Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Critical Geopolitics Of The Middle East UOC 506 0 3 + 0 3 7
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. MURAT YEŞİLTAŞ
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants Res. Ass. Zana Baykal
Course Category
Course Objective This online master course examines the geographical and geopolitical place of the Middle East in the regional and international system from the perspective of critical geopolitics.
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. 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 in the world politics.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Students will be able to explore the geographic basics of the Middle Eastern region. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
2 Students will be able to analyze the history of the Middle East. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
3 Students will be able to discuss the terrorism term with its different reflections. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
4 Students will be able to compare the terrorism int he region with different parts of the world. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
5 Students will be able to discuss the general solutions for the terrorism problem. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
6 Students will be able to discuss the new solutions for the terrorism probelm in the Middle East. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Problem Solving, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
7 Students will be able to comment on the importance of Middle Eastern geopolitics. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
8 Students will be able to analyze the new ideas about the Middle East after the colonialism. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
9 Students will be able to discuss the importance of the middle Eastern geopolitics in the formal geopolitics. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
10 Students will be able to discuss how the political geopolitics ideas practised by the countries. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Role Playing, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
11 Students will be able to analyze the geopolitical meanings of the products like movies theatre maps etc. intending Middle East. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework, Project / Design,
12 Students will be able to examine the effect of the wars in the Middle East. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
13 Students will be able to analyze the relation between Middle Eastern geopolitics and the globalization. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
14 Students will be able to analyze the dynamics of the revolutions. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
15 Students will be able to discuss on the practises and the theoretical bases of the Middle East geopolitics. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Problem Solving, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 General Introduction: Content, Structure and Aims of the Course See Sources
2 Introduction to Political Geography See Sources
3 Introduction to Geopolitics I See Sources
4 Critical Geopolitics See Sources
5 Thinking Critically About the Geopolitics See Sources
6 Mapping the Middle East: The Problem of Definition and Classification See Sources
7 Exam Week See Sources
8 Constructing the Middle East See Sources
9 Representations of the Middle East: Cold War See Sources
10 Representations of the Middle East: Post-Cold War See Sources
11 Middle East, War on Terror and the New Geopolitics See Sources
12 Middle East from the Perspective of Popular Geopolitics See Sources
13 Cinematic Geopolitics of the Middle East See Sources
14 Movie Presentations See Sources
Resources
Course Notes 1. Said, Edward W. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1979., 1-73, 92-110, 284-328.<br>2. 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>3.G. Ó Tuathail, S. Dalby (1994) Critical Geopolitics. Co-editor?s introduction to a special issue on critical geopolitics. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 12, 513-514.<br>4. Ó Tuathail, Gearóid. Critical Geopolitics: The Politics of Writing Global Space. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996. pp: 57-75.<br>5. S Dalby, G. Ó Tuathail (1994) The Critical Geopolitics Constellation: Problematizing Fusions of Geographical Knowledge and Power. Co-editors introduction to the special issue on Critical Geopolitics, Political Geography. 15, 451-456.4. <br>6. 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>7. Klous Doods, Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2007.<br>8. Pinar Bilgin, Regioanl Security in the Middle East: A Critical Perspective, Routledge, 2005.<br>9. Culcasi, K., ?Constructing and naturalizing the Middle East?, Geographical Review, 2010, 100, pp: 583-597.<br>10. Karen Culcasi and Mahmut Gokmen?, ?The Face of Danger<br>Beards in the U.S. Media?s Representations of Arabs, Muslims, and Middle Easterners?, The Journal of Media Geography ? Summer 2011, pp: 82-96.<br>11. Dittmer, J. ?The Geographical Pivot of (the end of) History): Evangelical Geopolitical Imagination and Audience Interpretation of Left Behind?, Political Geography, 27 (3), pp: 280-300<br>12. Pinar Bilgin, ?Whose Middle East? Geopolitical Inventions and Practices of Security´ International Relations (special issue on Critical Security Studies), vol.18, no.1, pp.17-33.<br>13. G. Ó Tuathail (1992) The Bush Administration and the ?End? of the Cold War: A Critical Geopolitics of US Foreign Policy in 1989. Geoforum. 23, 437-452.<br>14. G. Ó Tuathail (1993) The Effacement of Place? US Foreign Policy and the Spatiality of the Gulf Crisis. Antipode 25, 4-31.<br>15. G. Ó Tuathail (2003) ?Just Out Looking for a Fight?: American Affect and the Invasion of Iraq. Antipode 35, 5.<br>16. Waleed Hazbun, ?The Middle East through the Lens of Critical Geopolitics: Globalization, Terrorism, and the Iraq War?, forthcoming in Where is the Middle East?, edited by Michael E. Bonine, Michael Gasper, and Abbas Amanat (Stanford: Stanford University Press).<br>17. Aarts, Paul. ?The Middle East: A Region Without Regionalism or the End of Exceptionalism?? Third World Quarterly 20, 5 (1999): 911-925.<br>18. Barbi, Karl K. ?Alfred Thayer Mahan, Theodore Roosevelt, the Middle East, and the Twentieth Century.? Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Intellectual and Cultural Studies 2, no. 1 (Spring 2004).<br>19. Dalby, Simon. ?Regions, Strategies and Empire in the Global War on Terror.? Geopolitics 12, no. 4 (2007): 586-606.<br>20. Gregory, Derek. The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004.<br>21. Military Orientalism: Eastern War Through Western Eyes, Bolum 6
Course Resources Important Web Pages for the Middle East and Geopolitics

To get more information about practical, formal and popular evolution of the geopolitical map of the Middle East http://mideast.unc.edu/where/

To get more information and analysis about the theory of geopolitics and geopolitical analyses of the international politics http://www.exploringgeopolitics.org/

If you want to developed your theoretical understanding regarding political geography and critical geopolitics http://www.journals.elsevier.com/political-geography/

Historical and popular geographical and geopolitical debates about the Arab Middle East http://arabworldgeographer.metapress.com/home/main.mpx

Postmodern analyses about the war, geopolitics and international politics http://www.david-campbell.org/

Critical geopolitical analyses and important theoretical article http://toal.org/critgeo/
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 40
1. Ödev 30
2. Ödev 30
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 20
1. Final 80
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 4 64
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 4 64
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Assignment 2 15 30
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Workload 178
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 7.12
dersAKTSKredisi 7