Master in Political Science and International Relations (Thesis/Non-thesis)

Istanbul Sehir University

Program Description

Master in Political Science and International Relations (Thesis/Non-thesis)

Istanbul Sehir University

İstanbul Şehir University Political Science and International Relations Master Program aims to contribute to the production of academic knowledge in Political Science, particularly related to political theory, transformation of the international system, Turkish foreign policy, Middle East politics, neighboring regions, and other regional studies. Students will find opportunities to work with a dynamic and strong academic team of national and international educational background and experience.

The purpose of the MA program in Political Science and International Relations is to train its students as first-class researchers who successfully blends practical knowledge with theory, rigorously applies methodology of Social Sciences, and produces a comparative and critical exploration of national, regional and global politics.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MA PROGRAM

  • To acquire a specialist knowledge of the existing theoretical approaches, concepts and methodology in the field of Political Science and International Relations.
  • To get hold of the ability to deploy and further improve the theoretical, conceptual and methodological knowledge in the area of Political Science and International Relations in an integrated manner.
  • To obtain the basic knowledge of other sub branches of social sciences such as history, sociology, psychology and economy to the extent that they overlap with Political Science and International Relations and the ability to enrich this knowledge within an interdisciplinary framework.
  • To gain the faculty of a critical and analytical assessment of issues relating to Political Science and International Relations at an advanced level.
  • To attain the capacity to evaluate the national, regional and global problems within a historical continuum through the insight gained by the knowledge and methods of Political Science and International Relations.
  • To acquire the ability to critically evaluate, discuss and possibly propose solutions in respect of the dynamics, causes and effects of political, economic, social and cultural facts as well as of the emergence and transformation of political actors and institutions.
  • To obtain the competency to follow the current academic literature and publications in Political Science and International Relations and to make a sophisticated evaluation and discussion of the issues related to this topic.
  • To be able to communicate orally and in writing in regard to topics associated with human sciences, in addition to Political Science and International Relations; to conduct independent research and to join in team work.
  • To be able to obtain the required skills for gathering data, making analysis and reporting from sources found in the library and other academic sources of information; to write competent written texts based on the rules of academic writing and make oral presentations in academic conferences in areas related, inter alia, to Political Science and International Relations.
  • To be able to utilize, develop and share the acquired knowledge, skills and methods for the benefit of society based on an awareness of social responsibility and ethical values.
  • To gain skills to formulate original ideas in a climate of open and mutually interacting accumulations of thought.
  • To attain the ability to use the necessary information and communication technology specifically in Political Science and International Relations and generally in human sciences.

Curriculum/Thesis

The Political Science and International Relations MA program (with thesis) comprises eight core courses and a master thesis.

Students must score a minimum of 3.00 grade point average (GPA) in order to graduate from the program.

Duration of studies: 2 years (4 terms)

Title awarded: Master of Arts (M.A.)

The degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the program’s requirements.

Language of instruction: English.

Compulsory Courses

1st Semester (Fall)

POLS 501 Issues and Theories of International Relations

2nd Semester (Spring)

POLS 504 Methodology of Political Science and International Relations

3rd Semester (Fall)

POLS 590 Graduate Seminar

POLS 599 MA Thesis

4th Semester (Spring)

POLS 599 MA Thesis

CAW 501 Critical Academic Writing is likewise a compulsory course. This course has no credits. Students are free to pick up this course either in the Fall or Spring semesters.

In order to graduate, students should take 6 elective courses, at least 4 of which ought to be taken from the Department of Political Science and International Relations (departmental electives). In other words, students are permitted to get a maximum of 2 non-departmental elective courses. However, students can choose all 6 of the elective courses from departmental electives. In addition to the program requirements, students may take language courses and additional electives.

For further specialisation, students are strongly urged to choose four departmental elective courses on the basis of two clusters: either Political Science or International Relations clusters.

Curriculum/Non-Thesis

The Political Science and International Relations MA program (non-thesis) comprises 10 courses and a Graduation Project.

Non-thesis graduate students must score a minimum of 3.00 grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken.

Duration of studies: 1 year

Title awarded: Master of Arts (M.A.)

The degree is awarded upon successful completion of the program’s requirements.

Language of instruction: English.

Compulsory Courses

1st Semester (Fall)

POLS 501 Issues and Theories of International Relations

2nd Semester (Spring)

POLS 504 Methodology of Political Science and International Relations

In order to graduate, students should take 8 elective courses. Students are permitted to get a maximum of 2 non-departmental elective courses. In other words, if they so wish, they can choose all 8 of the elective courses from the Department of Political Science and International Relations (departmental elective).

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 30, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
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1 - 2 years
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Turkey - Üsküdar, İstanbul
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