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BS in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences with Specialization in Political Science

Program Overview

Areas: Governance, International Relations, Policy, Public Administration, Diplomacy, Comparative, Politics, Political Theory, Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, Political Economy

Duration: 4 years, 8 semesters

Credits: 131

Career Paths: Civil services, Policy Analyst, Law, Legislative Assistant, Social Media Manager for Government Institutions and Political Parties, Marketing Research Analyst, Intelligence Analyst, Political Campaign Staff, Public Relations Representative/ Specialist, Political Scientist

  • Program Description

    The Department of Social Sciences at BNU welcomes you to an enriching and transformative educational odyssey. With a steadfast commitment to cultivating bright, inquisitive, and dynamic minds, we are proud to introduce our reimagined BA (Hons) program in Social Sciences with a specialization in Political Science. Building upon a strong foundation in liberal arts, this comprehensive and multidisciplinary curriculum promises to shape future leaders who are not only well-versed in political theory and practice but are also equipped to navigate the complex challenges of our ever-changing world.

    Our academic evolution is driven by a profound desire to address the cultural, economic, and political landscapes of our time. We are guided by pivotal questions: What defines us? How do historical contexts shape our present realities? How can we foster global harmony and prosperity? Through rigorous inquiry and thoughtful exploration, our program is designed to ignite a boundless spirit of curiosity, empowering students to unravel new dimensions of contemporary thought and action.

    At the heart of our vision is the cultivation of analytical prowess, critical thinking, and a seamless fusion of global perspectives with local contexts. We don't aim to dictate what to think; instead, we empower students with the intellectual tools to think independently, reason judiciously, and form their own well-informed convictions. Our pedagogical ethos encourages intellectual autonomy and nurtures a capacity for profound reflection.

    Expect a captivating and distinctive academic voyage, one that nurtures your intellectual acumen and exposes you to diverse viewpoints. With an array of core courses in Political Science, you'll explore governance, international relations, policy analysis, and more, led by accomplished scholars and practitioners in the field. Moreover, our commitment to interdisciplinary learning is exemplified through elective offerings across various disciplines such as sociology, economics, and history, enabling you to synthesize multifaceted insights into your political inquiry.

    As you navigate through this transformative experience, you'll also benefit from the rich academic tapestry of BNU, tapping into elective courses from other schools like law, business, and journalism. Our program is an ideal launching pad for those seeking to unravel their intellectual inclinations before pursuing advanced studies or embarking on careers in government, diplomacy, research, and advocacy.

    Ultimately, our goal is to equip you with the intellectual dexterity, analytical finesse, and global awareness to shape meaningful dialogues, challenge conventions, and contribute positively to the intricate tapestry of our world. We invite you to join us in this educational odyssey, where you'll discover not only answers to pressing questions but also the power to redefine and shape the contours of our shared future. Welcome to a transformative journey of learning, exploration, and self-discovery.

  • Admission Requirement

    • To be eligible for admission to undergraduate program in Liberal Studies, a candidate must satisfy any one of the following requirements
      • FA / F.Sc with at least 2nd division (i.e. 495 marks)
      • O-levels (in at least 8 subjects) and 3 A-levels. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) will not be taken into account
      • High School Diploma and International Baccalaureate (IB) result with at least 2.5 CGPA and equivalence certificate from IBCC
    • Admission Test
    • Interview

     

    Students awaiting their FA/ F.Sc/A-Level results may apply for admission at BNU. Selected candidates will be granted provisional admission only, which may be regularized after they have been declared successful and meet the admission requirements of the university.

  • Courses

    This re-defined degree program trains students in critical and humanist disciplines like sociology, politics, history, economics, basic sciences and literature thereby equipping them to be much better positioned to play productive and constructive roles in the marketplace.

    • Semester I

      Course Title Course Category Credit Hrs.
      Academic Writing DLA-110 3
      Introduction to World History DLA-247 3
      Introduction to Social Anthropology   DLA-143 3
      Introduction to Social Thought    3
      Pakistan Studies SLA- 102 1.5
      Islamic Studies  SLA-103 1.5
        Total 15
    • Semester 2

      Course Title Course Category Credit Hrs.
      Communication Skills
      3
      Introduction to Political Thought DLA-109 3
      Introduction to Philosophy 
      3
      Introduction to World Literature  DLA-170 3
      History and Politics of Pakistan 
      3
      Computer Literacy  CSE-100 2
        Total 17
    • Semester 3

      Course Title Course Category Credit Hrs.
      IR: Basic Concepts
      3
      Introduction to Political Economy  DLA-100 3
      Evolution to Modern Political Thought 
      3
      Introduction to Political Science
      3
      Political Theory I
      3
        Total 15
    • Semester 4

      Course Title Course Category Credit Hrs.
      South Asia in Quest of Decolonization
      3
      Ideology and Dynamics of Pakistani and Political Science System 
      3
      Case Studies of Freedom Movement
      3
      Problems of Development in Pakistan/ Debt & Development DLA-367 3
      Elective  
        Total 15
    • Semester 5

      Course Title Course Category Credit Hrs.
      Law & Society
      3
      Comparative Politics I DLA-363 3
      Diplomatic Politics and International Relations of Pakistan 
      3
      US Political System    3
      Elective 
      3
        Total 15
    • Semester 6

      Course Title Course Category Credit Hrs.
      International Law
      3
      Language and Ethnicity in Politics of Pakistan
      3
      Political Theory II
      3
      Re-Engineering of Pakistani Politics & Army 
      3
      Comparative Politics II
      3
      Elective
      3
        Total 18
    • Semester 7

      Course Title Course Category Credit Hrs.
      Research Methodology Qualitative 
      3
      Elective
      3
      International Security in a Globalized World
      3
      Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace 
      3
      Defense and Diplomatic Ties 
      3
      Problems of Governance in Pakistan  
        Total 18
    • Semester 8

      Course Title Course Category Credit Hrs.
      Thesis DLA-490 6
      Research Methodology in Quantitative
      3
      New & Old Ways of Political Protest 
      3
      British Political System    3
      Foreign Policy and Geo Politics   3
        Total 18
    • Political Science Majors

      Course Title
      Political Ecology 
      Political Development & Social Change in Pakistan 
      The New World Order - 1989 Onwards
      Pakistan in the Contemporary World
      Dynamics of Cold War
      Public Policy
      International Institutions and Political Implications
      World Alliance System: Congress of Vienna to NATO

     

    The department reserves the right to replace, cancel, and/or change the sequence of courses depending on enrolment and faculty availability.

    Courses are offered upon minimum course enrollment of 15 students

     

  • Degree Requirement

    Degree requirements for this program include successful completion of 131 credit hours of course work including research methods and/or thesis.

 

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