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
UIL5222 Politics and Foreign Politics in Turkey Fall 3 0 3 9
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. ŞAHİN ALPAY
Course Lecturer(s): Prof. Dr. YILMAZ ESMER
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi DENİZ TANSİ
Recommended Optional Program Components: Non
Course Objectives: The aim of this course is to examine the historical processes of the Turksih Foreign Policy from the War of Independence to our day. The developments in foreign policy will be analyzed according to different phases and they will be evaluated in the light of domestic political and economic issues.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;

I. Will be able to define conceptual frameworks used to explain Turkish politics in the social science literature.

II. Possess knowledge on Turkish political institutions and their functioning.

III. Students will be trained as competent individuals on Turkish Politics.

IV. Will try to explain the development and contemporary problems in Turkish politics, through the main concepts of Political Science.

V. Will be able to evaluate various countries and regions on the international level, combining practical and theoretical knowledge.

Course Content

This course is an introductory course to Turkish politics on a graduate level. The course consists of four main parts: 1) Turkish foreign policy from the war of independence to the 21st century 2) Turkish political institutions and their functioning 3) conceptual frameworks used to explain Turkish politics in the social science literature 4) The interaction of domestic politics and foreign policy in Turkey. The course’s aim is to analyze the development and the contemporary problems of Turkish politics through the concepts of political science.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Politics in Turkey: Introduction Prereading
2) Political History: Critical Periods, Basic Concepts Prereading
3) Turkish War of Independence and Period of Atatürk's Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Prereading
4) 1950-1960: Democratic Party Prereading
5) 1961-1980: Period of Coalition Governments Prereading
6) 1980-1990: Relations with NATO, the Soviet Union and the Middle East Prereading
7) 1980-1990: Relations with Greece, the Balkans and the Straits Issues Prereading
8) 1991-2002: Relations with the EU Prereading
9) 1991-2002: Relations with the Middle East and the Neighbors Prereading
10) Kemalism and Political Regime of Turkey Prereading
11) Turkey Legislative - Executive Relations and the Debate on Presidential System Prereading
12) Army and Military-Political Relations in Turkey Prereading
13) Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy Prereading
14) Review Prereading


Course Notes / Textbooks: Sönmezoğlu, Faruk, der. 2004. Türk Dış Politikasının Analizi. İstanbul: Der yayınları.

Oran, Baskın (2001) Türk Dış Politikası, Cilt I - II. İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları.

Feroz Ahmad (2006) Bir Kimlik Peşinde Türkiye, İstanbul: İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi.

Ergun Özbudun (2003), Çağdaş Türk Politikası: Demokratik Pekişmenin Önündeki Engelleri, İstanbul: Doğan Kitap.
References: Erhan Çağrı (2010), Türk Dış Politikasının Güncel Sorunları, İstanbul: İmaj Yayıncılık.

İdris Bal ed. (2006), 21. Yüzyılda Türk Dış Politikası, Ankara: Global Araştırmalar Merkezi.

Habibe Özdal ed. (2009), Mülakatlarla Türk Dış Politikası, Ankara: USAK Yayınları.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 20
Project 1 % 30
Final 1 % 50
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 14 42
Application 14 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 70
Final 14 46
Total Workload 200

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. 5
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. 5
3) Have the knowledge of the political, economic and juridical foundation of the state. 5
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. 2
5) Have a critical perspective on concepts, arguments, and current issues. 4
6) To examine and evaluate countries and regions at the international level which embedded in practical and theoretical knowledge. 4
7) Evaluated to be critical a variety of security issues, strategies, and practical consequences in the international arena. 4
8) Have a good formation of the social sciences. 5
9) Have the knowledge of the nation state to the present day about geographical, institutional, structural, conceptual and theoretical development of the international relations. 5
10) Have the knowledge of Turkish foreign policy formation and decision-making process. 5