Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Peace and Conflict ULI 367 5 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
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Course Category
Course Objective Examine the causes and consequences of Conflict and War and analyzing peace processes.
Course Content Claiming Rational explanations for war. Handing with war and peace in the context of
Hegemonic stability und power transition, Democratic peace, Liberal Trade Theory, International Institutions, Distraction Theory, International Interventions, Economic Causes of War, Economic Causes of Civil War, Political Causes of War, Political Causes of Civil War,
Ethnical Causes of War, and Ethnical Causes of Civil War.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Knowing what causes conflict and its consequences. Lecture, Discussion, Group Study, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
2 Analyzing what is peace and how it is reached. Lecture, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Group Study, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Rational explanations for war 2, 3
2 Hegemonic stability und power transition 4, 5
3 Democratic peace 6, 7
4 Liberal Trade Theory 8, 9
5 International Institutions 10, 11, 12
6 Distraction Theory 9
7 International Interventions 13, 14, 15, 16
8 Exam Week
9 Economic Causes of War 17
10 Economic Causes of Civil War 17
11 Political Causes of War 11, 17, 18, 19
12 Political Causes of Civil War 11, 17, 18, 19
13 Ethnical Causes of War 18, 19, 20
14 Ethnical Causes of Civil War 18, 19, 20
Course Notes
Course Resources 1. Van Evera, S. 1997. Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
2. Fearon, J. D. 1995. Rationalist Explanations of War. International Organization 49: 379-414.
3. Fearon, J. & A. Wendt. 2002. Rationalism v. Constructivism: A Skeptical View. In: Carlsnaes, Walter / Risse, Thomas / Simmons, Beth A. (Eds.). Handbook of International Relations. London: Sage. Chapter 3.
4. Snidal, D. 1985. The Limits of Hegemonic Stability Theory. International Organization 39: 579-614.
5. Tammen, R., J. Kugler, D. Lemke, A. Stam, M. Abdollahian M., C. Alsharabati, B. Efird, B. & A.F.K. Organski. 2000. Power Transitions: Strategies for the 21st. Century. New York: Chatham House. Chapter 1.
6. Russett, B. & H. Starr. 2000. From Democratic Peace to Kantian Peace: Democracy and Conflict in the International System. In: M. I. Midlarsky (Hg.). Handbook of War Studies II. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
7. Bueno de Mesquita, B., J. D. Morrow, R. M. Siverson, & A. Smith. 1999. An Institutional Explanation for the Democratic Peace. American Political Science Review 93: 791-807.
8. Schneider, G., K. Barbieri, K. & Gleditsch N. P. 2003. Globalization and Armed Conflict. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. Chapter 1.
9. Gartzke, E. & Li, Q. 2003. War, Peace, and the Invisible Hand: Positive Political Externalities of Economic Globalization. International Studies Quarterly 47: 561-586.
10. Boehmer C., E. Gartzke & T. Nordstrom. 2004. Do Intergovernmental Organizations Promote Peace? World Politics 57: 1-38.
11. DeRouen, K. R. 1995. The Indirekt Link: Politics, the Economy, and the Use of Force. Journal of Conflict Resolution 39: 671-695.
12. Pickering J. & E. F. Kisangani. 2005. Democracy and Diversionary Military Intervention: Reassessing Regime Type and the Diversionary Hypothesis. International Studies Quarterly 49: 23-43.
13. Greig, J. M. & P. F. Diehl. 2005. The Peacekeeping-Peacemaking Dilemma. International Studies Quarterly 49: 621-645.
14. Fortna, V. P. 2004. Does Peacekeeping Keep Peace? International Intervention and the Duration of Peace After Civil War. International Studies Quarterly 48: 269-292.
15. Krain, Matthew. 2005. International Intervention and the Severity of Genocides and Politicides. International Studies Quarterly 49: 363-387.
16. Regan, P. M. & A. Aydin. 2006. Diplomacy and Other Forms of Intervention in Civil Wars. Journal of Conflict Resolution 50: 736-756.
17. Collier, P. & A. Hoeffler. 2004. Greed and Grievance in Civil War. Oxford Economic Papers 56: 563-95.
18. Fearon, J. D. & Laitin, D. D. 2003. Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War. American Political Science Review 97: 75-90.
19. Sambanis, N. 2001. Do Ethnic and Nonethnic Civil Wars Have the Same Causes? Journal of Conflict Resolution 45: 259-282.
20. Fearon, J. D., K. Kasara, & D. D. Laitin. 2007. Ethnic Minority Rule and Civil War Onset. American Political Science Review 101: 187-193.
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.
2 Analyzing the developments in the political history of the world within the context of the cause-effect relations.
3 To improve the foreign language skills.
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.
6 To learn theoretical and methodological thinking and to observe the events from this framework
7 To analyze the social developments and conditions comparatively
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
13 To analyze the reasons and solution models of the intra-state conflicts through examples
14 To research the issues of international security and the theoretical approaches relating to this field
15 To examine the events, occurring in the international system, within the theoretical perspective comparatively
16 To improve the analytical thinking skills about the international events
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
20 To gain the ability of planning, performing and composing of the scientific study individually
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 40
1. Kısa Sınav 20
2. Kısa Sınav 20
1. Ödev 20
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 10 10
Quiz 2 5 10
Assignment 1 10 10
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 125
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5
dersAKTSKredisi 5