POL4015 Special Topics in International AffairsBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
POL4015 Special Topics in International Affairs Fall 3 0 3 6
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Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Assoc. Prof. ESRA ALBAYRAKOĞLU
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: A new form of civic activism is taking root across the world. They diverge from traditional actors of civil society in their organizational and membership structure. There is an increasing debate among the researchers, practitioners and policy-makers on how representative and effective this new type of activism is. The aim of this course is to develop an in-depth understanding of new civic activism. Accordingly, the course will explore its actors, tools, relations and support mechanisms. The course will examine several case studies.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
The students who have succeeded in this course;

I. Explain the basic features of an increasingly globalizing world;
II. Illustrate examples of major recurring or novel issues in world politics;
III. Discuss the impact of technology in politics;
IV. Grasp the rise of societies in participating local and global politics;
V. Develop competencies with respect to active inquiry and critical thinking.

Course Content

Major recurring or novel issues in international relations, basic features of an increasingly globalizing world, state and human security in the face of new risks and threats.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to the Course
2) Civil society, New Social Movements and New Civic Activism — Snow, D.A, Soule, S. A., and H. Kriesi (2004). Mapping the Terrain. In D. Snow, S. A. Soule and H. Kriesi (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. UK: Blackwell — Youngs, R. (2017). Introduction. In R. Youngs (Ed.), Global civic activism in flux. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Available at https://carnegieeurope.eu/2017/03/17/global-civic-activism-in-flux-pub-68301#intro
3) Civic Cooperation: NGOs and New Activists — Glasius, M., and Ishkanian, A. (2015). Surreptitious symbiosis: Engagement between activists and NGOs. Voluntas, 26, 2620–2644. — Zihnioğlu, Ö. (2018).” The Prospects of Civic Alliance: New Civic Activists Acting Together with Civil Society Organizations”, Voluntas. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-018-0032-9
4) Digital Activism — Diamond, L. (2010). ‘Liberation technology’, Journal of Democracy, 21 (3): 69-83. — A. Breuer, T. Landman and D. Farquhar, (2015). ‘Social media and protest mobilization: evidence from the Tunisian revolution’, Democratization, 22(4): 764–792.
5) New Civic Activism: Case Studies
6) Activism and Protests — Leetaru, K. (30 May 2014). ‘Did the Arab spring really spark a wave of global protests?’, Foreign Policy. — The Economist Intelligence Unit (2013). Rebels Without a Cause: What the Upsurge in Protest Movements Means for Global Politics, EIU Report.
8) Midterm Exam
9) Activism and Democracy — Maleki A.,and Hendriks, F. (2015). ‘The Relation Between Cultural Values and Models of Democracy: A Cross-National Study’, Democratization, 22(6): 981–1010.
10) International Support for Civic Activism — Agg, C. (2006). Trends in Government Support for Non-Governmental Organizations: Is the “Golden Age” of the NGO Behind Us?, Civil Society and Social Movements Programme Paper Number 23, Geneva, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. — L. Whitehead, (2015). ‘International democracy promotion as political ideology: upsurge and retreat’, Journal of Political Ideologies, 20(1): 10–26.
11) Right-wing Activism — Shapovalova , N. (2018). The Two Faces of Conservative Civil Society in Ukraine. In R. Youngs (Ed.), The Mobilization of Conservative Civil Society. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Youngs, R. (2017). Introduction. In R. Youngs (Ed.), The Mobilization of Conservative Civil Society. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
12) Presentations
13) Presentations
14) Overview


Course Notes / Textbooks: Articles in Course Package
References: Articles in Course Package

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 13 % 10
Presentation 1 % 10
Midterms 1 % 30
Final 1 % 50
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 11 33
Study Hours Out of Class 12 93
Presentations / Seminar 1 15
Midterms 1 2
Final 1 2
Total Workload 145

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) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.