Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Turkey´S Middle East Politics (En) ODC 593 0 3 + 0 3 6
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Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. OSAMA AMOUR
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Course Objective This seminar investigates the determinants, mechanisms, and dynamics of Turkish
foreign towards the Middle Eas. It combines three main elements: an investigation of the linkage between domestic factors ? particularly competing conceptions of Turkish identity ? and foreign policy; a chronological survey of Turkish security policy; and in-depth analyses of Turkey?s relations with its primary interlocutors on the regional levels. As such, it is designed as a capstone research project enabling students to test out competing theoretical approaches (neorealism, liberalism, constructivism, post-structuralism etc.) in international relations theory.
Course Content This course is designed to introduce students to the literature on Turkish foreign policy towards the Middle East. In this course, we are first going to discuss some of the major concepts and theoretical approaches in the subfield of foreign policy analysis. Then, we are going to talk about a number of major issues in Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East In our discussions we are going to explain Turkish foreign policy within the context of domestic, regional, and international dynamics. This course will start with the geographical definition the Middle East, and then look at the historical dynamics that have been shaped the Middle East during the 20th century. Secondly, the course will focus on the relationship between Turkey and the Middle East from the historical perspective. Lastly, the course will discuss recent developments in the Turkish foreign policy and Middle East
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Understanding Turkey´s role in the contemporary Middle East Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
2 Analysing Turkish Foreign Affairs through the lens of an expert Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Oral Exam, Homework,
3 Criticising Turkey and her Neighbours? policies with sufficient knowledge Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Oral Exam, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Where is the Middle East?: History, Geography and Geopolitics See Sources
3 The Politis, Economy and Society in the Middle East See Sources
4 Historical Context of Turkey´s Middle East Policy See Sources
5 Theoretical Debates: Structures, Idenity and Domestic Constrains See Sources
6 Turkey and the Middle East in the Early Republican Period See Sources
7 Exam Week See Sources
8 Turkey and the Middle East in the 1950s See Sources
9 Turkey and the Middle East in the Cold War Era See Sources
10 Turkey and the Middle East after the Cold War See Sources
11 Turkey and the Middle East in the AK Party Era See Sources
12 Political Issues in the Middle East: Turkey´s Perspective See Sources
13 Arab Spring and Turkey See Sources
14 Presentations See Sources
Course Notes 1. Malik Mufti. Daring and Caution in Turkish Strategic Culture: Republic at Sea (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)<br><br>2. Metin Heper. ?The Ottoman Legacy and Turkish Politics,? Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 54, No. 1 (Fall 2000): pp. 63-82. <br><br>3. Enver Ziya Karal. ?The Principles of Kemalism? in Ali Kazancıgil and Ergün Özbudun, eds., Atatürk: Founder of a Modern State (London: Hurst, 1997), pp. 11-35. <br><br>4. Dankwart Rustow. "Foreign Policy of the Turkish Republic? in Roy C. Macridis, ed., Foreign Policy in World Politics (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1958), pp. 295-322. <br><br>5. Mustafa Aydın. ?Determinants of Turkish Foreign Policy: Changing Patterns and Conjunctures during the Cold War?, Middle East Studies, vol. 36, no. 1 (January 2000), pp. 103-139.<br><br>6. Henri J. Barkey. ?Iran and Turkey: Confrontation Across and Ideological Divide? in Alvin Z. Rubenstein and Oles Smolansky, eds., Regional Power Rivalries in the New Eurasia (New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1995), pp. 147-168. <br><br>7. Bilge Criss & Pınar Bilgin. "Turkish Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East", Middle East Review of International Affairs, vol.1, no. 1, (January 1997), 11 pp. [] <br><br>7. M. Hakan Yavuz. ?Turkish-Israeli Relations through the Lens of Turkish Identity Debate?, Journal of Palestine Studies, vol. 27, no. 1 (Autumn 1997), pp. 22-37.<br><br>8. Şükrü Elekdağ. "2 ½ War Strategy?, Perceptions, vol. 1, no.1 (March-May 1996), pp. 33-57. []<br><br>9. Kemal Kirişci. ?Turkey and the Muslim Middle East? in Alan Makovsky and Sabri Sayarı, eds., Turkey?s New World: Changing Dynamics in Turkish Foreign Policy (Washington, D.C.: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2000), pp. 39-58.<br>10. Mensur Akgün, Gökçe Perçinoğlu & Sabiha Senyücel Gündoğar, "The Perception of Turkey in the Middle East", TESEV Foreign Policy Analysis Series No. 10 (December 2009), 38 pp.<br>11. International Crisis Group, "Turkey and the Middle East: Ambitions and Constraints", Europe Report No. 203 (7 April 2010), 38 pp.<br>12. Hasan Kösebalaban, Turkish Foreign Policy: Islam, Nationalism and Globalizations, Macmillan, 2011.<br>13. William Hale, Turkish Foreign Policysince 1774, Routledge, 2012.<br>14. Baskın Oran, Turkish Foreign Policy: 1919-2006, Utah University Press, 2011,<br>15. Yücel Bozdağlıoğlu, Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkish Identity: A Constructivist Apporach, Routledge, 2003.
Course Resources
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having and using advanced knowledge and comprehension supported by textbooks including actual knowledge in international relations literature, materials and the other scientific resources
2 Analyzing data, ideas and concepts of foreign policy and international relations, determining complex events and topics, making discussions and developing new suggestions in accordance with researches
3 Having knowledge and thought about actual topics and problems together with their historical, social and cultural aspects
4 Introducing those who are interested in international events with the topics of international relations and teaching clearly the problems of international relations and the types of solutions
5 Having the skills to take initiatives, capacity for team-working and open-minded
6 Using Turkish well, having a good written and oral communication and also having ability of empathy
7 Having skill to improve career in the jobs such as attaché and ambassador
8 Having the skill about methods and techniques in reaching knowledge
9 Having conscious about professional and scientific ethics
10 Accessing, examining and elucidating with scientific methods to the knowledge of international relations and expanding literature about international relations
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 30
1. Ödev 70
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 1 20 20
Assignment 1 20 20
Final examination 1 20 20
Total Workload 140
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5.6
dersAKTSKredisi 6