PSIR 556 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Contemporary Issues in International Relations
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 556
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Second Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives This course aims at providing graduate students with new perspectives on current issues and debates in the study of International Relations, and it also targets at enabling the students to analyze those issues using critical lenses.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The students successfully completing this course would be able to; Identify the principal current issues and debates in international relations,
  • Analyze those issues using objective and critical lenses;
  • Develop their own opinions, interpretations, perspectives regarding those issues,
  • Compare/contrast the perspectives, positions and policies of leading international actors with respect to those issues,
  • Make projections on future trends and challenges likely to be faced by international community in coming years.
Course Content The focus of the course would be some of the current issues and debates of international relations. The methodology of the course will be lecturer’s presentation and explanations intermingled with class discussion and students’ contributions.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction: Course objectives, content, methodology
2 Environmental Issues in international relations Matteo Fagotto, “West Africa Is Being Swallowed by the Sea”, Foreign Policy, 21 October 2016; Peter Hough, “Environmental Security” in Peter Hough (ed), International Security, 2014; Keith Johnson, “The Meltdown of the Global Order”, Foreign Policy, 23 July 2015; Brian Deese, “Paris Isn’t Burning”, Foreign Affairs, 22 May 2017; Sarah Kaplan, “Thousands of scientists issue bleak ‘second notice’ to humanity”, The Washington Post, 13 November 2017; Colum Lynch, “U.N. Chief Takes Veiled Swipe at Trump on Climate Abdication”, Foreign Policy, 30 May 2017.
3 Energy’s role in international relations Doug Sanders, “Europe’s multicultural fears hide an integration success story”, The Globe and Mail, 7 January 2018; Elizabeth Ferris and Kemal Kirişçi, “Not likely to go home”, Brookings Policy Paper, September 2015; “Strangers in strange lands”, The Economist, 12 September 2015; Suzanne Nossel, “Europe’s Free-Speech Apocalypse Is Already There”, Foreign Policy, 17 March 2016; Alex Their, “Maters of Disasters?”, Foreign Policy, 23 May 2016; Tara Zahra, “Europe’s Shifting Borders”, Foreign Affairs, 11 February 2017; Antonio Guterres, “Millions Uprooted”, Foreign Affairs, “1 September 2008.
4 Mass population movements, migration, refugees François Bourguignon, “Inequality and Globalization”, Foreign Affairs, 14 December 2015; Bruce Pillbeam, “The United Nations and the responsibility to protect” in Peter Hough (ed), International Security Studies, 2014; Kevin Rudd, “How to Fix the United Nations”, Foreign Policy, 19 September 2016; Stewart Patrick, “World Weary”, Foreign Affairs, 20 October 2015; Beril Dedeoğlu, “The world is bigger than 5”, Daily Sabah, 28 September 2016.
5 Questions of justice in international system David G. Victor and Kassia Yanosek, “The Next Energy Revolution”, Foreign Affairs, 13 June 2017; Keith Johnson and Robbie Gramer, “Congress Weighs Threat of Moscow Wielding the Energy Weapon”, Foreign Policy, 12 December 2017; Michael Schellenberger, “The Nuclear Option”, Foreign Affairs, 15 August 2017.
6 Regionalism, irredentism, micro-nationalism John Newhouse, “Europe’s Rising Regionalism”, Foreign Affairs, 1 January 1997; Sebastian Balfour, “A Brief History of Catalan Nationalism”, Foreign Affairs, 18 October 2017; Edoardo Campanella, “Europe, Fracturing From Within”, Foreign Affairs, 17 January 2017; James Badcock, “The Pain in Spain”, Foreign Policy, 1 October 2012; Joost Hilterman and Maria Fantappie, “Twilight of the Kurds”, Foreign Policy, January 2018.
7 Populism, post-truth, personalistic rules: end of democracy and liberalism? Stephan M. Walt, “Trump Isn’t Sure If Democracy Is Better Than Autocracy”, Foreign Policy, 13 November 2017; Ishaan Tharoor, “The widening gap between liberals and the people who hate them”, The Washington Post, 13 December 2017; Fareed Zakaria, “Populism on the March”, Foreign Affairs, 17 October 2017; Robert Muggah and Brian Winter, “Is Populism Making a Comeback in Latin America?”, Foreign Policy, 23 October 2017.
8 Midterm exam
9 China as a global power Robert J. Samuelson, ”China’s breathtaking transformation into a scientific superpower”, The Washington Post, 21 January 2018; Elizabeth C. Economy, “History with Chinese Characteristics”, Foreign Affairs, 13 June 2017; Peter Hough and Shahin Malik, “China” in Peter Hough (ed), International Security, 2014; Brook Larmer, “Is China the World’s New Colonial Power?”, The Washington Post, 2 May 2017; Evan Osnos, “Making China Great Again”, The New Yorker, 8 January 2018.
10 Europe: Quo vadis? Dermot McCann, “Security in Europe” in Peter Hough (ed), International Security, 2014; “Stephen M. Walt, “Does Europe Have a Future?”, Foreign Policy, 16 July 2015.
11 Conflict in Syria: actors, agendas Jonathan Spyer, “Welcome to Syria 2.0”, Foreign Policy, 25 January 2018; Semih İdiz, “Animosity toward US uniting Turkey, Russia, Iran in Syria”, al-Monitor, 13 February 2018; Tarek Osman, “The Problem with Syria’s Demographics”, Foreign Affairs, 27 July 2017; Aaron Stein, “Turkey’s Afrin Offensive and America’s Future in Syria”, Foreign Affairs, 23 January 2018.
12 Global leadership Stephen G. Brooks and William C. Wolforth”, “The Once and Future Superpower”, Foreign Affairs, 13 April 2016; Robert Farley, “Yes, America’s Military Supremacy Is Fading”, National Interest, 21 September 2015; Robert Kagan, “backing Into World War III”, Foreign Policy, 6 February 2017; Graham Allison, “China vs. America”, Foreign Affairs, 15 August 2017; Emile Simpson, “Macron the Conqueror”, Foreign Policy, 18 January 2018; Walter Russel Mead and Sean Keeley, “The Eight Great Powers of 2017”, American Interest, 24 January 2017.
13 Arms control Aaron J. Bonovitch, “START from the basics to maintain nuclear stability”, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 30 January 2018; Andrew Moran, “Nuclear Proliferation” in Peter Hough (ed), International Security, 2014; Sıtkı Egeli, “Turkey embarks Upon Ballistic Missiles”, Uluslararası İlişkiler, December 2017.
14 Money and finance Adam S. Posen, “The Post-American World Economy”, Foreign Affairs, 13 February 2018; Kathleen R. McNamara, “The Euro in Decline?”, Foreign Affairs, 12 January 2018; Hongying Wang, “China and the International Monetary System”, Foreign Affairs, 19 December 2017; Joseph Bonneau and Steven Goldfeder, “Five myths about bitcoin”, The Washington Post, 15 December 2017.
15 Review of the semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

This course does not have specific course book.

Suggested Readings/Materials

This course does not have specific book. Instead, there will be large number of weekly reading assignments comprising articles, manuscripts, reports and news stories drawn from a large variety of books, journals, periodicals, magazines and newspapers. Assigned readings for each lecture would be available on the course’s Blackboard page a week or two in advance.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
40
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
6
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
28
Final Exam
1
28
    Total
200

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to improve theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations and use them competently.

X
2

To be able to evaluate critically the relationships between various factors in the field of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture.

X
3

To be able to determine and question the theoretical and empirical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature.

X
4

To be able to identify the political and cultural conditions that generate discrimination mechanisms based on race, ethnicity, gender and religion at national and international levels.

X
5

To be able to gather and analyze data by using scientific research methods.

X
6

To be able to analyze and evaluate the historical continuity and changes observed in the relations between the actors and institutions of national and international politics.

X
7

To be able to present individual research and contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations in written, oral, and visual forms.

X
8

To be able to take responsibility in generating solutions to the problems that arise in relation to the politics in daily life.

9

To be able to determine the institutional and political instruments for conflict resolution in domestic and international politics.

X
10

To be able to prepare a thesis/term project about Political Science and International Relations based on scientific criteria.

11

To be able to follow new research and developments in Political Science and International Relations and participate the debates in academic meetings through a foreign language.

X
12

To be able to have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of gathering, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations.

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