PSIR 632 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
International Security
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 632
Fall/Spring
1
3
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To provide students with the opportunity to study an area of central importance in International Relations by providing a theoretical foundation. To analyze the changing nature of International Security with the emergence of the post Cold War era and assess changes in the international system as a result.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Understand “Security” conceptually in both its international and national contexts
  • Understand and reflect generally on the nature of war and conflict in the international system
  • Understand the roles played by different actors in the maintenance of international peace and security, in the post-Cold War era
  • Analyze and comment on the emerging threats to international security
  • To identify and discuss broadened aspects of international security such as weapons proliferation, terrorism, drug trafficking, mass migration and population explosion
Course Content To provide students with the opportunity to study an area of central importance in International Relations by providing a theoretical foundation. To analyze the changing nature of International Security with the emergence of the post Cold War era and assess changes in the international system as a result.

 



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 – syllabus presentation and explanation. Syllabus and documents containing rules for the undertaking and evaluation of students’ individual analytical work
2 What is Security? Kolodziej, Part I Aydın, Ch. 2 Aydın, Ch. 11 Aydın, Ch. 13 Aydın, Ch. 14 Aydın, Ch. 15 Aydın, Ch. 16 Aydın, Ch. 17 Aydın, Ch. 26
3 Theoretical Perspectives on International Security - I Kolodziej, Part II and Part III Aydın, Ch. 9
4 Theoretical Perspectives on International Security - II Kolodziej, Part II and Part III Aydın, Ch. 10
5 First Drafts Due Discussion of students' staff
6 Use of Force I: War and Its Causes Art and Waltz, Ch 1 Art and Waltz, Ch 2 Art and Waltz, Ch 3 Art and Waltz, Ch 9 Art and Waltz, Ch 10 Aydın, Ch. 3 Aydın, Ch. 4 Aydın, Ch. 17 Aydın, Ch. 24
7 Use of Force II: Coercion, Compellence, and Deterrence Art and Waltz, Ch 4 Art and Waltz, Ch 14 Art and Waltz, Ch 16 Aydın, Ch. 23
8 Use of Force III: Asymmetric Conflict, Insurgency, and Terrorism Art and Waltz, Ch 5 Art and Waltz, Ch 29 Art and Waltz, Ch 30 Art and Waltz, Ch 31 Art and Waltz, Ch 32 Aydın, Ch. 5 Aydın, Ch. 6 Aydın, Ch. 7
9 Second drafts due Discussion of students' draft
10 Weapons of Mass Destruction Art and Waltz, Ch 6 Art and Waltz, Ch 7 Art and Waltz, Ch 8 Art and Waltz, Ch 21 Art and Waltz, Ch 22 Art and Waltz, Ch 23 Art and Waltz, Ch 24 Art and Waltz, Ch 25
11 Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Interventions Art and Waltz, Ch 26 Art and Waltz, Ch 27 Aydın, Ch. 15 Aydın, Ch. 19 Aydın, Ch. 22
12 Emerging Threats to International Security - I Additional readings provided by the instructor.
13 Emerging Threats to International Security - II Additional readings provided by the instructor.
14 Review
15 Papers Due
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials Edward A. Kolodziej, Security and International Relations. Cambridge UP. 2005 Robert J. Art and Kenneth Waltz (eds.), The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics (6th edition). Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 2004. Mustafa Aydın (der.), Uluslararası İlişkilerde Çatışmadan Güvenliğe. İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları. 2012.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
25
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
75
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
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
14
10
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
65
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
    Total
253

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

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

To be able to improve and deepen the theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations.

X
2

To be able to evaluate critically and analytically the relationships between various factors in the discipline of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture at an advanced level.

X
3

To be able to determine the theoretical and empirical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature and gain the ability of questioning at an advanced level.

X
4

To be able to gain the ability to develop innovative, leading and original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature.

X
5

To be able to gather, analyze, and interpret the data by using advanced qualitative or quantitative research methods in Political Science and International Relations.

X
6

To be able to develop original academic works and publish scientific articles in refereed national or international indexed journals in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

X
7

To be able to describe 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 an individual capacity and/or as part of a team in generating innovative and analytical solutions to the problems that arise in relation to the politics in daily life.

9

To be able to develop projects in determining the institutional and political instruments for conflict resolution in national and international politics.

X
10

To be able to prepare an original thesis in Political Science and International Relations based on scientific criteria.

X
11

To be able to follow new research and developments, publish scientific articles and participate the debates in academic meetings in Political Science and International Relations 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. 

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest