Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Poststructuralism and Turkish Foreign Policy ULI 523 0 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. ALİ BALCI
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants
Course Category Available Basic Education in the Field
Course Objective

By the end of this course students should be able;

-to identify, to outline, to analyze, and to assess critically poststructural theory in International Relations

-to have a clear sense of foreign policy analysis through poststructuralism theory

-to understand how to bring theory and case in an academic writing based on poststructuralism and Turkish foreign policy.

-to provide a well-structured and coherent presentation about the topic they choose to research on

Course Content

This course explores different conceptual, methodological and theoretical approaches to the study poststructuralism. Structured through a series of questions, students will engage foreign policy analysis advanced by poststructuralism theory in International Relations. Having learned how poststructuralism approaches foreign policy, the course will focus on Turkish foreign policy. Through reading of some exemplary texts about Turkish foreign policy, student will be familiar to how to think, and write about case studies together with poststructuralism theory. 

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Discussion, Homework,
2 Drilland Practice, Project / Design,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
Course Notes <p>Stuart Hall, &ldquo;Introduction: Who Needs &lsquo;Identity?&rdquo;, Hall S. Du Gay P. (Ed.), Questions of Cultural Identity, London: Sage, 1996</p> <p>Martin M&uuml;ller, &ldquo;Reconsidering the Concept of Discourse for the Field of Critical Geopolitics: Toward Discourse as Language and Practice&rdquo;, Political Geography, 2008</p> <p>Lene Hansen, Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and Bosnian War, London: Routledge, 2013</p> <p>Richard Ashley, &ldquo;Untying the Sovereign State: A Double Reading of the Anarchy Problematique&rdquo; Millennium, 1988</p> <p>Richard Ashley, &ldquo;Foreign Policy as Political Performance&rdquo;, International Studies Notes, 1987</p> <p>David Campbell, Writing Security: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity, University of Minnesota Press, 1992</p> <p>Ernesto Laclau, New Reflections on the Revolution our Time, London: Verso, 1990</p>
Course Resources

Ali Balcı, The PKK-Kurdistan Worker’s Party’s Regional Politics: During and After the Cold War, London: Palgrave, 2017

Ali Balci, "Writing the world into counter-hegemony: identity, power, and ‘foreign policy’ in ethnic movements." International Relations, 2017

Alper Kaliber, “Securing the Ground Through securitized Foreign policy: The Cyprus Case”, Security Dialogue, 2005

Ali Balcı, “Foreign policy as Politicking in the Sarıkız Coup Plot: Cyprus between the Coup Plotters and the JDP”, Middle East Critique, 2012

Asa Lungren, The Unwelcome Neighbor: Turkey’s Kurdish Policy, New York: I.B. Tauris, 2007

Ali Balcı, “Foreign policy as domestic power struggle: The Northern Iraq as a Battlefield Between the AKP and the TAF in 2007-8”, Turkish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 2015

Beken Saatçioğlu, “Unpacking the Compliance Puzzle: The Case of Turkey’s AKP under EU Conditionality”, 2010 

Ali Balcı, “The Kurdish Movement’s EU Policy in Turkey: An Analysis of a Dissident Ethnic Bloc’s Foreign Policy”, Ethnicities, 2015

Ali Balcı, “When Foreign Policy Matters: The Gülen Movement’s Fight with AK Party over Iran”, Insight Turkey, 2015

Özlem Demirtaş Bagdonas, “Reading Turkey’s Foreign Policy on Syria: The AKP’s Construction of a Great Power Identity and the Politics of Grandeur”, Turkish Studies, 2014

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. Ödev 100
Total 100
1. Final 50
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Total Workload 0
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 0
dersAKTSKredisi 6