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Overview

International Relations Department welcomes students who are interested in the ever-changing dynamics of the international system. The International Relations discipline studies the different actors of the international system and examines the interactions among them. Hence, students of International Relations work to improve their understanding of the international system and try to become more effective citizens.

It goes without saying that the international system is undergoing important changes particularly since the end of the Cold War. The traditional understanding of the state as the unitary actor in most analyses is now subject to challenges; its sovereignty is being circumscribed. Citizens, pressure groups, civil society actors as well as international organizations influence how the state works and takes decision. International relations have become ‘supra-national’ and ‘trans’-national to a certain extent. The degree of interdependence between domestic politics and international relations has been increased and interactions between two areas become more transparent.

Okan University Department of International Relations has a non-traditional approach to International Relations. We focus, among others, on the new actors in the international arena, such as social groups and transnational activists, as much as we focus on state and international organizations. We train students as specialists of International Relations by providing a sound knowledge of the history, theoretical approaches and competing perspectives, and legal framework of the international systemic structure in order to assess key debates and main issues in the field of international politics. We also assist our students in acquiring intellectual skills to enable them to critically analyze and evaluate international political problems as well as to develop effective solutions and policy proposals.

Programme structure

Okan University Department of International Relations has a non-traditional approach to International Relations. In our courses we focus, among others, on the new actors in the international arena, such as social groups and transnational activists, as much as we focus on traditional units of analysis, such as states and international organizations. Our faculty members train our students as specialists of International Relations by providing them with a sound knowledge of history, theoretical approaches, competing perspectives and legal frameworks that one has to be familiar with in the study of the international systemic structure in order to be able assess the key debates in the field of international politics. We also assist our students in acquiring intellectual skills to enable them to critically analyze and evaluate international political problems as well as to develop effective solutions and policy proposals.

During the first four semesters (i.e., first two years) our students are offered courses that essentially aim at gaining them the fundamentals of the core concepts and notions that they will be using in their studies and research in the last four semesters of their education at the undergraduate level. These courses include the Fundamentals of Political Science, History of Political Thought, World Political History, International Relations, Political Ideologies, Political Geography, North-South Relations, and Research Methods in addition to courses that are offered by other departments, such as Statistics, Economics, and Law. Having grasped the essentials of how the international system operates, in the next two years, our students are offered courses that directly relate to their field of expertise such as International Relations Theories, International Law, International Organizations, International Security, International Political Economy, Globalization and Governance, Power and Inequality, Transnational Actors and Processes, EU Policies and Institutions, Gender and Politics, Modernization, Comparative Politics, and Turkish Foreign Policy. Bearing in mind Turkey’s exceptional geopolitical position in the world, being located at the epicenter of the Eurasian landmass, the Balkans, and the Middle East, our Curriculum also includes courses with corresponding regional concentrations.

Our Department follows a multi-disciplinary approach, allowing our students to take courses from other departments, such as the departments of Business Administration, International Trade, and International Logistics. We also encourage our students to participate in serious training programs both in Turkey and abroad in order to expand their intellectual capability as well as their skills by way of practicing some the concepts and notions that they have learned during their education.

Career opportunities

Our Department provides an interdisciplinary program thanks to which our students can be endowed with necessary skills and capabilities during their four-year education that may encourage them to work both in public and private sector. Graduates of our program may wish to pursue an academic career and therefore continue their education at graduate level in Turkish universities or abroad. They may also find jobs in governmental or non-governmental organizations in Turkey or in international organizations abroad or in their representative offices in Turkey. The media and the civil society groups are alternative platforms where our graduates may seek jobs and career opportunities.

Apply now! Fall 2018
Application start
Nov 15, 2017
Pre-deadline
Jun 15, 2018 23:59
Europe/Istanbul time
Primary deadline
Aug 15, 2018 23:59
Europe/Istanbul time
Studies commence
Sep 19, 2018

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States