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Program Outcomes

MA in History - Program Objectives

The aim of History MA program is to provide an opportunity for all undergraduate students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds to acquire a solid academic basis on Ottoman and modern Turkish history. Students aiming to further their academic studies towards a PhD degree in the history of the Ottoman Empire, the Balkans or the Middle East, are strongly encouraged to select the MA program with thesis.


MA in History - Program Outcomes

Common Outcomes of Master’s Programs:

  1.    Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning
  2.    Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life.
  3.    Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs
  4.    Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments.
  5.    Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English.
  6.    Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating.

Common Outcomes of all Master of Arts Programs in Social Sciences:

  7.    Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis.
  8.    Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level.
  9.    Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses.

Program Specific Outcomes of Master of Arts in History:

10.    Demonstrate command of comparative perspectives, which may include the ability to compare the histories of different societies, or cultures awareness of continuity and change over extended time spans.
11.    Construct concepts and theories derived from the humanities and social sciences.
12.    Analyze the evidence from the research to support a historical argument for an answer to a research question.
13.    Apply a critical perspective to evaluating historical arguments, including the quality of the sources, the validity of the interpretations of those sources, and the soundness of the argument's use of evidence to support a historical interpretation.
14.    Develop and sustain historical arguments in a variety of literary forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence.

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PhD in History - Program Objectives


Sabancı University's PhD Program in History concentrates on Ottoman and Modern Turkish History. It aims to foster fresh, unbiased and critical visions of the Ottoman-Turkish past that are informed by the novel theoretical insights and comparative sensibilities characterizing leading-edge practice in historical studies. In its innovative and comprehensive approach to the field of Ottoman and Modern Turkish field of studies, the History Programs benefits from the wide-ranging professional capabilities of its academic staff as well as from the interdisciplinary make-up of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


PhD in History - Program Outcomes

  1.    Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications.
  2.    Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas.
  3.    Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach.
  4.    Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject.
  5.    Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas.
  6.    Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study.
  7.    Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently.
  8.    Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals.
  9.    Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving.
10.    Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
11.    Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary.
12.    Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field.
13.    Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level.
14.    Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements.
15.    Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field.
16.    Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values.


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