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This is an extremely specialized programme whose purpose is to develope the candidates’ research and analytical skill in International Relations and to increase their capacity to conduct research that will contribute to the existing theory and knowledge in the discipline of International Relations.

The PhD Programme in our department consists of three parts: a course programme,a qualification exam,and the writing of the thesis that will be defended in a jury. The course programme aims to provide students with a broad methodological,historical and substantive foundation in the discipline of International Relations courses while the supplymentary courses are sufficiently to accommodate specific students interests.

Acceptance into the programme is decided sfter an entrance exam that also establishes whether the student has developed a specific research interest and preliminary understanding of the state of the art in the field.

  • Prof. Dr. Çelik Aruoba
  • Prof. Dr. Ümit Hassan
  • Prof. Dr. Aykut Polatoğlu
  • Prof. Dr. Tülen Saner
  • Prof. Dr. Şerife Eyüpoğlu
  • Doç. Dr. Bülent Evre
  • Doç. Dr. Erdal Güryay
  • Doç.Dr. Zeliha Khashman
  • Doç. Dr. Hüseyin Özdeşer
  • Doç. Dr. Nurcan Özgür
  • Doç. Dr. Turgut Türsoy
  • Doç. Dr. Dilek Latif
  • Doç. Dr. Ergin Akalpler
  • Yrd. Doç. Dr. Ali Dayıoğlu
  • Yrd. Doç. Dr. Ahmet Ertugan
  • Yrd. Doç. Dr. Nil Günsel Reşatoğlu
  • Dr. Muhittin Tolga Özsağlam
Part I: Course Programme

Foundation Courses:

The Foundation courses provide a methodological,theoretical and historical context for the individual thesis. They allow the students to situate their specific interests in the history,methodology and theory of International Relations. These courses will not be “taught” in the traditional sense but the emphasis will be on an exchange between students and teacher about the subject matter. All students will have to take these three courses.

IR 601: History of the International System

This course will give the student an overview of how the International system developed from the onset of the sovereign state in Europe in the 15th century and its spread to the rest of the world through colonialism. The course also introduces students to the major transformation from agricultural societes to modern industrial and inforation societies and the impact this has had on the way states conduct their International Relations. One important question of the course will be to discuss whether we can see a process of politicalcentralisation from sovereign,territorial states towards regional blocks or even a world state or whether the International order wll desend into anarchy.

IR 602: Scientific Methodology

The aim of this course is to evaluate science from a methodological point of view. The relationship between hypothesis and theory and the role of induction and deduction in theory formation will be studied. The difference between natural science and social science will be highlighted and the difference and importance of the structure in the social sciences will be discussed. In the third part,the course will intoduce the students to major theoretical works in the social sciences from strucural and functional perspective. After a short overview of the so-called middle range theoriesi, Marxist, Durkheimian and Weberian schools and their contemporaries will be introduced. This overview will be concluded by taking a brief look at Ibn Khaldum, A..Toynbee and Postmodernism.

IR 603: Theoretical Perspectives on World Politics

This course aims to introduce students to the different ways in which the International system has been characterised by different theoretical perspectives: is the International system a system of sovereign state forming balances of power,is it characterised by the rule of law and international ccoperation in international organisations or is it based on explotation? These are the three main contending arguments put forward by Realism,Liberalism and Historical materialism respectively. These three perspectives have been challenged in the eighties by Feminism,Postmodernism and Political Islam. The course will help the students to assess their various claims in a critical way.

Supplementary Courses:

The objective of the supplementary courses is to give the student some practical experience in academic life through participation in conferences,and the writing of a conference report. At the same time,the student will be able to take several thesis related courses. The central course is the PhD Research Seminar (IR 621-IR 625) that students will have to attend throughout the writing process. Before they embark on the supplementary courses,students will in cooperation with the chairperson,choose a supervisor who co-assign the supplementary courses.

IR 604: Reading Course

This course will allow the student to set up an individual study programme with a member of the department in order to focus on a specific area of interest not covered by the foundation courses.

IR 605: Advanced Issues in World Politics

This course will be offered by a different member of the department each year and will introduce the students to a more specialised discussion of specific topics in International Relations.

IR 606: Current Issues in World Politics

This course encourages the students to attend a conference abroad (Turkey,Europe and North America) and present a paper. The student will discuss the paper with his or her supervisor and present the conference paper in the research seminar. In addition, the student wilk select 6 conference papers from his or her area of interest and study them in the light of the Thesis topic. In this way the student is encouraged to engage with current research regarding the Thesis. The result of this paper will also be presented to the Research Seminar.

IR 607: Research Seminar

In the Seminar the PhD candidates will give three different presentations: a conference paper, their PhD proposal and at least one individual chapters of their Thesis. In addition,they will have to serve as discussants for the work of their fellow PhD students. This Seminar is also open to members of the department to present new research to an informed audience. In addition, there will be invited lectures by outside researchers.

Part II: Qualification Exam

The qualification exams establishes whether the students has developed an awareness of the basic issue and concepts in the discipline of International Relations and whether there is also a preliminary understanding of the subject matter pertaining to the individual PhD Thesis. It will consist of a written and oral exam.

Part III: Thesis Writing and Defence

The Near East University International Relations PhD Programme follows the European tradition of Thesis writing whereby the supervisor takes on a central role in guiding the student through the courses and the writing of the PhD Thesis. It is thus based on regular contact between supervisor and student supplemented by regular PhD Research Seminar in which the student is exposed to additional viewpoints. The student will present the Thesis outline,and at least two chapters from the thesis in this Research Seminar over the course of the Thesis Writing. Once the student has finalised the thesis,it will be sent to the Director of the Institute for Graduate Sciences who will distribute it to members of the jury, and to the chairperson of the department who will set a date for the defence of the thesis. The thesis defence will last for 3 hours and will focus on the individual thesis. If the thesis has been accepted the student will submit two final versions, one to the Institute for Graduate Sciences and one to the Library. After this, the PhD certificate can be handed over to the student. If the thesis has not been accepted the student will be assigned a maximum of 6 months to improve the thesis before a new defence will be scheduled. If the thesis is still not accepted, the student will not be able to continue with the programme.

Procedural Questions

All courses are subject to the approval by the chairperson of the department and are required to have a course outline detailing weekly discussion topics and readings. They are assigned to the student with the guidence of the chairperson of the department. The supplementary courses are co-assigned by the supervisor.

All PhD courses meet once a week for three hours. Language of insruction and of the thesis is in English. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 must be maintained for the totality of PhD courses. If the CGPA is below 2.00 in any one term the student will be unable to continue with the programme. The PhD programme must be completed in at most 12 semesters.