Graduate Courses

POLS 501 Advanced Research Methods Credits 3

Basic experimental and non-experimental methods available to social scientists. Logic of social scientific methodology 

POLS 502 Survey Research Methods Credits 3

Logic of survey research. Sampling techniques. Questionnaire design. Advantages and disadvantages of mail and telephone surveys and interviews. Interviewing techniques. Public opinion pools and market research. 

POLS 507 Turkish Constitutional and Administrative Law Credits 3

Organization, powers and functioning of the legislature, executive and the judiciary and their linkages with special reference to the operation of the administration. 

POLS 509 Problems of Transition to Democracy Credits 3

Study of factors that shape transitions from authoritarian to democratic regime, with emphasis on institution building in comparative multiparty regimes

POLS 511 Public Policy Analysis Credits 3

Examination of models of public policy making within an analytical framework. The process of policy formation, policy outputs, and the consequences of public policies. 

POLS 512 Global Political Economy Credits 3

Creation, maintenance, and transformation of international arrangements designed to manage or regulate inter-state activities relating to trade, money, resource use, technology, and physical environment 

POLS 519 Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy Credits 3

Discussion of current problems and issue areas in Turkish foreign policy. 

POLS 521 International Politics Credits 3

Contending theoretical approaches to the study of international politics. Methodological problems. The boundaries and content of the field. 

POLS 522 Developing Countries in International Politics Credits 3

Examination of the role of the developing countries in international politics with particular focus on increased differentiation within these state with the emergence of NICs. The implications of the end of the Cold War for the future of South and North-South relations.

POLS 523 Political Economy of Development Credits 3

Comparative analysis of the politics of industrialization strategies and economic development, with particular focus on domestic structures and institutions. 

POLS 525 Current Issues in World Politics I Credits 3

New forces in world politics and the evolution of the contemporary system. Case studies of selected problem areas in regional and global politics.

POLS 526 Current Issues in World Politics II Credits 3

Theoretical implications of current developments in regional and global politics. Discussion of selected issues.

POLS 527 International Politics of the Balkans Credits 3

Examination of the role of the Balkans in international politics with special emphasis on the politics of the post-Cold War era.

POLS 528 Nationalism and Ethnicity in World Politics Credits 3

Examination of nationalism, nation-building, the nation, state and the nation-state system. Special emphasis on ethnicity in the post-Cold War era.

POLS 529 International Law and Organizations Credits 3

Examination of nature and evolution of international law and organizations, with particular emphasis on the United Nations.

POLS 532 Turkish Politics Credits 3

Turkish constitutional , political, and administrative system. Institutional and electoral structures, the role of political parties, interest groups, public opinion and the military. 

POLS 534 Turkish Political Thought Credits 3

Studies in the development of Turkish political thought from the foundation of the Republic to the present with special emphasis on the theoretical and ideological paradigm of the one-party period. 

POLS 535 Contemporary Issues in Middle Eastern Politics Credits 3

Study of the politics surrounding topical issues in the Middle East

POLS 536 Literary Texts and Politics Credits 3

Seminar on selected works of literature examined in terms of social and political change. 

POLS 537 Political Culture of Turkish Society Credits 3

Currents of thought and issues in Turkish political life since the 1920s with emphasis on Turkish political culture. 

POLS 538 Constitutional and Political Change in Turkey Credits 3

Currents of thought and issues in Turkish political life since the 1920s with emphasis on Turkish political culture. 

POLS 541 Comparative Politics Credits 3

Study of the comparative method in political science and major approaches to contemporary issues in the field. 

POLS 544 Politics of Advanced Industrial States Credits 3

Comparative analysis of political change and economic transformation in modern industrial states with special reference to domestic structures and institutions. 

POLS 545 Contemporary Issues in European Politics Credits 3

Detailed study of topical issues and problems in European politics. 

POLS 547 Economic and Social Change in the Middle East Credits 3

Examination of changing social structures and the problems of identity and legitimacy in the Middle East. Cultural, ethnic, religious and class division. The legacy of imperialism.

POLS 552 Political Theory Credits 3

Study of political theory with emphasis on underlying assumptions behind theoretical debates.

POLS 553 Foundation of Political and Social Theory Credits 3

Analysis of basic approaches to theory-building such as empiricism, phenomenology, structuralism ad critical theory. 

POLS 555 Political Sociology Credits 3

Survey of political forms, tribal groups, patrimonial and feudal systems and the formation of the modern nation-state.

POLS 557 Political Liberalism Credits 3

Origins and development of liberalism and democracy. Liberal thought and practice in selected countries. 

POLS 581 Research and Reading in Turkish Politics I Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings.

POLS 584 Research and Reading in Turkish Politics II Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings. 

POLS 585 Research and Reading in Political Theory I Credits 3

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings.

POLS 586 Research and Reading in Political Theory Credits 3

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings.

POLS 588 Research and Reading in Political Theory II Credits

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings.

POLS 589 Research and Reading in International Relations I Credits

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings.

POLS 590 Research and Reading In International Relations Credits 3
POLS 591 Research and Reading in International Relations Credits 3
POLS 592 Research and Reading in International Relations II Credits 3

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings.

POLS 593 Research and Reading in Comparative Politics I Credits 3

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings. 

POLS 595 Research & Reading In Comparative Politics Credits 3

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings

POLS 596 Research and Reading in Comparative Politics II Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings.

POLS 597 Research and Reading in Quantitative Methods I Credits 3

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings.

POLS 599 Research and Reading in Quantitative Methods II Credits 3

Individual research projects, and/or critical readings.

POLS 609 Special Topics in Ottoman Political Tradition Credits 3
POLS 622 Secularism Democracy and Religion Credits 3

A survey of the theoretical literature on secularism and democracy, and examination of contemporary emprical studies on religious movements. 

POLS 623 Turkey in World Politics Credits 3

Study of the political processes of international organizations and their impact on Turkeys foreign and domestic policies. Politics and economics of regional 

POLS 631 International Migration and Refugees Credits 3

Study of the causes and consequences of international migration and refugee movements with particular emphasis on the role of government, IGOs, and NGOs in the management and resolution of problems associated with migration and refugees.

POLS 632 Turkish Politics in Comparative Perspective Credits 3

Analysis of the Turkish political system with emphasis on comparisons with other state systems. 

POLS 634 Contemporary Issues in Gender and Politics Credits 3

Theoretical controversies and empirical developments in the study of gender and politics. 

POLS 635 Political Economy of Turkey Credits 3

Analysis of economic structures, class relations, political institutions and organized interest representation in a peripheral economy. Historical and theoretical perspectives. 

POLS 638 Party Systems and Voting Behavior in Turkey Credits 3

Analysis of the Turkish party system since the late 1940s, with special emphasis on the evolution of party organization and changes in electoral behavior. 

POLS 642 Politics and Ideology in the Middle East Credits 3

Thematic study of politics and ideologies in the contemporary Middle East with emphasis on selected countries. 

POLS 644 Politics of Black Sea Cooperation Credits 3

Examination of the Black Sea region and the problems and prospects for cooperation and stability in the area.

POLS 651 Politics of Soviet Successor States Credits 3

Examination of prospects for the former republics of the Soviet Union, with special emphasis on problems of transition to democracy, market economy, and their position in the emerging international system.

POLS 652 Politics and Ideology Credits 3

Discussion of theoretical issues raised by the concept of ideology as legitimization and ideology as a cultural system. 

POLS 653 Theories of State Credits 3

Study of the nature and functions of the state. Liberal, Marxist and Fascist theories of the state and society. The state in developing, industrial and post-industrial societies. 

POLS 658 Democratic Theory Credits 3

The study of classical democratic theory and its critics. Evolution of democratic theory. Interaction between the theory and practice of democracy. Emphasis will be on the theoretical foundations and the functioning of the democratic system. 

POLS 680 Selected Topics in the History of Political Though Credits 3

A detailed analysis of selected issues in political and social theory. The content of the course is jointly arranged by the instructor and the students. 

POLS 681 Research and Reading in Turkish Politics Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings.

POLS 682 Research and Reading in Turkish Politics Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings.

POLS 683 Research and Reading in Political Theory Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings.

POLS 684 Research and Reading in Political Theory Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings.

POLS 685 Research and Reading in International Relations Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings.

POLS 686 Research and Reading in International Relations Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings. 

POLS 687 Research and Reading in Comparative Politics Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings. 

POLS 688 Research and Reading in Comparative Politics Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings. 

POLS 690 MA Thesis Credits 0
POLS 691 Research and Reading in Research Methods Credits 3

Individual research projects and/or critical readings. 

POLS 790 Ph.D. Dissertation Credits 0
POLS654 State and Bureaucracy in Turkey Credits 3

Typologies of state and bureaucracies from a historical and comparative perspective with special emphasis on state and bureaucracy in Turkey.