Department of International Relations

Introduction

Programme Profile

A graduate of the International Relations Department has a detailed knowledge on the principal concepts, actors and components of the international system; masters the fundamentals such as history, law, economics, sociology and political science required by the multidisciplinary nature of International Relations; is able to analyze practice on the basis of a well mastered theoretical infrastructure; has acquired the capability of specializing on a particular theme and/or region; interpret and explain foreign policy through its domestic components as well as from the perspective of the international system; has reached the necessary level of competence to be able to undertake a career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as other state institutions and/or the private sector; possesses the required skills to work at various international organizations and NGOs; is in perfect command of at least one foreign language at the academic -with a view to write a thesis/project/book in the field of International Relations- as well as the professional level and has the capacity to utilize the methodological instruments acquired throughout the studies at any conceptual and/or academic work.


Qualification Awarded

The students who have successfully completed this programme are awarded the Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations.


Level of Qualification

This is a First Cycle programme.


Access Requirements

According to the law establishing Galatasaray University and to the regulations of Higher Education Council (YÖK), admittance to this program requires success in the central examination system, called ÖSYS; or in the Galatasaray University Student Selection Exam organized exclusively for the graduates of French-speaking high schools. Foreign students are admitted to the program through the GSÜ-YÖS exam. Guest students can be admitted to the program with the special student status if the department gives its approval. As the education language is French, those students who are not French speakers have to attend a year-long preparatory class; and those who already speak French have to succeed in a French language exam.


Programme Requirements and Regulations

The Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the compulsory courses in the curriculum and the required number of elective courses in their chosen area of interest on the condition that they have obtained a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 out of 4.00. The minimum number of ECTS credits required for graduation is 240.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Students in Galatasaray University can be exempted from a number of courses, according to the existing regulations. If the related faculty or the institute decides that the curriculum of a course the student validated in another establishment is compatible with the curriculum of the one thought in Galatasaray University, the student can be exempted from that course.


Programme Outcomes

1 To have a detailed knowledge on the principal concepts, actors and components of the international system
2 To master the fundamentals such as history, law, economics, sociology and political science required by the multidisciplinary nature of International Relations
3 Pouvoir analyser la pratique à partir d’une infrastructure théorique assimilée
4 To have acquired the capability of specializing on a particular theme and/or region
5 In the light of Galatasaray University’s traditional and institutional links with Europe, to have developed the ability to contribute to Turkey’s accession process to the EU in a concrete manner
6 To interpret and explain Turkish foreign policy through its domestic components as well as from the perspective of the international system
7 To have reached the necessary level of competence to be able to undertake a career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as other state institutions and/or the private sector
8 Possess the required skills to work at various international organizations and NGOs
9 To be in perfect command of French, teaching language of Galatasaray University, and of English, its mandatory language, at the academic -with a view to write a thesis/project/book in the field of International Relations- as well as the professional level
10 To have the capacity to utilize the methodological instruments acquired throughout the studies at any conceptual and/or academic work


Occupation Profiles of Graduates

The Department of International Relations aims at preparing its future graduates to careers in a) diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; b) civil service at the public sector as well as international organizations ; c) communication and the media ; d) the private sector within local and/or multinational firms ; and e) academia through teaching and/or research. The pluridisciplinarity of the Department’s curriculum – via law, history, economics, sociology, theory and practice of IR through thematic and area studies- corresponds to the highest international academic criteria as well as the above mentioned objectives.


Access to Further Studies

The students graduated from this programme may apply to Master (Second Cycle) programmes.


Grading Scheme and Grade Distribution Guidance


Mode of Study

This is a full-time programme.


Communication

Head of Department (or equivalent): Prof. Dr. Ayşe Füsun TÜRKMEN
Adress: Çırağan Cad. 36 Ortaköy 34357 İstanbul Türkiye
Telephone: 00902122274480/564
E-Mail: fturkmen@gsu.edu.tr


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