Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Conflict and Cooperation In The Middle East (En) ODC 541 0 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. OTHMAN ALI
Course Lecturers Doç.Dr. OTHMAN ALI,
Course Assistants
Course Category
Course Objective

Why has the Middle East experienced so many violent conflicts in the post-WWII era?  Are these conflicts unique?  What future do efforts to end political violence face?  In this course, we will explore the Middle Eastern record in light of what political scientists know about war and peace.  While much attention focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict, we will examine a much broader array of regional experiences.  Although state-building and decolonization wars were important and interesting dynamics, we will focus on the latter half of the 20th century and the most recent conflicts due to time constraints.

Course Content

The course will begin by focusing on two basic types of political violence: interstate wars, including interventions, and intrastate or civil wars, including revolutions and coups.  We will close by examining peace processes in the region, particularly those following the Lebanese civil war , Arab-Israeli conflict, and PKK war between PKK and Turkey.  The class is designed to familiarize you with historical reasons for some conflicts such as Iraq-Iran war , Kurdish wars in Iraq and Turkey, and modern developments in the Middle East, and to teach you techniques of analysis in political science. Ultimately, this course will help you better understand why the Middle East seems so violent, how the types of violence in the region differ, and when attempts to end such violence succeed.  You also should understand the interactions between theory and evidence, be able to apply theory to explain the dynamics of specific cases, and be able to draw on knowledge of specific cases to refine existing theories.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Learns conflict and cooperations in the Middle East Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
Resources
Course Notes
Course Resources

Fallows, James. 2004. “Blind Into Baghdad” Atlantic Monthly 293: 53-74.

Zacher, Mark. 2001. “The Territorial Integrity Norm: International Boundaries and the Use of Force” International Organization 55(2): 215-250

Shimshoni, Jonathan. 1988. Israel and Conventional Deterrence. Ithaca: Cornell University Press

•Belkin, Aaron and Evan Schofer. 2003. “Toward a Structural Understanding of Coup Risk. Journal of Conflict Resolution

Crighton, Elizabeth and Martha MacIver. 1991. “The Evolution of Protracted Conflict: Group Dominance"

Friedman, Thomas. 1989. From Beirut to Jerusalem. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Milton-Edwards, Beverley and Peter Hinchcliffe. 2008. Conflicts in the Middle East Since 1945 (3rd edition). New York: Rutledge. 

should regularly read one or more major news sources, e.g. New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, And International Herald Tribune

Week Documents Description size
0 A-History-of-the-Modern-Middle-East Cleveland (1) 24.23 MB
0 Beverley Milton Edwards conflıct ın the Middie east 2nd text text 2 1.06 MB
0 seminar guides me conflict 0.01 MB
0 The History of Middle East PowerPoint NEW ppt 1st lecture conflict and cooperation 4.13 MB
0 seminar guides me conflict 0.01 MB
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. Final 50
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 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 20 20
Final examination 1 30 30
Total Workload 150
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 6
dersAKTSKredisi 6