Institute for International Relations and Strategic Research

Humanitarian Aid Studies Master's Program (Without Thesis)


 Aim and Scope

Issues such as socioeconomic differences increase in national and international income distribution inequalities and natural disasters increase the importance of humanitarian aid today. It is essential that humanitarian aid studies are supported with theory as well as with practice. Academic studies on humanitarian aid continue to exist in many countries around the world. In this framework, our goals are to support the existing experience of Turkey in the field of humanitarian aid, and to create a scholarly knowledge to shape humanitarian aid policies.

The aim of this programme is conducting impact assessment of humanitarian aid endeavours in Turkey and in the world. Thus, it is targeted to improve implementations by making national and international comparisons on the academic ground. Within the scope of the programme, the operational experience and knowledge of the Turkish Red Crescent (Türk Kızılayı), which has a history of 151 years in the field of humanitarian aid, will also be benefited from. Cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent will be developed in the case studies, field visits, selection and realisation of research topics of the students of the master's programme.

It is aimed to perform effect and impact analysis of humanitarian aid studies in Turkey within this programme. In addition, it is aimed to create a thorough background for people who are volunteer in the field of humanitarian aid and want to become professional. For this purpose, students who want to pursue an academic career in this field, and non-governmental experts and bureaucrats who are currently working in the field constitute the target of the programme.

Another objective of the programme is to increase the contribution to be made from Turkey with the publications and studies. In addition, it is aimed to make Turkey a globally model country in terms of cultural diplomacy and disaster diplomacy with the help of studies about development policies and humanitarian aid.

The Humanitarian Aid Master's Programme is conceived as an interdisciplinary master's programme that interacts with disciplines such as political science, international relations, economics, business administration, engineering, sociology, history, and public health. The programme will address the global humanitarian agenda with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. Turkey's neighbouring countries, especially focusing on economic issues of humanitarian, historical, political, military, foreign policy, is expected to have a master's degree programme that includes cultural and health dimensions.

Total Number of Credits & Required Courses to be Taken

Humanitarian Aid Master's Programme is designed in Turkish and without thesis. Each course is seven ECTS based on Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Graduate Education Regulation. In addition, the graduation project is 30 (thirty) ECTS. In order to graduate from the programme, students must successfully complete at least 90 ECTS and fulfil other stipulated conditions. In order to successfully complete the Humanitarian Aid programme, students must successfully complete 10 (ten) courses and graduation projects.


Compulsory Courses

İYA 501 Research Methods in Humanitarian Aid Studies (8 ECTS)

In the course of research techniques in humanitarian studies, students will be asked to use classical and current discussions, reviews, theories, researches and applications in the field of their research or interventions in the field, and evaluate the studies in the context of methodological and relevant statistical analyses.

İYA 503 Humanitarian Aid from Theory to Practice (8 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to provide students with the basic concepts, institutions and debates in the field of humanitarian aid. By presenting the interdisciplinary aspect of the field of humanitarian aid, it is aimed to convey the basic knowledge in the field to students who want to make an academic and professional career in the field of humanitarian aid.

İYA 505 Humanitarian Aid and Global Economics (8 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to identify the chronic problems of humanitarian aid in the world and in Turkey's economy and examine them in depth. Topics constitute of this course deal with humanitarian perspective are Turkey's economy, economic policy decisions and practical results, sectoral development and construction, Turkey and the evaluation of the economic policies implemented in the context of the world economy, the world economy determining the location of Turkey, developments in foreign trade and capital flows, financial liberalisation process, the current economic issues in the world and in Turkey with the results of financial liberalisation.

Elective Courses

İYA 502 Turkey's Public diplomacy and Humanitarian Aid Activities (8 ECTS)

The meaning and terminological framework of the concept of humanitarian aid will be presented in the course, and the historical background of humanitarian aid will be specified. In this context, the theoretical framework of the concept of humanitarian aid in the field of international relations will be discussed in general terms. The scope of the course includes the actors, factors, related institutions and current problems in humanitarian aid activities.

İYA 504 Public Health and Humanitarian Aid (8 ECTS)

Aiming to inform students about the framework and importance of the concept of public health and humanitarian aid, public health, and humanitarian aid this programme aims to provide students with an understanding of health protection with a public health perspective on issues such as humanitarian disasters, types of disasters, and protection from disasters. The concept of migration and its effects on public health, the management of humanitarian crises and crisis coordination, the content, scope and logistics of humanitarian aid, the adaptation of health protection perspective, which is the main field of public health, to humanitarian crises, shelter, nutrition and water use, which are basic humanitarian needs in humanitarian crises, The scope of the course includes mental health and psychosocial care, sexual and reproductive health and emergency health services, international health legislation, organizations and global health safety within the scope of humanitarian aid activities for individuals in crises.

İYA 506 Human Mobility and Humanitarian Aid (8 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to gain the ability to analyse different field experiences in the field of sociology of human mobility with the concepts and theories of migration sociology. Basic concepts, debates, historical and current facts in human mobility, interaction between humanitarian aid and human mobility constitutes the scope of the course.

İYA 508 Humanitarian Aid and Social Service (8 ECTS)

The aim of this course is to understand how to benefit from the knowledge, skills and values ​​of social service in situations of humanitarian crisis with reference to concepts such as risk, reviewability, resistance and empowerment. With the achievements of this course, students are expected to engage in social service intervention at the level of working with individuals, working with groups and working with the community in disaster and crisis situations.

İYA 509 Humanitarian Aid and Human Rights (8 ECTS)

This course aims to analyse and examine the concepts of human rights and humanitarian aid. In this context, this course also covers the concept of human rights, its importance and philosophical foundations, Turkish Constitution and human rights stipulated in international agreements to which Turkey is a party, the importance of humanitarian and philosophical foundations of the concept, aims to provide information about the relationship between humanitarian assistance and human rights.

İYA 510 Socioeconomic Rights and Development (8 ECTS)

The aim of the course is based on organic relationships between development, human rights, democracy, individual freedoms and the rule of law; to enable students to develop a new perspective on the dilemmas of underdevelopment. In addition, economic development is not only a narrow concept such as industrialisation, technological development or increase in national income; It is aimed to make it understood that it is a process of expanding human rights and freedoms. The scope of the course includes development economics, its history and fundamental theories; it creates human rights in development economics in a historical perspective.

İYA 511 Humanitarian Aid Strategy (8 ECTS)

In this course, it is aimed to determine the priorities in sustainable humanitarian aid by explaining the strategy and risk facts. Concepts such as social impact, communication management, and public volunteer cooperation are examined in the context of humanitarian aid. They also discussed humanitarian aid models in Turkey.

İYA 512 Humanitarian Aid Ethics (8 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to provide students with the theoretical background in humanitarian ethics. It is aimed to introduce different aspects of ethics in the field of humanitarian aid by gaining an interdisciplinary perspective in the field of humanitarian aid. In addition, humanitarian aid issues are discussed in the context of technology and politics.

İYA 513 Disadvantaged Groups and Humanitarian Aid (8 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to understand the differences regarding the characteristics of disadvantaged groups in humanitarian aid. Determining priorities in disadvantaged groups, issues to be considered during assistance, public volunteer relations in disadvantage, social inclusion and communication issues constitute the content of the course.

İYA 514 Humanitarian Aid and Human Philosophy (8 ECTS)

Human philosophy aims to reveal the multidimensionality of human reality by focusing on the importance of human based on approaches to understanding human. In this course, the basic principles of philosophy are discussed in the context of humanitarian aid. Students are expected to position the human views they encounter within the history of philosophy and within the current philosophical debates.