Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Violence and Fighting In The Middle East ULI 318 6 3 + 0 3 5
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Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. TUNCAY KARDAŞ
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Course Objective Aim of this course is to focus on region´s conflict history in modern times. Readings on the detailed profiles of local actors in region will give participants a detailed knowledge on regions native political and armed figures.
Course Content During the course students will read and focus on ethno-secterian structure of region (Syria, Lebanon, Iraq etc.) and political views of actors (Baath, Hezbollah, Israel, al Qaeda etc.) to gain an understanding about ME´s conflicts.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Knowledge about ethno-secterian structure of near Middle East countries Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
2 Ideological backgrounds of local actors such as armed insurgencies and states Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
3 Reasons of conflicts Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction
2 State Making and Identity: Lebanon
3 State Making and Identity: Syria
4 Syria´s Conflict History: Islamist Uprising, Hama Massacre and Syrian Civil War
5 Lebanon´s Conflict History: Lebanese Civil War, 2006 Lebanon War
6 Arab-Israeli Wars
7 Iran-Iraq War
8 Midterm Exam
9 Iraq´s Conflict History: Gulf War, US Invasion of Iraq and internal conflicts
10 Islamic State
11 al- Qaeda
12 Hezbollah-Hamas- al Fateh
13 Important figures of region: Nasrallah, Zarqawi, Zawahiri, Arafat etc.
14 Round Up
Course Notes Asaf Hüseyin, "Ortadoğu´da Devlet ve Terör".<br>William Cleveland, "Modern Ortadoğu Tarihi".
Course Resources
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. X
3 To improve the foreign language skills.
4 To analyze the Turkey´s foreign policy comprehensively in the cause-effect relations. X
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 X
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 50
1. Kısa Sınav 20
2. Kısa Sınav 20
1. Ödev 10
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 3 48
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 121
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.84
dersAKTSKredisi 5