Department of Regional Studies

Academic Programs:

Masters Program (Annual System)

About the Course:

Masters Program (M.A in Regional Studies) (Annual System)

The Department of Regional Studies is offering Master of Arts (2-Year) Programme. The primary focus of the programme is Pakistan and its immediate neighboring countries that include India, China, Afghanistan and Iran as well as the Arabian Sea affairs.

The programme is aimed at conducting study and research on geo-strategic, economic, political, administrative, socio-cultural and religious aspects of the fore mentioned region and identifying ways and means for promoting regional and extra regional cooperation/integration in the wake of developments occurring at regional and global levels. In this context, due importance is also given to the neighboring regions of South, Central and South West Asia / Middle East.

The primary objective of the Masters Programme is to educate and train a corps of experts on regional affairs.

The scheme of study for M.A. Regional Studies is as following:

M.A Regional Studies (Previous)

Paper No.

Course Title

Marks

Paper-I

Geo-Strategic Importance of the Region

100

Paper-II

Regional Integration: Models and Approaches

100

Paper-III

Regional & International Organizations

100

Paper-IV

Introduction to International Politics and Diplomacy

100

Paper-V

Research Methodology

100

 

M.A Regional Studies (Final)

Paper No.

Course Title

Marks

Paper-VI

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in the Region

100

Paper-VII

Contemporary Regional Issues

100

 

Group – A: South Asia

 

Paper-VIII

Politics and Strategic Dynamics of South Asia

100

Paper-IX

Economic Development in South Asia

100

Paper-X

Regional Languages: Hindi, Urdu, Pashto & Persian

100

 

 

Group – B: Peoples Republic of China

 

Paper-VIII

Political and Strategic Dynamics of China

100

Paper-IX

Economic Development in China

100

Paper-X

Regional Languages: Chinese

100

 

Group – C: South West Asia/Middle East

 

Paper-VIII

Politics and Strategic Dynamics of Southwest Asia/Middle East

100

Paper-IX

Economic Development in South-west Asia/Middle East

100

Paper-X

Regional Languages:  Arabic, Turkish, Persian

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viva Voce/Research Project

Marks:100

Note: In the above given scheme of studies, seven courses are compulsory i.e. From Paper-I to Paper-VII. For the remaining three courses, students will be required to opt for an optional group among the three groups: A) South Asia, B) Peoples Republic of China and C) South West Asia/Middle East. Each optional group will consist of three courses including a course of a regional language.

Duration of Programme: 2 Years
Syllabus/Course Outline: [Download]

MS/M.Phil/PhD

About the Course:

M.S/M.Phil/Ph.D Program

The Department of Regional Studies plans to introduce M.S/M.Phil/Ph.D Programme. The primary focus of the programme will be Pakistan and its immediate neighboring countries that include India, China, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Arabian Sea affairs.

 

The programme will aim at conducting study and research on geo-strategic, economic, political, administrative and socio-cultural and religious aspects of the fore mentioned region and identifying ways and means for forging a meaningful regional cooperation /integration in the backdrop of developments taking place in and around the region. Moreover, due attention will be given to other important countries of the region such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

 

The primary objective of the M.S/M.Phil/Ph.D Scheme is to train and develop a corps of experts on regional affairs.

 

The Department of Regional Study has been allowed to introduce the subject programme Vide. Notification No. 26/A-I/Academics Dated 02.03.2011.

The Proposed scheme of the study for M.S/M.Phil/Ph.D Regional Studies is given below:


The Proposed Courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hrs

 

Major Courses

 

RS 701

Advanced Research Methodology

04

RS 702

State and Society of the Region

04

RS 703

Economic Development in the Region

04

RS 801

Theory and Practice of Regional and International Politics

04

RS 704

Foreign Policy Analysis with focus on the Region

04

RS 705

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in the Region

04

RS 802

Regional Integration: Models and Approaches

04

RS 706

Geostrategic Importance of the Region in Contemporary World Affairs

04

RS 707

Contemporary Socio-Economic Issues of the Region

04

RS 803

International Political Economy in Regional Perspective

04

RS 708

International Law and Regional Issues

04

RS 804

Democracy, Governance and Human Rights in the Region

04

RS 709

Dimensions of Modern Strategy

04

RS 710

Diplomacy in Regional Perspective

04

RS 805

Comparative Politics in Regional Perspective

04

RS 806

Policies of Major Powers Towards the Region

04

 

Specialization Courses

04

Group – A:

South Asia

 

RS 711

Foreign Policy Analysis of South Asian States

04

RS 807

Economic Development in South Asia

04

RS 808

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in South Asia

04

RS 712

Contemporary Issues in South Asia

04

Group – B:

Central Asia

 

RS 713

Foreign Policy Analysis of Central Asian States

04

RS 809

Economic Development in Central Asia

04

RS 810

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Central Asia

04

RS 714

Contemporary Issues in Central Asia

04

Group – C:

South West Asia (The Middle East)

 

RS 715

Foreign Policy Analysis of the Middle Eastern States

04

RS 811

Economic Development in the Middle East

04

RS 812

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in the Middle East

04

RS 716

Contemporary Issues in the Middle East

04

Group – D:

The Peoples Republic of China (PRC)

 

RS 717

Foreign Policy Analysis of China

04

RS 813

Economic Development in China

04

RS 814

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in China

04

RS 718

Contemporary Issues in China

04

 

Related Courses

 

RS 501

Religion and Politics in the Region

03

RS 502

Economic Integration in the Region

03

RS 503

Forecasting in Regional Politics

03

RS 504

Political Economy of the Region

03

RS 505

Contemporary Challenges in the Region

03

RS 506

International Politics in the Middle East

03

RS 507

Afghanistan in International and Regional Politics

03

RS 508

Politics of Insurgency and Terrorism

03

RS 509

Environmental Economics and Politics

03

RS 510

International and Regional Organizations

03

RS 511

Borderlands Politics in Regional Perspectives

03

RS 512

International Politics of Water Resources in South Asia

03

RS 513

Security Studies in Regional Perspective

03

 

Regional Languages

 

RS 514

Arabic

 

RS 515

Chinese

 

RS 516

Hindi

 

RS 517

Pashto

 

RS 518

Persian

 

RS 519

Turkic

 

RS 520

Urdu (for Foreign Scholars)

 

 

Dissertation

 

 

Dissertation

09

 


The programme will be run according to the semester’s Rules and Regulations of the University of Peshawar. It has been tried to maintain a thematic, logical and organizational order in the course distribution among the semesters based on the general to specific approach. Besides major courses, there are some specialization courses, related courses and course on regional languages aimed at developing deeper understanding of the region.

Admission Criteria

The admission and selection criteria for the MPhil/PhD programme will be as per existing rules of the University of Peshawar. The Department may, however, conduct an admission test for the final selection of candidates with the approval of the competent authority. The students having sixteen (16) years education in the following disciplines will be eligible to apply.

  1. Business Administration
  2. Defense and Strategic Studies
  3. Defense and Diplomatic Studies
  4. Economics / Commerce
  5. Education
  6. Gender Studies
  7. History
  8. International Relations
  9. Journalism
  10. Law
  11. Pakistan Studies
  12. Peace and Conflict Studies
  13. Political Science
  14. Public Administration
  15. Social Work
  16. Social Anthropology
  17. Sociology
Duration of Programme: 2 - 5 Years
Syllabus/Course Outline: [Download]