MPhil Political Science

FCCU’s MPhil 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 MPhil 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)

 

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.

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.

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.

Admission Timeline:

A Admissions Begin July 12, 2021
B Last Date for Submission of Form September 10, 2021
C Admission Test

(Sample Paper)

Date: September 14, 2021

Time: 12pm-2pm

Venue: Room E-105, E-Block
D Interview Date: September 16, 2021

Time: 12pm – 3.30pm

Venue: Room E-136, E-Block
E Merit List September 21, 2021
F Last Date for Fee Submission October 1, 2021
G Classes Begin October 4, 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. 3500)

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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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PhD Applied Economics

The department offers PhD in Applied Economics after successfully running the program of MPhil in Applied Economics for twelve years. The department has a resolve to provide a high quality learning and research experience in the PhD program, capable to turn passion in to performance by transforming raw talent in to reliable human resource. The program intends to produce PhD scholars who are focussed to fathom, poised to perform and competent to contribute in the field of Economics. The graduates of the program will be given a global orientation about contemporary trends in the field of Economics as well as a local motivation to search for the solutions to some of the most challenging problems confronting Pakistan’s economy.

Duration of the Program:

The PhD degree shall be awarded for a minimum duration of three years and maximum of eight years (for normal circumstances). However, if a student is unable to complete the degree within eight years, the Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR) will determine whether the delay was caused by circumstances beyond the student’s control, and if so, it may grant an extension for a maximum of two years in lieu of the exceptional circumstances. Thus there is a maximum of ten years’ duration to complete the degree. The duration of the degree starts with the students’ enrolment and it ends on the date of notification of the award of the PhD degree, subsequent to the PhD defense.

Residency Requirement:

PhD program shall include a residence requirement for PhD students of at least two years.

Coursework

Students enrolling from the BS stream shall have to do 48 credit hours of coursework whereas entrants from MS/MPhil/PhD can avail credits up to 24 credit hours for coursework done during their MS/MPhil studies. At the time of admission, a PhD student may apply to transfer the credit hours of MS/MPhil/PhD courses after proper permission by the PhD Committee of the department of Economics. The credit transfers will only be allowed from an HEC recognized University as per HEC criteria.

Deficiency courses will be offered to students if their previous exposure will be considered insufficient. The need for deficiency courses will be determined by the PhD committee of the department of Economics. Fee will be charged for the deficiency courses.

Comprehensive Examination:

Following the completion of PhD coursework, every PhD student shall be required to pass a comprehensive examination, before formally starting the stage of research work. If a student fails to pass the comprehensive test, he or she shall be allowed one more attempt to take the comprehensive test. The comprehensive exam shall be based on the higher level courses of PhD program.

Research work

The research component of the PhD program is of 12 credit hours. Within six months of successfully completing the coursework (with a minimum GPA of 2.75) and passing the comprehensive exam (in no more than two attempts), each student is required to get the synopsis of research approved in order to register for the research work. The student should continue registering for research in every semester until the PhD degree is awarded.

Allocation of Supervisor

Each student will be assigned to an HEC approved supervisor (from the department) and a co-supervisor (if essential to the research of the PhD student, on recommendation of the supervisor, duly approved by the PhD committee and BASR) from within the Department/University or from another University/ Research Organization. The supervisor will provide Semester-wise Report of the student to the PhD committee. In case of two consecutive adverse Reports by the Supervisor, BASR will recommend the cancellation of the candidacy of the student. In certain exceptional circumstances, a change of supervisor may be allowed on the concurrence of the current and proposed supervisor and approval of PhD committee and BASR

Synopsis

A PhD student will present a PhD synopsis before the Departmental PhD Committee within six months of successfully completing the course work. The synopsis defense will be carried out in the form of a Departmental Seminar. The synopsis is expected to establish novelty of investigation, significance of objectives and a validity of methodology to seek those objectives.  After approval from the departmental Board of Studies, the synopsis will be sent to BASR for the final approval. The approval of PhD synopsis by the BASR is mandatory before registering for the research work as a PhD candidate.

Research Dissertation

Before the submission of the dissertation, the student shall present his research work in anther departmental Seminar. Thereafter, the dissertation will be sent to the expert external reviewers after conducting a plagiarism test (in accordance with the HEC’s Plagiarism Policy). An open defense of the dissertation will be held after positive evaluation of the dissertation by the PhD committee and two external expert reviewers of high academic esteem. However, if the PhD candidate publishes his or her dissertation research (as first author) in a peer reviewed journal that is classified by the HEC as category X or above, the PhD dissertation will only require the evaluation by one external expert. It is mandatory for a PhD candidate to have at least one research paper (as its first author) published (during his or her doctoral studies) in an HEC approved Y category (or above) journal for the award of PhD degree.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must have

  • The Minimum CGPA Requirement for admission in PhD programs, is 3.0 (out of 4.0 in the semester system) or First Division (in the annual system) in the most recent degree obtained (BS/MS/MPhil) is required, whether such was degree obtained from an HEC-recognized Pakistani or accredited foreign university.
  • All applicants shall be required to qualify one of the following non-subject specific admissions tests:
  • – The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test administered by the Education Testing Service.
  • – A graduate admission test administered by the Education Testing Council; or
  • – An equivalent test developed by FCCU for admissions to graduate programs.

Selection Criteria

Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria will be selected on the basis of a three pronged criteria, including academic qualification, test score and interview performance. The distribution of weightage to each of these admission criteria is given below.

  • – Academic Qualification         30 %
  • – Test Score              40 %
  • – Interview                 30 %

 

    • One of the oldest departments of Economics in the country (Established in 1915)
    • One of the highest number of PhD faculty members in a department of Economics in the country (13 PhDs)
    • Regularly reviewed and updated course curriculum to keep the learning experience at par with development in the field of Economics
    • A peer reviewed, Y-Category HEC recognized annual research Journal titled “Forman Journal of Economic Studies” (Volume 13, Published in 2017)
    • Annual National Research Conference held to expose students to issues of contemporary significance in the field of Economics
    • Computer Research Laboratory with latest and licensed Software versions of Eviews, Stata, SPSS – Multimedia installed in the lab to train students with hands-on exposure
    • Regular Lectures and Seminars, inviting experts and policy makers to speak about issues pertaining to the areas of their expertise
    • Ewing Memorial Library offering Books, Journals, periodicals, electronic databases, HEC digital library and E-Books
    • Open-door policy by faculty members, ensuring an environment of optimal student-teacher interaction for academic support
    • Rigorous research standards to ensure quality research and capable researchers
    • A good reception of MPhil graduates in Public and Private sector enterprises in the fields of Academia, Banking, Research, Public Policy and Non-Government Organizations
Admission Timeline:

A Admissions Begin July 12, 2021
B Last Date for Submission of Form September 10, 2021
C Admission Test Date: September 14, 2021

Time: 11:30AM

Venue: E-201

D Interview Date: September 16, 2021

(For all the updates check university website)

Time: 11:30

Venue: E-201

E Merit List September 21, 2021
F Last Date for Fee Submission October 1, 2021
G Classes Begin October 4, 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 2-year Conventional Masters degree
  7. An attested copy of the final transcript of MPhil / MS Degree
  8. FCCU students need to attach the attested copies of their official Baccalaureate and MPhil transcripts
  9. Students can submit their MPhil / MS Transcript at least till the 3rd 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
  10. Students having a foreign Bachelors Degree must get their Equivalence from HEC
  11. Students having a foreign MPhil / MS Degree must get their Equivalence from HEC
  12. An attested copy of the GAT Subject / GRE Subject result. If the result is not available at the time of admission, Students can still apply. If offered admission they must submit an attested copy of their GAT Subject / GRE Subject result within the due dates
  13. Research statement (1000 – 1500 words) where you would provide a concise write-up about the research theme that you would like to pursue. Include a brief description of your proposed research work plan as well
  14. Two recent passport-sized photographs
  15. Two copies of the student’s CNIC and of the father/guardian
  16. Receipt of the application processing fee (Rs. 3500)
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