Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Non-State Armed Actors In Middle East ULI 491 7 3 + 0 3 5
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Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Arş.Gör. ÖMER BEHRAM ÖZDEMİR
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Course Objective

The main goal of the course is to analyse the profiles, aims, methods and impacts of NSAA's (Non State Armed Actors) in the Middle East through an introduction to the social structure of modern Middle East and Middle East politics.

Course Content
Ethnic and religious identities and political structure in the Middle East What is a NSA (Non-State Actor)? What is a NSAA (Non-State armed actor)? 
What are their raison d'etat? Introduction to the causes and structures of NSAAs in the Middle East 
Identities, Ideologies and Aims of NSAAs in the Middle East (PKK-YPG, PJAK) 
Identities, Ideologies and Aims of NSAAs in the Middle East ( Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad) 
Identities, Ideologies and Aims of NSAAs in the Middle East (Daesh) 
Identities, Ideologies and Aims of NSAAs in the Middle East ( al Qaeda in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and North Africa) 
Identities, Ideologies and Aims of NSAAs in the Middle East ( Armed Opposition in Syria and Libya)
Role of NSAA's in Regional Conflicts: Syrian Civil War 
Role of NSAA's in Regional Conflicts: Post Occupation Iraq 
Role of NSAA's in Regional Conflicts: The Palestinian Cause 
Role of NSAA's in Regional Conflicts: Yemeni Civil War 
Role of NSAA's in Regional Conflicts: Libyan Civil War
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Course Resources

Yeşiltaş and Kardaş, Non-State Armed Actors in the Middle East Geopolitics, Ideology, and Strategy, Palgrave, 2018.

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
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ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
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Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 0
dersAKTSKredisi 5