Department of Political Science and International Relations


ECON 101  Principles of Microeconomics

Economics is the study of how people interact with each other, and with the natural environment, in producing their livelihoods. This course is an introduction to the basic principles of microeconomics, which analyzes the choices and actions of the economic actors as both self-interested and ethical. This course covers capitalist revolution; the effects of technological change; scarcity and opportunity cost; social interactions; the effect of institutions on balance of power; interactions among firm’s owners, managers and employees; profit maximizing firm’s interaction with its customers; supply, demand, and market equilibrium; market disequilibrium in credit and labor markets; market failures.

SFL 1013  Second Foreign Languages I

ENG 101  Academic Skills in English I

This course aims at preparing students to use academic skills in English.

MATH 101  Calculus I

Functions. Limit and continuity, Derivative and Applications.

TURK 100  Turkish

Students will be taught how to use the written and verbal communication tools accurately and efficiently in this course. Various types of verbal and written statements will be examined through a critical point of view by doing exercises on understanding, telling, reading, and writing. Punctuation and spelling rules, which are basis of written statement, will be taught and accurate usage of these rules for efficient and strong expression will be provided. As for verbal statement, students will be taught how to use the body language, use accent and intonation elaborately, and use presentation techniques.

IUE 100  Orientation and Career Planning

The course will help students recognize the skills needed for university life and their career goals. These skills include self-awareness, goal setting, time management, effective communication, mindfulness and analytical thinking. The course will also raise students’ awareness on problems such as addiction and bullying.

PSIR 101  Introduction to Political Science

The course explores main subjects; the meanings of concepts of politics, power, legitimacy and authority; the emergence of modern state; nationalism; modern political ideologies; different government styles such as democracy and authoritarianism; political culture; organization ad mechanisms of legislative and executive branches; political parties and interest groups.

PSIR 215  History of Political Thought

The course will take the form of an intensive, analytical reading of some of the seminal texts of European political philosophy. Among the thinkers to be studied are Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke. The key concepts to be investigated are justice, citizenship, freedom, power, sovereignty, state and legitimacy. The term will end with a brief look at the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizen and the American Declaration of Independence.

PSIR 203  Diplomatic History I

Diplomatic History focuses on nations, states, politics, decisionmakers and their interactions and conflicts through the ages. It is the study of international relations between states or across state boundaries and is the most important form of history. PSIR 203 Diplomatic History I classes cover the 1492-1918 period in international relations.

PSIR 201  History and Institutions of European Unions

This course serves as a foundational seminar by providing a basic overview on the polity, politics, and policies of the EU. We will examine the history of European integration, discuss EU institutions and decision-making processes, and analyse the major EU policy fields.

POOL 002  GEC-Natural and Life Sciences

SFL 201  Second Foreign Languages III

BUS 210  Data Literacy for Business and Social Sciences

Data can be about anything. This course is about the data itself. Through this applied course students develop a critical perspective to identify data sources relevant to a problem in hand, learn how to: describe technologies and data management processes in contemporary corporate systems; combine and convert data across various sources, formats and standard; assess and improve data quality; articulate insights into a business or social science problem by visualizing and interpreting features of data and basic data analysis. The course consists of three modules: 1. Data and Life (4 weeks): Identifying sources of data in business and social sciences and what it represents. Translating theories and hypothesis to data. Sources and costs related to data. Data liabilities, ethics, security and theft, privacy concerns. Associational, relational, and geographic data; 2. Telling stories with data (5 weeks): Communicating analytics, using simple (Excel, Kaggle) plots in reports, infographics; 3. Managing data in the real world (5 weeks):SQL, RDBMS, data cleaning issues, unstructured data, the need for NoSQL databases in cloud and big data. Corporate ICT systems: storage and flow of data and information on-site and in cloud.

PSIR 303  Research Methods

The first part of this course presents three different views regarding the ontological status of social science and the associated research methodology. A major controversy among these views is about the relationship between natural sciences and social sciences. The second and the third part of the course discuss the logic of social scientific research and present some of the most common research methods. Finally, the last part of the course aims to show how everything discussed in the course might help us to design a specific research proposal.

PSIR 307  International Political Economy

This course consists of three parts. In the first part, we will begin with a critical analysis of the main theoretical approaches, namely, liberalism, mercantilism, and structuralism. These approaches, in the second part, will provide an analytical framework to evaluate the nature and the effects of global economic structures such as trade, production, finance and knowledge. Lastly, we will examine some of the recent key issues at the global level that are associated with the above structures such as income inequality, limits on development, migration and ecological concerns.

POOL 006  GEC- Social Awareness and Ethics

PSIR 305  Foreign Policy Analysis

The course will introduce the key terminology, actors, structures and processes of foreign policy making. It will discuss the major agencies and mechanisms in decision-making and international politics and will also deal with different levels of analysis.

PSIR 301  Contemporary Issues in Turkish Politics

This course seeks to familiarize students with the main issues around which politics revolves in Turkey during the post1980 period. Using scholarly work conducted on different dimensions of politics in Turkey, special attention will be paid to the discussion of the issues of the consolidation of democracy, civil society, secularism, the rise of Islam, nationalism, identity politics, socioeconomic changes and modernity in order to be able to capture the essence of the changing nature of Turkish politics. Another aim of this course is to help students develop their analytical thinking, critical reading and writing skills.

PSIRST 405  Internship

Internship covers field experience for 4 consecutive weeks at any workplace deemed suitable by the Department

PSIR 204  Diplomatic History II

Diplomatic History focuses on nations, states, politics, decisionmakers and their interactions and conflicts through the ages. It is the study of international relations between states or across state boundaries and is the most important form of history. Diplomatic History II classes cover the period of 1919-1991 in international relations.

SFL 202  Second Foreign Languages IV

PSIR 202  Turkish Politics

Topics to be covered include the historical background, the early republican period, the single-party rule, transition to the multi-party period and the Democratic Party rule, the 1960 military intervention and the political context of the 1960s and 1970s.

PSIR 212  Constitutional Politics

The first part of the course includes theoretical and empirical discussions regarding constitutions, constitution making processes and judicial review. The second part of the course focuses on the constitution making processes of Turkey’s constitutions and their content.

POOL 007  GEC-Innovation and Entreprenuership

PSIR 216  Modern Political Thought

The course will take the form of an intensive, analytical reading of some of the seminal texts of modern political thought, written by some of its most influential thinkers. Particular attention will be paid to the moral foundations of political thinking, including such concepts as freedom, citizenship, cosmopolitan right, democracy and equality. Among the political philosophers to be studied are Rousseau, Kant, Mill, and Marx.

HIST 100  Principles of Atatürk and History of Revolution

This course provides a general information of the events from the end of the 19. century until the end of the Turkish War of Independence and the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 and the following period until 1990’s.

ECON 102  Principles of Macroeconomics

This course is intended to introduce the students to some basic macroeconomic concepts, with special emphasis on economic growth, inflation and unemployment. Credit market transactions, the determination of interest rates, the functions of money, banks and a nation's central bank are discussed. Current problems of inflation and unemployment are explored and the tools available to the government to deal with these economic problems, and their limitations are analyzed. This course analyzes trends in living standards in the long-run and economic fluctuations in the short-run. The effects of production and distribution of goods and services on environment are discussed. The course also covers the concepts of economic inequality and networked economy.

ENG 102  Academic Skills in English II

ENG 102 is a compulsory course for first year students. ENG 102 focuses on the cognitive skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students' academic listening skills will be improved by listening to important / relevant information from lectures or discussions and reading skills by reading recent academic texts and then using this information to create an output task. Speaking focuses on giving presentations and students get prepared to express their ideas and opinions by speaking persuasively and coherently. The writing component is a consolidation of the speaking activities.

SFL 1024  Second Foreign Languages II

POOL 005  GEC- Social Sciences C: Arts and Communication

PSIR 102  Introduction to International Relations

This course will be mainly carried out through explanations provided during lectures and the assigned readings drawn from a course book. There will be one mid-term and one final exam to measure students’ knowledge of the content of lectures and assigned readings. Students will also be graded for attendance-participation.

PSIR 304  Theories of International Relations

In this course the discipline of International Relations will be handled in the framework of different theories, its philosophical foundations, main assumptions, basic problems and its answers to those problems. Discussed theoretical approaches will be applied to historical and contemporary events. For the additional readings and announcements, please visit blackboard.

PSIR 306  Turkish Foreign Policy

This course is designed to introduce the students to the basics of Turkey’s foreign policy. The course will cover the period of 1919-2001 in the history of Turkish Foreign Policy and analyze the different eras of foreign policy-making of the Republic of Turkey with periods of “relative autonomy” and “attachment to the Western World”, and in a fnal chapter “the post-Soviet years” in a global world.

PSIR 302  Comparative Politics

The course is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of political dynamics that characterize states’ and determine their relationship with their constituencies. As such, these dynamics include legal institutional aspects as well as political, economic and cultural elements that surround the political mechanism. The teaching approach is interactive, giving students ample amount of opportunity to contribute to class discussions.

LAW 308  International Law

International law will be offered as an indispensable and complementary tool of analyses in pursuit of a correct and comprehensive view of often simplified, but nevertheless highly complex occurrences in international relations.International Law II intends to introduce and outline the various subjects regulated by the contemporary rules of international law. A broad range matters is going to be discussed and illustrated through explanations and cases from the practice of international relations. The subjects to be reviewed include the international law of the sea, international law of armed conflicts, international law of human rights, international environmental law. The course also aims to discuss the disputes between States that are related to the said subjects.

ENG 310  Essential Speaking Skills in English

ENG 310 is a compulsory course for third year students and is designed to enable them to speak more effectively while expressing themselves in a variety of areas, such as business related and academic related topics. These areas range from participating in discusiions to presenting information in the form of short presentations, known as Pecha Kuchas. Students will also take part in role plays and formal debates.

Elective Courses

BUS 495  Applied Administrative Sciences Skills Development

Applied Administrative Sciences Skills Development course covers field experience with program partnering organizations. This course aims to merge higher education with institutional life. The students who take this course will get work experience by participating in the work life actively while they continue their study. They have an easier transition to the institutional world with work experience. Moreover, when they experience how theoretical knowledge is applied in institutional life, they will be more motivated towards their courses. The students will have the advantage of being a part of the decision-making processes in the business world, taking initiative, and developing business mindsets. They will have the opportunity to find the proper sector and field/department for themselves while studying. The students should work at least 2,5 days in the organization. They are expected to be a part of an ongoing project and will be assigned active roles, which will align with the program outcomes of the department. The Business Faculty determines “Applied Administrative Sciences Skills Development” course’s application requirements, quota, and application dates and available organizations and positions in the relevant semester. Applicants will be evaluated by a commission consisting of faculty members based on the pre-determined criteria. Students Affairs Directorate is expected to assign the BUS 495 Applied Administrative Sciences Skills Development course to the selected students before the start of the relevant academic semester. This course will cover 1 departmental and 2 non-departmental elective courses.

PSIR 300  Current Issues in European Politics

This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the contemporary politics of the European Union (EU). It deals with the current issues of the EU by discussing the historical, theoretical, and contemporary developments in European politics. To this end, it provides a general framework of the most salient issues affecting the EU’s current position and analyzes the main challenges that the EU faces in the 21st century.

PSIR 309  International Organizations

In this course, functioning of the global system will be examined with a particular focus on the role of international organizations. Theory, history, purpose, function and influence of major international organizations will be covered with an analytical approach to their contribution in the selected issue areas of global governance such as security, development, trade, human rights, humanitarianism and environment. The students are expected (1) to read the assigned texts, (2) get involved in the debates on the course themes, and produce presentations on the topics indicated by the instructor, (3) internalize analytically the information provided throughout the course and in the academic bibliography, and (4) produce coherent answers to relevant questions in the midterm and final exams.

PSIR 310  Caucasus in International Politics

Caucasus in International Politics classes analyze the demographic, political and economic dynamics of the Caucasian isthmus, with a particular emphasis on the regional powers’ foreign policies towards the region.

PSIR 312  Turkey - EU Relations

Evolution of the political, economic and legal dimensions in the historical evolution of Turkey-EU relations in a comparative perspective.

PSIR 320  Middle Eastern Politics

The course will begin with a historical overview of the remapping of the Middle East. In addition, a comparative historical analysis will help to locate the Middle East within the larger world historical context. Later on, the course will cover state and regime types, Arab nationalism, politics of oil, Orientalism, Arab-Israeli conflict, regional geopolitics, political Islam, democratization and Arab Spring.

PSIR 325  Constitutionalism and Democracy

The course is composed of three parts. The first part focuses on theoretical questions, the second part aims to explain the reasons behind the growing influence of constitutionalization in contemporary politics and the third part discusses all these issues through a case study of Turkey.

PSIR 330  Ottoman Diplomatic History

Evaluation of the political, military, economic, social and financial dynamics in the Ottoman power and decline in a comparative perspective with the European Great Powers

PSIR 335  Political Geography

The course aims to refine students’ understanding of the geographical space of modern politics beyond the traditional focus on the modern nation state. Each session has been designed to cover fundamental aspects in this subdiscipline, such as territorial sovereignty and statehood, borders and geopolitics, borders and political modernity, violence and anti-statism, space and identity.

PSIR 340  Globalization and the World System

The course will begin with a comparative evaluation of various theoretical approaches towards globalization. The next task will be to focus on the major structural changes generated by globalization which also consists of the basic conceptual instruments necessary for further analysis. Following an issue based overview, the course will be completed with a brief discussion of the world systems approach as an alternative perspective.

PSIR 360  Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy

This course is designed to provide a historical and critical overview of contemporary Turkish foreign policy.

PSIR 370  Diplomatic Correspondence

Introduction of the concept of diplomacy, its basic tools and actors, develop skills to communicate both orally and written in diplomatic language, become familiar with the implementation of diplomacy especially in the changing digital world. The students will be expected to contribute through term projects.

PSIR 390  American Foreign Policy

The course introduces students to the historical evolution and traditions of American foreign policy. The course will also focus on the current issues and problems in American foreign policy.

PSIR 400  Conflict Resolution

The course will focus on why groups and states go to violent conflict with each other and how global and domestic actors follow diverse routes to resolve such conflicts. The course will also emphasize the nature of peace talks and reconciliation.

PSIR 411  European Union Politics

This course examines the different aspects of EU politics and polity in terms of different theoretical approaches.

PSIR 420  International Migration

The course consists of the following aspects: (1) Overview of migration theories. (2) Overview of different migration movements: labour migration, refugees, irregular migration. (3) Analysis of national and international migration management. (4) Overview of different integration concepts. (5) Analysis of socioeconomic and cultural aspects of integration.

PSIR 422  Energy Politics

The international nature of energy issues requires energy minors to be familiar with the effective international energy policies in the world. The energy security and geopolitics become the most widely discussed concepts on the supply side at times when resources are diminishing; the economic and social development cannot be maintained without securing accessible, acceptable, and affordable energy supply. Geopolitical competition increases struggle over resources especially in energy transitional periods although energy dialogues continue. Therefore, the international energy policies, laws, institutions, and implementations of major countries will be examined thoroughly in a comparative manner.

PSIR 424  The Political Economy and Geography of Energy

The course will explore the complexity of the global energy and environmental system, focusing on the modern political and economic rules regulating it, understanding the role of geography of states in energy markets, the current and possible impact of environmental concerns with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals of the energy geopolitics, political geography and global political economy.

PSIR 426  Cosmopolitanism and Global Justice

The course consists of three parts. In the first part, students will explore theoretical foundations of modern cosmopolitanism in the light of moral philosophy and political theory. Poverty and distributive justice, the role of nations and nationalism, populist and authoritarian tendencies of 21st century, racism, human rights, crimes against humanity and citizenship in the era of globalization will be discussed in the second part of the course, where students will engage critical debates on cosmopolitanism and global justice. Third part of the course discusses theoretical and practical significance of cosmopolitan political theory in its relation to planetary crises.

PSIR 428  Modernity and Its Critics

Particular attention will be paid to the experiences of imperialism, totalitarianism, genocide and the Holocaust; the paradoxes of capitalism and the nation-state; the destructive forces of global technology as well as the contemporary debates about the Anthropocene, political ecology, and climate change.

PSIR 434  Minority Politics

The course is designed as to refine student’s training in political science through the analytical exploration of minority politics with a focus on European developments. That is mainly because the emergence and subsequent evolution of minority rights cannot be separated from the modern European political history. The two World Wars in particular have marked the evolution of European states and of their understanding of ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities. As a result, Europe represents nowadays a space where minority politics has become highly complex, with international organisations such as the Council of Europe, OSCE and the EU being deeply involved. The students are expected (1) to read the assignments, (2) to get involved in the debates on the main course themes and produce presentations on those themes, (3) internalise analytically the information provided throughout the course and in the academic bibliography, and (4) produce coherent answers to relevant questions in the midterm and final exams.

PSIR 436  Nationalism and Identity Politics

Nationalism has been one of the most enduring forces in modern world politics. The debates surrounding nationalism have been impacting the politics of citizenship, identity, minorities and immigration. This course will discuss the main concepts, theories and approaches in the study of nationalism with references to historical and contemporary cases around the world.

PSIR 438  Governance in the European Union

This course aims to provide six different skills, respectively: (1) An overview of main integration/governance theories; (2) A presentation of the basic features of the organization, composition, and functions of the main institutions; (3) An introduction to key debates related to the power relations within and between the institutions; (4) An overview of the three dimensions of legitimate governance: social legitimacy, input legitimacy, and output legitimacy; (5) A special focus on the output/performance dimension: What are main achievements and shortcomings in various policy areas? (6) A training of reading and presentation skills.

PSIR 440  Policymaking in the European Union

(1) Examination of theories and analytical approaches of policy making: Who are the relevant actors? How do they interact? What factors shape their preferences? How are they constrained by institutional and normative factors? (2) Application of these concepts/questions to a selection of policies. (3) Train effective presentation techniques. Therefore, parts of the course will be allocated to the student presentations. Subsequently students receive in class a longer feedback of the instructor.

PSIR 442  Citizenship, Multiculturalism and Democracy

Particular attention will be paid to the following questions: What is the relationship between democracy and liberty? What role does active citizenship play in democratic politics? Is pluralism a challenge to democratic life and peaceful coexistence? Are struggles for recognition vital for democratic politics? Is there a tension between universal human rights and multiculturalism? What is the meaning of civil disobedience, and does it have a role to play in democratic politics? We will pursue these themes and consider these questions as they appear in the writings of modern and contemporary political thinkers.

PSIR 444  International Relations Through Motion Pictures

In this course, movies and documentaries that students would be expected to watch before attending lectures would be used for analyzing and debating some of the current themes of international relations. Focus of the course will be on the more visible of current issues and challenges of international relations such as terrorism, failed states, environmental problems, migration, peacekeeping, technological warfare, weapons of mass destruction and cyber threats.

PSIR 446  Public Opinion and Political Participation

This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to analyze shifts in public opinion and political participation in Turkey. The course will also show students how to analyze and measure opinion with surveys.

PSIR 448  Transitional Justice: National, Regional, and Global Perspectives

Transitional Justice is a new field of research focusing on human rights challenges which have now become central in international politics. Over the past decades societies have sought to address these questions by establishing international criminal tribunals, truth commissions, or by paying reparations. The course analyzes the landmark case studies in transitional justice, including Northern Ireland, Former Yugoslavia, Argentina, Lebanon, South Africa, Cyprus, and Spain.

PSIR 450  International Security

In order to review and scrutinize the more important of international security’s current issues, this course will first be analyzing the theoretical foundations of international security, which shall then be followed by an analysis of today’s and tomorrow’s primary security challenges. The learning systematic of the course would be students reading their assigned readings prior to attending each week’s lectures, followed by lectures structured around the lecturer’s explanations and class discussion with students’ participation. Additionally, each student will prepare and submit a written homework on an international security issue, institution or arrangement. In order to succeed, students would be expected to perform satisfactorily in two (midterm and final) exams, prepare and present a written homework, read the course’s weekly assigned materials, and participate in all lectures and take part in class discussions, both of which will be graded.

PSIR 460  Balkan Politics

The course is designed as to refine student’s training in the theoretical fields of IR and European studies through familiarisation with political developments in the Balkan region. The students are expected to (1) attend all classes, (2) prepare presentations on themes provided by the instructor, (3) get involved in the debates on the course themes, and (4) produce correct answers addressing topics in the exams.

PSIR 470  Contemporary Political Theory

Particular attention will be paid to contemporary disputes about freedom, public realm, justice, constitutional and radical democracy, populism, violence and democratic ethics within contemporary political theory.

PSIR 480  Gender Politics

This course introduces basic concepts of gender and politics and explores the significance of gender inequalities in political life. The course uses theoretical approaches to analyze the role of gender in shaping major political concepts and institutions such as power, democracy, political representation, equal citizenship, political participation and activism on both national and transnational level.

PSIR 485  Current Issues in International Political Economy

This course aims to give students insight into current issues in internationa political economy. Special attention will be paid to less developed countrie, transnational corporations, the role of knowledge and technology, regional trade blocs, the illicit economy, migration, food and hunger, energy and environmental concerns. The main aim of the course is to look at developing current events around us such as climate change, the refugee crisis, trafficking of humans and drugs, environmental disasters and other important issues that are facing the world and analyze them through the lens of international political economy to see how markets and states interact.

PSIR 490  Environmental Politics

Environmental problems and crises grow in number everyday. Thus, civil society, international organizations and states take related decisions that might affect people’s lifes. This course will deal with such decisions, their consequences.

PSIR 495  EU Environmental Policy

This course provides an introduction to the EU environmental policy and politics. After an overview of the policy making process in the EU, key areas of EU’s environmental policy will be presented (e.g. air and water policy, waste policy, climate policy, de-carbonization of transport, sustainable city management). In each area, first, the main underlying environmental problems will be analyzed, and, second, the achievements and challenges of EU policies will be assessed. A special focus will lie on the role of the EU as international actor. Furthermore, effective presentation techniques and the structuring of term papers will be trained. Therefore, parts of the course will be allocated to the student presentations. Subsequently, students will receive further feedback from the instructor in class.



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