Course Descriptions

Compulsory Courses

SPL 501 Theories of Social Policy (Sosyal Politika Kuramlari) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Introduction to philosophical foundations and political economy assumptions upon which various social policy conceptions and theories of citizenship are grounded.

SPL 502 Comparative Social Policy (Karsilastirmali Sosyal Politika) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Historical development of different social policy institutions in developed and developing countries. Critical analysis of different welfare regime typologies. Study of how social policies address the problems of women and vulnerable groups such as children, youth, elderly, ethnic minorities, homeless.

SPL 503 Research Methods for Social Policy Researchers (Sosyal Politika Arastirmacilari icin Arastirma Yontemleri) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Quantitative and qualitative methods used in social policy research.

SPL 579 Graduate Seminar (Lisansustu Seminer) (0+1+0) 0 Pass/ Fail ECTS 2
The widening of students' perceptive and awareness of topic of interest to social policy through seminars offered by faculty, guest speakers and graduate students.

Area Electives

SPL 505 Varieties of Solidarity (Dayanisma Turleri) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Investigation of the varieties of solidarity. Competing conceptions and institutions of solidarity in different types of societies.

SPL 506 European Social Policy (Avrupa Sosyal Politikasi) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Continuity and change in European welfare regimes. The impact of the EU on social policy making and transformation.

SPL 507 Globalization and Social Policy (Kuresellesme ve Sosyal Politika) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Impact of globalization and neoliberalization processes on the existing social policies and policy-making in different country contexts.

SPL 508 Impact of National and Supra-national NGOs on Social Policies (Uluslararasi Orgutler ve Sivil Toplum Orgutlerinin Sosyal Politikalara Etkileri) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Critical analysis of the impact of local, national and international non-governmental organizations (such as the IMF, the World Bank, the EU) on social policy environments, processes and outcomes.

SPL 509 Health Care Policies (Saglik Politikalari) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Introduction to health policy and politics. The main tenets of health systems in different countries and the fundamentals of health finance, health care delivery, pharmaceuticals, regulation of the health sector.

SPL 510 Care Policies (Bakim Politikalari) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Introduction to politics of care and care policy. The course will deal with the care policies targeting, elderly, children and disabled.  The course will look at different care regimes around the world. Similarities and differences of care regimes will be explored from a gender perspective.

SPL 511 Child Well-Being (Cocuğun Iyi Olma Hali) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Exploration of the concept of child well-being as a comprehensive conceptual framework that focuses on theories and concepts of childhood and child development with special emphasis on the capabilities approach. Developing objective and subjective indicator sets to assess the well-being of children within the context of their society

SPL 512 Gender and Social Policy (Toplumsal Cinsiyet ve Sosyal Politika) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Different social policy approaches towards gender. Role of gender in explaining the development and the structure of social policy. The use of gender perspective in the analysis of inequalities that arise in access to social services and the outcomes of social policies.

SPL 513 Basic Economics for Social Policy (Sosyal Politika icin Iktisat) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Basic concepts of economics for social policy. Principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Behavior of consumers and producers; price determination in markets; perfect competition and monopoly; welfare analysis. Overall working of the economy; national product; inflation; employment; economic growth. Impact of government interventions and regulations on inequality and poverty.

SPL 514 Dimensions of Poverty and Inequality (Yoksullugun ve Esitsizligin Boyutlari) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Introduction to the study of poverty and social exclusion as multidimensional phenomena. Definitions and measurement of poverty and income inequality. Different experiences of poverty and social exclusion; intergenerational impact of poverty.

SPL 580 – SP 599 Special Topics in Social Policy (Sosyal Politika Alaninda Ozel Konular) (3+0+0) 3 ECTS 8
Courses on different approaches and issues in the area of social policy.

SPL 690 Master’s Thesis (Yuksek Lisans Tezi) ECTS 60