Faculty of Management Sciences

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

Department of International Relations Mission
As the Department of International Relations, we strive to cultivate exceptional individuals in the realms of international politics, diplomacy, and cultural relations by furnishing students with comprehensive, global education. Our mission is to endow students with the capacity to comprehend diverse cultures, function efficiently in international systems, analyze global challenges, and devise sustainable solutions. In furtherance of this objective, we equip our students with a global mindset, providing an environment that fosters the development of their diplomatic prowess and prepares them for effective leadership roles on an international stage.

Our aim is to facilitate students' understanding of the intricacies of international relations, value cultural diversity, and mold them into responsible, ethical leaders who can make a positive impact around the world. In this regard, our graduates will leave as well-informed analytical thinkers with the ability to collaborate on critical issues at the global level.

Department of International Relations Vision
As the Department of International Relations, we strive to provide an academic environment that enhances students' interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, with the ultimate goal of preparing them to become influential global leaders. Our mission is to equip students with the ability to understand and navigate changes in international politics, diplomatic relations, and cultural contexts. We envision graduates who possess not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skills, solution-oriented mindsets, and effective communication abilities.

Simultaneously, we aim to take a leading role in research, publication, and social contribution, with the ultimate goal of becoming an internationally recognized educational institution. We are dedicated to educating students as ethical professionals who are committed to democratic values, capable of producing comprehensive solutions to global problems, and adhere to ethical principles. In line with this vision, we aim to ensure that our students are well-prepared to effectively respond to complex challenges at the global level.

Program PurposeThe Department of International Relations aims to provide students with a broad perspective, enable them to specialize in the field of international relations, and contribute to their development of knowledge, skills, and understanding at the global level.
1. Developing Knowledge and Understanding in the Field of International Relations:
? To provide students with broad knowledge in key areas such as global politics, international economics, and international law.
? To provide students with the skills to understand and evaluate different cultures, communities, and states.
2. Developing Analytical Thinking and Research Skills:
? To provide students with the skills to understand and analyze complex international issues.
? To provide competence in research methods and resource evaluation.
3. Developing Foreign Language Proficiency:
? To provide students with the ability to communicate and write in at least one foreign language.
? Improving their language skills so that they can be effective in diplomatic and international communication.
4. Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity:
? To provide students with sensitivity to cultural diversity and global differences.
? To increase their ability to interact with different cultures and understand various perspectives.
5. Strengthening Leadership and Communication Skills:
? To provide students with effective communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.
? To develop their negotiation and communication skills to be effective in diplomatic relations.
6. Providing Hands-On Experiences:
? Provide students with practical opportunities in their fields through internships and similar practical experiences.
? Supporting students in developing their practical skills through activities such as Model United Nations (MUN).
7. Social Responsibility and Ethical Values:
? To provide students with an understanding of social responsibility in the face of global problems.
? To raise awareness of ethical values and sustainability.

These aims, in general, aim to enable students of the Department of International Relations to become effective and knowledgeable actors at the global level. Programs support student development by often focusing on a variety of courses, seminars, internships, and international events to achieve these goals.

Program Achievements:
The achievements of the Department of International Relations refer to the knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained as a result of the education and training process offered to the students. These outcomes aimed to support students' personal and professional development. Some of the achievements of our graduate students:
1. Basic Knowledge and Skills in the Field of International Relations: Students gain a strong theoretical foundation in areas such as international politics, diplomacy, cultural interaction, and international organizations and gain the ability to apply this knowledge from an analytical perspective.
2. Analytical, Critical Thinking, and Problem-Solving Skills: Students gain the ability to address and analyze complex international issues and develop a critical mindset.
3. Effective Communication Skills: Students are equipped with the ability to communicate effectively on international platforms and make written and oral presentations.
4. Leadership and Collaboration Skills: Teamwork and leadership skills develop, and their capacity to collaborate effectively in international projects increases.
5. Research Skills: The ability to understand and apply the methods used in social science research and the ability to conduct independent research develops.
6. Commitment to Ethical Values: Adopting an understanding of social responsibility and adherence to ethical values are gained.
7. International Perspective and Cultural Awareness: Students develop their ability to understand and appreciate different cultures and embrace cultural diversity.
8. Social Contribution in International Relations: The ability to work effectively at the international level in the field of public service, to contribute to society, and to produce solutions to problems at the international level develops.
9. Diversity and Cultural Awareness: Students gain the ability to understand and evaluate different cultures and communicate effectively in a variety of settings.

These achievements reflect the core skills that the Department of International Relations aims to provide to students. In line with these achievements, graduates have the potential to successfully pursue careers in various sectors at the international level.

Program Employment Areas:
Graduates of the Department of International Relations have various career opportunities at the global level. These graduates can be employed in a variety of sectors thanks to their ability to understand and manage complex relationships at an international level. Some of the potential employment areas for graduates of this department are as follows:
1. Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy: Managing relations between countries, working in diplomatic missions, and representing at international conferences.
2. International Organizations: Working in policy analysis, project management, and diplomatic missions in international organizations such as the United Nations, European Union, and World Bank.
3. International Cooperation and Development: Managing cooperation projects between various countries and organizations working in the fields of sustainable development.
4. Political Risk Analysis: Conducting political and economic risk analysis in the private sector, especially in international companies, and providing consultancy services to companies in this regard.
5. International Security and Defence: Analysis and strategy development on international security issues, working in defense and security companies.
6. Global Communication and Media: Working as a journalist, editor, or public relations professional in international media organizations, news agencies, or global communications departments.
7. International Trade and Business Development: Working in the fields of business development, international trade, and logistics in global markets.
8. Intercultural Education: Working in international student exchange programs, language schools, or intercultural educational institutions.
9. Civil Society and Human Rights: Human rights advocacy, working in non-governmental organizations and international aid projects.
10. Environment and Sustainable Development: Working in the fields of international environmental policies, sustainable energy projects, and environmental protection.

Graduates of ISTU's online programs will have a competitive advantage in the field of international relations by following developments in the digital world and strengthening global connections.

Lessons Process:
The Department of International Relations offers students a distance learning model that can be accessed through an online Learning Management System (LMS). The operation of this program includes the following elements:
1. Online Course Material: The course material of the program is made available to students on the LMS. Through this platform, students can access lecture notes, slides, videos, reading materials, and other resources.
2. Video Lectures: The program is enriched with video lecture recordings to support students' understanding of the course content. Students can watch these videos online and follow the lessons at their own pace.
3. Live Classes and Webinars: The program may conduct live classes or webinars to discuss specific topics in depth and allow students to interact. These sessions provided students with the opportunity to interact directly with their teachers.
4. Interactive Discussion and Forums: The LMS allows students to ask questions related to the course and exchange ideas with other students through interactive discussion boards and forums.
5. Student Assessments: Online quizzes, assignments, and project submissions were used to assess students' achievements. These assessments assess students' ability to understand and apply the knowledge learned.
6. Customized Course Schedules: An LMS allows students to choose courses that suit their interests and career goals and to create a customized course schedule.
7. Communication over the Internet: Students can interact with their instructors and classmates through the LMS. Communication can be achieved using email, messaging, and video conferencing tools.
8. Research and Project Collaboration: Students can collaborate on research projects through the LMS. This provided the students with the opportunity to create online study groups.
9. Exam and Diploma: Students who successfully complete the program by passing all exams are awarded a bachelor's degree, proving their knowledge in the field of graduation.

The LMS-based operation of the Department of International Relations offers flexibility and ease of access to students while being supported by effective learning and assessment methods.

Bölüm Müfredati / Department Curriculum