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
UIL5224 World Politics and Issues 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
Course Lecturer(s): Prof. Dr. EBRU ŞULE CANAN SOKULLU
Recommended Optional Program Components: Non
Course Objectives: The balance of power is undertaking significant change nowadays. China’s growing global economic power increased this country’s appearanec in the global scene and made it start to compete with the US for global leadership. Thus, the US changed its security policies, facing China’s rise. In addition to these developments, the financial crisis in the Eurozone and the new political atmosphere fostered by the so-called “Arab Spring”, nuclear proliferation, global terrorism and the competition for new energy resources will be studied.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;

To learn important concepts, ideas, and disputes in world affairs,
To knowledge about the current world politics issues
The training of equipped and competent individuals will be provided to many issues in the discipline of International Relations
To evaluate countries and regions as combining practical and theoretical knowledge at the international level.

Course Content

In the first week of the course, the approaches and theories that critically anayze the developments in global politics. In the following weeks, issues such as China’s rise, Barak Ocbama’s approach to regional and security issues, the economic and political impact of the ongoing crisis in the EU countries, weapons of mass destruction and disarmamanet, terrorism, poltiical violence and global energy politics will be analyzed in the light of these approaches and theories.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction
2) Basic Concepts in International Relations Analysis Prereading
3) International Political System and Foreign Policy Prereading
4) World Politics in the Cold War Era Prereading
5) International System and Globalization After the Cold War Prereading
6) The Rise of China and Its Effects Prereading
7) President Obama and U.S. Foreign Policy in the New Paradigms Prereading
8) Midterm
9) Euro Zone Crisis and the Future of the EU Prereading
10) 'Arab Spring' and Changing Political Order in the Middle East Prereading
11) Weapons of Mass Destruction and Disarmament Issues Prereading
12) World Terrorism and Political Violence Prereading
13) The Political Economy of the Global Energy Prereading
14) Review Prereading
15) Final


Course Notes / Textbooks: Faruk Sönmezoğlu, Uluslararası Politika ve Dış Politika Analizi (İstanbul: Filiz Kitabevi, 2005).

Andrew Heywood, Siyaset (İstanbul: Liberte Yayınları, 2006).

William Overholt, Asya,Amerika ve Jeopolitiğin Dönüşümü (İstanbul: EFİL Yayınevi, 2011)

Filiz Türkmen, Türkiye-ABD İlişkileri (İstanbul: TİMAŞ, 2012)

Gülriz Şen, ''İran ve 'Arap Baharı': Bağlam, Söylem ve Siyaset'' Ortadoğu Etüdleri (Ocak 2012)
References: Baylis, John; Smith, Steve and Owens, Patricia, The Globalization of World Politics, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.(pp.346-558)

Falk, Richard, Yırtıcı Küreselleşme, İstanbul: Küre Yay., 2005.

Friedman, George, Gelecek 100 Yıl, İstanbul: Pegasus Yay. 2009.

Hobsbawm, Eric, Küreselleşme, Demokrasi ve Terörizm, İstanbul: Agora Kitaplığı, 2008.

Kegley, Charles William and Shannon Lindsey Blanton, World Politics Trend and Transformation, United States: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011 (243-252, 470-514,598-614).

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 30
Midterms 1 % 30
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 13 12 156
Midterms 1 3 3
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload 201

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
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. 4
5) Have a critical perspective on concepts, arguments, and current issues. 2
6) To examine and evaluate countries and regions at the international level which embedded in practical and theoretical knowledge. 5
7) Evaluated to be critical a variety of security issues, strategies, and practical consequences in the international arena. 5
8) Have a good formation of the social sciences. 3
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