Welcome to the International Relations department at Özyeğin University. International Relations is a subfield of social sciences which employs various interdisciplinary methods drawn from history, economics, and sociology to study the relations between international actors such as states, international organizations, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations. Apart from the theoretical and empirical aspects of these relations, international relations also studies their geographical and regional roles. The interaction that arises from these relations results in particular phenomena, such as international and regional security, migration, changing concepts in international law, war crimes, post-conflict reconstruction, and state building.
In many applied subjects and various career paths, these basic concepts of international relations are essential to understanding the roles and strategies of national and international actors within a rapidly changing world.
At OzU International Relations, we believe that International Relations should be studied in an interactive way with current events and national and international actors involved in making and shaping policies, otherwise, International Relations becomes an inward-looking theoretical enterprise which does not contribute to the production and transfer of useful knowledge. In this sense, the sharing and production of useful knowledge allow students to study and learn within the context of current events as they unfold.
The International Relations department at OzU is launching a BA program in the Fall semester of 2013. All of our faculty have obtained their doctoral and post-graduate degrees from renowned universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, having several years’ professional experience of teaching and research at these universities abroad as well as top institutions in Turkey. All of the various areas in international relations, mentioned above, are related to the research interests and expertise of faculty in the department.
As a commitment to having a department that has an interactive relationship with the policy world, the department will be engaging in various joint projects with national and international policymakers and NGOs, and plans to host many events such as workshops and visiting guest speakers with a high profile, enabling students from day one to become involved in the real world and make it part of their understanding of international relations. To this end, after the undergraduate progam, the department will be launching a Masters program and a research Center, which will not only become a research hub for directing funded research projects, but also a meeting point between policymakers, journalists, NGOs and academics for useful knowledge exchange. In this sense, we aim to make OzU International Relations a leading regional research and teaching center with a renowned niche for policy interaction.