DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (English)

COURSE CONTENTS

 

1. YEAR I. SEMESTER (FALL)

 

PIR 1141-Introduction to Economics

Introduction of core microeconomic concepts, focusing on application of these principles in current events. Main topics include demand and supply analysis, firm behavior and the studying of market structures and their welfare analysis.

 

PIR 1101-Introduction to Political Science

This course explains the nature of political science and its basic concepts including power, legitimacy, authority and choice. The development of modern nation-state; fundamental of the classical and contemporary ideologies; policy-making role of the state; relationship between the state and the citizen; democratic and non-democratic governments and constitutional design of government are also covered.

 

PIR 1111-Introduction to Turkish Law

Sources of law. Social life and the law. Definitions and concepts. Division of public and private law. Branches of law. 

 

PIR 1121-Introduction to Sociology

Introduces students to the subject matter, major concepts, and theoretical approaches of sociology. Includes readings in the works of both classical and modern theorists. Emphasis is on social organization and stratification, community, power, social change.

 

PIR 1131-Introduction to International Relations

The rise and evolution of the nation-state system, the operation of balance of power, deterrence, coercion, conflict, diplomacy, crisis management, and the role of international law and institutions in inter-state relations.

 

PIR 1151-Introduction to Information Technologies

Fundamental office tools, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint. Word basics, document editing and formatting, tables and graphics, table of contents, references. Excel window components, entering data into cells, formulas and functions, creating charts using Excel data. Definition of a database, database examples, database table creation, queries using tables, creating reports. Objectives in Powerpoint, planning and preparing a presentation, guidelines for creating a good presentation. Experimentations in the PC labs. 

 

AIT 1101- Ataturk’s Principles and History of Turkish Revolution I

This course starts with 19th century political and economic history of the Ottoman State.  Then it covers World War I, collapse of the Ottoman State functionally and legally, stages of salvation wars in the leadership of M. K. Atatürk and formation stages of Republic of Turkey as a new state.

 

TDL 1111-Turkish Language I

The meaning and nature of language; importance of language in society; language-culture relationship; world languages and Turkish; history and the present state of Turkish; Turkish languages; phonetic features of Turkish; structure of Turkish; punctuation and style; introduction to speech and composition.

 

YDI 1121-Foreign Language I

The central basis of YDI1121 is to introduce students to an academic approach to thinking, reading, speaking and writing in an integrated, meaningful manner such that they are able to apply the skills learnt to their departmental studies. In addition, the YDI1121 course aims to further develop the students' linguistic accuracy and range in English.

 

BED 1131-Physical Education I

Basics of physical education.

 

GSM 1131-Fine Arts I – Music

Among basic objectives of the course the most important thing is to portray the concept of modality for composition students and to give information about the theoretical background of modal music from the beginning up to the modern times. During courses two different concepts, "modal music" on one hand and "the maqam music" on the other, are discussed comparatively and they are examined according to modal music traditions of the globe, the handling of scales, of set of maqams, of melodic contours and according to utilization of registers. Maqam music which has a wide range of variation from Middle Asia to Mediterranean basin is scrutinized and applied, also, to the student's creative experience of melodic and rhythmic elaboration.

 

GSR 1131-Fine Arts I - Painting

This course encourages the students to explore their technical approaches to drawing methods by examples of all sketches made through the history of art. The aim is to provide insight into specific creative techniques and to lead the students towards the proper and correct way of comprehending the art object with inquiry of Ancient Sculptures and Reproduction of the Old Masters.

 

GSH 1131-Fine Arts I – Folk Dances

Introduces the basic step patterns, rhythmic patterns, position, and formations of traditional and ethnic group dances.

 

1. YEAR II. SEMESTER (SPRING)

 

PIR 1142-Introduction to Economics II

Introduction to core macroeconomic concepts, focusing on their application to current economic events. Main topics include determination of output, inflation, interest rates, employment and unemployment.

 

PIR 1102-Introduction to Political Science II

Politics is an inescapable part of life. This course will introduce you to the formal study of politics. We will explore political issues at all levels-individual, group, national and international. You will become familiar with the basic vocabulary of the discipline, learn about the different ways that political issues are studied, and develop critical reading, thinking and writing skills. The course is designed for prospective majors as well as for those simply seeking a better understanding of the political world.

 

PIR 1112-Turkish Constitutional Law

Constitutional developments in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. Comparative study of current and previous constitutions. Constitutional status of and relationship between legislative, executive, judiciary branches.

 

PIR 1122-Political Sociology

Development of the modern state, the relationship of the state to society, with special emphasis on the nature of modern political institutions and processes.

 

PIR 1132-Introduction to International Relations II

A general survey of the modern international system with the study of its historical evolution, emphasis being on the prevailing supremacy of the western powers on the one hand, and of the conceptual problems and approaches as regards the system on the other.

 

PIR 1152-Introduction to Information Technologies

Continuation of PIR-1151

 

AIT 1102- Ataturk’s Principles and History of Turkish Revolution II

This course covers which stages newly established Turkish Republic went through, revolutions fulfilled by Atatürk in the modernization period, Atatürk's principles, home and foreign politics determined by Atatürk for the newly established Turkish Republic, transition to multi-party political life and developments in the area of politics, society, economy and education by that time.

 

TDL 1112-Turkish Language II

Basic principles of speech and composition; rules and forms of oral expression: addresses, lectures, panels, etc.; introduction to Turkish literature; analysis of selected texts from contemporary Turkish literature; introduction to “Divan” literature; language of the Ottoman period, selected poems and prose texts; reading and oral interpretation of selections from Turkish and world literature; exercises in composition and report writing.

 

YDI 1122-Foreign Language II

The central basis of YDI1122 is to consolidate students' academic approach to thinking, reading, speaking and writing and language usage, as initiated in YDI1121. In addition, the YDI1122 course aims to develop the students' abilities to synthesise and evaluate information and conduct basic, independent research.

 

BED 1132-Physical Education II

Continuation of BED1131.

 

GSM 1132-Fine Arts II – Music

Continuation of GSM1131.

 

GSR 1132-Fine Arts II – Painting

Continuation of GSR1131.

 

GSH 1132-Fine Arts II – Folk Dances

Continuation of GSH1131.

 

2. YEAR III. SEMESTER (FALL)

 

PIR 2103-Diplomatic History I

Diplomatic history from the Peace of Westphalia until World War I.

 

PIR 2113-History of Political Thought I

Study of ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval political thinkers. Analysis of their major contributions to the development of political theory.

 

PIR 2123-Research Methods for Political Science and International Relations

Introduction to theory-oriented research in political science and international relations: Research problems, research designs, quantitative data collection techniques, data processing, data analysis, and interpretation of social science data with special emphasis on quantitative methods used in data analysis, and report writing on the basis of data analysis and findings.

 

PIR 2133-International Politics

This course analyses the behavior of states within the framework of the international system. The main purpose of the course is to equip students with the analytical tools which contribute to their understanding of the changing context of international politics.

 

PIR 2143-Comparative Politics

Major concepts and theoretical approaches in comparative politics. Comparative party systems, electoral systems, political institutions, state-society relations, democratization, and political culture.

 

PIR 2153-History of Humanities I

This course examines the major cultural achievements of both Eastern and Western civilizations within the context of relevant historical events from the Paleolithic period to the present day. It introduces students to the basic stages of social, economic, and cultural development: hunting and gathering; early farming and the emergence of civilization; classical civilization and feudalism; and modern civilization. The course integrates ideas and methods from the social sciences, especially anthropology, archaeology, sociology, economics, and political science. The arts, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, gender and music are examined to reveal the traditions and values of the people studied.

 

PIR 2163-International Law I

The first part of a comprehensive survey of international law as the normative factor in international relations, to be continued in PIR2164. The basic legal concepts are described and explained, together with a view of prospective developments. Rules of law are considered in their political, economic and cultural contexts, while emphasizing their normative character and the elements of legal reasoning.

 

2. YEAR IV. SEMESTER (SPRING)

 

PIR 2103-Diplomatic History II

Diplomatic history from World War I to the contemporary era.

 

PIR 2114-History of Political Thought II

Analysis of the works of the major Western political theorists from Machiavelli to the present, with emphasis on general developments, trends, and basic issues in modern political theory.

 

PIR 2124-Social Science Statistics for Political Science and International Relations

Introduction to statistics with special emphasis on the utilization of statistical methods in social sciences: Organization of data, measures of center and variability. Basic probability concepts. Discrete and continuous random variables and their distributions. Inferences about the mean. Applications using statistical computer programs.

 

PIR 2134-International Political Economy

This course is intended to provide an introductory examination of the subject of International Political Economy (IPE). In this context, first, the basic concepts and issues of international economics; and second, the development of thought about the relationship between international politics and international economics is covered in the lectures and discussion. Syllabus: Issues of Political Economy; Mercantalism; Liberalism; Marxism; the dynamics of IPE; World Economy vs. International Economy; Power in the World Economy; Structures of Power in the World Economy: the security structure, the production structure, financial structure, knowledge structure.

 

PIR 2144-Comparative Government

A study of main aspects of historical and contemporary developments in both the Western and Eastern systems of the world within a comparative framework, and with emphasis on political structures and recent trends.

 

PIR 2154-History of Humanities II

A continuation of PIR2153 through the medieval and early modern periods. The course contains classical civilization and feudalism; and modern civilization. The course integrates ideas and methods from the social sciences, especially anthropology, archaeology, sociology, economics, and political science. The arts, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, gender and music are examined to reveal the traditions and values of the people studied.

 

PIR 2164-International Law II

The second part of a comprehensive survey of international law as the normative factor in international relations, continuing PIR2163. The basic legal concepts are described and explained, together with a view of prospective developments. Rules of law are considered in their political, economic and cultural contexts, while emphasizing their normative character and the elements of legal reasoning.

 

3. YEAR V. SEMESTER (FALL)

 

PIR 3105-Turkish Politics I

This course focuses on aspects of Turkey's history with an emphasis on research. It is designed as an interactive course with the objective to investigate events, chronologically short historical periods, as well as historic representations.

 

PIR 3115-European Union Politics and Turkey

History and diplomacy of Turkey's relationship with the European integration process, from the Ankara Treaty to the present. Major issues in EU-Turkey relations.

 

PIR 3125-Immigration Politics and Policy

The objective of this course is to provide students with an analytical understanding of the various issues of politics of international migration. The first part examines the theories and approaches on international migration. The second part examines post war developments in respect of international migrations including economic migrants and political refugees and specifically focuses on European immigration policies.

 

PIR 3135-International Organizations

A comprehensive study of the development of international organization and its role in the contemporary world. The central part of the course deals with the United Nations, its structure, performance and prospects, both in the maintenance of peace and in the economic and social field. Then specialized agencies and the regional organizations are treated on a descriptive basis.

 

PIR 3145-North American Politics and History

Social, economic, and political changes in the North America since World War II. The impact of technological change and global economic system on American politics. Current issues and debates on minorities, women, and American involvement in world politics.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

PIR 3205-Turkish Public Administration

Turkish administrative structure is analyzed from structural point of view. History of public administration in Turkey regarding legacy of the Ottoman Empire. Central and provincial administration in Turkey. New developments in administrative approach, both at central and local levels.

 

PIR 3215-Introduction to Ottoman Turkish I

This course is designed to constitute a solid introduction to reading Ottoman political texts. The students are required to have much or less familiarity with the Ottoman script. It is geared to provide the essential skills that would enable a researcher to assess and analyze primary Ottoman sources concentrating mainly on printed texts. An introduction to reading and assessing the primary Ottoman political texts.

 

PIR 3225-Arabic I Persian I German I Russian I French I for PSIR

Elementary introduction for Arabic, Persian, Russian and French grammar, structure and spoken language for political science and international relations.

 

PIR 3235-International Social Movements

This seminar will explore a variety of theories and empirical research on social movements as these represent a means for ordinary people to participate in shaping public policy, the very foundations of their own societies. The course will employ substantive examples of movements for discussion that will include the broadest scope of civil and human rights agendas advanced or opposed by those concerned with such issues as globalization; consumerism; persons of minority status, including women and refugees; labour; poverty; war, armaments and peace; religion; birth and end-of-life decisions; animal rights; and our social and physical environments. Varying types of social movements will be identified at the outset, including alternative, redemptive, reformative and revolutionary social movements.

 

PIR 3245-Diplomatic Correspondence and Protocol

Critical aspects of scripts in diplomatic correspondence. Formats of diplomatic correspondence and their usage in other fields.

 

PIR 3255-German Foreign Policy

The course content includes: The foreign policy of Germany from Bismarck to Hitler; the emergence of the FRG and GDR; the rearmament of FRG and NATO membership; new orientation in foreign policy of the Adenauer Government (1949- 1963); "Ostpolitik" of the FRG during the Grand Coalition (1968-1974); foreign policy under Helmut Schmidt (1974-1982); relations between FRG and GDR; changes in foreign policy under Helmut Kohl and German Unification.

 

PIR 3265-International Environmental Policy

Political development and dynamics of environmental issues, with reference to both domestic and international contexts. Green movement and its implications for post-industrial politics. Environmental consequences of current political attitudes.

 

3. YEAR VI. SEMESTER (SPRING)

 

PIR 3106-Issues in International Security

This course examines the range of security threats that the international community faces at the beginning of the new millenium and discusses, both at the level of discourse and the level of practice, how the international community is responding to the persistence of such threats as nuclear proliferation and terrorism and the emergence of new ones such as chemical and biological warfare, pandemics and mass migration. Special emphasis will be placed on comparing and contrasting traditional security paradigm with newly emerging ones, as well as their complex interaction.

 

PIR 3116-Turkish Politics II

Current significant issues in the transition to and the consolidation of democracy in Turkey. Issues to be covered will be determined each semester the course is offered.

 

PIR 3126-Human Rights Law

As the repercussions of human rights violations become increasingly difficult to contain within national boundaries, human rights has emerged as a subject of interest for students of international politics. The course analyzes the state of and the impact of human rights on international relations, and addresses the following: Globalization, the international order and human rights, international organizations and human rights, security implications, ethnic conflicts and refugee flows and related legal frameworks.

 

PIR 3136-Political Psychology

Discussion of the scope and the major themes of political philosophy, such as freedom, equality, truth, justice, the public good, rights and obligations.

 

PIR 3146-Middle Eastern Politics and History

The course aims to introduce students to the domestic political and socioeconomic processes of the Middle East countries, including the Arab States, Iran and Israel. Emphasis is placed on decolonization, state formation, evolution of the political systems, socioeconomic developments, impact of the military, crisis of legitimacy, social movements, ideology and recent attempts at economic and political reform.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

PIR 3206-Cultural Anthropology

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts, methods and findings of social anthropology. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to display a comparative understanding of cultures, societies and their environments, as well as the basic concepts of anthropology such as social structure, kinship, political systems and belief systems.

 

PIR 3216-Arabic II Persian II German II Russian II French II for PSIR

Arabic, Persian, Russian and French grammar, structure and spoken language at the pre-intermediate level for political science and international relations.

 

PIR 3226-Introduction to Ottoman Turkish II

Continuation of the PIR 3215. Printed texts transcription at the pre-intermediate level.

 

PIR 3236-Politics of Post Soviet States

Developments leading to the reemergence of the Russian polity; political processes in Russia and its relations with the former members of the Soviet Union. Also covered will be Russian minorities in the former Republics, non-Russian minorities in Russia, and developments in Russian foreign policy.

 

PIR 3246-International Public Policy

Most of the public policy questions that arise within a nation-state also arise in the international arena as well. Policies regarding education, transportation, healthcare, and income cross national boundaries, affect entire regions, and determine the availability of social services in different parts of the world. Income distribution patterns across nations, and access to health care, education, and housing vary significantly between richer nations and poorer underdeveloped nations. How are these differences created and addressed? How are power, values, institutions, and organizations related in their influence on global public policy? What aspects of globalization affect the distribution of resources and opportunities between regions, countries, and subgroups within countries? What roles are played by governments, transnational structures, and non-governmental organizations in addressing international public policy issues? Students will select a particular issue or set of issues for international analysis

 

PIR 3256-International Private Law

The purpose of the course is to inform students about the Turkish system of Private International Law. The course addresses the Law of Nationality and the Status of Aliens. The former deals with the legal rules governing the acquisition, loss and proof of nationality and the resolution of conflicts of nationality. The latter comprises the legal principles and rules that determine the rights and duties of foreigners who reside on the territory of a state.

 

4. YEAR VII. SEMESTER (FALL)

 

PIR 4107-Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

This course combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires.

 

PIR 4117-Turkish Foreign Policy I

The course aims to identify and analyze various factors contributing to Turkey`s foreign policy orientation. While the main focus of this course is the political dynamics and issues of Turkish foreign policy after World War II, the problems and determinants of Turkish foreign policy between 1919-1945, with reference to past experiences and geopolitical imperatives placing certain constraints on the state`s decision makers, will also be briefly discussed.

 

PIR 4127-International Economics

The aim of the course is to provide students an understanding of basic concepts in international economics, such as absolute advantage, comparative advantage, gains from trade, Hecksher-Ohlin model and contemporary models. The course also aims to offer students knowledge on balance of payments, exchange rates, international economic institutions.

 

PIR 4137-Theories of International Relations I

This course offers a systematic and comprehensive survey of contending classical and contemporary, traditional and behavioral theories of international relations.

 

PIR 4147-Politics and Ethics

The aim of this course is to familiarise the students with the ethical dimensions international politics. The course will adress the main issues of international politics from different ethical perspectives. Students are expected to develop a critical attidute towards day to day decisions and issues of international relations from an moral and ethical perspective. The subjects to be covered range from the classical issues of the use of force and coerced intervention to global justice, human rights and ecology.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

PIR 4207-Arabic III Persian III German III Russian III French III for PSIR

Arabic, Persian, Russian and French grammar, structure and spoken language at the intermediate level for political science and international relations.

 

PIR 4217-Ethnicity and Politics

Nationalism and nation-building in historical perspective. Ethnicity, national consciousness, and ethnic nationalism in an international and comparative framework.

 

PIR 4227- Introduction to Ottoman Turkish III

Continuation of PIR 3226. Printed texts transcription at the intermediate level.

 

PIR 4237-Gender and Politics

Theoretical exploration of gender and politics in the world. Analysis of feminist criticism of basic concepts of politics related to the dynamics of politics in the world.

 

PIR 4247-Contemporary African Politics

This course introduces the distinctive characteristics of different regions in Africa. The historical context bears particular significance. To this and, the political, cultural, social and institutional heritage in Africa is explored. Contemporary problems and processes of change are likewise examined to show how different countries in Africa cope with modernity

 

PIR 4257- Comparative Constitutional Law

The purpose of the course is to provide students an introduction to the similarities and differences between various constitutional systems that stem from diverse legal and cultural backgrounds. The course focuses on a fundamental dilemma in constitutional law: how can the constitution simultaneously empower government and ensure that government abides by the limits it sets forth? The course starts by addressing the notion of constitutionalism. Both the evolution of constitutionalism and how the written constitution fits into modern definitions of constitutionalism will be explored. As you will see, a central tenet of constitutionalism is the belief that the constitution can (and should) limit government. The remaining topics address the ability of the constitution to effectively perform this function. First, the judiciary is assessed as both an interpreter and enforcer of the constitution. Second, arguments for and against separation of powers will be appraised. Both horizontal and vertical forms of separation will be considered as potential indirect limits on the power of government. Lastly, the evolution and effectiveness of constitutional rights, a direct limit on government's power, will be evaluated. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand the arguments for and against several mechanisms through which constitutions can limit the power of Government and use these arguments to independently evaluate the overall effectiveness of constitutional limits.

 

4. YEAR VIII. SEMESTER (SPRING)

 

PIR 4108-Turkish Foreign Policy II

Continuation of PIR 4117. This course examines the period after 1945.

 

PIR 4118-Global Governance

Today, domestic and international issues are interrelated. The relations of domestic and international institutions have become more important than before. This course will examine the important and influential global organizations like United Nations, NATO and European Union together with their functions in international politics. Also their implications in domestic level will be considered.

 

PIR 4128-International Business and Development

Main approaches to various institutions and actors that make up the field of international political economy. Question of who gets what at a global level from a multi-actored, multi-level and multi-disciplinary perspective. Interactions between states, markets, firms, NGOs, and not-for-profit organizations at the local, national, regional, and supranational levels. Global trade, production, finance, and knowledge structures and relations in the context of international organizations, transnational corporations, global financial structures, regional integrations, North-South relations, discourses and practices of development, and problems of global poverty.

 

PIR 4138-Theories of International Relations II

Continuation of PIR 4137.

 

PIR 4148-Honours Essay

The honours essay is a scheduled class during which students participate in a variety of active learning exercises designed to demonstrate and refine the skills that have been acquired through the undergrad program. Students will work closely with each other via writing groups, peer-editing exercises, and other elements consistent with a supportive writing community in order to enhance their writing, critical reading, presentation, and other vital skills. Students will choose an area of political science and international relations related research that is of personal interest and explore that area throughout all assignments.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

PIR 4208-Contemporary Political Philosophy

Discussion of the scope and the major themes of political philosophy, such as freedom, equality, truth, justice, the public good, rights and obligations.

 

PIR 4218-Government and Politics of Asia

Change in power configuration in Asia. Global implication of the rise of China and India.

 

PIR 4228-Post-conflict and Reconstruction

This course examines the theory and practice of peace-making, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction.  Topics include the history and development of peace operations, strategies for conflict resolution, the role of NGOs in peacebuilding, post-conflict transitional justice, economic reconstruction, and the relationship between peacebuilding and counterinsurgency.

 

PIR 4238-Arabic IV Persian IV German IV Russian IV French IV for PSIR

Arabic, Persian, Russian and French grammar, structure and spoken language at the upper-intermediate level for political science and international relations.

 

PIR 4248-Introduction to Ottoman Turkish IV

Continuation of PIR 4227. Printed texts transcription at the upper-intermediate level.

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