Integration of the knowledge from different areas of the international relations; foreign policy, and security, identity, citizenship, and democracy, domestic and global governance, regions of the World; applying concepts and frameworks to real life cases to formulate and implement creative and effective solutions to domestic and international political challenges; teamwork and presentations.
Introduction to the fundamental research methods in social science, covering issues and methods shared by all of the social sciences and by many of the natural sciences. Particular emphasis on contemporary work in the fields of international relations and political science, elaborating on both quantitative and qualitative methods and highlighting the steps in identifying a problem worthy of study and developing testable hypotheses, designing a research strategy, gathering data, analyzing data, research and publication ethics and interpreting the results.
Historical and analytical analysis of globalization processes and their impacts on world politics, with special focus on the questions of the changing nature of the nation state, sustainable economic development and democratic global governance. Presentation of an inter-disciplinary framework for an in-depth analysis of change in international relations, while paying attention to the debate on globalization that is taking place in the fields of international relations, sociology, economics and management.
Examination of current issues of importance for the field of comparative politics such as: the expansion and problems of democracy as a political system, democratic consolidation, politics of economic restructuring, governance in an era of economic globalization, and nationalism and inter-cultural conflict. Review of the scope and methods of the field, and of alternate theoretical approaches such as historical sociology, rational choice, political culture and institutionalism.
Current significant issues in the transition to and the consolidation of democracy in Turkey. Issues to be covered will be determined each semester the course is offered.
Historical processes and networks of political actors that are central to debates of globalization. Various questions on the changing nature of nation-state, economic development, citizenship, and rights from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Cases on the MENA region as well as other post-colonial contexts, looking to discover the various ways in which these locations have been integral to the shaping of contemporary world politics.
An overview of Turkey's political economy in the light of the broader debates in political economy; Turkish development experience in historical and comparative perspective; Turkish neo-liberalism in retrospect; the impact of globalization and regionalization; crises and relations with the IMF and the USA; foreign direct investment and Turkey's external economic relations with special reference to the EU; State-society relations and income distribution issues.
Turkish economy and Turkish economic institutions: Recent history of the economy; the role of the state and other political actors in the economic processes of Turkish society; current policy issues and external economic relations of the Turkish economy.
Historical background, sources and subjects of international public law, current efforts to develop legislation to meet the growing needs of the global community, and the role of international law in affecting the behavior of states and in mitigating conflicts.
The development and major dynamics of Turkish Politics with a focus on the major contemporary political questions.
Introduction to the theoretical tools for foreign policy analysis and the examination of the major contours, concepts, trends and issues of Turkish foreign policy particularly in the post-Cold War era; comprehensive assessment of the key issues and regions for Turkey and the formulation, conduct and changing priorities of Turkish foreign policy with regards to changes in the global context.
Examination of contemporary issues in international political economy such as: the relationship between states and markets in the contemporary era of globalization; implications of the growing interdependence of economic and political aspects of international relations; international arrangements designed to manage or regulate interstate activities relating to trade, money, resource use, technology and the physical environment; the roles of non-state actors; development patterns of industrialized and developing countries.
Topics to be covered include globalization and the nation state debate; multilateral agreements: from GATT to WTO, new regionalism in comparative perspective; the European model of political economy and its future trajectory; NAFTA and Asia Pacific: evolution and future prospects; neo-liberal reforms and democratization in Latin America and Eastern Europe; dynamics of emerging market crises andB the reform of the IMF; transnational corporations and FDI: positive and normative dimensions; the emerging post-Washington Consensus and the future of North-South relations; trans-nationalism and global governance; issues in the political economy of Turkey.
Examination of major issues of politics and public policy in the EU and its candidate countries such as: theoretically informed study of EU policy-making over core issue areas, including the single market, social and environmental policies, Common Agricultural Policy, cohesion policies, European Monetary Union, and enlargement.
In-depth analysis of the institutions and politics of the European integration and EU enlargement, comparative study of domestic adjustment to the EU in terms of political behavior, policy processes and institutional changes, selected topics related to European integration such as human rights, immigration, foreign policy and security.
Examination of major issues of politics and public policy in the EU and its candidate countries such as: theoretically informed study of EU policy-making over core issue areas, such as the single market, Common Agricultural Policy, cohesion policies, and enlargement. Examination of major issues of politics and public policy in the EU and its candidate countries such as: theoretically informed study of EU policy-making over core issue areas, such as the single market, Common Agricultural Policy, cohesion policies, and enlargement.
Reviews contemporary perspectives on the political economy of development with particular emphasis on institutions and values. Examines social, economic and psychological sources of institutions and values, along with an investigation of how values and institutions support or impede development by shaping incentives, organizational structures, and actors` identities. Surveys theories of institutional change and explores how improvements in institutional design can help to solve problems such as international conflict and economic inequalities, corruption, and political instability.
The establishment and development of Middle Eastern political systems; actors including social and political forces which shape their political processes, and their foreign policies
The establishment and development of the political systems in the Mediterranean Basin; actors including social and political forces which shape their political processes, and their foreign policies
Development of public and private law in America; the role of the executive, judicial and legislative branches of the US government; important Supreme court decisions which have shaped the laws and history of the United States; environmental law.
The history of foreign relations between the United States and Turkey, with a particular emphasis on the Cold War era to the present.
Theoretical, historical and practical developments in the formation of international human rights. Impact of global actors and institutions on human rights with emphasis on the European Union and its institutions in promoting human rights at global level. Human rights policies in the EU. EU responses to human rights violations in the world. Models and policy choices in preventing human rights violations especially in multicultural contexts.
Topics will be announced when offered.