International Relations Undergraduate Program 2013-2016 Course List

Compulsory Departmental Courses

Elective Courses

Service Courses Taken From Other Departments



Compulsory Departmental Courses

IR101 - World History I
In order to become a professional in the field of International Relations, one must have a good understanding of history. For this sake, this course follows a chronological order of the rise of civilizations from Sumer until the Scientific Revolution.

IR102 - World History II
A chronological order of the rise of civilizations from the Scientific Revolution until the end of the Cold War era.

IR110 - Introduction to Politics
This course includes topics which basically cover the issue of how politics functions and political science provides explanations to this. The sub topics of this course include ideologies, constitutions, political cultures, parties, elections, state organs and international relations.

IR112 - Political Psychology
In-depth explanations about identity, group behavior, leadership cults, voting behavior, media impact, ethnic conflict, nationalism, social movements, terrorism, international security and conflict resolution topics from a political psychology perspective; the impact of political psychology to IR discipline.

IR201 - International Politics
The course provides students with information on types of international systems, foreign policy orientations, objectives, instruments such as diplomacy and economic means of influence, foreign policy outputs, conflict resoulutions and all types and processes of interactions between states.

IR204 - International Relations Theory
Theories of international relations; realism, neo-realism, liberalism, neo-liberalism, English School, constructivism, theories of International Political Economy, alternative approaches, methodological debates

IR205 - International Organizations
In this course, the establishment of international organizations and their role in the current round of globalization will be examined. Then, significant NGOs / IGOs and global/regional organizations, especially, the UN, but also NATO, WB / IMF (the “twins”), Mercosur, APEC and the EU will be analyzed more in detail.

IR207 - European Political History I
Starting with the Vienna Congress of 1814 the diplomatic relations between the European Powers and the Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century will be analyzed. The policies of Great Powers of Europe with regard to the Ottoman Empire and the main factors influencing these policies will be studied. The political developments and the main ideological movements in Europe and the reformist movement in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century; Ottoman-European diplomatic relations prior to the First World War and the developments leading to the First War will be taken up.

IR211 - International Political Economy
We will start the discussion with the indivisibility of economy and politics in our endeavors to understand the world. Then we will examine the rise of the nation-state and the economic organization of the world. The second part of the course will be a reading course examining Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing.

IR212 - Research Methods
The course will familiarise students with research design, research findings, the use of research techniques, literature review, measurement, sampling, survey, fieldwork, the use of available data, data analysis and presentation.

IR214 - European Political History II
Diplomatic History II covers major political events of 19th and 20th centuries. The course starts with a survey of Ottoman Diplomacy in the contex of Eastern Question. Such a start will provide the background to understand political evolution of the Balkans and the Middle East in an interaction with 'European state-system'.

IR216 - History of Political Thought
This course is about theory (and, as a result of theorizing, ultimately about practice and action). Political theory, simply stated, is reflective discourse on the meaning of the “political;” the delving “underneath” the surface of political practice to ask questions and understand the meaning of politics. In this sense, then, political theory is both a critical and a creative activity, for each generation to participate in a continuous tradition. One hope for this class is for all of us to take on this mantle and role as theorists

IR231 - Departmental English I
Reading and understanding news analyses in internationally respected English language newspapers; writing cover letters, statement of purpose and similar exercises.

IR232 - Departmental English II
Analysis of news articles from internationally acknowledged newspapers on current international political, economic and social events; contemporary issues.

IR301 - International Law I
This course is a comprehensive introduction to public international law, which introduces the student to the nature, major principles, norms and institutions of the international legal system, the relations between municipal and international law. Several topics will be considered such as Sources and Nature of International Law, History and Theory of International Law, Treaties, States and Governments, International Organizations.

IR302 - International Law II
It is the continuation of INT 301. The characteristics of the legal personality of states, their relations with individuals within and outside the country and topics such as marine, aviation and space law are handled.

IR303 - Turkish Foreign Policy I
The Turkish foreign policy at the establishment of the Turkish Republic; the main foreign policy issues during Cold War years and the factors affecting Turkish foreign policy in this period; the characteristics of Turkish diplomacy and the structure and organization of the Turkish Foreign Ministry will be studied.

IR304 - Turkish Foreign Policy II
Turkish foreign policy from 1960 until today will be analysed. Turkey’s relations with Europe, the USA and the South America, the Middle East, Russia and the Far East in this period will be studied in detail. The Foreign Policy of Turkey will be examined according to the periods of Relative Autonomy, Turkey in the Orbit of Western Bloc and Turkey in the Orbit of Globalization.

IR307 - Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
The course aims to introduce students to the political history, cultural foundations and the socio-economic structures of the Middle East countries, including the Arab States, Iran and Israel. Emphasis is placed on current developments in the region.

IR314 - History and Politics of Russia and the Soviet Union
The history of the Russian Empire, the history of the Soviet Union; the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the new Russian Federation; on fields of restructuring and important problem areas.

IR333 - Departmental English III
Reading and understanding news analyses in internationally respected English language newspapers; writing cover letters, statement of purpose and similar exercises.

IR334 - Departmental English IV
Discussion of up-to-date subjects on international relations from a globally recognized and respectable newspaper in international media.

IR405 - American Foreign Policy
This course will focus on the history, patterns and trends of American foreign policy. In addition, American foreign policy objectives will be evaluated in the light of its global engagement after the Second World War. Finally, a special emphasis will be given to the external and domestic influences on the formation of the American foreign policy during the Cold War.

IR408 - Human Rights in Global Politics
Aa wide range of topics starting with the foundations of human rights and a historical background on the development of the notion, human rights in connection to contemporary concepts and/or issues.

IR421 - History and Politics of the Balkans
The historical and political developments of 20th century in the Balkans; the new national-state entities in the Balkans caused by the political and economic crisis; the disintegration of Yugoslavia and afterwards.

IR424 - European Union
This course aims to provide an introduction to the European Union (EU). It introduces the basic features of the EU, its evolution, institutions and policies to the students.

IR435 - Departmental English V
Reading and understanding of news analyses types of readings in internationally respected English language newspapers; development of writing skills which will focus on cover letter, statement of purpose and similar exercises.

IR436 - Departmental English VI
In this course current international political, economic and social events will be issued with an news analysis article for each week. The articles for the students will be chosen from internationally acknowledged newspapers.

Elective Courses

- Free Elective

INT 312 - Geopolitics
Together with the end of the Cold War, we have been witnessing a renewed interest in geopolitics. In the first half of this course, we are going to critically examine the classical works of Kjellen, Ratzel, Mackinder, Mahan, Haushofer and Bowman. In the second half, we are going to study the itinerary of geopolitics in the post-Second-War era emphasizing the developments after the Cold War. Finally, we will attempt at applying this knowledge to Turkey and her neighbors.

INT 401 - Diplomatic Correspondence I
As a preparation for the Turkish Foreign Ministry entrance exam, writing techniques and diplomatic terminology will be taught in addition to other diplomatic formalities and rules of protocol.

INT 404 - Diplomatic Correspondence II
Continuation course of INT 401. As a preparation for the Turkish Foreign Ministry entrance exam, writing techniques and diplomatic terminology will be thought in addition to other diplomatic formalities and rules of protocol.

INT 411 - EU's Foreign Policy
In this course, students of the Department of International Relations, who have already studied EU’s historical background, will focus on EU’s Common Foeign and Security Policy and, its relations with different regions in the world, in particular.

IR310 - Foreign Policy Analysis
This course is consisted of two modules. First module includes a comprehensive study of the theoretical framework of foreign policy analysis, focusing on topics like leadership, culture and levels of analysis. The second module is consisted of several case studies about how different countries perceive the world and then formulate their foreign policies.

IR315 - New Approaches to International Security
In this course, the development of the concept of security, securitization, desecuritization will be examined in a critical manner. Also, come contemporary security risks such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, poverty, environmental degradation will be examined.

IR320 - Turkish-Greek Relations and Cyprus
This course starts off by offering students the basics about the dispute between Turkey and Greece over the Aegean and Cyprus in a geo-political perspective and then it moves onto the details of each an every point of dispute. All the phases of the Cyprus question from the 1950s to the establishment of the Republic as well as its destruction, and the Greek violence against the Turkish community to the Turkish intervention of 1974 come under review. It then concentrates on solution proposals such as the de Cuellar Plan, Boutros-Ghali’s Set of Ideas and the Annan Plan are examined and their failure to bring about a resolution to the question is looked quite closely. The course then turns to the Aegean dispute between Turkey and Greece. The dispute over the length of the territorial waters, air space, demilitarized status of Greek islands, and large numbers of islands, adjacent islands and islets whose status remain undetermined. The course ends with an overview about the scenarios between Ankara and Athens for the foreseeable future.

IR403 - Theory and Practice in Diplomacy
This course aims to introduce the key concepts, theories and practices of diplomacy. It covers various theoritical perspectives historically and practical aspects of diplomacy, including prenegotiations, ‘around –the-table negotiations, momentum, packing agreement as well as the modes of diplomacy, such as bilateral diplomacy.

IR406 - Current Issues in World Affairs
Various current political issues and problems like Arab uprisings, Iranian nuclear crisis, latest developments in Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Turkish foreign policy, EU-Turkey relations, political developments in Russia and the US power and the rise of China and India.

IR407 - Comparative Politics
In the first half of this course, general development of comparative politics will be discussed and comparative methodology will be examined. In the second half, significant political issues such as welfare states, party structures, election systems, unitary-federal states, political economy, will be studied.

IR409 - China: Past and Present
A chronological overview of the Chinese dynasties; the development of Chinese civilization throughout history; the 20th century history of China.

IR413 - Russian History
The contents of this course include subjects like Kievan Rus, Golden Horde, rise of Muscovy, Romanovs, Russian Empire, Bolshevik Revolution, Soviet History and Cold War. In order to give students a better understanding of today's Russia and Russians, they will be provided with an in-depth background knowledge on subjects like intellectual life, wars of importance, impressive transformations, ideologies, nationalities question.

IR415 - Ethnicity and Nationalism in International Politics
The course focuses on concepts like ethnicity, nation, nationalism and the historical development and change of these concepts with discussing them in specific case studies.

IR417 - International Crisis Diplomacy
Selected international and intra-state cases which developed into crises; lessons and suggestions of their management; the actions of United Nations.

IR418 - Russian Foreign Policy: Current Issues
This course is a comprehensive study of the historical, ideological and "great power" perspectives of Russian foreign Policy. It analyzes in each of these perspectives domestic policy dynamics in addition to the impacts of regional and global developments in the making of the Russian foreign policy.

IR419 - War and Peace in the Middle East
Discussing the origins of wars and conflicts and their consequences for the regional politics. Relate the war and peace periods in the Middle East with the foreign policy aims and objectives of individual states both inside and outside the region. Reveal the influences of Cold War to the peace and conflicts in the Middle East.

IR420 - Conflict Resolution: Turkey
Conflict resolution as an important definition in IR discipline; the existing conflict resolution actions in world politics; Turkey`s current position in conflict resolution.

IR422 - Rising China: Current Issues in China's Foreign and Economic Policies
A comprehensive study of the foreign policy of China by focusing on topics like nationalism, multilateralism, terrorism, human rights, status and wealth; study of the strengths and problems of Chinese economy and its integration with the rest of the world.

Service Courses Taken From Other Departments

ECON 101 - Introduction to Economics I
Focuses on development of basic theory of demand, supply, and market price. Explores applications to selected microeconomic problems, such as basic monopoly and competition, and other issues that relate to the role of the pricing system in resource allocation and income distribution.

ECON 102 - Introduction To Economics II
The course focuses on the flow of national income, economic growth, and fluctuation, the role of money and banking, and monetary and fiscal policies. Emphasizes the development of conceptual tools to analyze the economic problems facing modern society.

ENG101 - English for Academic Purposes I
ENG101 consists of academic skills, such as reading comprehension, vocabulary building and critical analysis of texts. In this frame, listening and note-taking, class discussions, presentations, writing, research assignments and use of technology are some of the important activities.

ENG102 - English for Academic Purposes II
ENG102 elaborates on academic skills such as reading comprehension, listening, class discussions about the topic of the unit, vocabulary building and critical analysis of texts. It also includes research assignments and response paper and graph writing. Skills like listening and note-taking, analysis of written products, portfolio keeping and use of technology are elaborated in this course, as well.

ENG201 - English for Academic Purposes III
The course consists of mainly advanced reading and writing skills, applying critical reading skills and strategies, identifying the organization of a reading text, main ideas of the texts, and the author’s main purpose, summarizing a given text, outlining and writing an argumentative essay. Some parts of the input are in flipped learning mode.

ENG202 - English for Academic Purposes IV
This course includes research-based report writing skills. The content includes types of reports and models; the choice of topics, formation of thesis statements, writing paraphrases and summaries, preparation of report outlines, evaluation of print and electronic sources, in-text and end-of-text citation, report presentation in oral and written format. Flipped learning method is utilised to a great extent.

HIST101 - Principles of Atatürk and History of Turkish Revolution I
The decline of the Ottoman Empire and the developments leading to the Turkish Revolution.

HIST102 - Principles of Atatürk and History of Turkish Revolution II
Foundation of the Turkish Republic and principles of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

LAW 111 - Introduction To Law
This is an introductory course in which basic concepts of law and preliminary matters are studied. Following the general legal concepts and institutions of law and overview of the Turkish Legal System; interaction of law and economics; interrelated areas such as economic and social rights recognised in international legal documents; basic concepts of competition law are also covered.

SOC101 - Introduction to Sociology
Situating sociology in social science and in our life, basic nature and scope of sociology; sociological explanations: Theories, Social Change, Method in Sociological Inquiry;Socialization and social interaction; Social Structure and Social institutions; Groups; Family;Political, religious and educational institutions;Social Stratification and Social Class; Inequality; poverty;Social identity: Race and Ethnicity and Gender;Social control

TURK 101 - Turkish Language I
Historical development, structure, and usage of Turkish language, Practice on texts.

TURK 102 - Turkish Language II
Historical development, structure, and usage of Turkish language, Practice on texts