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International Relations (with Thesis) Master's Program

The Master of Arts in International Relations is offered either as a terminal program or in preparation for PhD level studies. Candidates should have obtained a B.A. degree in related fields. It is also a productive degree to be undertaken by mid-career officials from public and private organizations. Furthermore, the M.A. program provides the foundations for a Ph.D. Program. The program is designed to be interdisciplinary, a design which reflects the complexity of the field of international relations, the growing interdependence of social sciences, and the diversity of occupations that graduates are expected to confront in the public and private sectors. Instruction is heavily oriented towards interdependent study and research, entailing critical thinking, debate, and peer feedback.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to satisfy general admission requirements of the Institute. In general, students who wish to pursue a given graduate program in the Faculty of Business and Economics, but have completed a BA/BS in another field may be admitted to the program, subject to successfully completing selected prerequisite courses from the related department.

Research Interests

Conflict resolution; includes a focus on regional issues that includes a focus on Cyprus studies. Foreign policy analysis and strategic decision making with a focus on Turkish affairs(i.e. Turkish foreign policy, Turkey-EU relations, and the Cyprus conflict), as well as broader foreign policy relations, including United States foreign policy, and international diplomacy. Contemporary Middle East issues, including transitions from monarchies to republics and popular demands for change in the Middle East. Global Political Economy; focuses on the impact of globalism/regionalism on society, EU enlargement, and Europeanization. International Law; specializing in international human rights and democratization, international law, settlement of disputes


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    Course Title Credit Lec. Tut.
    INTL500 Master Thesis - - -
    INTL511 International Relations Theory

    A comprehensive survey of international relations theory, emphasizing contemporary approaches to world politics and evaluating their relevance to policy-making, problem solving and the acquisition of knowledge in the study of international relations.

    3 3 -
    INTL514 Global Governance

    Governance refers to the systems of authoritative rules, norms, institutions, and practices by means of which individuals, states and international organizations manage global problems absent a world government. The course aims to help students gain a deeper appreciation of how the world of global governance works (or doesn’t). It provides an overview of the evolving architecture, processes and outcomes of global governance, as well as the constraints and opportunities for policy processes, whether at the national or international levels. Following the discussion of theoretical perspectives on global governance, the course applies these approaches to issues related to international peace and security, the management of global economy, and finally, efforts to protect human rights and the environment.

    3 3 -
    INTL521 Research Methods

    The objective of this course is to prepare graduate students for the task of thesis research through the development of a scientifically sound thesis proposal. Inter alia, it covers such issues as introduction to the research process; research design in the disciplines of International Relations and Comparative Politics; debates and examples in the literature; epistemological and methodological issues; formatting issues; and the preparation of individual thesis proposals.

    3 3 -
    INTL522 International Political Economy

    What are the major theoretical approaches to understanding political economy or relations between nations? What roles have the international financial and trading institutions, conceived in Bretton Woods, played in global configurations of economic and political power? What are the determinants of global development and underdevelopment in various regions of the globe? What is the nature of economic change in The Global North and Global South?

    3 3 -
    REQ1 Elective Course 3 3 -
    REQ2 Elective Course 3 3 -
    REQ3 Elective Course 3 3 -
    INTL598 Seminar - - -
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