Master TR-NQF-HE: Level 7 QF-EHEA: Second Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 7

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
UIL5004 Middle East Politics Fall 3 0 3 8
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: Turkish
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level:
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi SİNEM ERAY
Recommended Optional Program Components: Non
Course Objectives: This course explores the Middle East using theoretical and historical approaches. Topics covered include: the legacies of colonialism; the Middle East regional system, the impact of the international system on the middle east, the challenge of security in the region.' Students will be exposed to the key historical and theoretical concepts necessary to understand the Middle East as a critical region of the world. The focus will be aslo on the current situation in the Middle East and the U.S.'s role in the region.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
Examination of state structures in the Middle East region;
Examining the historical processes of political formations in the Middle East region; Examination of the Palestine problem in the historical process; Learning the reflections of the Palestine problem today;
Understanding global factors affecting the Middle East region

Course Content

General geographical features of the Middle East. General humanity of the Middle East
geographical features and important events in the region and their causes
to examine.
Oil in the Middle East
Water problem in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Wars
Iranian Islamic Revolution
Course Content Iran-Iraq War
The Gulf War
The Arab Spring
Syrian Civil War
Refugee Problem in the Middle East
Egyptian Military Coup
Hydrocarbon Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean
Türkiye Middle East Trade

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Where is the Middle East? Demographic, Economic and Political Structure of the Middle East
2) The Middle East in the 20th Century: From Colonialism to Independence
3) Middle East during the Cold War: Middle East in the Early Years of the Cold War
4) Middle East in the Cold War Era: Reshaping Balances in the Middle East
5) Iranian Revolution and Gulf Wars: Iranian Revolution, First Gulf War (Iran-Iraq War)
6) Iranian Revolution and Gulf Wars: Second Gulf War (1990 - 1992), Third Gulf War (Invasion of Iraq and Overthrow of Saddam's Regime)
7) Midterm
8) The Occupation of Iraq and the Overthrow of Saddam's Regime.
9) Peace Process in the Middle East: The Birth of Israel and the Palestinian Question, Arab-Israeli Wars
10) Peace Process in the Middle East: Peace Process in the Middle East After Oslo, Process After the Gaza Attack and the Netanyahu Era
11) Energy Resources and Policies in the Middle East
12) Turkey's Middle East Policies: Turkey's Syria Policy, Turkey's Israel-Palestine Policy
13) Turkey's Middle East Policies: Turkey's Iran Policy, Turkey's Iraq Policy
14) Project Presentations
15) Final


Course Notes / Textbooks: Diplomacy in the Middle East: The International Relations on Regional and Outside Powers, Ed. By L. Karl Brown 2006
References: Diplomacy in the Middle East: The International Relations on Regional and Outside Powers, Ed. By L. Karl Brown 2006

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Project 1 % 30
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 13 3 39
Study Hours Out of Class 10 12 120
Presentations / Seminar 4 3 12
Project 1 12 12
Midterms 1 3 3
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload 189

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To examine knowledge and skills acquired with understanding the interaction between other disciplines in the interdisciplinary dimension.
2) Have the social, scientific and ethical values under any circumstances with related to the field of International Relations and Politics in data collection, interpretation, and dissemination stages.
3) Have the knowledge of the political, economic and juridical foundation of the state.
4) To develop and deepen the information level of expertise Master's Degree on the basis of qualifications at the Global Politics and International Relations Program.
5) Have a critical perspective on concepts, arguments, and current issues.
6) To examine and evaluate countries and regions at the international level which embedded in practical and theoretical knowledge.
7) Evaluated to be critical a variety of security issues, strategies, and practical consequences in the international arena.
8) Have a good formation of the social sciences.
9) Have the knowledge of the nation state to the present day about geographical, institutional, structural, conceptual and theoretical development of the international relations.
10) Have the knowledge of Turkish foreign policy formation and decision-making process.