Political Sciences and International Relations

Political Science and International Relations is an academic discipline that endeavours to understand the theory and practice of politics on local and international level and studies political systems and behaviours. This discipline also deals with analyses of relationships among various actors that form the international system and fundamental dynamics that dominate their individual and common orders. It aims to equip students with an interdisciplinary perspective.

Political science handles political view with a scientific perspective and analyses its impact on political institutions in different social and historical contexts. Political science, which analyses up-to-date analysis of political processed and their evolution over time, aims to contribute to equip its students with a rich formation, benefiting from the findings of such different disciplines as sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy. This programme aims to equip students with the necessary scientific knowledge in fundamental subjects of Political Science such as political theory, comparative politics and Turkish politics.

International relations discipline, which has emerged more recently than political science has an increasing importance. As a discipline that studies and analyses the political, legal, economic and cultural relations among various organizations (intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, multinational companies etc.) within the international system and notably states, International Relations has targeted a perspective that is responsible for bringing political, legal, economic and cultural features of countries in the world to the forefront as the external face of that country and analysing the relevant developments. The international politics, which gained a different dimension upon fall-down of the Eastern Block in early 1990s, made studying the International Relations discipline a multi-variable and more complex. International politics may play a determinative role in domestic politics of states within globalization and localization dialectics. In this scope, political science and domestic politics cannot be handled independently from the perspective of international relations. The fact that International Relations discipline has an increasing importance with globalization required the discipline to be taught in universities.

The purpose of the department is to raise students that are familiar with the academic studies in international area, open to international-national academic cooperation and studies, knowledgeable about regional studies, capable of performing multi-lateral analysis while interpreting world politics, and have the required theoretical, historical and practical knowledge and skills in accordance with the scientific requirements of two main disciplines.

Political Science and International Relations deal with many subjects from operation of states and local administrations to international problems, from national politics and cultural interactions to world policy and political and social consequences of economic crises.

The Department of Political Science and International Relations will lay the foundations for raising people who will make positive contributions to our country’s future and the world’s future in every aspect by teaching them the historical processes in this cosmopolitan world of international relations and politics.

The graduates may work with various titles in the field of diplomacy provided that they pass the examinations held. A diplomat is the official representative of a state in another state and manages the relationship between his/her country and the country of designation. (S)he manages the diplomatic relationships between his/her own government and that of the country where (s)he represents his country. They can work in political parties, non-governmental organizations, public opinion research companies, the media and international organisations such as United Nations and the European Union and work as managers at different ranks. They perform commercial transactions in local and international banks. In addition, they can work as inspectors, experts, supervisors etc. In such public bodies as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Customs, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Central Bank, Undersecretariat of Treasury, Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade and State Planning Organization and they are employed for certain positions in public and semi-public bodies and organizations such as the Capital Market Board and Chambers of Industry and Commerce.

The facts that its focal point is related to social structures and its interdisciplinary feature comes to the forefront have raised importance of this department. For this reason, it is highly probable that qualified graduates (notably those that can speak foreign languages) find jobs in many fields.


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