The Department of Political Science at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) is one of the largest departments in Social Sciences. The Department’s teaching faculty had the distinction of having scholars of national and international prominence like Dr Carl W Wheeless, Prof Mary Wheeless, Dr Kitchen, Dr Anwar M Barkat, Dr Arshad Karim Syed, Dr Shokat Ali, Dr Hamid Kizilbash, Prof Naseem Zakariya, Dr Parveen Shaukat and Dr Shafqat Hussain Chaudhary.

The quality of instructional work in the Department has been of a high standard. Research work is encouraged. There is a dedicated faculty available to teach various papers and supervise research. The Department arranges extensive lectures, seminars and study tours to facilitate academic excellence in students. Alumni of this Department have contributed positively to national uplift and have excelled in numerous professions.


FCCU’s MS Political Science program is designed to expose graduate students to concrete and theoretical knowledge and scholarly research and to empower them with critical thinking, analytical, research, and writing skills.

The program builds on the training received at the Baccalaureate level and has a strong emphasis on research skills that will be beneficial for those pursuing careers in the government or private sectors, civil society, or teaching, among others.

The MS Political Science is a two year evening program comprising 30 credit hours of mandatory coursework and a written thesis of 12 credits. Coursework involves six core courses and four optional courses offered by the Department. Teaching is mostly in the form of lectures, seminars and colloquium. The program is designed to lead to PhD for those desiring to pursue a terminal degree in the field.

Degree Requirements

  • Must complete 30 credit hours of course work including six core courses and any four electives
  • Must complete an MS thesis proposal before the start of the second year
  • They must complete thesis worth 12 credit hours (six each in the third and four semester)

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

PLSC 502: Theories of Comparative Politics

The course is designed to introduce students to many (but not all) of the major topics of study, theories and debates in comparative politics, one of the four major fields in political science. To a certain extent, it will entail a historiography of how the field has developed intellectually over the last few decades. However, primary emphasis is on the current state of debates. Most of the assigned readings have a strong theoretical focus and draw on case evidence to support theory-derived arguments. This is not a course for learning about the politics of particular countries: the empirics of a particular country case are less important for our purposes than developing the skills required to evaluate theoretical propositions using the comparative method, and acquiring a grasp of the state of a variety of literatures in the field of comparative politics.

PLSC 504: Political Thought

Review of fundamental concepts of ruling parties, justice and resistance and its methods; equality and liberty in the society; examination of traditions to explain their possible normative implication for the present.

PLSC 506: Theories of International Relations

Theories of international relations; the world order; conflicting situations; imperialism; the balance of power and integration as important modes adopted to avoid disorder; basic theoretical and analytical tools developed by political scientists to understand the complexities of international politics; features of the contemporary global system.

PLSC 507: Constitutional and Political Processes in Pakistan

Analysis of the political and constitutional developments in Pakistan since its creation; issues in constitution making; study of the constitutions of 1956, 1962 and 1973 and the amendments made; impact of constitution making on Pakistani politics.

PLSC 519: Local Government System in Pakistan

Understanding the political discourse in Pakistan is imperative if one aspires to further decode the political fabric governing both administrative and social contours of Pakistan. Pakistan, in its federalist construct, has an intricate political and administrative system divided under political leadership, legislative authorities, bureaucratic functionaries, provincial layout and local governance mechanism. This graduate level course will be an overview of the evolution of local governance system in Pakistan, its different manifestations and also a means to examine its pros and cons and forecast efficacy.

PLSC 523: Research Techniques in Political Science

This course is designed to help students formulate their research proposals, eventually leading to their thesis proposal and MS thesis. First we will discuss what political science is and how it has developed over time. We will discuss the philosophical as well as methodological differences underlying quantitative, qualitative, and interpretive research methods. We will engage in practical application of various methods. And most importantly, we will engage in a detailed discussion of how to design research projects. At the end of the course, students should have constructed a blue-print for their proposals.

PLSC 699: Research Thesis (12 credits)

Students will undertake research on a topic approved by the Departmental Committee and produce a thesis of at least 25000 words. The research proposal must have appropriate design and relate to the substantive and methodological understanding developed in the first year of the program through course work. Students will conduct research under the guidance of a faculty member of the Department of Political Science with expertise in the relevant field.

Electives Courses

PLSC 508: Foreign Policy Analysis

This course is designed to give students an overview of different explanations for states’ foreign policy behavior. Theories of International Relations, whether realist or neo-liberal, often assume that states act rationally in their self-interest. However, we know from experience that actors in the international arena often behave in self-destructive ways, especially the decision to go to war. Readings, lectures, and discussions will focus on the pressures of the international system, on the nature of national political regimes, societal forces such as the media and lobbyists, as well as institutional structures and processes. We will also turn our attention to the role of perceptions and misperceptions of individual leaders, their ideologies and beliefs, as well as the problem of images and biases in decision-making particularly during crises.

PLSC 509: Political Sociology

Vision of a Society as outlined by Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Talcott Parsons; nature and distribution of power; political socialization; socio-political development and change encompassing nation-building/modernization, social and political movements—political parties/culture; social change focusing on social behavior and social order.

PLSC 513: Advanced Studies in International Relations

In depth study of a particular subject matter discussed in PLSC 505, with particular emphasis on the current salience of the topic to contemporary issues and events. Topic subject to faculty interest and departmental approval.

PLSC 514: International Organizations

Emergence of international organizations; their concepts and debates; specific focus on the emergence of United Nations and its roles; regional organizations; new economic grouping; challenges of international organizations

PLSC 515: Politico-Strategic Dynamics of the Middle East

Historic antecedents and contemporary issues that have shaped the Middle East; politico-strategic issues affecting the region; politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict; the rise of Arab nationalism; Iranian revolution and its impact on the region; American intervention in Iraq; the emergence of the ‘Arab Spring’

PLSC 517: Politico-Strategic Dynamics of South Asia

Drive behind Muslim struggle for establishment of an independent state; dynamics of South Asian politics; terrorism, conflicts about Kashmir, Siachin and water; mutual mistrust, the arms race, nuclear weapons; politico-strategic dynamics of South Asia which damage relations between India and Pakistan. Reference also to the politics of other SAARC members, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maledives.

PLSC 518: Civil Society: local and global dynamics

This course will explore the origins of the concept of civil society, modern theoretical conceptualization of civil society, civil society and social capital, composition of civil society, civil society and the state, citizenship and civil society, movements and civil society. Emphasis will be placed on the development of civil society in Pakistan within local, regional and global dynamics.

PLSC 520: Advanced Studies in Political Philosophy

In depth study of one particular topic within political philosophy introduced in PLSC 504. Could include, but not limited to, ancient, medieval or modern Western political thought, Islamic political philosophy, critical theory and subaltern studies.

PLSC 521: Women and Politics in Pakistan

This course aims to develop a comprehensive understanding among students about the dynamics of women political participation in Pakistan-rural and urban, keeping in view the deeply entrenched patriarchy and religiosity in society. The course attempts to understand the cultural/religious perspective, constitutional guarantees as well as legislative enactments regarding women political participation. Further, another important component of this course will be a comparative analysis of Pakistani women with those in near similar environments like South Asia and Middle East. The students will also be exposed to various dimensions of feminist theory and its possible application in Pakistani context.

PLSC 522: Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics and Area Studies

A course that will focus on the politics of one particular region or neighborhood of the globe not covered in other course offerings. Dependent on faculty availability and research interests.

Admission Criteria

A 4-year BA / BS Honors Degree (completed with at least CGPA 2.50 and 130 credit hours) from an HEC recognized University or a conventional MA / MSc (completed with at least 60% marks) in Political Science, International Relations, History, Sociology, or any related discipline.

NOTE: Acceptance is based upon the 1) departmental test, 2) interview and 3) an overall evaluation of the candidate, including: academic achievement, statement of purpose and English language proficiency.
Provisional admission can be sought by students awaiting final results. Their admission will only be confirmed once they have submitted their complete official Transcript within the due dates.

Dr Ryan Brasher

Chairperson & Assistant Professor

PhD (Indiana University, USA)
Room E-032, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 639

Dr Wajid Ali Ranjha

Associate Professor

PhD (University of Adelaide, Australia)
Room E-236, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 647

Dr Muhammad Younis

Associate Professor

PhD (Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China)
MPhil, MA (PU, Lahore)
Room E-036, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 634

Shakila Noor Sindhu, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

PhD, Pakistan Study Centre (University of the Punjab, Lahore)
MPhil (Government College University Lahore)
Masters (University of the Punjab through GC Lahore)
Room E-135, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 663

Muneeza Mirza

Assistant Professor

MPhil (Punjab University, Lahore)
MA (Punjab University, Lahore)
Room E-130, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 662

Qalandar Memon

Assistant Professor

MSc in Comparative Politics (London School of Economics)
MA in Philosophy (Birkbeck College, University of London)
PhD in progress (Royal Holloway University of London)
Room E-031, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 582

Dr Shehzadi Zamurrad Awan

Assistant Professor

PhD (Punjab University, Lahore)
MPhil (Government College, Lahore)
Room E-030, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 642

M Usman Farooq


PhD in progress (University of Osnabrueck)
MA Political Science (University of Osnabrueck)
Room E-114-A, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 682

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Funding Options

  • PEEF Scholarships available for eligible students

Dr Muhammad Younis

Associate Professor

PhD (Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China)
MPhil, MA (PU, Lahore)
Room E-036, Business and Social Sciences Building
Ext: 634

 Admission Timeline: 

AAdmissions BeginDecember 21, 2020
BLast Date for Submission of FormFebruary 12, 2021
CAdmission Test
(Sample Paper)

Date: February 16, 2021

Time: 12PM

Venue: E-121


Date: February 18, 2021

(For all the updates check university website)

Time: 12 PM

Venue: E-136

EMerit ListFebruary 24, 2021
FLast Date for Fee SubmissionMarch 2, 2021
GClasses BeginMarch 8, 2021

Required Documents:

1. An attested copy of the original Matriculation / O level result (web downloaded results are not acceptable)

2. In case of O Level, a minimum of 8 subjects must have been passed

3. An attested copy of the original Intermediate / A level / High School result (web downloaded results are not acceptable)

4. In case of A Level, a minimum of 3 subjects must have been passed

5. A and O Level and American High School Students have to submit a copy of their Equivalence Certificate (Attested and stamped from IBCC)

6. Attested copies of the final transcript of 4-year Honors / 2-year Conventional Bachelors and / or 2-year Conventional Masters degree

7. FCCU students need to attach the attested copy of their official Baccalaureate transcript

8. Students can submit their Transcript at least till the 7th semester at the time of form submission. If offered admission they must submit an attested copy of their complete official Transcript within 30 days of the beginning of the semester

9. Students having a foreign Bachelors Degree must get their Equivalence from HEC

10. Two reference letters

11. Statement of purpose (300 – 500 words) describing the reason(s) why the student is applying to the program, long-term goals and the reason(s) for selecting Forman Christian College

12. Two recent passport-sized photographs

13. One copy each of the student’s CNIC and of the father/guardian

14. Receipt of the application processing fee (Rs. 3000)

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Students have to submit admission application online and through TCS also on Admission Office, Ahmad Saeed Administration Building, Forman Christian College, Ferozepur Road, Lahore 54600 by February 12, 2021.

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