With increasing globalization being experienced all around the world, to have an awareness and understanding of current international affairs is becoming more and more important. Besides the relations among the states, the relationships between states and other international actors such as nongovernmental organizations or transnational bodies and the relations among these non-state organizations form the focus of the discipline.
International Relations Department has begun to accept first students in 2004-2005 academic year. The first graduate was in 2005-2006 academic year and the department continues masters education either with thesis or non-thesis. There is 1 professor, 6 associate professors and 1 assistant professor and 3 lecturers in the department.
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Mode of Education
Non –thesis programme: 1 academic year (2 semesters) Thesis program course load is 8 in total ; 2 compulsary and 2 elective for each semesters. Students also take a non-credit seminar course in addition to all these courses. Non-thesis program course load is 10 in total and it is 30 credits ;2 compulsary and elective course for each semesters. Students prepare a term project in this programme.
Admission and Registration Requirements
It is required to have a Bachelor degree and score higher than 55 quantitative points from Selection Examination for Academic Personnel and Graduate Studies (ALES) for application to International Relations MA programme. Science Exam, English Proficiency Test and Oral Interview are done before the admission to the programme. They are evaluated as ALES 50%, Science Exam 10%, English Proficiency Test 10%, Undergraduate Points Average 10% and Oral Interview 20%. During the application, ALES document which is taken in the last 2 years, diploma, transcript, military situation document (for males), a copy of identity card, 2 photographs and registration fee receipt are taken. During the precise administration not the copy but the originals of these documents and the student contribution margin receipt are wanted. Programme application date is declared by the university.
There are no double major-minor programmes in this MA programme.
There are no internship in this programme.
Students are granted one of following letter grades and/or symbols by instructor of the course for each academic year they are enrolled.
G: Not sat for semester-end exam
P: Course continues
E: Incomplete semester studies
Student who got one of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C grades as success grade, shall be considered as being succeeded that course. Student who got one of C-, D+, D, D- grades for a course, shall be considered as being succeeded that course conditionally. In the event that student must repeat the semester in which he got these grades, student shall be considered as being failed these courses. Student who got FD and FF grades for any course shall be considered as failed that course. Student who attended but not succeeded the course is granted FD grade; student who didn’t fulfill the attendance condition is granted FF grade. Procedures and principles applicable to enrollment, education and examinations carried out at the level of bachelor’s degree and associate degree have been determined by Regulations of Istanbul KulturUniversity Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree Education.
The minimum GPA required is 2.70 to graduate. In addition to regular work load, students are obliged to prepare a " Master Thesis" for the program with Thesis and a "Project" for the program without Thesis.
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Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
Diplomacy, Academy, International Organizations ( EU, NATO, UN etc.), think tanks, media enterprises, private and public organizations, private firms, banks.
Access to Further Studies
Globalization process requires explication of the relation network of the state and non-state actors by a discipline.In this context, states continiue being the leading actor. State departments and these departments decision making mechanisms are still the leading subjects of the international politics, security and defense fields. International Relations is inter-disciplinary study area for both the undergraduate and graduate students. The primariy prequisite of our department is to make the students understand the chaotic structure of the international relations while equipping them with the basic analytical properties. Course of the education program displays the inter discipline of the international relations. After the introduction courses, seminars and courses oriented for specializing in European Union, Middle East and Turkey’s international relations are mastered. The purpose is to prepare the students for the PHD programmes in international relations fields.
In our department which aims to convey international relations to our students with all the point of views and faces, diplomats and journalists share their knowledge and experiences with our students as well as the academicians. Another opportunity offtered to our students in our department is the Erasmus Student Exchange Programme. With this programme, our students havet he chance to spend one or two of their semesters in the European Union Countries.
Units in which our lecturers participate in, varios facilities are conducted both in national and internaional fields. (GPOT) Global Politics Center which brought in numerous international projects to our university was founded by our departments’ lecturers, Associate Professor Mensur Akgun and Asisstant Professor Slyvia Tiryaki keeps conducting activities.
Head of the International Relations Department: Professor Mensur Akgün e-mail: makgun @iku.edu.tr phone:: (212) 4984141/ 4460