Course Catalog


The Turkish Studies MA program at Sabancı University is the first interdisciplinary graduate program in Turkey with English language instruction. With a highly flexible curriculum, which capitalizes on the intellectual and scholarly resources available at one of Turkey's leading private universities, the Turkish Studies MA program offers its students a broad range of courses in History, Political Science, Economics, Conflict Resolution, European Studies, and Cultural Studies. In addition, the curriculum seeks to meet the needs of the next generation of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners by providing them with necessary skills to analyze, understand, evaluate, and make policies in key areas including foreign, environmental, energy, health, and welfare policies.

There are several possibilities concerning the career prospects of students enrolled in the renewed graduate degree program in Turkish Studies. Graduates of the program will be competitive candidates for Ph.D. programs in various fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The MA degree in Turkish Studies will also enhance the career prospects of students for positions in the public sector (policy-making, bureaucratic and diplomatic service), private sector (international business, media, tourism, etc.), and national and international non-governmental organizations (NGO's).


Course Category Min. ECTS Credits Min. SU Credits Min. Courses
Master Thesis - - 1
Required Courses - 12 10
Core Electives - 12 4
Free Electives - 3 1
Total 158 27 16

Master Thesis

An original thesis of around 70 pages on a previously submitted and approved topic is called for.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     TS 599 Master Thesis 30 0 FASS

Required Courses

The following courses are all required.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     GR 501S Academic Practices and Development 7 0 FASS
     GR 502S Academic Practices and Development 2 7 0 FASS
     GR 503S Academic Practices and Development 3 7 0 FASS
     GR 555S Academic Writing for Graduate Students 7 0 FASS
     POLS 529 Methods and Scope of Political Analysis 10 3 FASS
     POLS 530 Quantitative Research Methods 10 3 FASS
     POLS 550 Turkish Politics 10 3 FASS
     POLS 553 Current Issues in Turkish Politics 10 3 FASS
     TS 500 MA Pro-seminar 5 0 FASS
     TS 590 Internship 5 0 FASS

Core Electives

Minimum 12 SU credits from the pool below.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     CONF 502 Correlates of War and Peace 10 3 FASS
     CONF 531 Conflict Resolution Practice 10 3 FASS
     CONF 532 Managing Conflict in Organizations 10 3 FASS
     CULT 593 Thematic Approaches to Contemporary Turkish Culture 10 3 FASS
     ECON 520 Public Economics 10 3 FASS
     ECON 522 Health Economics and Policy 10 3 FASS
     ECON 523 Economics of the Welfare State 10 3 FASS
     ES 502 Turkey-European Union Relations 10 3 FASS
     ES 504 Energy Politics 10 3 FASS
     ES 505 European Foreign Policy 10 3 FASS
     HIST 517 Introduction to Orientalism and Oriental Studies 10 3 FASS
     HIST 524 Issues in the Gender History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey 10 3 FASS
     HIST 571 History of a City II : Ottoman Istanbul, 1450-1900 10 3 FASS
     HIST 585 Minority Questions in Contemporary Turkey 10 3 FASS
     HIST 589 From Empire to Republic : Turkish Nationalism and the Nation-State 10 3 FASS
     POLS 504 Turkish Social and Political Thought 10 3 FASS
     POLS 510 Comparative Politics 10 3 FASS
     POLS 513 Comparative Party Systems and Electral Behaviour 10 3 FASS
     POLS 531 Qualitative and Textual Research Methods 10 3 FASS
     POLS 532 Survey Research Methods 10 3 FASS
     POLS 537 Advance Research Methods and Data Analysis in Political Science 10 3 FASS
     POLS 548 Conflicts in the Middle East 10 3 FASS
     POLS 555 Turkish Foreign Policy 10 3 FASS
     POLS 563 Political Violence in the Post-Cold War Era 10 3 FASS
     POLS 565 Rise and Fall of Democracy 10 3 FASS
     POLS 580 Political Economy 10 3 FASS
     POLS 583 Ethnicity and Nationalism 10 3 FASS
     POLS 598 Comparative Local Government 10 3 FASS
     PUBL 501 Governance, Politics and Public Policy 10 3 FASS

Free Electives

Max. 3 SU credits from FASS graduate courses catalog, subject to program coordinator' s approval.

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**Courses in more than one areas are listed in the area according to order of appearence in Summary of Degree Requirements list. That is, if a course is both area elective and core elective,then it is listed in core elective courses list.

***Undergraduate courses are not listed in graduate area requirements even if they are among them.

****Since graduation requirements may change dependent to the enrollment year to the University, we advise our students who enrolled at SU in previous years and still continue their education, to track their graduation requirements completion via Information System - Degree Evaluation.