Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Critical Geopolitics Of The Middle East (Tr) ODC 602 0 3 + 0 3 6
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Course Language Turkish
Course Level Doctorate Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. MURAT YEŞİLTAŞ
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Course Objective Thiscourse examines the geographical and geopolitical place of the Middle East in the regional and international system from the perspective of critical geopolitics. The course is divided into two sections, which composes of theoretical and practical dimension of geopolitics. In the first part of the course, we will examine conceptual and theoretical aspects of political geography and geopolitics in order to deepening our understanding regarding the importance and the role of the politics of geography in the Middle East. In the second section of the course, we will focus on the geography and geopolitics of the Middle East in terms of the evolution of the geopolitical discourse towards the Middle East from early part of the 20th century to the present. In this section, our aim is to show how practical, formal and popular geopolitical discourse shapes our understanding towards the Middle East and its place
Course Content The course is divided into two sections, which composes of theoretical and practical dimension of geopolitics. In the first part of the course, we will examine conceptual and theoretical aspects of political geography and geopolitics in order to deepening our understanding regarding the importance and the role of the politics of geography in the Middle East. In the second section of the course, we will focus on the geography and geopolitics of the Middle East in terms of the evolution of the geopolitical discourse towards the Middle East from early part of the 20th century to the present.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Students anlayze concept of political geography and geopolitics
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Political Geography
3 Critical Geopolitics: Concepts and theories
4 Thinking critically about The Middle East Geography
5 Geopolitical representations of the Middle East: The Early Era of 20th century
6 Geopolitical representations of the Middle East: The Cold War
7 Exam Week
8 Geopolitical representations of the Middle East: After the Cold War
9 Globalization, Terror and the Middle East
10 Popular Geopolitics and the Middle East
11 Geopolitical Cultures in the Middle East
12 Turkey´s geopolitical representations towards the Middle East
13 Presentations
14 Presentations
Resources
Course Notes ? Guntram H. Herb, ?The Politics of Political Geography? in The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography, SAGE Publication, 2010, pp. 21-40<br>? Gerry Kearns, ?Imperial Geopolitics,? in John Agnew, Katharyne Mitchell and Gerard Toal, A Companion to Political Geography, Blackwell Publishing, 2006, pp. 173-187.<br>? G. Ó Tuathail, S. Dalby (1998) Re-Thinking Geopolitics: Towards a Critical Geopolitics. Introductory chapter co-authored with Simon Dalby to Rethinking Geopolitics, Routledge, 1-15.<br>? G. Ó Tuathail (1999) Understanding Critical Geopolitics: Geopolitics and Risk Society. Journal of Strategic Studies. 22 (2/3), 107-124. Also published as a chapter in Geography, Geopolitics and Strategy, eds. Geoffrey Sloan and Colin Gray. London: Frank Cass, 1999<br>? Roderic H. Davison, ?Where is the Middle East??, Foreign Affairs, 38, 1960<br>? Osman Nuri Özalp, Where is the Middle East? The Definition and Classification Problem of the Middle East as a Regional Subsystem in International Relations, Turkish Journal of Politics Vol. 2 No. 2 Winter 2011, pp. 5-20.<br>? Pinar Bilgin, ?Whose ?Middle East?? Geopolitical Inventions and Practices of Security?, International Relations, Vol 18 (1), 2004, pp. 25-41<br>? Pinar Bilgin, Regional Security in the Middle East A Critical Perspective, Routledge, 2005<br>? Waleed Hazbun, ?The Middle East through the Lens of Critical Geopolitics: Globalization, Terrorism, and the Iraq War?, in Where is the Middle East?, edited by Michael E. Bonine, Michael Gasper, and Abbas Amanat<br>? Karen Culcasi, ?Constructing and Naturalizing the Middle East?, Geographical. Review 100, October 2010, pp.583- &#8208;597.<br>? Mahmut Gokmen and Tyler Haas, ?Modern Mapping of Orientalism onto the Arab World: National Geographic Magazine, 1990-2006, The Arab World Geographer, Vol 10, No 2, 2007, pp. 131-140.<br>? Klaus Dodds, ?Hollywood and the Popular Geopolitics of the War on Terror?, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 8, 2008, pp 1621?1637
Course Resources
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having knowledge and thought about actual topics and problems together with their historical, social and cultural aspects Having knowledge and thought about actual topics and problems together with their historical, social and cultural aspects Having and using advanced knowledge and comprehension supported by textbooks including actual knowledge in international relations literature, materials and the other scientific resources Having and using advanced knowledge and comprehension supported by textbooks including actual knowledge in international relations literature, materials and the other scientific resources
2 Analyzing data, ideas and concepts of foreign policy and international relations, determining complex events and topics, making discussions and developing new suggestions in accordance with researches Analyzing data, ideas and concepts of foreign policy and international relations, determining complex events and topics, making discussions and developing new suggestions in accordance with researches Having conscious about professional and scientific ethics Having conscious about professional and scientific ethics
3 Having the skill about methods and techniques in reaching knowledge Having the skill about methods and techniques in reaching knowledge
4 Having skill to improve career in the jobs such as attaché and ambassador Having skill to improve career in the jobs such as attaché and ambassador
5 Introducing those who are interested in international events with the topics of international relations and teaching clearly the problems of international relations and the types of solutions Introducing those who are interested in international events with the topics of international relations and teaching clearly the problems of international relations and the types of solutions Having the skills to take initiatives, capacity for team-working and open-minded Having the skills to take initiatives, capacity for team-working and open-minded Using Turkish well, having a good written and oral communication and also having ability of empathy Using Turkish well, having a good written and oral communication and also having ability of empathy
6 Accessing, examining and elucidating with scientific methods to the knowledge of international relations and expanding literature about international relations Accessing, examining and elucidating with scientific methods to the knowledge of international relations and expanding literature about international relations
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 30
1. Ödev 70
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 15 15
Assignment 1 15 15
Final examination 1 20 20
Total Workload 146
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5.84
dersAKTSKredisi 6