Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Comparative and International Politics Of The Middle East (En) ODC 549 0 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. OSAMA AMOUR
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants
Course Category Available Basic Education in the Field
Course Objective

The course aims (1) to provide an advanced knowledge of politics and IR of the Middle East by providing the underlying historical, political and economic factors; and (2) to provide students with a variety of academic approaches to understand the complexities of the region. By end of the seminar students (3) are keen on scholarly works on the region; and (4) on the main related conceptual debates and empirical resources within the field of Middle East studies that enable them to determine own perspectives, hypothesis, ideas and analysis about the Middle East; and (5) to locate and review the region within broader debates and scholarship of world politics. Last but not least the seminar aims (6) to improve the written and oral skills of the students through academic assignments and class discussions

Course Content

The seminar attempts to provide an in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge to the politics and IR of the Middle East since the World War II. The course will focus on the study of central topics and themes that have been shaping the modern Middle East, including State formation and colonial rule; political economy and development; democratization and political Islam; foreign policy and great power interests. Moreover, the seminar will shed light upon recent revolutionary upheavals (Arab Spring), and future prospects of liberalization and democratization, and power constellations in the region (regional order).
The main goal of this course, accordingly, is to present a comprehensive and current outlook of the entire region as a distinctive political region, despite the many critical variances within the region. Case studies of individual countries will be introduced in each week.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Learns the meaning of comparative politics Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
2 Provides an in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge to the politics and IR of the Middle East. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
3 Has a command of scholarly works on the region. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Course Introduction, Terminology, Methods and Middle East studies
2 State Formation in the Middle East
3 Case Studies: Turkey & Egypt
4 Regional Order and Security System in the Middle East
5 The Arab Cold War
6 Case Studies: Palestine & Israel
7 International Politics of the Middle East
8 Case Study: Iraq
9 Political Economy And Development
10 Islam and Politics in the Middle East
11 Case Studies: Iran and Saudi Arabia
12 Democratization and Civil Society
13 Case Studies: Lebanon & Tunisia
14 Conclusions
Resources
Course Notes
Course Resources

• Angrist, Michele Penner (ed.). Politics & Society in the Contemporary Middle East. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010.
• Long, David E; Bernard Reich and Gasiorowski Mark (eds.). The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa. 6th ed., Philadelphia: Westview Press, 2011.
• Milton-Edwards, Beverley. Contemporary Politics in the Middle East. 3rd ed., Cambridge: Polity, 2011.
• Schwedler, Jillian and Deborah J. Gerner (eds.). Understanding the Contemporary Middle East. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008.

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