Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Political Developments In Causasus ULI 360 6 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Arş.Gör. AYLA AKDOĞAN
Course Lecturers Arş.Gör. AYLA AKDOĞAN,
Course Assistants
Course Category Field Proper Education
Course Objective This course seeks to analyze political developments in the Caucasus, with a special emphasis on approaches to peaceful resolution of conflicts. Given the centrality of the region to energy transportation, students will be introduced to factors affecting stability and instability in the region, which have a direct bearing on energy security.
Course Content This course will mainly investigate the Caucasian geography by focusing on ethno-political structure from the North to the South. The historical, cultural and ethnic roots of the ongoing conflicts, as well as the involvement of global powers in the Caucasus, are analyzed. The course also discusses Turkeys policies toward the region.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 To familiarize students with the geopolitical position of the Caucasus which is one of the most ethnically heterogeneous regions of the world. Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
2 To urge students to discuss alternative conflict resolution mechanism that may be applicable to ongoing disputes in the Caucasus, such as Azeri-Armenian, and Georgian-Abhazian conflicts. Lecture, Discussion, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
3 To develop students´ interest in initiatives for establishing international organizations to maintain political stability and security in the region which serves as the transit route for energy and raw materials from the Caspian basin and Central Asia. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
4 To alert students to the implications for Turkey of interest conflicts among the Russian Federation, Iran, China, the USA and the EU. Lecture, Question-Answer, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
5 To develop students interest in exploring Turkey´s potential for collaborating with regional countries and navigating through disputes among major powers. Lecture, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
6 To develop students´ skills for discussing the prospects of the institutionalization of the relations among regional countries. Lecture, Group Study, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
7 To acquaint students with the political structures of Caucasus Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Performance Task,
8 To facilitate students´ understanding of contemporary developments, and introduce them to the developments in the Soviet era. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Oral Exam, Homework,
9 To deepen students´ comprehension of the relations between Turkey and the countries in the region, through an investigation of the success and failure of cooperation projects. Lecture, Discussion, Oral Exam, Performance Task,
10 To improve students´ understanding of the relations of the Caucasian states with regional and global powers. Lecture, Discussion, Homework, Performance Task,
11 To help students analyze economical, technological, cultural and diplomatical developments in those countries. Lecture, Discussion, Homework,
12 To help students critically evaluate the results of the past efforts for regional cooperation. Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
13 To acquaint students with the political structures of South Caucasus Lecture, Question-Answer, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
14 To acquaint students with the political structures of North Caucasus Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Homework, Performance Task,
15 To deepen students´ comprehension of the relations between Turkey and Armenia Question-Answer, Discussion, Oral Exam,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Geographical Characteristics of the Caucasus
2 Ethnic Composition of the Caucasus
3 The Caucasus during the Disintegration of the USSR
4 The North Caucasus: from the Adige to the Chechnya
5 Chechnya and Daghestan
6 Azerbaijan
7 Armenia
8 Turkish-Armenian Relations
9 Midterm exam
10 Georgian Foreign Policy and South Osetian War
11 Caspian Resources and Energy Transportation
12 US and EU´s Policy and Regional and Global Powers in the region
13 Turkic Peoples in the Caucasus and Anti-Turkism
14 Crimean Question and The Caucasus after the 9/11
Course Notes Giray Saynur Derman, Kafkasya´da Siyasi Gelişmeler, Doğu Kütüphanesi İstanbul 2015 <br>Giray Saynur Derman, Ukrainian Foreign Policy and the Internal Determinants<br>LAP Lambert Academic Publishing ( 05.03.2015 )<br>Doç.Dr. GİRAY SAYNUR DERMAN - - "Gürcistan’daki Etnik Çatışmalar Karşısında Türkiye ve Rusya’nın Tutumu" - Karadeniz Araştırmaları /Journal of Black Sea Studies - Vol.19- pp. 1-30 - ISSN : - DOI : - - 2014,<br>–“Enerji Nakil Hatları ve Türkiye-Rusya İlişkileri”, Stratejik Araştırmalar Dergisi, <br>Sayı: 7, Şubat 2006, s.21-45.
Course Resources Giray Saynur Derman, Blue Black Sea: New Dimensions of History, Security, Strategy, Energy and Economy Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013.
Giray Saynur Derman; Yerkinay Ongarova (2014); - "Ukrayna´da Siyasi Kriz" - Karadeniz Araştırmaları Dergisi - Vol.- pp. 11-23 - ISSN : 1304-6918 - DOI : : - - 2014.
Yalçınkaya, Alaeddin; Kafkasyada Siyasi Gelişmeler: Etnik Düğümden Küresel Kördüğümü (Lalezar Kitabevi, Ankara)
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To research the functions, basic concepts and features of the international system; to learn the basic knowledge about the sub-topics of the international relations discipline. X
2 Analyzing the developments in the political history of the world within the context of the cause-effect relations. X
3 To improve the foreign language skills. X
4 To analyze the Turkey´s foreign policy comprehensively in the cause-effect relations.
5 To analyze the theoretical approaches to the foreign policy analysis and the functions of the decision-making process. X
6 To learn theoretical and methodological thinking and to observe the events from this framework X
7 To analyze the social developments and conditions comparatively X
8 To learn the basic principles and the issues of international law
9 To examine the theories of International Relations and to learn looking at international developments within the theoretical framework
10 To analyze the Turkey´s political life historically and chronologically
11 To learn the functions and the basic principles of domestic law
12 To analyze the establishment, structure and functions of international and regional organizations and their impact on the World politics X
13 To analyze the reasons and solution models of the intra-state conflicts through examples X
14 To research the issues of international security and the theoretical approaches relating to this field X
15 To examine the events, occurring in the international system, within the theoretical perspective comparatively X
16 To improve the analytical thinking skills about the international events X
17 To learn the basic concepts and theories of Economics, Sociology, Political Science and other disciplines
18 To research the ideas of philosophers/thinkers who built the philosophical foundations of political science and to examine the contribution of these philosophical ideas to the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations
19 To gain basic computer skills X
20 To gain the ability of planning, performing and composing of the scientific study individually X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Kısa Sınav 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
3. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ara Sınav 70
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 60
1. Final 40
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 5 5
Quiz 3 10 30
Assignment 1 5 5
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Workload 130
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5.2
dersAKTSKredisi 5