Course Descriptions

Course Code Course Name Credit
POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science (Siyaset Bilimine Giriş)(3+0+0) 3
Nature and methodology of political science. Basic concepts, political institutions and political behavior. Political parties and pressure groups, political participation, elections and voting behavior. State and bureaucracy.
POLS 102 Fundamentals of Law (Hukukun İlkeleri)(3+0+0) 3
Fundamentals of law pertaining to its meaning, resources, norms and its raison d'etre. The rules of law, law-justice relations, resources of law, hierarchy of law norms, human rights, the rule of law, and comparison of different law systems. Differences between private law and public law.
POLS 201 Introduction to International Politics (Uluslararası Politikaya Giriş)(3+0+0) 3
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.
POLS 203 Political Change and Modernization (Siyasi Değişim ve Modernleşme)(3+0+0) 3
Concepts of political change, modernization and Westernization. The relation between modernization and Westernization; different responses to modernization efforts (rejectionism, Kemalism, reformism). Problems facing political change (Central and Eastern Europe, Japan, Türkiye). Europeanization and political change in Türkiye.
POLS 204 Comparative Politics (Karşılaştırmalı Siyaset)(3+0+0) 3
Similarities and differences between various political systems. State-society relations, parliaments and governments, democratic institutions, policy making processes, political parties and party systems, electoral systems, central-local relations and political culture. A comparative survey of various Western, non-Western, democratic and authoritarian systems
POLS 205 Diplomatic History I (Diplomasi Tarihi I)(3+0+0) 3
The dynamics that have evolved from the French Revolution through the collapse of the empires and the establishment of nation-states. The history of the 19th Century balance of power and the rise and course of conflicts leading to World War I.
POLS 206 Diplomatic History II (Diplomasi Tarihi II)(3+0+0) 3
The consequences of World War I and the international system between the two World Wars. The failure of the attempts to build a global security by the League of Nations; the "Great Depression" and the rise of fascism; developments leading to the disastrous World War II.
POLS 207 Political Ideologies (Siyaset İdeolojileri)(3+0+0) 3
A general approach to the main schools of thought including liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, fascism and feminism, environmentalism and some other contemporary ideologies.
POLS 222 Social Science Research Methods (Sosyal Bilimlerde Araştırma Yöntemleri)(3+0+0) 3
Introduction to theory-oriented research in political science. Research problems, research designs, qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques, data processing, data analysis. Interpretation of social science data with special emphasis on quantitative methods, and report writing on the basis of data analysis and findings.
POLS 233 American Government (Amerikan Siyaseti)(3+0+0) 3
American political history since the late 18th Century with an emphasis on CoId War and post-Cold War periods. Civil War and the abolition of slavery. Civil rights and civil liberties.Political parties and elections in the US. Interest groups and lobbying in the US. American federalism. Conservative and liberal ideology. Legislative and executive branches of government. American judicial system and bureaucracy.
POLS 235 System Thinking (Sistem Düşüncesi)(3+0+0) 3
A general approach to the logical foundations of systems thinking. The analysis of human organizations as systems and systems management in general. Essential properties of open systems and differences between open and closed systems.
POLS 237 Dynamics of Geopolitics and Geostrategy (Jeopolitik ve Jeostratejinin Dinamikleri)(3+0+0) 3
Main schools of thought. Land, air and maritime theories. Geopolitics in the nuclear age. Globalization trends.
POLS 238 International Political Economy (Uluslararası Siyasi Ekonomi)(3+0+0) 3
Historical perspective of the evolution of the international political economy since the 19th century; the end of the bipolar system and the impacts of globalization. New regional economic alliances such as NAFTA, ASEAN, EU and the way in which the international economy started to dominate the current world politics.
POLS 242 Law of the Sea (Deniz Hukuku)(3+0+0) 3
Basics of the sea regimes, assessments of the extension of state jurisdiction, and arguments relating to the deep seabed regimes. The concept and related issues of closed -semi closed seas and islands including arguments on marine environment and pollution; main treaties of the law of the sea.
POLS 260 European Union Politics (Avrupa Birliği Politikaları)(3+0+0) 3
The historical development of the Union with particular emphasis on major treaties such as Treaties of Paris, Rome, Single European Act and Maastricht. Different theories and approaches to the study of EU such as functionalism, federalism, multi-level governance and inter-governmentalism; institutions and actors of EU; policy making process in the EU.
POLS 263 Women, Gender and World Politics (Kadınlar, Toplumsal Cinsiyet ve Dünya Siyaseti)(3+0+0) 3
Questions of equality and inequality. Philosophical roots of feminism. The role of women and gender in international relations. Conditions of women globally. Parameters of developmental and economic issues. Female participation in democracy and politics. International and national security concerns. Comparative analysis of women in democratic and non-democratic governments.
POLS 264 Human Rights and Women (İnsan Hakları ve Kadınlar)(3+0+0) 3
Political theory of human rights. Human rights in international organizations and conventions. The specificity and specialty of women's rights. Political theories on the rights of women. Conventions on discrimination against women. A survey of governmental and non-governmental bodies working on women's rights.
POLS 301 International Law I (Uluslararası Hukuk I)(3+0+0) 3
The origins and nature of international law. The character of the modern state system and legal organization of international society.
POLS 302 International Law II (Uluslararası Hukuk II)(3+0+0) 3
The territory and jurisdiction of states. International treaties. International disputes and the maintenance of law and order in international era.Prerequisite: POLS 301
POLS 303Theory of International Relations (Uluslararası İlişkiler Kuramı)(3+0+0) 3
Meaning and historical development of theory of international relations. Classification of main theories; emphasis on theories related to the changing structure of the world order and globalization.
POLS 305 Political Theory I (Siyaset Kuramı I)(3+0+0) 3
Examination of Ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval political thinkers, the analysis of their major contributions to the development of modern political theory. The essence and nature of concepts and themes related to political theories.
POLS 306 Political Theory II (Siyaset Kuramı II)(3+0+0) 3
Selected works from modern political theorists, historical development of political theory. Concepts, themes, and ideologies that emerged after the French Revolution. Major thinkers, their relevance to such themes as liberty, democracy, election, representation.
POLS 308 International Organizations (Uluslararası Örgütler)(3+0+0) 3
Characteristics of International Organizations and their evolution, structure and functions. International Organizations within the context of the international system.
POLS 309 Research Strategy and Writing Skills (Araştırma Teknikleri ve Yazım Yöntemleri)(3+0+0) 3
Fundamental research and writing skills specially designed for IR studies; literature review skills, reference management, using traditional library and electronic resources, and developing presentation skills. Ethical issues in research with particular reference to plagiarism.
POLS 312 Political Sociology (Siyaset Sosyolojisi)(3+0+0) 3
Social formation of the modern state. The impact of social movements and trends outside of formal institutions on politics; power in small groups. Major social trends and their implications.
POLS 316 Security Studies (Güvenlik Çalışmaları)(3+0+0) 3
Evolution of the concept of security. Differences between traditional and critical security studies. Analysis of both classical issues like war, strategy, arms control, national security and deterrence, and contemporary issues like securitization, human security, gender and identity in security studies.
POLS 321 Social Movements (Sosyal Hareketler)(3+0+0) 3
The role of social movements in bringing about political change in a globalizing world. Theoretical and empirical issues in the study of religious, ethnic, environmentalist, antiglobalist and feminist movements. New forms of organization, tactics and political ideas prompted by new social movements, rising since the 1960s.
POLS 322 Political Institutions and Culture (Siyasal Kurumlar ve Kültür)(3+0+0) 3
Analysis of the shaping of political institutions and political culture; cultural processes; cultural patterns; contemporary theories of political culture. Developments and changes in the world; the effects of population, family, socio-economic indicators and urbanization on politics. Universalism and localism; multiculturalism and new political projects.
POLS 327 Ethnic Conflict in International Relations (Uluslararası İlişkilerde Etnik Çatışma)(3+0+0) 3
Analysis of the causes of ethnic conflict based on theoretical approaches such as primordialism, institutionalism, modernization, and rational choice. Solutions to ethnic conflicts with a focus on various case studies. Foreign intervention in ethnic conflicts. Spread of ethnic conflict.
POLS 337 Political Parties and Interest Groups (Siyasal Partiler ve Çıkar Grupları)(3+0+0) 3
Typologies and functions of political parties; electoral systems; political participation. Concept of depoliticization. Political regimes and political participation; structure of political power; government-opposition relations. Analysis of the relationship between politics and interest competition; types of interest groups; examples of interest groups from the experiences of other countries; lobbying activities; lobbying types (religious and ethnical interst groups, etc.). Economic face of politics; class structures; relations of interest groups within politics.
POLS 338 American Foreign Policy (Amerikan Dış Politikası)(3+0+0) 3
The dynamics of political institutions and processes of the Federal Government. Main periods and trends in American foreign policy with special emphasis on the post Cold War period.
POLS 339 Politics of Terrorism (Terörizm Politikaları)(3+0+0) 3
The concept of terrorism in reference to national and international security domains. Organization and process of terrorist functions. The theory and process of counter-terrorism.
POLS 340 Politics of the Balkans (Balkanlar Siyaseti) (3+0+0) 3
Political and historical development of social and institutional structures in the Balkans from the nation-building process to transition to democracy. Emergence of the authoritarian regimes and expansion of Communism after WWII. Dissolution of Yugoslavia and ethnic conflicts, various party systems and the status of the minorities.
POLS 342 Turkish-EU Relations (Türkiye-Avrupa Birliği İlişkileri)(3+0+0) 3
The history of relations between the EU and Türkiye with reference to formal process of membership application. Copenhagen Criteria and harmonization with Union's Aquis. Domestic adjustment to the EU in terms of political behavior, policy processes and institutional changes. Selected topics related to European relations such as human rights, immigration, foreign policy and security.
POLS 344 Current International Issues (Uluslararası Güncel Konular)(3+0+0) 3
The main issues in political, socio-cultural, economic-financial and security-military areas. Classification of issues into regional and global frameworks.
POLS 346 Middle East in International Politics (Uluslararası Siyasette Orta Doğu)(3+0+0) 3
Historical background of the social and institutional structures and development issues in the Middle East. Concept and ideologies like Arabism, Islam and Modernization. Contemporary conflicts and treaties that formed modern delimitation of the region.
POLS 348 Turkish Constitutional Law (Türk Anayasa Hukuku)(3+0+0) 3
Constitutions of the Ottoman and Republican era; change and continuity in constitutions; comparison of 1921, 1924, 1961 and 1982 constitutions. Impact of EU membership process on Turkish constitution; fundamental rights and freedoms. The legislative, executive and judiciary; the relation between these organs. Constitutional court.
POLS 350 Ottoman Diplomatic History (Osmanlı Diplomatik Tarihi)(3+0+0) 3
The Ottoman approach to diplomacy. The formation and evolution of diplomatic services, Ad hoc diplomacy process. The translators, the oriental secretaries and dragomans. The genesis of residential diplomacy. The treaties and capitulations in the Ottoman Empire.
POLS 356 Political Economy (Siyasi Ekonomi)(3+0+0) 3
Relationship between economic processes and political institutions. Analysis of state intervention in the economic market. Comprehension of globalizing economic processes from the perspectives of the state and politics; global monetary system. Fundamental approaches in international political economy; state-market relations; international institutions; national and international policies that affect international economy. International investment; international money; economic crises and their effects on politics.
POLS 360 Cyber-threats and Security in the Information Age (Bilgi Çağında Siber Tehditler ve Güvenlik)(3+0+0) 3
Cyber space and its formation. The emergence of the actors of the cyber space. International communication with the new media. Security approaches to cyber space and its threats. States' efforts to secure the cyber space. Strategies for combating threats and crimes. Moving to a new digital international system.
POLS 361 Gender and Politics (Toplumsal Cinsiyet ve Siyaset)(3+0+0) 3
Study of politics through the lens of gender. Concepts and conceptualizations of patriarchy, gender, femininity, masculinity, sexuality, power and politics. The social construction of gender and its reflection on politics. Political system, participation, governance and citizenship issues. An examination of the status of women.
POLS 371 Globalization and Global Politics (Küreselleşme ve Küresel Politika) (3+0+0) 3
The linkage between dynamics of globalization and various aspects of security, global environmental politics, international migration and refugees, global governance and civil society, global social movements; globalization, development and inequality, global poverty; media, cyberspace and global politics.
POLS 377 Internet and Politics (İnternet ve Siyaset)(3+0+0) 3
Politics and political science in the age of the internet. The impact of the internet on political parties, political participation, representation, identity and citizenship. Internet as a source of information, medium of communication and public sphere. The role of the internet in provision of public services. Internet as a site for censorship, monitoring and control.
POLS 390 Internship in International Relations (Uluslararası İlişkiler Stajı) Non-credit
Carrying out a work project in a public, private or non-governmental institution.
POLS 401 Turkish Politics (Türk Siyasi Hayatı)(3+0+0) 3
Examination of the state tradition in Türkiye; understanding the interaction of state, politics, and society; secularism, civil-military relations, problems of democracy; transition to multi-party politics and its problems; parliamentary system and political parties; political participation, interest groups and civil society.
POLS 402 Turkish Foreign Policy (Türk Dış Politikası) (3+0+0) 3
Main trends affecting Turkish Foreign Policy. The rules and principles characterizing the way it is performed, within the general framework of an evolutionary process since the end of World War II.
POLS 429 Local Governments (Yerel Yönetimler)(3+0+0) 3
The principle of subsidiarity; functions of local government; good governance in local authorities; central-local relations; local government experiences of unitary and central states. The historical development of local government in Türkiye; the political and legal structure of local government in Türkiye; local government reform agenda in the context of European Union membership process.
POLS 430 Private International Law (Uluslararası Özel Hukuk)(3+0+0) 3
Basic principles of Turkish Private International Law and Procedural Law Act of 1982. Conflict of laws, international procedural law, international agreements.
POLS 431 Central Asia & Caucasus in World Politics (Dünya Siyasetinde Orta Asya ve Kafkasya)(3+0+0) 3
The Russian invasion to Caucasus and Central Asia; ethnic identity and national delimitations; the end of Tsarist Russia and revolutions; the emergence of USSR and its political design; Stalin period in Central Asia and Caucasus; the effects of Russo-Sino relations in Central Asia and Caucasus; the independence of Central Asian states; and its political implications.
POLS 432 Human Rights (İnsan Hakları)(3+0+0) 3
Theoretical and philosophical background of human rights; human rights in state-society-individual relations; the concept of citizenship. International organizations; European Convention on Human Rights; European Court of Human Rights. Individual rights and freedoms; rights of women, children, minorities and asylum seekers; liberal, feminist, socialist, multi-culturalist doctrines in human rights. Historical development of human rights in Türkiye.
POLS 433 War and Peace Studies (Savaş ve Barış Çalışmaları)(3+0+0) 3
Main theories of war and peace, including arguments related to democracy and war, nationalism, ethnicity and war.
POLS 434 Diplomacy and Conduct of Foreign Policy (Diplomasi ve Dış Politika Yönetimi) (3+0+0) 3
Theoretical basis for the organization and process of foreign policy and diplomatic functions including the structural and formal/ informal parameters. The implementation process: practical aspects of foreign policy and diplomacy in reference to organization and execution of the specific programs under different operational conditions
POLS 435 National Security (Ulusal Güvenlik)(3+0+0) 3
The concept of national security, and its relevance to government policy. The creation of national and international political conditions related to the protection or development of vital national values and interests. Norms and principles related to the contemporary concepts of security.
POLS 436 Civil-Military Relations (Sivil Asker İlişkileri)(3+0+0) 3
A scientific approach to military institutions, theoretical and historical perspectives; rise and evolution of the military profession in Western society. The basic dimensions of the military mind, and main civilian-military models.
POLS 437 International Politics of Ecology and Environment (Uluslararası Ekoloji ve Çevre Politikaları) (3+0+0) 3
Theoretical elaborations on change, environment and the future. Scientific analysis of the contemporary issues relating to environment and politics. Politics of global climate change in coordination with a positional analysis of the environment policy of EU and Türkiye.
POLS 438 Turkish American Relations (Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri)(3+0+0) 3
The history of diplomatic relations between the United States and Türkiye; relations during the Cold War era; US-Türkiye relations with respect to European Union, Turkish-Greek dispute, Northern Iraq and terror, major international conflicts. Relations after 9/11.
POLS 439 Russian Foreign Policy (Rus Dış Politikası)(3+0+0) 3
The economic, social and political transformation of the Russian Federation following the fall of the USSR. The main determinants of the Russian foreign policy both in theory and practice.
POLS 440 Theory of the State (Devlet Kuramı)(3+0+0) 3
The nature of the state. The absolutist, constitutionalist, ethical, class and the pluralist theories of the State.
POLS 442 Conflict Resolution and Management (Çatışma Çözümü ve Yönetimi) (3+0+0) 3
Theories of conflict, international security and international organizations, ethnic and national conflict; dynamics of conflict escalation, management, settlement, and resolution; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
POLS 443 Turkish Political Thought (Türk Siyasi Düşüncesi)(3+0+0) 3
Political thought during the Ottoman period; Kemalism; Westernization and its discontents. Ideologies in Türkiye; the left in Türkiye; conservatism in Türkiye; Islam and sufism; the intelligentsia; the elite.
POLS 446 Public Policy (Kamu Siyasası) (3+0+0) 3
Main principles of public policy; analysis of public policy making from a multidisciplinary perspective; policy analysis, urban management. Public policies concerning ageing, health, migration, urbanization, environmental protection and crime; problems and issues in policy implementation. Welfare state; new public management.
POLS 448 Seminar in Political Science (Siyaset Bilimi Semineri)(3+0+0) 3
Exploring changes in political science; analyzing various approaches to these changes; informing on theoretical or applied topics.
FEAS 491 Erasmus Work Placement I (Erasmus Yurt dışı Stajı I) (3+0+0) 3
Internship in a relevant area of at least three months funded by the Erasmus program. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
FEAS 492 Erasmus Work Placement II (Erasmus Yurt dışı Stajı II) (3+0+0) 3
Internship in a relevant area of at least three months funded by the Erasmus program. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

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