Teaching Public Policy to Undergraduate Students: Issues, Experiences, and Lessons in Turkey

YILDIZ M., Demircioglu M. A., BABAOĞLU C.

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS EDUCATION, vol.17, no.3, pp.343-365, 2011 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15236803.2011.12001649
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Public Administration Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.343-365
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The study of public policy is getting increasingly important around the world in the field of public administration. As an assessment of this development by examining undergraduate courses in Turkey, this article shows the historical development and current status of undergraduate-level public policy courses in Turkey. To this end, data were collected by content analysis of public policy course syllabi and by evaluation of the archival documents regarding the teaching of public policy in Turkey. Finally, in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with the past and current instructors of the public policy courses. This article discusses the Turkish public administration system in general as well as the future prospects of public policy teaching in Turkey, including the improvement of the existing courses and the discussion of the relevance and impact of such courses on the students and faculty of the public departments.