Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
The Middle East In International Politics ULI 414 8 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. İSMAİL EDİZ
Course Lecturers Doç.Dr. İSMAİL EDİZ,
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Course Objective This course aims to provide a historical analysis of the Middle East region. The Middle East has been one of the world´s most geo-strategically, geo- culturally, geo-economically and geo-politically important region in has been home to many different civilizations since the beginning of the history. As a result of that it has been a field for the struggles between the great powers who aimed to dominate the globe. furthermore the Middle East has become a place for the events which has determined the global economic and political developments. For that reason global powers usually struggles through this region in order to gain an upper hand on others.
Course Content In this course the main features of the Middle East, general historical developments, the political structure, economical structure and cultural structure of the Middle East will investigated. The definition of the region and it´s political structure will be analysed. Following that the importance of the region for Turkey and the international politics will be examined. Furthermore the Middle east in pre-modern era will be discussed. Than it will be focused on the western hegemony and the local reactions against this hegemony in the region in the modern era. Finally the importance of the Middle East for the global powers will be discussed together with their policies towards this region. whereas some informations about the regional countries will be given. And the recent developments in this region will be discussed.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Comprehend running of World politics. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Group Study, Case Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
2 Comprehend the importance of Middle East in the World politics. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Group Study, Case Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 The political structure of the Middle east, the definition of the Middle east and general features about the region.
2 The Middle East in pre-modern era
3 The Middle East in the Modern era (1798-1950)
4 The Middle East after the Cold War
5 The main conflicts in the Middle East (Palestine-Israel)
6 The main conflicts in the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq)
7 The economic and political relations between the regional countries
8 The etnic and secterian conflicts in the Middle East
9 Midterm Exam
10 The global trade and the Middle East
11 Great powers policies towards the Middle East (US,EU)
12 Great powers policies towards the Middle East (China, Ryssia)
13 The policy of the regional powers (Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran)
14 The Arab Spring (Uprising)
Course Notes Robert Olson, Koyun ve Kasap: Irak İşgalinden Bu Yana Kürdistan-Irak’ta Milliyetçilik ve Devlet Oluşumu, Çev. Muhittin Ataman, Ankara: Orion Yayınları, 2008.Kemal İnat, Burhanettin Duran ve Muhittin Ataman (Der.), Dünya Çatışmaları: Bölgeler ve Alanlar, Cilt I ve Cilt II, Ankara: Nobel Yayın Dağıtım, 2010.Haluk Gerger, ABD, Orta Doğu ve Türkiye, İstanbul: Ceylan Yayınları, 2006.
Course Resources Faleh A. CABAR-Hosham DAWOD, Aşiretler ve İktidar Orta Doğu´da Etnisite ve Milliyetçilik, iSTANBUL BİLGİ ÜNİVERSİTESİ YAYINLARI, İSTANBUL.
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.
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. X
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 X
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 X
19 To gain basic computer skills
20 To gain the ability of planning, performing and composing of the scientific study individually X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 70
1. Kısa Sınav 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
3. Kısa Sınav 10
Total 100
1. Final 50
Total 50
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
Quiz 1 5 5
Assignment 1 6 6
Oral Examination 1 4 4
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 136
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5.44
dersAKTSKredisi 5