Courses

First Semester
Course Code Course Name C L/P C ECTS
IRA501 Scientific Research Methods and Ethics 3 0 3 7,5
IRA503 IR Theory 3 0 3 7,5
IRA5XX Elective 3 0 3 7,5
IRA5XX Elective 3 0 3 7,5
TOTAL   12 0 12 30

 

Second Semester
Course Code Course Name C L/P C ECTS
IRA502 Middle East 3 0 3 7,5
IRA5XX Elective 3 0 3 7,5
IRA5XX Elective 3 0 3 7,5
IRA598 Seminar 0 0 0 7,5
TOTAL 9 0 9 30

 

Third Semester
Course Code Course Name C L/P C ECTS
IRA599 Thesis 0 0 0 30
TOTAL   0 0 0 30

 

Fourth Semester
Course Code Course Name C L/P C ECTS
IRA599 Thesis 0 0 0 30
TOTAL 0 0 0 30
COMPULSORY COURSES
Course Code Course Name C L/P C ECTS
IRA501 Scientific Research Methods and Ethics 3 0 3 7,5
IRA503 IR Theory 3 0 3 7,5
IRA502 Middle East 3 0 3 7,5

 

ELECTIVE COURSES
Course Code Course Name C L/P C ECTS
IRA505 International Law 3 0 3 7,5
IRA507 International Politics and Security 3 0 3 7,5
IRA509 EU and the Wider World 3 0 3 7,5
IRA511 Turkish Foreign Policy 3 0 3 7,5
IRA513 Politics and Society in the MENA region 3 0 3 7,5
IRA515 Democracy and Democratization 3 0 3 7,5
IRA517 International Political Economy 3 0 3 7,5
IRA519 Israeli Foreign Policy 3 0 3 7,5
IRA504 International Organizations 3 0 3 7,5
IRA506 Comparative Politics 3 0 3 7,5
IRA508 Iranian Foreign Policy 3 0 3 7,5
IRA510 Human Rights and IR 3 0 3 7,5
IRA512 Globalization 3 0 3 7,5
IRA514 Terrorism 3 0 3 7,5
IRA516 History, Memory and Culture 3 0 3 7,5
IRA518 Rethinking IR 3 0 3 7,5

Course Descriptions

COMPULSORY COURSES
IRA501 Scientific Research Methods and Ethics The focus of this course is on developing information, skills and awareness of MA students from various fields about important concepts related to research methods and ethics. This course aims to inform MA students about various scientific research methods and methodologies as well as making them aware of several ethical issues that surround the research process. In addition, it aims to teach students about data collection tools and analysis methods and facilitate their academic writing skills when reporting the results of a given study. The course also develops the awareness of students related to ethical issues in research and facilitate their ethical decision making in the process.

IRA503 IR Theory The course examines and provides an analysis of the central assumptions and key concepts of main theories of IR. It surveys the development of contending theoretical approaches to international politics such as; the boundaries and content of the field, theoretical literature on the study of diplomacy and foreign policy analysis concentrating on the actors, institutions, concepts, structure, and the contemporary critique of the international politics.

IRA502 Middle East The main objective of this course is to analyse the political, socio-cultural and economic structures of the Middle Eastern countries in order to compare and conceptualize the internal and external political making in the region. Within this framework, the course will focus on issue-areas and specific country models to examine nation-building processes, politics of identity, regional ideologies, minorities, and processes of democratization in a regional context. Finally, the lectures will put an emphasis on the issue of predicaments and problems pertaining these processes of nation and state-building in the Middle East realm.

ELECTIVE COURSES
IRA505 International Law The course introduces the concept of international law, the position of international law in the development of states and the world order, legal theories of international law, international relations theories and international law, position of international organisations in international law, the concept of state responsibility, international criminal law, the position of individuals in international law, international human rights on the Cyprus Problem, international law and Nuclear Power.

IRA507 International Politics and Security The course includes topics ranging from the evolution of world politics, levels of analysis and foreign policy, nationalism, globalization and trans-nationalism, national states, national power and diplomacy, international law and international organization, interstate conflict, asymmetric conflict, trade money, development and human rights.

IRA509 EU and the Wider World This course introduces students to ideas and issues related to the EU’s international role and identity in a globalizing world. The course is organised in three sections. First, alternative approaches for understanding EU’s external relations and historical evolution of the pattern of EU’s global activity are presented. Second, the legal bases and the institutional framework of EC/EU’s external relations are examined. Third, against this theoretical and historical background, the course assesses the Union’s relations with the rest of Europe, with the developing countries and with the US. The course will further evaluate the challenges facing the EU foreign and security policy and the Union’s international role and identity.

IRA511 Turkish Foreign Policy The course includes topics such as: Turkish Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice, Turkish Foreign Policy between 1919 and 1923: The Time of Liberation, Turkish Foreign Policy between 1923 and 1939: Relative Autonomy, Turkish Foreign Policy between 1939 and 1945: Relative Autonomy II: 1939-1945. This course covers topics from Turkish Foreign Policy Between 1945 and 1960: Turkey in the Orbit of Western Block, Turkish Foreign Policy Between 1960 and 1980: Relative Autonomy 3, Turkish Foreign Policy Between 1980-2002: Turkey in the Orbit of the Western Block and Globalization and Turkish Foreign Policy After 2002: Justice and Development Party Period.

IRA513 Politics and Society in the MENA region This course focuses on central topics in the field of Middle East and North African politics and society including democratization, state-society relations, Islamist movements, minorities, ethno-nationalist conflicts, insurgencies, gender issues, and the use of social media in the Middle East.

IRA515 Democracy and Democratization This course seeks to provide general overview of the contemporary theoretical literature on the models of democracy, non-democracy, hybrid regime typologies. Furthermore, the course will critically address and re-examine longstanding conceptual questions including definitions of democracy, hybridity, democratic transitions, and consolidation. While examining different methodologies approaches in regard to democratization, the course will engage with case studies in the field of comparative politics. Last but not the least, the course will aim to critically review the theoretical underpinnings of different methodologies and conceptual models.

IRA517 International Political Economy This course will study the history and the development of the field of International Political Economy, issues of International Political Economy; “PIER School”, “three ideologies of International Political Economy: Mercantilism, Liberalism, Marxism”, “New IPE School and structures of power in International Political Economy: the security structure, the production structure, financial structure, knowledge structure”, “Global Political Economy School”; the causes and effects of International Trade; Barriers to Trade; Foreign Exchange Markets; Balance of Payments; International Monetary System; International Trade System.

IRA519 Israeli Foreign Policy This course aims to provide a background on Israeli foreign policy making and implementation through a historical analysis. the course, thus, will focus on the basic parameters of Israeli foreign policy and its historical development with a consideration of regional and global dimensions.

IRA504 International Organizations This course covers definitions and characteristics of international organizations; historical background of international organizations; membership, aim and structure as criterions for classification of international organizations; United Nations Organization and its organs-functions; mainstream approaches (realists-liberals) and critical approaches (Marxists-feminists-constructivists); regional security and international organizations (NATO, CIS, CSTO). The course further addresses issues like development; trade; environment; social and humanitarian issues, and global governance.

IRA506 Comparative Politics This course covers issues in comparative politics; it compares political systems; elaborates on the state in a global context; democratic and authoritarian states; authoritarian rule; democracy; conditions of democracy; political participation; patterns of participation; and highlights cases such as United States, France; Russia, Iran, China; India, Nigeria And Brazil in a comparative perspective.

IRA508 Iranian Foreign Policy The course focuses on Iranian role in international politics with a historical/comparative approach. It will cover issues including Iranian foreign policy since the pre-revolutionary period up to the present time, Iranian politics and foreign policy, Iran-USA relations, Iran-EU relations, the nuclear issue and Iranian foreign policy on a regional and global level.

IRA510 Human Rights and IR The subject of human rights has become, in the contemporary world, one of the most important factors in international relations. Proceeding from this fact, the historical development of human rights as well as the international human rights law to the present will be studied. Within this context, mechanisms and their functions that were developed especially within the body of the United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, Organisation of American States, Organisation of African Unity and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe will be dwelt upon.

IRA512 Globalization By introducing a variety of theories and approaches, along with structure, major features and development in international system, this course aims to provide a comprehensive basis for understanding the dynamics of international order, globalization and modernity.

IRA514 Terrorism This course aims to provide students with notional, theoretical and methodological background about the terrorism. The course, with an interdisciplinary perspective, will discuss this important phenomenon, which has become one of the most important issues/ problems of the world especially after the 9/11 attacks. The course aims to develop a systematic intellectual infrastructure for the in-depth and multi-dimensional assessment of terrorism. Therefore, the course will respectively elaborate on the conceptual origins of the phenomenon, differences and similarities in definition of terrorism by various actors in the world affairs, historical roots of terrorism, causes and implications of terrorism by referring to various theories of international relations. The course will evaluate different dimensions of terrorism by analysing different case studies through taking into account the local, regional and international dynamics and with a multi-disciplinary perspective.

IRA516 History, Memory and Culture This course explores the growing field of memory studies, the roots of our interest in memory and the role it plays in contemporary society. Memory is multivalent and omnipresent, part of the politics of regret that marks our political culture, the commemorative drive of the last century and the ubiquitous nostalgia for the past. The overwhelming presence of memory in public discourse and science has altered significantly the way we remember, forget or imagine our past. But this obsession with memory has also led some to question its conceptual relevance in social sciences.

IRA518 Rethinking IR The course deals with the global challenges (nuclear proliferation, terrorism, human rights etc.) and how these challenges are affecting the role of states and the global governance in international relations.