About SPS

The Social and Political Sciences Program (SPS) is designed for dynamic individuals eager to explore and understand the complexity of human social and political life. For that purpose the SPS Program offers specialized courses from political sciences, history and sociology providing a modern and interdisciplinary curriculum. The curriculum introduces students to core courses in politics, comparative government and political theory. Complementary historical and sociological courses are designed to enrich the knowledge obtained by the major degree in political sciences by offering a critical understanding of the social and historical factors that have shaped the modern world. By studying the people, institutions, ideas and events, history examines thought, expression and human experience including contemporary, cultural, ethnic, economic, military and political history. Sociology focuses on studying the groups, social institutions and social thematic areas. Sociological subjects like social theory, the family, education, politics, work, religion, crime and deviance, diversity and inequality, socialization and interaction, globalization and social change are interrelated with political and historical processes.

Objectives

  • To introduce students to key political and social theories;
  • To introduce students to issues, themes and theories and to teach them how to deal with problems in a critical manner;
  • To help students develop problem-solving, analytical, critical and creative skills;
  • To equip students with qualitative and quantitative research skills;
  • To familiarize students with modern and contemporary historical developments by allowing them to make links between the past and present;
  • To interrelate theoretical socio-political knowledge to modern issues and themes;
  • To provide to students knowledge and skills as to prepare them for leadership tasks;
  • To provide students with an interdisciplinary program that encompasses different disciplines such as political sciences, history and sociology as to allow students to gain a broader and more comprehensive knowledge.

Upon successful completion of the Social and Political Sciences Program, students will:

  • Have basic knowledge and understanding of Social and Political Sciences as an interdisciplinary field of research
  • Explain key terms, concepts and major theories related with the fields of Political Science, Economy, Sociology, History and Philosophy
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in selected theoretical areas of Social and Political Sciences
  • Demonstrate comparative knowledge of political systems, with particular regard to political institutions, processes, ideologies and religions
  •  Develop an active interest in social and political affairs as well as public policy in various settings
  • Contextualise the social and political affairs in various settings and apply critical analysis in the field of Social and Political Sciences
  • Possess interpersonal, team working and leadership skills
  • Possess necessary skills and self-confidence for individual and independent work
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research in the field of Social and Political Sciences
  • Demonstrate skills of collecting and critically analyzing information, reviewing literature and managing data in an interdisciplinary academic style
  • Demonstrate skills of effective verbal communication and public speaking
  • Possess necessary skills for active participation in public policy and politics
  • Have necessary, sufficient knowledge and skills to continue with their studies at the higher (postgraduate) level and/or with life-long learning.

Employability

Popular jobs for SPS graduates include the following: Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, Customer Service Representative, NGO Program Coordinator, Political Analyst, High School Teacher, Operations Manager, General Project Manager, Government Program Manager, Policy Analyst, Government Affairs Manager, Budget Analyst, Campaign Manager, Corporate Analyst, Corporate Public Affairs Advisor, Corporate Economist, Corporate Manager, Journal Editor, Foreign Service Officer, Intelligence Officer, International Agency Officer, Political Commentator, Public Affairs Analyst, Public Opinion Analyst… 

SPS Curricula