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Master Programme in Modern Turkish Studies

DEGREE
PROGRAMME

120
ECTS

ALTUNIZADE
CAMPUS

The Master’s Program in Modern Turkish Studies (MTS) makes use of interdisciplinary perspectives, theories, and methodologies supported by a distinguished core faculty with well-known research achievements in Turkey.

The MTS is a comparative and interdisciplinary program in the social sciences and humanities enabling participants to effectively understand the interrelationship between politics, history, economics, and culture with an emphasis on Modern Turkey. The joint focal point of this wide-ranging interdisciplinary approach in the graduate program is the construction process, issues, and current politics of Modern Turkey.

The interdisciplinary approach of the Modern Turkish Studies program allows us to have a comprehensive understanding of the historical, sociological, and global perspectives of the current Turkish political context. The MA Program offers several academic subjects including democracy problems, religion and politics, civil-military relations, sociology of contemporary Turkish society, conflict resolution, issues in Turkish foreign policy, identity politics, and modern Turkish intellectual thought. This wider knowledge emanates from the conjunction of our fields, such as Political Sciences, International Relations, History, Sociology, Nationalism Studies, Regional Analysis, and Security Studies.

The MTS Master’s program aims to attract ambitious and curious students wanting to develop analytical skills for critical thinking and discussion and carrying out important research contributing to the field of Turkish Studies.

More than 20 full-time faculty members and instructors from Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, History, Law, Literature, Communication, and Islamic Studies, as well as faculty members and experts from other fields and institutions support our program.

The language of instruction is English.

Curriculum

FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTER
Code Course T A C ECTS
MTS 501 Fundamental Approaches to Turkish Modernization 3 0 3 15
MTS 503 Late Ottoman Political History 3 0 3 7,5
Program Elective 3 0 3 7,5
CAW 501 Critical Academic Writing 3 0 0 5
Total Credit 9+0 35
SPRING SEMESTER
Code Course T A C ECTS
MTS 502 Democracy and Its Problems in Turkey 3 0 3 15
MTS 514 Neoliberal Transformation in Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
Program / External Elective 3 0 3 7,5
Total Credit 9+0 30

 

SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTER
Code Course T A C ECTS
MTS 504 Research Methods in Social Sciences 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 590 Graduate Seminar 3 0 0 7,5
Program / External Elective 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 599 MA Thesis 0 0 0 7,5
Total Credit 6+0 30
SPRING SEMESTER
Code Course T A C ECTS
MTS 599 MA Thesis 0 0 0 30
Total Credit 0+0 30

 

Abbreviations: T=Theory, A=Application, C=Credit
Necessary Credit for Graduation: 24. Total Courses: 11 Courses – 8 compulsory, 3 elective. Total ECTS: 120
Students need to write an MA thesis of a reasonable length to receive the MA degree.
Program Elective: Courses offered by the program.
External Elective:  Courses offered within the Graduate School of Social Sciences excluding Master of Laws Programs.

 

REQUIRED COURSES
Code Course T A C ECTS
MTS 501 Fundamental Approaches to Turkish Modernization 3 0 3 15
MTS 502 Democracy and Its Problems in Turkey 3 0 3 15
MTS 503 Late Ottoman Political History 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 504 Research Methods in Social Sciences 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 514 Neoliberal Transformation in Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 590 Graduate Seminar 3 0 0 7,5
MTS 599 MA Thesis 0 0 0 37,5
CAW 501 Critical Academic Writing 3 0 0 5

 

PROGRAM ELECTIVE COURSES
Code Course T A C ECTS
MTS 507 Qualitative Social Analysis 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 511 Law and Politics in Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 512 Political Thought in Modern Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 513 Religion and Politics in Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 515 Islamist Political Thought in Modern Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 516 Politics, Religion and Society in the Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 517 Mass Media and Power in Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 518 Eurasianism and Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 520 Turkey and Eurasia 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 523 Turkey and Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 531 Turkish Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 532 Neighbours in Turkish Foreign Policy 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 533 Political Sociology 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 534 Identity Conflicts and Their Resolution 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 537 Identity, Ethnicity and Conflict Resolution in Modern Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 542 Sociology of Contemporary Turkish Society 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 543 Sociology of Center Right and Left Politics in Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 544 Identity, Culture and Ethnicity in Turkey 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 551 20th Century Political Thought 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 580 Sociology of Religion 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 581 Texts in Ottoman Turkish 3 0 3 7,5
MTS 582 Texts in Ottoman Turkish II 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 505 Contemporary Issues of International Law 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 510 International Politics of the Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 511 Middle East Politics 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 512 Political Economy of the Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 513 History, Culture and Religion in the Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 514 Conflicts in the Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 516 Islam and Politics in the Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 530 Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 531 Advanced Seminar in Political Theory 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 532 Democratization: Theory and Practice 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 533 Political Violence and Terrorism 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 534 Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 535 Media and Politics 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 536 Comparative Revolutions 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 537 Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 538 Political Thought in Classical Islam 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 551 Theory and Practice of Turkish Foreign Policy 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 552 Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 553 Turkish Politics and Multiparty Democracy 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 554 Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 555 International Security 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 556 Emerging Global Powers 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 558 Geopolitics of Energy and Environment 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 561 European Politics 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 562 Europe and the Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 563 Issues in Russian Politics and Foreign Policy 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 564 Politics of East Asia 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 566 Issues in the Caucasian and Central Asian Politics 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 567 Politics in the Balkans and Central and East Europe 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 568 International Politics in Eurasia 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 569 American Politics and Foreign Policy 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 570 Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3 0 3 7,5
POLS 571 Selected Topics in Political Science and International Relations. 3 0 3 7,5

1. To develop the skill to analyze and apprehend, core areas of study of Modern Turkey in the context of social sciences, in terms of theories and methods.

2. To apprehend, combine, comment, problematize and create new knowledge with an interdisciplinary approach on Ottoman Studies, information regarding Ottoman background and Modern Turkey, in addition to 20th century Turkey,benefiting from the interaction between various disciplines of social sciences.

3. To evaluate major topics and problems in Turkish Studies, based on comparative analyses both in different eras within coutry and in different experiences of similar countries.

4. To analyze concepts, topics and facts relating to domestic politics and foreign policy with their all complexity by studying historical, social, political and cultural dimensions of 20th century Turkey; to develop scientific visions.

5. To use information and communcation Technologies at a high level while providing accumulation of knowledge by reaching scientific resources and data which contains most current information in research areas on Modern Turkey and extends beyond lecture books.

6. Taking the attained apprehension and information a step forward; To analyze a selected research question with the most suitable research method and technique and by using “new approaches” if necessary.

7. To develop the ability of being open to “innovative” thoughts and analytical thinking in the process of asking scientific questions and seeking an answer.

8. To evaluate and discuss theoretical and practical information and abilities attained in the area of Modern Turkish Studies with a critical approach; to be able to transfer output in written and verbal formats with a true and appropriate in terms of form and content.

9. To proceed a study, which requires specialization in the field, independently; or to provide contribution of information, responsibility and taking initiative.

10. To be able to express theoretical and practical information attained regarding the field of study with a competent English in verbal and written formats.

2016-2017 Academic Year Applications to Graduate Programs ended. We will not accept applications for Spring Semester.

For 2017-2018 Fall Application dates, please visit Important Dates below.

The education is provided by Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Şehir University.

For academic questions about the programme, you can contact our faculty members:


Zübeyir Nişancı (Programme coordinator for Modern Turkish Studies)
zubeyirnisanci@sehir.edu.tr

Hüseyin Alptekin (Programme coordinator for Political Science and International Relations)
huseyinalptekin@sehir.edu.tr