Course Catalog


Sabancı University European Studies MA Program provides a comprehensive study of historical and contemporary developments in Europe, specifically of the European integration process, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The students will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of the European political and administrative systems as well as historical and philosophical foundations of modern Europe. They will also gain the necessary skills to compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging institutions of Europe as Euro-bureaucrats and policy-makers, as representatives of and/or analysts/consultants to governments, NGOs and the private sector in all matters relating to the European Union.

Given Turkey's candidacy, there is a pressing need for advancing EU studies in Turkey and generating an awareness in the Turkish public opinion as well as the policy-making circles about the European Union, its decision-making procedures, its institutions. This is reflected in the increasing demand coming from the private sector to employ specialists who know how decisions are made within EU and how they might be effectively pursued and shaped. Private sector organizations in Turkey will require all the human resources they can find to compete in the increasingly complex European and related global markets. Similarly in the government sector, the prospects of the start of accession negotiations imply an immediately growing need for a new breed of able and knowledgeable public servants specializing in the European related issues.


Course Category Min. ECTS Credits Min. SU Credits Min. Courses
Master Thesis - - 1
Required Courses - 12 6
Core Electives - 9 3
Free Electives - 3 1
Total 127 24 11

Master Thesis

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     ES 599 Master Thesis 35 0 FASS

Required Courses

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     CONF 512 Research Methods 10 3 FASS
     ES 500 Pro-Thesis Seminar 5 0 FASS
     ES 502 Turkey-European Union Relations 10 3 FASS
     ES 507 The Political Economy of European Integration 10 3 FASS
     GR 555S Academic Writing for Graduate Students 7 0 FASS
     POLS 592 European Union: Politics, Policies and Governance 10 3 FASS

Core Electives

Minimum 9 SU credits from the pool below.

  Course Name ECTS Credits SU Credits Faculty
     ANTH 554 Migration and Citizenship 10 3 FASS
     CONF 501 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution 10 3 FASS
     CONF 508 Multilateral Negotiations in the EU 10 3 FASS
     ECON 526 Political Economy of Turkey 10 3 FASS
     ES 505 European Foreign Policy 10 3 FASS
     ES 523 Major Issues in the Euro-Mediterranean Area 10 3 FASS
     GEN 544 Gender and Sexuality in Turkey 10 3 FASS
     HIST 502 Explorations in World History II 10 3 FASS
     LAW 504 Human Rights in the EU 10 3 FASS
     LAW 512 Comparative Constitutional Law 10 3 FASS
     POLS 502 Political Theory 10 3 FASS
     POLS 509 Greek-Turkish Relations 10 3 FASS
     POLS 514 Politics of Southern Europe 10 3 FASS
     POLS 526 Continental Political Thought 10 3 FASS
     POLS 529 Methods and Scope of Political Analysis 10 3 FASS
     POLS 530 Quantitative Research Methods 10 3 FASS
     POLS 532 Survey Research Methods 10 3 FASS
     POLS 540 International Relations Theory 10 3 FASS
     POLS 543 International Negotiation 10 3 FASS
     POLS 557 The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes: 10 3 FASS
     POLS 564 Energy Politics 10 3 FASS
     POLS 581 European Politics 10 3 FASS
     POLS 596 European Security 10 3 FASS
     POLS 598 Comparative Local Government 10 3 FASS
     PUBL 501 Governance, Politics and Public Policy 10 3 FASS
     SOC 502 Media and Politics 10 3 FASS
     SOC 504 Media Research Workshop 10 3 FASS
     SOC 508 Religion and Politics 10 3 FASS
     SOC 520 Sociology of Mobilities 10 3 FASS

Free Electives

Maximum 3 SU credits from FENS, FASS and FMAN graduate courses by advisor'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.