Faculty of Management Sciences

Level and Duration of the Program: Undergraduate, 8 Semesters.

Mission of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration
The mission of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration is to provide our students with a comprehensive online education in contemporary politics, public administration, and international relations. We strive to educate our students as individuals who have ethical values, think analytically, are sensitive to social problems, and have leadership skills in the public and private sectors. At the same time, we aim for them to develop a deep understanding of political systems, governance and public policies.

Vision of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Our department aims to provide an environment that enhances students' knowledge and skills with an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as to be a global leader in online education in the field of political science and public administration. We aim to produce graduates who are not only able to study the theories of political science, but also have effective public administration analysis and contribution skills. By moving towards becoming an internationally recognized educational institution, we aim to take a leading role in research, publication and social contribution. We strive to educate our students as professionals who are committed to democratic values, can produce solutions to global problems, and comply with ethical rules.

Purpose of the Program
The Political Science and Public Administration Program aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of political structures, policy analysis, and governance principles. Aiming to develop critical thinking, ethical decision-making and effective communication skills; They are prepared to take on influential roles in various fields such as government, international organizations, and advocacy groups:
1. Providing Theoretical and Practical Knowledge: To provide students with a strong theoretical foundation and practical knowledge in political science, public administration, international relations and related issues.
2. Developing Analytical Thinking Skills: To provide students with the ability to analyze complex political and administrative problems.
3. Strengthening Leadership and Communication Skills: To provide students with effective leadership and communication skills and to train individuals who can assume leadership roles in the public and private sectors.
4. Social Responsibility and Ethical Values: To instill an understanding of social responsibility in students and to strengthen the awareness of adhering to ethical values.
5. Developing Research and Analysis Skills: To develop independent research and analysis skills by teaching students the methods used in social science research.
6. Gaining an International Perspective: To provide students with knowledge and understanding of global issues, to strengthen the international perspective.
7. Contribution to Public Service: To provide students with the ability to work effectively in the field of public service and contribute to society.
8. Diversity and Content Diversity: To provide students with the ability to understand and evaluate different cultures and perspectives.

Program Outcomes:
The achievements of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration refer to the knowledge, skills and abilities obtained as a result of the education and training process provided to the students. These outcomes aim to support students' personal and professional development. Some of the achievements of our graduating students:
1. Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills: Have a solid theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of political science, public administration and international relations; they gain the ability to understand the basic concepts in these disciplines and to apply these concepts with an analytical perspective.
2. Analytical, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills: They have effective problem- solving skills with the ability to analyze complex political and managerial problems and develop a critical thinking structure.
3. Communication Skills: They have effective written and oral communication skills and gain the ability to speak and make presentations in front of the public.
4. Leadership and Management Skills: Teamwork and leadership skills develop, and their capacity to take on management roles in the public and private sectors increases.
5. Research Skills: They gain the ability to understand and apply the methods used in social science research, the ability to conduct independent research and a critical research mindset.
6. Commitment to Ethical Values: Adopting an understanding of social responsibility and adherence to ethical values is formed.
7. International Perspective: Gain knowledge on global issues and develop a perspective on international relations.
8. Public Service and Social Contribution: The ability to work effectively in the field of public service, to contribute to society and to produce solutions to social problems develops.
9. Diversity and Cultural Awareness: Understand and evaluate different cultures; have the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of settings.

These achievements are the basic skills that the Department of Political Science and Public Administration aims to provide to students. Thanks to these achievements, graduates can have a successful career in a variety of sectors, especially in the areas of public service, analysis, policy- making, and management.

Employment Areas of the Program
Graduates of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration can have a wide range of career opportunities. These graduates can be employed in various fields such as the public sector, private sector, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. Here are some of the potential employment areas of graduates of this department:
1. Public Administration and Bureaucracy: Working in public administration positions in organizations such as municipalities, governorates, ministries, and other public institutions.
2. International Relations and Diplomacy: Working in the fields of international relations and diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international organizations, embassies and consulates.
3. Political Consulting and Campaign Management: Working in political parties, election campaigns or political consulting firms.
4. Lobbies and Non-Governmental Organizations: Working in lobbies or non-governmental organizations as a policy analyst, project manager or communication specialist.
5. Public Policy and Research: Conducting research on public policies and taking part in policy analysis positions.
6. Law and Justice System: Attending law faculties and working as a lawyer or in different positions within the justice system, in law offices and in legal units of public institutions, especially in the fields of administrative law and public law.
7. Human Resources and Management: Working in management positions in the private sector, especially in the human resources departments of large international companies.
8. Media and Communications: Working as a journalist, editor or public relations specialist in media organizations, news agencies or communication departments.
9. Education and Academic Career: Continuing an academic career at universities and working as a lecturer or research assistant.
10.Private Consulting and Lobbying: In political consulting firms or by establishing their own consulting companies.

Graduates of ISTU's online programs will be in an advantageous position in the rapidly changing landscape in the field of political science and public administration due to their knowledge of using digital platforms and technologies effectively.

Teaching of the Courses
The Political Science and Public Administration Undergraduate Program, in which the courses are conducted through an internet-based Learning Management System (LMS), offers students the opportunity to learn using the distance education model. This allows students to attend classes and complete the program online. Here is more information about the functioning of this type of LMS- based program:
1. Online Course Material: The course material of the program is accessible on the LMS platform. From there, students can access lecture notes, slides, videos, reading material, and other resources.
2. Video Lectures: Teaching is supported by video lecture recordings. Students can watch these videos online and have the opportunity to understand the course content.
3. Live Classes and Webinars: Some programs offer live classes or webinars. Students can interact with their instructors by participating in these live sessions.
4. Interactive Discussion and Forums: The LMS provides interactive discussion boards and forums to students. These platforms allow students to ask questions related to the course and exchange views with other students.
5. Student Assessments: Online quizzes, assignments, and project submissions are used to measure students' achievements. These assessments assess students' ability to understand and apply the course material.
6. Customized Course Schedules: LMS provides students with customized course schedules. Students can choose courses that align with their specific interests or career goals.
7. Communication Over the Internet: Students can communicate with their instructors and classmates through the LMS. Email, messaging, and video conferencing tools can be used.
8. Research and Project Collaboration: Students can collaborate on research projects through the LMS. This provides students with the opportunity to create online study groups.
9. Examination and Diploma: Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a diploma. This diploma can help graduates prove their graduation.

Programs run using an internet-based LMS provide students with the opportunity to study regardless of geographical and time constraints. However, it requires students to be disciplined, have a good internet connection, and learn to use digital learning platforms effectively. For the program to function effectively, instructional design and technical support are also of great importance.

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