This course is an introductory course to the study of politics. After discussing politics’ definitions and what it is all about we shall study main concepts in the study of politics and we shall study the language of political science. We shall review several key theories that form Political Science’s canon. We shall distinguish between empirical and normative research and meet prominent scholars in the two schools
The first part of the course is designed to develop students' skills in critical reading of academic research and in academic writing. The second part is an introduction to research methods with emphasis on advantages and disadvantages of methods to different types of research questions.
The course surveys the impact of the information age on the state, its institutions, citizens, and the relationships among them. The topics of the course includes the changing “balance of information power” among the state, its public sector organizations, and the citizens, the impact of the “end of work” thesis on the welfare state, the impact of the “global information village” on the state, the conflict between transparency and privacy, and the new ethical dilemmas of the computer age such as property rights, viruses, and hackers. Read more about CITIZEN AND STATE IN THE INFORMATION AGE
What distinguishes strategic thinking from other forms of thought? How does strategic thinking differ from operational planning or tactical thinking? What are the immortal and timeless principles of designing a good strategy? Do the concept of strategy and its execution apply equally well to different domains such as war, diplomacy, domestic politics, business and entrepreneurship? What are the roles of chance, surprise, creativity, and science in designing and executing a successful strategy? Read more about STRATEGY
Defining and analyzing the key questions and basic concepts in the theory of public administration including: administration and politics, decision making processes, the essence of the public sector organization, bureaucratic politics, reforms in the public sector, centralization and de-centralization, public budgeting, and public policy.