Course Requirements

The SPL Program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. In the thesis program, students are required to complete 7 credit-courses (2 must courses and 5 elective courses) and a Prothesis Seminar as well as write a conventional M.S. Thesis and write a dissertation of 10000-12000 words. In the non-thesis program, students are required to take 10 credit courses (2 must courses and 8 elective courses) and complete a term project. Upon the successful completion of the requirements of either program, a M.S. degree in Social Policy will be conferred.

During the application period, only the applications for the non-thesis program are accepted. During the first two semesters, theoretical courses may be offered to students by their academic advisors in order to help students to improve their capacity on social policy. Students can be transferred to thesis program upon their request and according to their academic performance at the end of the second semester.

Offered Courses

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Must Courses:

SPL 501 Social Policy and Development

SPL 502 Research Design, Methods and Ethics in Social Policy Research (or SOC 507 Research Methods & Ethical Issues in Social Research)

Recommended Elective Courses:

SPL 511 Unemployment and Social Policy

SPL 512 Health and Social Policy

SPL 513 Gender Perspectives on Development

SPL 514 Population Dynamics and Social Policy in Turkey

SPL 515 The European Union and Gender Equality Policies

SPL 517 Disability and Social Policy-I

SPL 518 Disability and Social Policy-II

SPL 519 Citizenship: Turkish Experiences

SPL 521 The Social Security System in Turkey

SPL 550 Sociological Perspectives

SOC 307 Issues in State and Social Policy

SOC 312 Political Sociology

SOC 314 Work and Organization

SOC 384 Sociology of Development

SOC 405 Industrial Sociology

SOC 525 Global and Local Debates on Civil Society

SOC 526 Issues in Women's Work and Employment

SOC 533 Gender Issues on Class and Patriarchy

SOC 539 Social Policy and Welfare Issues in Turkey

SOC 541 Labor Market and Social Rights

SOC 543 Family, Marriage and Kinship Dynamics in Turkey

SOC 554 Challenges of Social Policy in the EU and Turkey

SOC 641 Sociology of Industrialization and Modernization

ADM 3204 Public Policy

ADM 3101 Approaches to State-Society Relations

ADM 4117 Political Economy of the South

ADM 4187 Regional Policy and Governance

ADM 5104 State and Society in Europe

ADM 5151 Politics of Social Policy

ADM 5154 Theories of the State

ADM 5174 Political Economy in Turkey

ECON 314 Economics of Growth and Development

ECON 404 Health Economics

ECON 432 Economics of Inequality and Discrimination

ECON 465 Development Economics

ECON 469 Economics of Labor

ECON 497 Comparative European Labor Markets

ECON 693 Education Health and Human Capital I

ECON 694 Education Health and Human Capital II

BA 5133 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

BA 5115 Business Ethics

EDS 552 Education and Social Policy

HIST 360 Ottoman Labor History (19th Century)

IR 427 Politics of Social Welfare in Europe

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