MA in Political Science and International Relations (in English) (Non-Thesis)

The MA in Political Science and International Relations program, with its nationally and internationally experienced faculty, aims at producing theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of Political Science and International Relations. It seeks to contribute to academic knowledge in these field by focusing on current debates on political theory and international relations theories, Turkish political life and Turkish foreign policy, developments in global international system, and current changes in regional studies with special emphasis on the Middle East and the Balkans.

More specifically, the program covers a vast ground from the basic concepts and topics of Political Science to current debates of political theory, from contemporary issues of Turkish political life to analyses of Turkish foreign policy, from social movements to conflict resolutions, and the regional studies with special emphasis on the Middle East region.

MA in Political Science and International Relations aims to produce researchers that can handily employ positivistic, critical and interpretative methods; that can use local and global knowledge sources in comparative and critical manner; that can contribute to Islamic and global accumulated knowledge with scientific and moral responsibility; and that can conduct culturally and historically comprehensive studies.

Program Coordinator:

Assistant Professor Ali Aslan

Objectives of the Program

Scope of the Program

MA in Political Science and International Relations seeks to combine theories and perspectives with social and political issues of practical life so as to provide in depth analysis and real life solutions. Thus, alongside basic theoretical courses, it offers courses that provide empirical studies on national, regional and global levels. After finishing the program students will have knowledge and ability in these fields:

  • Political Theory
  • International Relations Theories
  • Turkish Politics and Intellectual History
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Regional Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Global Politics
  • Islamic Political Thought
  • Ottoman Political Thought
  • Comparative Politics

Who Should Participate?

The program may serve particularly useful for:

  • Those who have some sort of managerial experience, but seek to increase its managerial skills both in public and private sectors
  • Those who plan to work in international organizations, tink-tank institutions, and non-governmental organizations
  • Those who seek to build an academic career in Political Science and International Relations

Minimum application requirements:

  • GPA 2.00/4.00 or 53,33/100
  • YDS/EYDS/YÖKDİL 70/100 or TOEFL 84/120 or Ibn Haldun English Test 55/70

Required Documents:

  • Letter of Intent
  • CV
  • 2 Reference Letters
  • Diploma or Interim Certificate of Graduation
  • Transcript

 

1st Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
POLS … Compulsory Course 3 0 3 8
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Total 12 32
2nd Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
POLS 501 Methodology in Political Science 3 0 3 8
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Total 12 32
3rd Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
POLS … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
POLS 595 Project 0 0 0 30
Total 9 54
Grand Total 33 118
COMPULSORY COURSES
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
POLS 507 Theories of International Relations 3 0 3 8
POLS 503 Political Theory 3 0 3 8
ELECTIVE COURSES
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
POLS 511 Comparative Politics 3 0 3 8
POLS 530 International Political Economy 3 0 3 8
POLS 505 Turkish Politics 3 0 3 8
POLS 513 Contemporary Issues in European Politics 3 0 3 8
POLS 514 International Security 3 0 3 8
POLS 570 Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3 0 3 8
POLS 531 Comperative Political Economy 3 0 3 8
POLS 535 Identity, Ethnicity, and Nationalism 3 0 3 8
POLS 546 Terrorism and Political Violence 3 0 3 8
POLS 571 Emerging Nations in World Politics 3 0 3 8
POLS 565 Energy and Geopolitics 3 0 3 8
POLS 512 Turkish Foreign Policy 3 0 3 8
POLS 518 Foreign Policy Analysis 3 0 3 8
POLS 523 Comparative International System 3 0 3 8
POLS 527 Comparative Politics of the Middle East 3 0 3 8
POLS 528 International Politics of the Middle East 3 0 3 8
POLS 579 Ottoman Political Thought 3 0 3 8
POLS 521 Comparative Political Thought 3 0 3 8
POLS 525 Islamic Political Thought 3 0 3 8
POLS 522 Social and Political Thought of Ibn Khaldun 3 0 3 8
POLS 580 Independent Reading 3 0 3 8
POLS 501 Methodology in Political Science 3 0 3 8
POLS 573 Quantitative Research Methods 3 0 3 8
POLS 574 Qualitative and Interpretive Methods 3 0 3 8
POLS 510 Philosophy of Social Science 3 0 3 8

 

POLS 507 Theories of International Relations 

The course aims at introducing and comparatively analyzing different theories of international relations such as (but not limited to) realism, neorealism, liberalism, democratic peace, inter-dependency, constructivism, post-modernist and feminist IR theories. The course will focus on the paradigmatic changes and major issues of contentions in IR theory.
POLS 503 Political Theory 

This course offers to give a general picture of the field of political theory. In this context, it grapples with debates within the liberal school and between liberals and communitarians and lays out critical approaches. More, it discusses critical concepts such as democracy, identity and populism that shape contemporary political life.

POLS 505 Turkish Politics

This course aims to introduce traditions of political thought that shape Turkish political life such as the traditions of political in Tanzimat and the Constitutionalist Period, Ottomanism, Westernism, Kemalism, nationalism, left-wing, right-wing, conservatism, Islamism, liberalism, Kurdish political movement, and feminism. It also elaborates on some critical issues such as democratization, the relations between religion and politics, economy and politics, media and politics and military and politics.

POLS 501 Methodology in Political Science 

The course will introduce the main research methods used in political science, and their comparative advantages and disadvantages. Students will learn debates on criteria for scientificity, and different understandings of science; structures of scientific revolutions and paradigmatic transformations. Theoretical foundations and practical applications of major terms such as conceptualization, abstraction, case study, discourse analysis, and causality will also be dıscussed.

POLS 511 Comparative Politics 

This course is about one of the major subfields of political science. Major theoretical approaches to comparative politics such as structuralism and institutionalism will be discussed. In addition, party systems, regime types, and debates over problems of categorization will be analyzed. Other important issues in comparative politics such as discussions on centralization, decentralization, federation; revolutions, democratization, and political violence will be introduced.

POLS 513 Contemporary Issues in European Politics 

Major transformation in the European Union since its foundation; the causes for these changes and their results will be discussed. The enlargement vision of the union, and geopolitical and economic implications of this vision will be assessed. Special attention will be paid to recent debates over Brexit, rise of rightist and leftist populism, xenophobia and Islamophobia. EU foreign policy, the consequences of economic crisis of 2008 and its political effects will be evaluated. The relation between Turkey and EU will be discussed from a historical perspective.

POLS 514 International Security 

The course will introduce major theoretical approaches to international security. Students will be familiar with discussion of contemporary cases and problems of international security. Major international actors’ attitudes towards international security and the influence of state and non-state actors on security will be analyzed. The relation between political violence and terror, and security policies will be discussed. Evaluation of non-conventional security threats such as nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons, and terrorism will also be another topic in the course.

POLS 518 Foreign Policy Analysis 

The course aims at understanding and analyzing major factors and criteria influencing foreign policies of states and other international actors. The course will introduce levels of analysis in international politics and main theoretical approaches that explain foreign policy decisions. The course will equip the students with the knowledge of different cases of foreign policy making through various theoretical and methodological tools.

POLS 530 International Political Economy 

The topics that will be discussed in this course include but are not limited to policies of development, import substituting industrialization, and export oriented growth; effects of Keynesian and neoliberal policies of development on international relations. Post-WWII economic order and Bretton Woods institutions will also be discussed. International investment funds; IMF and The World Bank; the influence of energy resources on political economy will be evaluated..

POLS 535 Identity, Ethnicity, and Nationalism 

The course focuses on the political and social effects of ethnic, religious, sectarian, tribal and local identities; and their influence on shaping politics and transformation of social structures. Experiences of coexistence and conflict in multicultural settings will be analyzed. Theoretical approaches to formation processes of national identities will be discussed with specific emphasis on nationalism and ethnic conflict in Turkey and surrounding geographies.

POLS 546 Terrorism and Political Violence 

The course aims at understanding terrorism, social uprising, civil war and transnational violence movements, as well as ideological underpinnings of these movements, symbolic repertoire they utilize, their organizational structures, the societal support they receive, and their regional and international networks. Causes of the emergence of political violence and ways to prevent them will be discussed with reference to comparative case studies.

POLS 565 Energy and Geopolitics 

The focus of the course will be on the role energy and energy resources play in global and regional geopolitics, inter-national cooperation and alliance. Routes for transportation of energy and geopolitical aspects of pipeline projects will be discussed, as well as policies and norms regarding global warming, and alternative and renewable energy resources. Potentials of new energy resources on shaping regional geopolitics will be assessed.

POLS 570 Conflict Analysis and Resolution 

The focus of the course will be on the causes of national, international, and inter-group conflicts, their dynamic and methods of resolution. Economic, psychological, cultural and political dimensions of conflicts will be covered alongside with the methods of conflict resolution such as mediation, peace-building, conflict resolution workshops, negotiation and peace processes. Comparative analysis of different cases from various regions will be discussed. Conflict mapping and modelling peace building will be practiced.

POLS 571 Emerging Nations in World Politics 

The focus is on the countries that are labelled as “Underdeveloped”, “developing”, “Third World”, and “South.” The political, economic problems in these countries will be discussed alongside with the relations amongst them and the role they play in the global system. The conceptual literature on the subject will be critically evaluated and alternative explanations will be discussed. The categories such as BRICS, MIKTA, MINT, LDC will be assessed and their validity will be questioned. States that are expected to play more important roles in world politics such as Brazil, Indonesia, China, Mexico, Nigeria and India will be comparatively evaluated. Modernization theory, neo-liberal and neo-Marxist theories of development will be assessed.

POLS 579 Ottoman Political Thought

This course elaborates on the foundations of Ottoman political thought and its development and evolution in time. It grapples with how Ottoman political thought approaches to the critical concepts of political thought such as justice, order, freedom, legitimacy, etc. It also aims at discussing the institutions and the concepts that are exclusively of Ottoman world.

POLS 521 Comparative Political Thought 

This course attempts to understand how non-Western political thinkers challenge the basic concepts and debates of Western poltiical thought. In this context, it dwells on such phenomena like orientalism, Eurocentrism, modernity, and multiculturalism. Besides, it introduces political thought of various pre-modern and non-modern political thinkers.

POLS 523 Comparative International System

This course seeks to analyze how international systems that belong to different historical periods and geographical areas come to being, operate, transform and finally collapse through the prism of main theories of International Relations such as realism, liberalism, the English School, and constructivism. It aspires to provide depth to comprehend the working of current global and regional international systems.

POLS 510 Philosophy of Social Science 

In this course, formative processes and emergence of social sciences; and their relation with natural sciences will be discussed. Philosophical foundations of qualitative and quantitative research methods will be covered. The place of ontology, epistemology, and methodology in scientific disciplines will be analyzed with reference to debates of positivism and post-positivism

POLS 573 Quantitative Research Methods 

This course discusses philosophical foundations of research based on quantitative data, data collection, and methods of research design. Designing and application of methods like survey research, simulation and content analysis that use quantitative data will be covered alongside with quantitative data literacy and how to use big data. Methods of data mapping and software programs like STATA and R for quantitative analysis will be taught.

POLS 574 Qualitative and Interpretive Methods 

This course introduces qualitative and interpretive research methods and approaches. It compares these approaches with competing positivistic and quantitative approaches so as to determine their comparative advantages and disadvantages. It also aims to make students familiar with main methods such as interview, archive research, ethnography and discourse analysis.

POLS 522 Social and Political Thought of Ibn Khaldun 

This course discusses Ibn Khaldun’s social and political thought in the context of Islamic political thought. It deals with Ibn Khaldun’s philosophy of history and socio-political philosophy in comparing them with modern Western political thought. It therefore introduces the basic concepts and theories of Ibn Khaldun such as asabiyyah, civilization and umran.

POLS 525 Islamic Political Thought 

Main issues of Islamic political thought in the classical and modern age will be discussed. Concepts like justice, state, sovereignty, law, liberty, pluralism and democracy will be evaluated from the perspective of Islamic political thought.

POLS 527 Comparative Politics of the Middle East 

This course focuses on comparative analysis of state building and emergence of nation-states in the Middle East. The comparison of party systems and regime types in the region; and the differences between oil-rich and oil-poor states will be covered. Civil-military relations in the Middle East will also be analyzed.

POLS 528 International Politics of the Middle East 

The course discusses foreign policies of the states in the Middle East, and factors that affect their decision making. Arab-Israeli wars, Gulf wars, and the Cold War’s influence in the region will be covered. Relations of the regional actors with the superpowers and regional international organizations such as GCC and the Arab Union will be analyzed.

POLS 580 Independent Reading 

Students will do readings on focused topics with the approval of their advisors and the request of the instructor offering the course. Subjects should be in accordance with the curriculum and consistent with the objectives of the program.

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