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Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations


Political Science and International Relations cover a large variety of diverse areas such as: how states, organizations, and institutions interact at state and international levels; channels of communication and networks that have evolved through the process of globalisation; the foreign policies of states; democratization processes; political parties and electoral systems; state structures; national and international security; and the impacts on societies during these processes.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $ 7.900 per year
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

The Department of Political Science and International Relations at BAU presents a unique experience for its students to hone their skills in Political Science and International Relations. The students who choose BAU will find the opportunity to be taught by a wide range of skilled scholars with a long standing research expertise and teaching experience at prominent universities abroad. What makes our department different is our expertise in a variety of fields such as: quantitative and qualitative research on political parties, electoral systems and voting behavior; public opinion; international security; post-conflict reconstruction; legitimacy of international institutions; Turkish foreign policy; political theory; Turkish politics; gender studies; EU politics and the EU as a global actor; American politics; politics of the Middle East; international migration; and border security.

Our department provides high level teaching informed by areas of research specialisation and our faculty have a strong international publication record. Our academic staff is often called upon by governments to provide policy advice on national and international matters and work with practitioners involved in advisory work in policy planning. They have regular appearances on national and international media and lead national and international projects.

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If you are searching for an adventure abroad after high school but you don’t want to miss out on the chance for a premium educational start in your university career, Bahcesehir University is the establishment I encourage you to go. With an educational staff preparing you in the best way for your following professional lives in your chosen department and many given job opportunities while you are studying, BAU provides the best basis for a remarkable and striking career. Moreover BAU transfers the multicultural and diverse attitude of Istanbul perfectly into the university by bringing students from all over the world together and uniting them under an educational and social roof. Istanbul, but also BAU itself, acts like a melting pot between eastern and western countries and cultures. Getting to know new people from so many different backgrounds and creating international bonds, which will last your whole life, was never as easy as in BAU.

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Learning Outcomes

As our wide range of courses demonstrates, our daily lives always demand an understanding of fundamental politics and it exists on every aspect of modern day societies. In a nutshell, students who take these courses will be able to understand political theory theories of international relations, governance and political concepts, characteristics of leadership, governmental decisions, treaties, foreign policy initiatives, alliances, interventions and peace settlements; will be able to distinguish between different political governments and regimes; will learn specific political institutions and the ways they function. They will also find the opportunities to observe world politics in a globalizing world and its different applications. The complexity and variety of political phenomena, both in the past and in the contemporary world will be showcased and students will be given the necessary tools to understand, evaluate and critically analyze these complexities. 

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