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Security Studies Master's Program (Turkish)

SECURITY STUDIES MASTER'S PROGRAM WITH THESIS

Security perceptions, threats and problems of today's societies are highly complex and diversified. Security threats are not limited to military threats, but have targeted all areas and segments of society. By evolving the concept of security, many types of warfare and security problems have arisen that should be the subject of security studies such as hybrid warfare, asymmetric warfare, proxy war, economic warfare, currency wars, or commercial, biological, and cyber warfare.

In this context, contemporary security studies do not limit security to military security and capacity that only involve hot conflict, but it shows a more inclusive and holistic development. Therefore, demography, migration, environment, economy, finance, health, food, cyber life, energy etc. are used to maximize the safety outcomes of societies. It is essential to address such fields with an interdisciplinary approach and in the context of security studies.

This master's program with thesis, designed within the framework of contemporary security concept, will provide students with the theoretical and practical skills and background that the public and private sector will need at the international level. The program is designed to contribute to the development of students' careers and provide them with the equipment to enable them to serve the security of the country and the world better. The program's mission is to train new generation analysts, academics, decision makers, consultants, and practitioners for the security challenges which societies and governments in today's international environment face with.

The Master's Program in Security Studies is considered as an interdisciplinary master program that interacts with branches of science such as political science, international relations, economics, business, engineering, sociology, history and public health. The program will address security issues with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. Especially focusing on Turkey's neighboring countries, it is expected that the master's degree program including security issues’ economic, historical, political, military, foreign polical, cultural and health dimensions.

The methodology of the proposed program is different from the existing similar programs. With this interdisciplinary approach, students will be provided with data, evidence, findings and analysis-oriented technical equipment such as statistical / numerical methods, impact analysis / economic evaluation, social network analysis, game theories, decision techniques, geographic information systems (GIS) and artificial intelligence. Thanks to this difference, students will be able to approach national and global security problems with a stronger analytical approach, and have the ability to use rich tools and methods for both analysis and presentation in their studies.

Security Studies Master Program with Thesis

COURSE CODE

SEMESTER

COURSE NAME

CREDIT

ECTS

TYPE

GÜÇ 501

FALL

Güvenlik Çalışmalarına Giriş

3

20

Required

GÜÇ 503

FALL

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Araştırma Yöntemleri ve Bilimsel Etik

3

20

Required

GÜÇ 505

FALL

Avrupa Güvenliğine Karşı Tehditler

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 507

FALL

Savunma ve Güvenlik Ekonomisi

3

15

Elective

GÜÇ 509

FALL

Türkiye’nin Deniz Güvenliği ve Uluslararası Deniz Hukuku

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 511

FALL

Etnik Çatışma ve İç Savaş

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 513

FALL

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Sosyal Ağ Analizi

3

15

Elective

GÜÇ 515

FALL

Global Güvenliğe Ekonomik Yaklaşımlar

3

15

Elective

GÜÇ 517

FALL

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Örgüt Teorileri

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 519

FALL

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Sistem Mühendisliği

3

10

Elective

 

 

 

 

 

 

GÜÇ 502

SPRING

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında İstatistik ve Sayısal Yöntemler

3

20

Zorunlu

GÜÇ 504

SPRING

Enerji ve Çevre Güvenliği

3

15

Elective

GÜÇ 506

SPRING

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Etki Değerlendirme ve Politika Analizi

3

15

Elective

GÜÇ 508

SPRING

Ortadoğu’da Çatışma ve Güvenlik

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 510

SPRING

Uluslararası Güvenlik

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 512

SPRING

İstihbarat Disiplinleri ve Savunma Teknolojileri

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 514

SPRING

Siyasal Şiddet

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 516

SPRING

Çağdaş Güvenlik Sorunları ve Türkiye

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 518

SPRING

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Seçilmiş Konular: Sağlık, Gıda ve Siber Alan

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 520

SPRING

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Oyunlar ve Stratejiler

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 522

SPRING

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Yapay Zeka ve Güvenlik

3

10

Elective

GÜÇ 524

SPRING

Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Sistem Çözümü ve Dizaynı

3

10

Elective

 

Compulsory and Elective Courses to be Taken with the Total Number of Credits Required to Obtain a Master's Degree

In order to successfully complete the Security Studies program, a minimum of 120 ECTS must be successfully completed, taking nine (9) courses in total (three compulsory and one seminar course). In addition, all students must enroll in a specialty course until they graduate. In addition to the specialization course, students who are at the thesis phase must register to the thesis work course.

COURSES

GÜÇ 501 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarına Giriş - 20 ECTS

In this course, the major theories in international security studies will be discussed critically, from realism to post-modern approaches. In the course, basic security concepts and theories will be explained and students will be provided with analytical and critical thinking skills on security issues.

GÜÇ 503 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Araştırma Yöntemleri ve Bilimsel Etik - 20 ECTS

This course aims to introduce students to research methods in social sciences and to gain research ability. The course aims to equip students with topics such as philosophy of science, scientific writing, citation, scientific ethics and scientific publication preparation.

GÜÇ 505 – Avrupa Güvenliğine Karşı Tehditler - 10 ECTS

The aim of this course is to provide students with the ability to analyze based on a new generation of threats threatening European security. Highlights of these ongoing threats can be concluded as follows: cross-border hybrid threats, global terrorism, mass migration movements, infectious diseases, financial crises, etc.

GÜÇ 507 – Savunma ve Güvenlik Ekonomisi - 15 ECTS

This course focuses on the generating and financing of defense and security services. The course analyzes the effects of natural resources distribution, interest rates, exchange rates, trade deficits, migration waves on the security of countries and regions. The course aims to help students understand the relationship between international security, trade wars and economic structure by examining the effects of economic factors on current global security theoretically and empirically.

GÜÇ 509 – Türkiye’nin Deniz Güvenliği ve Uluslararası Deniz Hukuku- 10 ECTS

This course is an introduction to the maritime security of Turkey and international law of the sea and is intended to cover fundamentals and introduce a great number of selected topics for more advanced study. The course will focus on some important maritime security subjects and international law of the sea subjects, including today’s some of the leading issues. These selected topics include maritime security, development of the international law of the sea, legal Regime of the Turkish Straits, the security of the Turkish Straits, delamination issues regarding Turkey’s jurisdiction in the Eastern Mediterranean, maritime security of Turkey, maritime cybersecurity. These topics provide opportunities for students to analyze and synthesize the role of international law of the sea for maritime security at an advanced level.

GÜÇ 511 – Etnik Çatışma ve İç Savaş - 10 ECTS

After the cold war, the number of interstate wars decreased dramatically, while the number of civil wars and ethnic conflicts increased. Such wars can be quite difficult to solve depending on the number of actors involved, and offer difficult options for post-war reconstruction, justice and peace. This course will deal with ethnic conflict and civil wars in different aspects and in the light of different cases.

GÜÇ 513 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Sosyal Ağ Analizi - 15 ECTS

Within the scope of this proposed course, it is aimed that the students have a theoretical background regarding the basic assumptions of social network analysis on security issues and learn the basic application areas of theoretical framework through programs. The course focuses on the analysis of interactions between decision-making units and actors in terms of frequency, distance, weakness / strength.

GÜÇ 515 – Global Güvenliğe Ekonomik Yaklaşımlar - 10 ECTS

This course aims to integrate economics as a science into security discourse and to consider it as a determining factor in security studies. In addition, it aims to provide the students with the ability to apply mathematical economic models in solving certain problems that can be associated with concepts such as security, conflict and threat.

GÜÇ 517 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Örgüt Teorileri - 10 ECTS

This course aims to enable students to define the concepts of organization and theory and to summarize the development process of organizations in the field of security, the reasons for the existence of organizations and the development of the organization research area, and to learn different perspectives of organizations. The course deals with the organizational forms of the units that can be the subject of security studies within theoretical frameworks.

GÜÇ 519 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Sistem Mühendisliği -  10 ECTS

This course explains what chaos and system are. It shows the philosophical relationship and transitions between them. The system identifies the crisis and chaos processes and reveals the logical connections between them. For this reason, the course explains different system approaches.

GÜÇ 502 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında İstatistik ve Sayısal Yöntemler - 20 ECTS

This course aims to help students who specialize in security studies by making use of statistics and quantitative methods, to predispose to express their security issues in digitized ways. Throughout the course, topics such as creating research questions, developing hypothesis, choosing methodology, collecting data, data management, data analysis, inference, quoting, referencing techniques, ethics in research are explained in a theoretical and practical way. Data sets and examples to be used in the lesson will cover more security issues.

GÜÇ 504 –Enerji ve Çevre Güvenliği - 15 ECTS

The distribution of energy resources and transfer routes are one of the areas that have important effects on global security. This course aims to teach students the relationship between energy and environmental issues in the current global system through their effects on the international security system.

GÜÇ 506 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Etki Değerlendirme ve Politika Analizi - 15 ECTS

This course includes systematic comparison approaches to identify the most valuable uses of scarce resources. It will enable students to assess the potential and predicted impacts of a policy or project in policymakers and decision makers in the field of security, and to acquire the knowledge and skills to which extent relevant decisions meet / can meet the objectives. Thus, actors, processes and possible results can be evaluated together.

GÜÇ 508 – Ortadoğu’da Çatışma ve Güvenlik - 10 ECTS

The aim of this course is to make students aware of major conflicts and security issues in the Middle East. Within the scope of the course, the background, current situation, the positions of the parties and the discussions in the literature will be discussed.

GÜÇ 510 – Uluslararası Güvenlik -  10 ECTS

This course aims to enable students to grasp and discuss current issues in international security literature and practice. The course addresses international security issues around historical and current case studies.

GÜÇ 512 – İstihbarat Disiplinleri ve Savunma Teknolojileri - 10 ECTS

This course aims to enable students to learn and follow new technological developments in defense and intelligence technologies. The course deals with intelligence and defense technologies around historical and current case studies.

GÜÇ 514 – Siyasal Şiddet - 10 ECTS

This course examines the different reflections and types of what we call political violence. The course discusses whether terrorism is the only form of 'political' violence and whether we should update what we understand from 'political'.

GÜÇ 516 – Çağdaş Güvenlik Sorunları ve Türkiye - 10 ECTS

Turkey must overcome serious safety problems due to its geopolitical position. This course is designed to discuss and show the reflections of Turkey’s contemporary security issues.

GÜÇ 518 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Seçilmiş Konular: Sağlık, Gıda ve Siber Alan - 10 ECTS

This course deals with security studies around health, food and cyberspace. Life safety is ultimately about health and quality of life. Food and information security is also an important part of quality life. In this context, the course addresses security issues in health, food and cyberspace within the framework of selected issues.

GÜÇ 520 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Oyunlar ve Stratejiler - 10 ECTS

Game theory is about analyzing strategic situations that are defined as situations of interdependence among rational agents. Game theory can be applied to many real-world cases, such as interstate conflicts, resolution of trade disputes, and efforts to prevent climate change. Throughout this course, game theory will be linked to strategic situations in the real world. Thus, connections between abstract game theory and international political economy, international public policy and international security practices will be established.

GÜÇ 522 –Yapay Zeka ve Güvenlik - 10 ECTS

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an important subject of national and international political debates today as it is the main driving force of changes in economy, society and the state. Besides the effects of artificial intelligence on foreign policy and defense, the effects on internal security cannot be ignored. In particular, AI-based applications contain the expected risks of conflict and even war, caused by competition on AI technology and the resulting power changes, the regulation and governance of AI, and changes in the activities of the intelligence services. This lesson plan includes theoretical and applied materials on artificial intelligence, national and international security policies.

GÜÇ 524 – Güvenlik Çalışmalarında Sistem Çözümü ve Dizaynı – 3 Kredi 10 AKTS

The system tells the analysis of crisis and chaos processes by using different methods. It investigates the relations of the system with other systems and evaluates whether a system studied is a system of systems. It uses various approaches and methods for these evaluations. It shows how an existing system can be repaired and improved. Although a new system will be installed, it tells how to install it step by step from the foundation.