PSIR 561 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Caucasus in World Politics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 561
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 To explain the dynamics of the Caucasian isthmus, with its ethnic and religious groups, its energy sources and routes, and its frozen conflicts, and, to examine the regional powers’ foreign policy perspectives vis-à-vis the region.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To give a comprehensive view on the historical actors of the Caucasus and on its peculiar multi-ethnic and multi-religious structure leading to a permanent environment of conflict
  • To examine Turkey-Caucasus relations’ past and present
  • To explain the dynamics of the Energy Politics in the Caucasus
  • To outline the origins of the frozen conflicts of the Caucasus
Course Content Caucasus in world 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.

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction of the course and the course material
2 An Overview of the History of the Caucasus region Vladimir Degoev, “The Caucasus: Between Three Empires”, International Affairs: A Russian Journal of World Politics, Diplomacy & International Relations, Vol. 50, Issue 1, 2004.
3 On Georgia (Sakartvelo) Ronald Grigor Suny, The Making of the Georgian Nation, Indiana University Press, 1994.
4 On Armenia (Hayastan) Richard Hovannisian, The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, 2 vols. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.
5 On Azerbaijan Altstadt, Audrey L., The Azerbaijani Turks, Power and Identity under Russian Rule. California: Hoover Institution Press, 1992.
6 On Chechnya Mike Bowker, “Russia and Chechnya, the Issue of Secession”, Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2004.
7 Midterm Examination
8 On Northern Caucasus and its federal republics Kh. Kireyev, The North Caucasus and Geopolitical Interests of World Powers, International Affairs: A Russian Journal of World Politics, Diplomacy & International Relations, Vol. 56 Issue 1, 2010.
9 Late Ottoman Foreign Policy towards the Caucasus and its continuity in the Republican era of Turkey Mustafa Aydın, “Foucault's Pendelum: Turkey in Central Asia and the Caucasus”, Turkish Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2004.
10 The Pipeline Politics in the Caucasus and the BTC (Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan) Anush Begoyan, “United States Policy in the South Caucasus: Securitisation of the Baku-Ceyhan Project”, Iran and the Caucasus, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2004.
11 August 2008 “Five Day” War in the Transcaucasus and the relevant foreign policies of the major and regional powers Charles King, The Five-Day War, Foreign Affairs, Vol. 87, Issue 6, December 2008.
12 Class Presentations
13 Class Presentations
14 Class Presentations
15 Review
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Articles, power point presentations
Suggested Readings/Materials Recommended readings.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
2
15
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
25
Final Exam
1
30
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
5
70
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
30
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
39
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
10
Final Exam
1
24
    Total
229

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1 To improve theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations and to ultimately deepen and develop intellectual interest
2 To evaluate the relationships between factors in the field of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture in a critical perspective 
3 To provide advanced competences to determine and question the theoretical and emprical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature 
4 To identify the political and cultual conditions that generate discrimination mechanisms based on race, ethnic groups, gender and religion at national and international levels 
5 To provide competences to develop original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature
6 To determine, collect, resolve, and interpret the data that would measure the theories and concepts as variables by using scientific research methods in Political Science and International Relations field
7 To use confidently the terms and concepts of Political Science and International Relations 
8 To communicate systematically, in written, oral, and visual forms, contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations to groups inside and outside the said discipline 
9 To take responsibility in an individual capacity and as part of a team in generating solutions to unexpected problems that arise in relation to politics in daily life 
10 To develop projects determining the institutional and political instruments for management of domestic and international conflicts 
11 To prepare an orginal thesis/term project about Political Science and International Relations in accordance with scentific criteria 
12 To design and carry out a scientific research project in the field of Political Science and International Relations 
13 To have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of collecting, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations 

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