Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
International Security Problems ULI 471 7 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. TUNCAY KARDAŞ
Course Lecturers Prof.Dr. TUNCAY KARDAŞ,
Course Assistants Res.Asst. Ensar Muslu
Course Category
Course Objective Studying international security issues and problems from within theoretical and conceptual frameworks.
Course Content After describing general patterns of international security problems, the course will define related contextual and political backgrounds of contemporary security issues and problems
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Describing different conceptual meanings of security. Lecture, Discussion, Simulation, Brain Storming, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
2 Explaining and debating the traditional and new approaches in security studies. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Simulation, Brain Storming, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
3 Revisiting and critiquing the traditional security studies Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Group Study, Simulation, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
4 Making sense of new global security problems. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Group Study, Simulation, Brain Storming, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
5 Putting theories of security in practice through case studies. Discussion, Drilland Practice, Group Study, Case Study, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
6 Critiquing the old solutions to new global security problems. Question-Answer, Discussion, Group Study, Brain Storming, Case Study, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction
2 What is security? Whose Security? Conceptual Approaches
3 Introduction to Theories of Security: What is at stake?
4 Realist and Strategic Security Studies
5 Constructivist Security and Democratic Peace
6 Critical Security Studies and Third World Security
7 Feminist Security
8 Postmodern Security
9 Case Study 1: The Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
10 Case Study 2: Different Institutional Approaches to Security, EU and NATO
11 Case Study 3: Regional Security in the Middle East, Africa and Asia
12 Case Study 4: Culture Wars and Cartoon Crisis
13 Case Study 5: Globalization and Privatization of Security
14 Case Study 6: Terrorism after 9/11
Course Notes 1. Ed. J. Peter Burgess, The Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies, 2010.<br>2. Tuncay Kardaş ´Güvenlik: Kimin Güvenliği ve Nasıl?´ (Security: Whose Security and How?), Uluslararası Politikayı Anlamak: Ulus-Devletten Küreselleşmeye (Understanding International Politics: From Nation-State to Globalization), ed. Zeynep Dağı, İstanbul: Alfa
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.
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 90
1. Kısa Sınav 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 2 32
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Quiz 2 5 10
Assignment 1 10 10
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Workload 120
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.8
dersAKTSKredisi 5