MA Course Contents

Please visit the following website for the details of the course contents of the Political Science and International Relations Department MA Program:



  1. SBU5000 MA Thesis
  2. SBU5001 Seminar
  3. SBU5004 Research Methods and Scientific Ethics




  1. SBU5103 Theories of International Relations and Theoretical Debates The course aims to discuss the major theoretical approaches to the study of international relations. 
  2. SBU5115 Comparative Politics and Debates  The comparative method in political science and major approaches to the current issues in the field.


Elective courses are not offered every semester. For the list of available elective courses, please check the current course program.

SBU5100 Militarism in Historical ad Theoretical Perspective

The course aims to study militarism –in a historical and theoretical perspective- both as a technique of power in modern capitalist societies in general, and its various forms in Turkey in particular. For this aim, the course will start with reviewing the organization of violence in the formation of the modern state, conscription, and internal security practices; then it will focus on the functioning of praetorian militarism in the case of Turkey. Finally, it will cover how the security paradigm works in the age of neoliberal capitalism. The forms and prospects of anti-militarist thought and politics will also be included in order to supplement the analysis of militarism.

SBU5101 Politics, Culture and Social Movements in EU Countries

The European Union is a Union of 27 countries, and accession of new members is on the agenda. While these 27 countries share a common area of values, they also differ significantly in terms of political culture, the process of democratization, demographic structure, ethnic and religious characteristic, and historical backgrounds. The aim is to motivate students to study and research the basic characteristics of the EU countries. The political structure, party system, political culture, and political movements of major EU countries will be examined. The major topics of the course include the evolution of major political currents-such as socialism, social democracy, Christian democracy, and liberalism, the emergence of new political movements such as the Greens, the role of the civil society, and the EU dimension.

SBU5102 Religion and Politics

This course aims to cover the major theoretical debates on the role of religion in political life. Christian Democracy, the Liberation Theology, and Political Islam will be examined as three significant experiments in this respect. 

SBU5104 Asian Politics and Security

The course examines the functioning of regional politics in Asia (the region centered on East and the Southeast), within the framework of debates on security in general and regional security. Together with theoretical debates, the course also aims to cover regional formations such as ASEAN, ARF-EAS, ASEM, APEC, the Six Party Talks, and to explain the effects of actors outside the region (RF, USA, EU) on regional politics and security.

SBU5105-SBU5106 The Cold War Era in Europe 1- 2

The course focuses on the Cold War Era (1948-1991) in Europe. The causes of the Cold War, together with social, economic and political dimensions will be analyzed, and particularly the security institutions of the Cold War era are analyzed from a theoretical perspective.

SBU5107 Public Law

The aim of the course is to define the building blocks of a “theory of democratic rule of law”. With this perspective, the first weeks (Weeks 1-5) will examine how law is configured in political units organized under a state structure, that is modern societies. Following that (Weeks 5-10), the aim will be to define law within the framework of a concept of power that could be valid for all kinds of social organization. Finally, going back to the modern state construct, the course will discuss how the concept of universal human rights could be consistently placed, from a theoretical perspective, within the idea of law. 

SBU5108 Contemporary Debates on Security 

This course examined the new security agenda of the West, within the framework of the changing security parameters in the post-Cold War era. 

SBU5109 International Politics  In this course that questions the content and the borders of international politics, readings will focus on the subfields such as security, and foreign policy.

SBU5110 Current Issues in Turkish Political Life

The course will analyze the major current issues of Turkish politics, in relation with their theoretical backgrounds. The topics covered include civil-military relations, political Islam, the struggle for hegemony in Turkish politics, the ‘Kurdish issue’, and the European Union as a matter of domestic politics.

SBU5111 Turkish Foreign Policy

The course covers the foreign policy process in the Republican era, the major events, decisions and their implications. 

SBU5112 Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy

This course aims to examine the factors affecting the shaping of Turkey’s foreign policy in the post-1990 period, and taking these factors into consideration, to provide a critical analysis of the changes in the international system and their implications for Turkish foreign policy.

SBU5113 Social Movements and Politics in Turkey (1960-1980)

This covers the 1960-1980 period in Turkey, considering the role of social movements in political life. In this framework, the unions’ movement, leftist movements, and the MHP movement constitute the major topics.

SBU5114 Media and Politics

The criticism of media, property issues in media, political journalism and the television, the press and political journalism in Turkey, political journalism in the West, the Internet and politics.

SBU5116 Minorities in Turkey

On this topic of current significance, the topics of the course will include the relationship between minorities and the nation-state, the legal framework with regard to the minorities, and Turkey’s policies toward minorities, on the basis of the history and basic characteristics of the minorities in Turkey.

SBU5117 Turkey and the Middle East

The aim of this course is to consider and analyze the transformation of Turkey’s Middle East policy in terms of history, identity, and security. The level of analysis for the topics covered in the course will be universally or regionally emerging values, rather than the system or international actors. In this framework, the Westernization efforts of Turkey, how Turkey became an active member of the international community, how the Middle East policy pursued in this period has changed in response to changing dynamics of the post-Cold War era, and the general framework of this Middle East policy shaped through the concepts of identity, and security will constitute the major topics of the course. The course will discuss how Turkey defines its interests on the basis of changing values at the universal and regional level, what kinds of solutions it produces for its chronic problems, and how these are reflected in its Middle East policy, with regard to the interaction between domestic and foreign policy.

SBU5118 International and Global Organizations

The course covers the role of international and global organizations in the current global system. The structures, functions and roles of international and global organizations will be reviewed, while the United Nations will be extensively covered with regard to its structure, collective security activities, and proposals for its reform. The activities of international and global organizations in relation to various themes, such as environmental and economic issues, will also be covered. Finally, the changing roles of international and global organizations within the current global order will be analyzed.

SBU5119 Turkish-Greek Relations

The course aims to discuss Turkish-Greek relations in its historical and contemporary dimensions, together with the major issues, theses and resolution processes.

SBU5120 History of Russia

The course covers the history of Kiev Russia, the Tsarist era and the period since the collapse of socialism, and the students are expected to write a research paper on a be chosen from the history of Russia.

SBU5121 Capitalism and the Human Being

The course will deal with how human life and character are affected by different principles and stages of capitalism.

SBU5122 Current Issues in International Law

UN III. Convention on the Law of the Sea; the Sovereignty Rights of the States; General Issues of Conflict (Territorial waters, Continental shelf, Protection of the Environment, the Status of Island States, International Straits, Enclosed / Semi-Enclosed Seas, International Maritime Traffic, Disagreements regarding the Resolution of Conflicts); the importance of the UN III. Convention on the Law of the Sea for Turkey; Turkey’s Major Problems with regard to the Law of the Sea; Issues in the Mediterranean, Aegean Sea and the Black Sea, and the theses of the parties; the Status of the Turkish Straits and Attempts at Rearrangement.

SBU5123 The Ottoman Past and the Identity Issue in the Balkans and Turkey

The account of the Ottoman period in the historiography and school books of the Balkan countries, and its comparison with Turkey; the role of the Ottoman past in the formation and definition of national identities.

SBU5124 Politics and Social Change

The course aims to discuss the interaction between politics and social change on the basis of field studies.  

SBU5125 Turkish Political Life

The historical period covered by the course starts with the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. Rather than a chronological account of historical events, the structure and contents of the course will focus more on the analysis of the process of the formation of modern political power in Ottoman and Turkish societies, through relations, ideologies, and practices of power on the basis of social classes, socio-cultural identities, social and political movements. The course plan and required readings cover historical-empirical analysis of socio-political power relations, as well as different theoretical approaches.