Master’s Degree Program in Public Administration and Political Science

The main objective of the program is to produce graduates well-educated in political science and public administration, with the ability to conduct research in the fields of political science and public administration. To achieve this, the courses providing in-depth knowledge of political science and public administration examine political, administrative, cultural, legal, economic, and ethical dimensions of the studied fields at local, national and international levels, while completion of a Master’s degree thesis develops the ability of conducting academic research.

The program consists of four compulsory, three elective and a non-credit seminar course. The seminar course is intended to prepare students for writing a thesis in their chosen topic in applied economics.

There is also a non-thesis option for students who opt not to write a thesis. In this case, students are required to successfully complete at least three more elective courses (for a total of 10 courses) and a non-credit Term Project course. 

The Master’s Degree is awarded to students who have successfully completed all courses in the curriculum, obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, and completed and defended a Master’s Degree thesis.

KAM 501 Public Administration and Theories of Administration

During the course, dominant and alternative management theories in the field of public administration will be discussed in detail. The purpose of this course is to explain the history, concept, principles, and theories of management, the nature of the management process on the basis of political science and public administration. In this course, it is aimed to provide students to discuss these theories, and develop new proposals with critical approach. The concept, universal dimensions of management, the historical development of managerial thinking and management science, and management theories used in the historical transformation of public administration within the scope of this course.

KAM 502 Social Structure of Turkey

The purpose of the course is to review the social structure of modern-day Turkey. For this purpose, this course will focus on the historical process of the modernization of Turkey. The analyses of Turkish modernization process -starting from the Ottoman period from the present- will follow a certain chronology, but also dealt with not only important continuities but also the breakdowns in this process. In this context, the main issues to be addressed include: the modernization of the Ottoman, Tanzimat period, 1 and 2 Constitutional Monarchy, the establishment Republic of Turkey, the formation of the basic principles of the Republic, transition to Multi-Party Politics and its Social Implications, 1960 military coup and its social effects, 1980: The military coup and the transition to neo-liberalism, transformation of society in the post-1980, and the EU accession process and its social effects.

KAM 503 Political Theory

In this course, it is aimed that students learn and review with a critical manner the major political thinkers. Views of thinkers are discussed within the framework of Western intellectual history, in chronological order. The main subjects are: Political Knowledge and Political Power: Plato's Crito, and the State, Political Science as the study of regimes: Aristotle's Political Science; Political Realism of Christian Theology: Augustine's City of God, Natural Law: Thomas Aquinas on Law, Power Politics: Machiavelli's prince and Speeches; Liberal rationalism: Descartes' Discourse on Method, Individual Rights and Autocratic Management: Hobbes's Leviathan, Individual Rights and Limited Government: Locke, second Treatise on Government, participatory Democracy: Rousseau, The Social Contract and the first and Second Speeches, History and the Modern State: Hegel's Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of History, Socialism: Marx's Communist Manifesto, The Death of God and the will to power: Nietzsche, The Birth of tragedy, Human, All Too Human - Thus Spake Zarathustra - Beyond Good and Evil, Equality and Liberty: Rawls' Theory of Justice.

KAM 504 Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy

The purpose of this course, is to facilitate the comprehension of the issues discussed within the field of political philosophy in the light of the major theoretical perspectives and ensure the student develop their own point of view on these issues. The main topics to be covered include: Human Nature, Reason of the State, Democracy, Rights and Freedoms, Economic Justice, Justice Between Groups, Liberalism and Alternatives; Progress and Civilization. The topics are examined through various theoretical perspectives. The course is built on thematic discussions.

KAM 505 Comparative Politics

In this course, the conceptual and methodological tools used to analyze the issue of comparative politics are included. The analyses of countries would inclued France, the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, India, Spain, Argentina, Egypt, Cuba. In this course, it is aimed that students would develop skills in analyzing similarities and differences between the political systems which were shaped by different historical and cultural circumstances.

KAM 506 Current Trends in Turkish Public Administration

In the course, current issues in the field of public administration course, current approaches and applications will be examined. The changing forms of public service delivery within the framework of the changing social expectations and approaches of public administration that centralize the inidividual is focused during the course. In this course, current trends in public administration in Turkey will be discussed within the framework of contemporary interpretations and issues into the public service and also of the contemporary trends of public service in the public administration.

KAM 507 Current Social Issues in Turkey

During the course, it is targeted to improve the knowledge and awareness of the students on the Turkey's current social issues and different approaches towards these issues. The course examines issues such as globalization, the European Union, human rights, technology and competitive strategies, media, bureaucracy, economy, health, economic development, human resources, terrorism, urbanization and the environment

KAM 509 Crisis and Crisis Management in Public Administration

The aim of the course is to focus on how to manage crisis and to change crisis to an opportunity that is face by Public Administration. As a result of this course, student would understand the meaning of the crisis in changing and evolving world, the dichotomy between created and met crisis, the tools and methods for crisis management, the different areas of crisis management and to improve critical thinking on political and social effects of crisis management. This course mainly focuses on crisis in public administration, process of crisis formation, crisis management and tools for crisis management, relationship between crisis management with other extraordinary event management.

KAM 510 Nationalism and Ethnicity

This course focuses on nationalism and ethnicity discussions. This course aims to focus on theories of nationalism and ethnicity and explain discussions of nationalism and ethnicity, and the emergence and historical development of nationalism. The course covers following topics; concepts of nationalism and ethnicity, emergence and historical development of nationalism, theories of nationalism, globalization and rising nationalism.

KAM 511 Leadership and Management

This course aims to teach evolution of management thought, classical, neo-classical, modern and post-modern theories of organizational through concepts of leader, management, manager, organization and behavior. Course covers some basic issues in the field such as; behavioral (neo-classical) management theory, modern organizational theory, management, processes (definition, purpose and benefits), strategic management, contingency approach, stress management, crisis management, conflict management, organizational behavior, leadership, groups, conflict, change and management. In this course, the main leaders and leadership styles are analyzed, case studies are examined.

KAM 512 Political Economy of Turkey

The aim of this course is to explain interaction between politics and economics in Turkey through focusing on the last period Ottoman and Republic of Turkey. In this context, economic development, politics and influence the forms of state legislative and executive activities and forms of political developments affecting the economy are examined. This course focuses on effective economic and political events and cover issues such as; political development, state and its’ limits, globalization, capitalism, liberalism, neo-liberalism, industrialization, borrowing, economic classes, social policies and so on.

KAM 513 Contemporary Debates in Theory of Democracy

The aim of this course is to analyze different perspectives of and debates in theory of democracy; to indicate strength and weakness of different democracy theories; and to approach these theories in a critical way. This course will examine a historical perspective the major theories of democracy. In this respect the course will begin with the historical predecessors in a modern democracy and will continue with the issues of liberal democracy and participatory democracy, and come up with the idea of democracy in 20th century. After examining the discussions of 20th century democracy, especially discussions on deliberative democracy and radical democracy will be focused on.

KAM 514 Islam and Democracy

Politics in the Middle East was formed over the past 30 years, with the rise of Islamic political parties and other Islamist groups. This embodiment, led to the formation of different agendas of the Western world. Movement of these points, this course will analyze the factors that shape political Islam, and are intended for discussion of these factors for the case of Turkey. Thus, the course will analyze the relationship between Islam and democracy starting with the clash of civilizations thesis through case studies.

KAM 515 Political Thought in Turkey

This course will analyze the thought that has been effective in Turkey since the establishment of the Republic. In this context Westernization / Westernism, Islamism, nationalism, Kemalism, Left Movements and Liberalism shall be subject to a critical / analytical analyses. These currents of thought on the one hand and the various social groups in which they develop, born either be capable of addressing national social, political and economic context, taking into consideration the other hand, are affected by various degrees will be evaluated taking into account the international context and currents of thought. The course will be based on the Republican period, but each one will be discussed currents of thought rely on legacy inherited from the Ottoman Empire.

KAM 516 Philosophy of Science

The aim of the course is to introduce basic elements of philosophy of social science and analyze the interaction of it with different social science approaches. Also, it is aimed to examine the interaction between social sciences with natural sciences. Course focuses on the relationship between science and philosophy, empiricism and positivism in the science, empiricism and positivism problems, science-nature-society, hermeneutics, critical rationality, critical realism, Marx and realism, critical realism and the social sciences, post-structuralism, post-modernism.

KAM 517 Institutional Resource Planning

The aim of this course is to facilitate understanding of significance of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for public institutions and public enterprises. This course covers following topics; new economy, historical development of ERP, ERP software companies in turkey and on the world, ERP software companies in turkey and on the world, ERP selection ERP project management, indirect cost of ERP, frequent mistakes in ERP projects, examples of ERP application from turkey and from the world.

KAM 519 Political Structure of Turkey

The aim of course is to provide students the traditions and discussions formed on the Turkey’s political structure. The course aims to understand the discussions that shape the Turkish political history. During the course students will be informed about political ideas while analyze the determining discussions of Turkish political history. Course outcomes 1) be knowledgeable about the Turkish political development, 2) the ability to in-depth analysis on the main discussions that shaped the Turkish political history, 3) academic debate on the history of the Turkish political. Courses will be carried out through four main themes that shaped the political structure of Turkey. First, the republican tradition, and the variables will be discussed. Second, the role of the military in Turkish political development will be discussed. Then, relationship between religion and politics will be discussed within the case of Turkey. Finally, nationalism, identity and citizenship issues will be discussed.

KAM 521 Contemporary Debates on Globalization

In this course, the subject would be detailed with a broad perspective through definition of globalization, globalization theories, what are the factors affecting globalization, economic, social, cultural and political dimensions of globalization and opinions on pro-and anti-pillars, the impact of globalization on cross-border competition, the effect of globalization on the nation state and localization, transitions of regionalization, the impact of globalization on cities and discussions on the globalization literature. Theories will be examined in the course would include Giddens, Waters and Robertson's theories.

KAM 522 Multi-Culturalism and Politics

In the course that focuses ont the discussions multiculturalism in Political Science, it is aimed that students will comprehend and discuss concepts such as multiculturalism, human rights, freedom, and dominant culture.

KAM 523 Contemporary Debates in Gender Issues

This course aims to explore the "gender" in the historical, discursive and performative expressions within the framework of modernity and nationalism. This course that would benefit from critical perspectives on gender and sexualities, first of all questions duality of masculinity and femininity which are considered as natural; and forms of this duality within the relations of power and social life.

KAM 524

Courses in the world in general, and in particular to address Turkey's relations with the media to discuss politics. In this context, the effect of the press in forming public opinion and guiding public opinion taken into account. Monopolization tendencies of media organizations, the press, according to some of the legislative, executive and judiciary power is then referred to as the fourth power to award. For this reason, the power and interest relationships between politics and the media will be in the scope of the course.

KAM 527 Comparative Public Administration

This course will discuss recent evolution of comparatively public administration firstly. Additionally, a comparative study of public administration will be made in different countries.. This comparison would not be made by ranking of different countries, but analyzing principles, processes and organizations of public administration in different countries. Course will cover the organization of public power under the unitary and federal structures, political and administrative centralization, different conceptions of public service and public administration reform.

KAM 529 E-State Theories and Practices

This course will cover the concept and the development of e-government; structure, services, gaps and recommendations of e-government portal; the local e-government projects; e-government projects of public institutions; e-signature and contribution to the process of e-document management projects and service on e-government. This subjects will be analyzed in detail by the original examples of projects of the transition from a passive electronic citizen-oriented e-government model, to an active mobile government service delivery.

KAM 530 Public Organizations

The course will be examined in three basic dimensions of public organization. In the first dimension the conceptual and theoretical analyses will be made that separates public organizations from other organizational forms. In the second dimension, legal structure will be examined in terms of legislation and judicial decisions. Finally, the applications revealed that more concrete legal structure of public organizations, organizational forms and processes will be examined in some selected public institutions.

KAM 531 Ethics for Public Administration

The course covers the conceptual discussions on ethical values and principles and usage and/or ideal usage of these of these values and principles in public administration. In the light of this conceptual framework ethical principles and values set forth in Turkish public administration will be examined with a critical and complementary approach. The course also makes a comparative analyses of the institutional and legal infrastructure of public ethics in Turkey with advanced nations in this regard.

KAM 532 Public Finance and Budget

This course will include different concepts and stages of the financial order in public administration and focus on debates of budget in public management. The course deals with all the factors that affect Public Finance and the construction of budget and examines the different types of budget applications in public administration.

KAM 533 Bureaucracy and Organizational Behavior

The course addresses the behavior behind the organization of the public administration. In this context, organizational behavior and the resulting organizational culture created by public administrators and public officials will be examined from the perspective of public administration. Some of the issues to be addressed in the context of Course are fundamentals and basic principles of classical organization theory, neo-classical organization theory, modern approaches to behaviors in organizations, functional analysis, modern opinions on the bureaucracy, motivation, leadership and change in organizations.

KAM 534 Strategic Management and Vision Development

Strategic approaches focused on becoming widespread that focuses participating in all aspects of management activity, accountability, learning, effectiveness and efficiency. Local authorities providing services to the public in this sense is working to implement a strategic management approach widely. In addition, local authorities are in search of a vision to develop and shape the future in which the locality while overstepping the limits of its own locality and developing their forms of service delivery. This course will focus primarily strategic management approaches for local governments and then the students will be introduced to the tools and creative ways to develop the vision.

KAM 535 Regional Development

Local governments and localities are not independent of isolated units from each other and. In this sense, the process of regional development becomes important in the development of local governments and nations. Regional development agencies regional planning efforts, becoming widespread in development models. The purpose of this course is to introduce models of regional development and the basic components. The course also aims to introduce localization processes and accordingly the regional development efforts.

KAM 536 Art and Politics

In this course, the place of art are examined in the context of power relations. Politics are discussed in the context of micro and macro power relations, and the relationship of politics with art are discussed in this context. After examining alternative theories on the subject, alternative approaches will be analyzed on the basis of relevant examples.

KAM 528 Public Law

Aim of the course is to introduction Administrative Law, put forward the difference between other branches of law, and explain the difference between administration and other government agencies and private law actors. Additionally, the structure of Turkish Administrative Law will be explained to students through applications. During the course administrative organizations as organization of administration; public officials that have the responsibility of administrative function; public goods that is the used in the implementation of administrative actions; legal actions and auditions of the administration will be examined.

KAM 525 Civil-Military Relations

Course consists of three parts: the first part, the theoretical approaches to civil-military relations will be discussed. Comparative analysis of civil-military relations will be analyzed in the second part. The third part, civil-military relations in Turkey will be evaluated by considering examples from around the world.

KAM 526 Judiciary and Politics

In this course, the judiciary will be dealt with within the framework of power relations of the politics. Theoretical debates about politicization of the judiciary and judicialization of politics will be the first part of the course. In the second part, the subject will be examined through a comparative analysis. Finally, the alternative theoretical approaches, examples from around the world will be analyzed by considering examples from Turkey.

YER 501 Theories of Development and Local Government

The course aims to introduce Relationship between Dynamics of Local Government and the Local Development Dealing. The course targets students to review the theories of local government, To understand the organizational dimensions of regional development concept, the relationship between local government and nation-state, and the role of local government on local development. This course covers the social, political and organizational reflections of the role of local government on local development in the changing world.

YER 502 Public Policy Analysis

The aim of this course is to introduce the policy making process; identification, choose, application, monitoring and evaluating the application. Moreover, it is aimed to introduce how public policies associated with political system. The course targets students have the ability to comprehend public policy making processes, learn the concepts of public interest and public choice and understand public policy making processes in current Turkey. The course covers subjects such as actors, processes, failures, different methods of public policy. The course would also analyze decentralization policy, citizenship policy, housing policy, immigration policy, health and education policies, macroeconomic stabilization policy, foreign direct investment policy and economic integration policy of Turkey.

YER 503 Organization and Law of Local Governments

The aim of the course is to introduce the related legislation on local governments, and the organization forms of local governments on the basis of these legislations. The course targets students have the ability to comprehend types of local government services, understand concepts and scope of localization and globalization and to learn relationship between local governments and central governments. The course cover mainly issues such as the concept of local government, causes of assets in local governments, relationship between local government and central government, revenues of local government, municipal process and features special provincial administrations, village administration.

YER 504 Strategic Management and Vision Development

The aim of this course is to introduce the Strategic Management and Vision Development approaches, and relation of these approaches to local governments. The course targets students to understand strategic management approaches and to critically evaluate it with special reference to local governments and understand good practice examples of service areas in local governments and developments in the world. The course covers issues related to application of strategic management approaches to local governments.

YER 505 Local Governments and Urbanization

The course aims to analyze structure, process and evolution of local governments with specific reference to urbanization. The course targets to inform the conversion process in communities of concept and process of urbanization; explain the impact of space and planning on daily life and social structure and analyze understand current legislations and approaches relating to local governments in Turkey. The course covers the interaction between local governments and urbanization policies.

YER 506 Theories and Application of Urban Planning

The course aims to analyze local governments with special reference to theories of urbanization and reflection of these theories to applications of urban planning. At the end of the semester students would understand the urban space and local management practices and comprehend factors that play a role in shaping of urban space; and gain an academic perspective in the analysis of urban practice.

YER 507 Resource Usage and Budget in Local Government

Course aims to introduce basic processes such as produce and use of Resources, and budgeting these Resources in local government. The course would examine the Resources of local government; evaluate of local government revenues and local government budgeting process. The course covers different components of resources and expenditures, and budgeting processes of local governments.

YER 509 Service Delivery Forms in Local Governments and Application Project

The course aims to introduce services of local governments and alternative forms of service delivery. At the end of the semester students would understand concept services in local government services and different services areas in the local governments. During the course students will review the alternative forms of services in local governments and conduct a project related on services of local governments.

YER 510 Local Governments and Information Technologies

The course aims to explain the basic principles of information technologies areas related to local governments and to introduce advantages of information technologies for local governments. The course covers urban information technologies that is a duty for municipalities with laws numbered 5216 and 5393. The course will teach basic informations about Information Technology, examine the concept of urban knowledge and the geographic based city information systems.

YER 511 Urbanization and World Cities

It is aimed to introduce world cities that is alleged to occur in the process of globalization. The course will analyze the spatial effects of globalization process, the impact of globalization process and on socio-economic structure of settlement, the formation and the basic properties of world cities, and the effects of world city and world city network on local governments.

YER 512 Culture and Tourism in Local Governments

The aim of this course is to expose the role and importance of local government in accurately utilizing natural and cultural resources that is owned by tourism. The course covers issues such as concept of tourism; economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts of tourism; the duties and responsibilities of local governments in developing culture and tourism; touristic activities of local governments and application examples; the importance of sustainable tourism; the promotion and protection of the cultural characteristics of regions.

YER 513 Local Governments and Environment

The aim of the course is to introduce the role and importance of local governments in minimizing the negative effects on the environment; in usage, preventing and developing the natural, historical and cultural resources. The course covers; the importance of the protection of the natural, historical and cultural resources the environment; the concept of sustainable development and environmental effect evaluation; environmental problems and offers for solution; sample applications on protection and management of environment.

YER 514 Regional Development

Local governments and localities are not independent of isolated units from each other and. In this sense, the process of regional development becomes important in the development of local governments and nations. Regional development agencies regional planning efforts, becoming widespread in development models. The purpose of this course is to introduce models of regional development and the basic components. The course also aims to introduce localization processes and accordingly the regional development efforts.

YER 515 Methods of Reflective Application

Reflective Practices approach is a method that expand in all areas from management to education in recent years. By this method, it is discussed how to use life experiences and tacit knowledge when instant problems are encountered. This course will cover how to use methods of reflective practice during the local government decision-making and implementation processes.

YER 516 Ethics for Public Administration

The course covers the conceptual discussions on ethical values and principles and usage and/or ideal usage of these of these values and principles in public administration. In the light of this conceptual framework ethical principles and values set forth in Turkish public administration will be examined with a critical and complementary approach. The course also makes a comparative analyses of the institutional and legal infrastructure of public ethics in Turkey with advanced nations in this regard.

YER 517 Comparative Public Administration

This course will discuss recent evolution of comparatively public administration firstly. Additionally, a comparative study of public administration will be made in different countries.. This comparison would not be made by ranking of different countries, but analyzing principles, processes and organizations of public administration in different countries. Course will cover the organization of public power under the unitary and federal structures, political and administrative centralization, different conceptions of public service and public administration reform.