Courses Given Within The Program





  • Compulsory Courses

  • Elective Courses

AYE501 Research Methods and Ethics
In this course, first of all, the subjects of methodology will be analyzed within the framework of an epistemological approach. Then, students will be oriented to work on research questions, hypothesis-building, sampling methods, statistical analyzes and tests and bibliography processes. The course will try to establish a balance between Positivist and non-Positivist approach.

IRS 501 Comparison of the Great Powers
This specific course is planned for comparing the strategies of 4 Great Powers; namely United States, European Union, People’s Republic of China and Russian Federation particularly in terms of their Middle East policies. The aim of this course is to compare and contrast the advantages and different power tools of these Great Powers.

IRS 550 Seminar
A review of research methods and skills used in International Relations leading to preparation of an original research proposal on a topic of the student’s choice. This is followed by independent research and review of contemporary issues in International Relations area. Seminar targets to bridge the gap between theory and real world practices. The purpose of this course is to improve each student’s understanding of practice in the area of International Relations with Case Studies and assignments.

IRS 508 China and the Middle East
This course will review and analyze the increased presence of People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the contemporary Middle East. After Deng Xiaoping came to power, he liberalized the Chinese state and economy. As a result of his economic policies, the PRC opened its doors to foreign investments and international companies. This trend created a “great transformation in Chinese society”. Over the next 30 years, the Chinese middle-class grew to a size of over 350 million people. David Harvey calls this process “neoliberalism with Chinese characteristics”. However, this economic transformation and the emergence of a large middle-class in China created additional energy needs for the state and society. This led to a shift in Chinese foreign policy towards the Middle East. Therefore, over the last few years China, as an emerging global power, Beijing has heavily invested in the economies of Middle Eastern countries.

IRS 509 Artificial Intelligence and International Relations
In the early 1990s, the IT industry began to revolutionize how companies and states operate vis-à-vis political structure and citizens. Security Studies started to emerge as a part of International Relations and they have changed our lives as citizens of different states, whether we live in the United States or China. Everything we buy online is recorded by a company for marketing purposes to sell more. The companies created massive databases (big data) for targeting costumers, whereas states have also started to use AI or IT innovations for their own security in the intelligence, police, foreign relations, terrorism areas etc. In the early 2000s, Boston Dynamics began to develop a military robot for US military by using AI, which was followed by Russian and Chinese state-owned companies. These new changes will definitely have an impact on our society, democracy, freedom, and social life. One of the most important changes will surely take place in the field of International Relations. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Wechat, Alipay, credit card system, and digital footprint system began to dominate domestic as well as international politics. In this class, we will try to understand the effects of this new technological advancement. What would be the negative or beneficial consequences for using artificial intelligence in the 21st century? Who will be affected? Who will use AI in International Relations and why? How long have we been using AI in IR? This is a new topic; we do not have the answer yet, but we will try to understand how AI revolutionizes state-to-state relations in terms of IR.

IRS 506 Sociology of the Middle East
This course seeks to explain the transformation of society, politics and economy in the modern Middle East. It is divided into three sections; the goal of the first section is to critically analyze the Middle Eastern society and culture in the context of nationalism, and the concepts of tradition/modernity, ethnicity, religion and gender/sexuality. In the second part of the course, on we will examine the formation and structure of the nation-states and actors such as the military, political parties and religious groups, bureaucracy, ethnic and religious conflicts and wars, and the consequences of colonialism and imperialism. The last section of course looks at economic development -or underdevelopment- in the region, as the source of major current social and political changes and phenomena. In this context, global capitalism or Neoliberalism acts as an engine of modernity and bureaucracy in the region, and “modern” and “rational” forms of economic structure replace old and traditional values, political structures, tribal and ethnic differences with new political and social structures based on the individualization and consumerism of life.

IRS 507 Think-Tanks and Politics
In this course, we will examine the emergence and development of think-tanks and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from a comparative perspective. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the concept of the modern state emerged out of the growth of capitalism and industrialization, and led to the creation of a complex bureaucracy and an interconnected social, political and economic environment within the global political arena. However, WW I and WW II gave birth to the UN (originally the League of Nations) as a venue for negotiation between nation-states in the international arena in order to prevent political conflicts.

IRS 503 Middle East Politics
The Middle East is now undergoing vast and historic political changes. Yet without understanding the history and politics of the region, it is difficult to understand the nature and potential outcomes of these changes. This course provides an introduction to the comparative and international politics of the Middle East, a trans-continental region stretching from Morocco in the West to Iran in the East. It begins with a brief overview of the historical dynamics that shaped the political systems of the region, including the political legacy of Islam, the Ottoman Empire, colonialism, imperialism and nationalism. The course, also provides an overview of the governance and institutions of the states within the region, focusing on state institutions and the internal politics of countries in Arab North Africa, the Levant, the Arab Gulf, Turkey, and Iran. Finally, we will examine broad trends in social issues, the political economy, and regional and international politics of the region.

IRS 502 Social and Political Theories of Globalization
This course is designed to give an overview of social and political theories and will examine questions of state and society; in so doing, we will address theoretical questions such as: What are the origins of current social, political, and economic transformations? What is the relationship between the individual and society? How is alienation created in modern economic structures? How has the state formed and how has it changed over time? What is the relationship between the state and citizen? Do you think we are more obedient and less free than 50 years ago? Are we becoming more individualistic, and if so, why? What is organic and mechanic solidarity? Do you think we live a more community-oriented life or a societal life that is compromised of interconnected individuals? What is the one-dimensional man? Are we believers, individuals, citizens, or consumers? What are our rights in the nation-state, and how has this changed under modern neoliberal conditions? Are corporations replacing the role of the nation-state?

IRS 504 US Foreign Policy in the Middle East
The United States directly related with the Middle East just after the foundation of state of Israel. The hegemony of the United States in the region started after France and Great Britain left the Middle East and US expanded its influence there. This course, aims to analyze the main events in the region concerning the conflicts and the wars between Arab states and Israel and the other events. The course also covers the peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine with the leadership of the US.

IRS 511 History of the Modern Middle East
While the Ottoman heritage in the region has created some lasting impacts, Middle East as it is known today has been shaped on base of three fundamental events that occurred during World War I: Hejaz Revolt of 1916, Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration. During almost one century, the region has been marked by struggles of sovereignty and authority, wars and military coups as well as various conflicts of identity. Nevertheless, far from Orientalist narratives, the Modern Middle East region has experienced comprehensive processes of modernization too. In this course, we will examine the main political processes, transformations and conflicts experienced in Middle East region from the late 19th century until the early 21st century. Within the scope of the course, the students will have knowledge about the history of different nations in the region and they will be able to make comparisons in two levels: first, between different countries of Middle East, and second, between past and today.

CHN 101-102 Chinese 1-2

ARB 101-102 Arabic 1-2
PRS 102-102 Persian 1-2
HEB 101-102 Hebrew 1-2