Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Kurds In Conflict and Cooperation In The Middle East Politics (En) ODC 535 0 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç. OTHMAN ALI
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants
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Course Objective

The course will help you better understand why the Kurds were involved in many violent regional conflicts and why they feel alienation in the Middle East. The course intends to find the best means to incorporate them in the peace and development of the countries they live in.

Course Content

The course will begin by a short survey of Kurdish history before 1914. The changes to the Kurds´status during world War 1 will be examined .During the inter-war period 1918-1940 Kurdish factor was an important variable in Mosul conflict, and many regional and bi-lateral treaties which were signed between Iran, Iraq, and Turkey such as Saad Abad.

In the cold war era , the Kurds were seen as destabilizing factor in the Middle East. The cases of Mahabad Republic 1945, Baghdad Pact 1955, Algiers treaty between Iran and Iraq 1975, and Iraq –Iran war 1980-1988 will be utilized to demonstrate this. We will close by examining their potential role for peace and war in processes in the region, particularly in regional water conflicts and democratization process in the countries with Kurdish minorities

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Learns the Kurdish politics in the Middle East Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Condition of Kurds in late Ottoman history
2 Kurds´relations with Western Powers
3 Kurds and world War 1
4 Kurdish factor in mosul Affairs
5 The impact of Regional traeties and allainces on Kurds during 1918-1940
6 The cold war and Kurds: Mahabad Republic
7 Baghdad pact and kurds
8 Algiers Treaty 1975 and Barzani movement
9 Iraq-iran war and its impact on kurds
10 The Gulf war and the kurdish rising
11 The Southern Kurdistan Kurdistan government
12 The peace process in Turkey
13 Kurdistan regional gvernment´s future
14 Review
Resources
Course Notes <p>McDowall, David. (2003). A Modern History of the Kurds. (I.B.Tauris).<br /> Bajalan, Djene Rhys, Karimi, Sara Zandi. (2015). Studies in Kurdish History &ndash; Empire, Ethnicity and Identity. (Routledge).<br /> Shareef, Mohammed. (2014). The United States, Iraq and the Kurds: Shock, Awe and Aftermath. (Routledge)<br /> Vali, Abbas. (2014). Modernity and the Stateless: The Kurdish Question in Iran. (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).<br /> <br /> Jwaideh, Wadie. (2006). Kurdish National Movement: Its Origins and Development. (Syracuse University Press).<br /> Mckiernan, Kevin. (2006). The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland. (St. Martin&rsquo;s Press).<br /> &bull; O&rsquo;Leary, Brendan. McGarry, John. and Salih, Khaled. (eds.). (2006). The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq. (University of Pennsylvania Press).<br /> &bull; Romano, David. (2006). The Kurdish Nationalist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization and Identity. (Cambridge University Press)<br /> &bull; Voller, Yaniv. (2014). The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood. (Routledge).<br /> Gunes, Cengiz. (2012). The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: From Protest to Resistance. (Routledge<br /> Entessar, Nader. (2009). Kurdish Politics in the Middle East. (Lexington Books. Revised edition<br /> Marcus, Aliza. (2009). Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence. (New York University Press)<br /> &bull; Yildiz, Kerim. (2007). The Kurds in Iraq: The Past, Present and Future. (Pluto Press. 2nd edition).<br /> The Kurds in Iran: The Past, Present and Future. (Pluto Press ,2007)</p>
Course Resources

McDowall, David. (2003). A Modern History of the Kurds. (I.B.Tauris).
Bajalan, Djene Rhys, Karimi, Sara Zandi. (2015). Studies in Kurdish History – Empire, Ethnicity and Identity. (Routledge).
Shareef, Mohammed. (2014). The United States, Iraq and the Kurds: Shock, Awe and Aftermath. (Routledge)
Vali, Abbas. (2014). Modernity and the Stateless: The Kurdish Question in Iran. (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).

Jwaideh, Wadie. (2006). Kurdish National Movement: Its Origins and Development. (Syracuse University Press).
Mckiernan, Kevin. (2006). The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland. (St. Martin’s Press).
• O’Leary, Brendan. McGarry, John. and Salih, Khaled. (eds.). (2006). The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq. (University of Pennsylvania Press).
• Romano, David. (2006). The Kurdish Nationalist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization and Identity. (Cambridge University Press)
• Voller, Yaniv. (2014). The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood. (Routledge).
Gunes, Cengiz. (2012). The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: From Protest to Resistance. (Routledge
Entessar, Nader. (2009). Kurdish Politics in the Middle East. (Lexington Books. Revised edition
Marcus, Aliza. (2009). Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence. (New York University Press)
• Yildiz, Kerim. (2007). The Kurds in Iraq: The Past, Present and Future. (Pluto Press. 2nd edition).
The Kurds in Iran: The Past, Present and Future. (Pluto Press ,2007)

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 2 32
Mid-terms 1 20 20
Assignment 1 25 25
Final examination 1 25 25
Total Workload 150
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 6
dersAKTSKredisi 6