The duration of the Joint Program will be 1 academic year (2 semesters). The maximum duration of the program will not exceed 3 semesters.


Semester 1 will be at KU and the student will take the following courses:

  • PPOL 501: Policy Design and Implementation(Required)
  • PPOL 502: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (Required)
  • PPOL 503: Cases in Public Policy (Reguired)
  • Elective (1 course)
  • Academic Policy Internship/or Academic Policy Paper


Semester 2 will be at UoS and the student will take the following courses:

  • L2916: Comparative Public Policy (Reguired)
  • L2914: European Governance (Required)
  • L2908: Quantitative Methods II (Required) or  L2909:  Qualitative Methods (Required)
  • Elective (1 course)
  • Academic Policy Internship/or Academic Policy Paper

KU Course Descriptions

PPOL 501: Policy Design and Implementation (Required, 3 Credits)

Policy design process relates to formulation and implementation of effective policies to achieve desired policy outcomes. The objective of this course is to analyze how various contexts inform policy design and implementation that trigger a variety of mechanisms to generate desired policy outcomes.


PPOL 502: Policy Analysis and Evaluation (Required, 3 Credits)

Review of policy goals, policy analysis tools, analytical strategies, review of approaches to evaluations. Students are expected to develop policy briefs and evaluation designs for a chosen policy problem


PPOL 503: Cases in Public Policy (Required, 3 Credits)

Applications in public policy analysis by using specific real world cases, a reiteration of specific public policy challenges in education, health, regional development and various social and economic issues.


ELECTIVES (3 Credits):

INTL 532: Political Economy of Globalization and Development (Elective, 3 Credits)

Topics to be covered include globalization and the nation state debate; multilateral agreements: From GATT to WTO, new regionalism in comparative perspective; the European model of political economy and its future trajectory; NAFTA and Asia Pacific: evolution and future prospects; neo-liberal reforms and democratization in Latin America and Eastern Europe; dynamics of emerging market crises and the reform of the IMF; transnational corporations and FDI: positive and normative dimensions; the emerging post-Washington Consensus and the future of North-South relations; trans-nationalism and global governance; issues in the political economy of Türkiye.


INTL 521: Issues in Turkish Politics (Elective, 3 Credits)

The development and major dynamics of Turkish Politics with a focus on the major contemporary political questions.


INTL 525: Turkish Foreign Policy in the Global Context (Elective, 3 Credits)

Introduction to the theoretical tools for foreign policy analysis and the examination of the major contours, concepts, trends and issues of Turkish foreign policy particularly in the post-Cold War era; comprehensive assessment of the key issues and regions for Türkiye and the formulation, conduct and changing priorities of Turkish foreign policy with regards to changes in the global context.

INTL 510: The Political Economy of Türkiye (Elective, 3 Credits)

This course aims to analyze interactions among politics, markets, and macroeconomic bureaucracies with particular emphasis on economic policy making in Türkiye in an institutionalist perspective.


INTL 533: Politics of European Integration (Elective, 3 Credits)

Examination of major issues of politics and public policy in the EU and its candidate countries such as, theoretically informed study of EU policy-making over core issue areas, including the single market, social and environmental policies, common agricultural policy, cohesion policies, European Monetary Union, and enlargement.

Strathclyde University Course Descriptions

L2916:  Comparative Public Policy:  This class revolves around the different aims for conducting comparative policy analysis such as explaining the variation of policy output and outcome across different institutional, economic, social and cultural settings, generalising a given theory of policy process in different geographical contexts and by taking time into consideration, as well as capturing the interdependence of countries. Units of analysis include countries, states/regions, local governments, and international organisations.

L2908:  Quantitative Methods II:  This class trains participants in the design, application, presentation, and critical evaluation of quantitative political research using relevant software packages for statistical analysis.

L2909:  Qualitative Methods: This class provides an overview of the ever-expanding field of qualitative methods in Political Science, International Relations and Policy Studies. A variety of data collection/generation and analytical methods will be examined and situated within different traditions/paradigms of social research. Throughout this class, we will examine how these methods can be applied in students’ own research projects.

An elective class of 20 credits from among those listed below (note: not all courses may be offered in the spring semester)

L2914              European Governance                                                                     

L2 912             International Institutions and Regimes                                                  

L2 913             European Political Economy                                                                

L2 915             Contesting Global Governance                                                              

L2 964             Debating International Relations Theory                                               

L2 963             Contemporary Security Challenges                                                       

L2 965             Feminism and International Relations                                                   


Project /Internship

Policy related internship:  Students will undertake a policy related internship, a practical experience related to the academic experience and learning undertaken at Koç and Strathclyde.  The internship will be supervised by academics at Koç.  Students will be awarded 4 Koç/20 Strathclyde academic credits where assessment will consist of submitting formal and reflective writing assignments, journals, and an analysis of how their practical experience relates to their career pursuits.  The credits are awarded on the basis of hours serving as an intern and the time taken to complete the assignments. A Koç academic must supervise the internship, and the practical experience must show clear relevance to the academic program.  The tasks performed on the internship must be appropriate for MSc level students.  Students spend approximately 200 hours overall performing duties associated with the internship.

Policy Related Internship Paper: Students will write an academic paper of 4,000 words integrating academic theory and method to the theme of their internship.  The design and execution of this paper will be supervised by an academic based at Strathclyde, with supervisory experience similar to that of an MSc level dissertation.  Students will be awarded 4 Koç/20 Strathclyde credits for successful completion of the paper.

If the student does not undertake an internship:

Academic Policy Paper: Students will write an academic paper of 8,000 words integrating academic theory and method on a policy related question-supervised by academic faculty members of Koç and Strathclyde.  Supervisory experience will be similar to that of an MSc level dissertation.  Students will be awarded a total of 8 (KU)/40 (Strathclyde) credits for successful completion of the paper.