students can appreciate the complexity of different theoretical perspectives and the knowledge claims concerning contemporary global events.
SPS 453 Strategy & War
The course examines the evolution of strategic thought in relation to the changing nature of warfare. Following an introduction into classical texts (Thucydides, Sun Tzu, Jomini, Clausewitz, Liddel Hart) of strategic studies and war, the course focuses on the application of strategic thought and practice in the context of wars, and analyzes the relation between war, law, propaganda and morality. The course overviews a number of conflicts and explains the rationale and use of strategies in assymetric warfare (WMD, nuclear weapons, terrorism)
SPS 468 Critical Theory
Critical Theory receives and transforms the legacy of German political philosophy and esp. the work of Hegel and Marx. This module focuses on the contribution of Critical Theory to the analysis of Enlightenment of contemporary Western democracy as well as the understanding of the phenomenon of totalitarianism.