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
UIL5101 International Relations Theories Fall 3 0 3 8

Basic information

Language of instruction: Turkish
Type of course: Must Course
Course Level:
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : HANDE SAĞLAM
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi YÜKSEL ALPER ECEVİT
Recommended Optional Program Components: Non
Course Objectives: This course is based on the idea that theory is a tool to both understand and change the world. The course will accordingly introduce students to the main schools of thought in the academic discipline of international relations (IR). The goal is to equip them with a range of theoretical frameworks for making sense of international political life, while encouraging them to think critically about the assumptions and consequences of each theoretical approach. By the end of the course, students will be expected to apply a theoretical framework to an empirical question of their choice, developing an original argument with regard to the case study.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;

Will be able to define the concepts related to course.
Will be familiar with the main concepts and approaches to international relations.
To gain the ability to think critically on any given theoretical practices and approaches,
Will gain the ability to develop a theory to experimental.
To examine and evaluate regions of the country and at the international level as combining practical and theoretical knowledge

Course Content

The course will begin with a brief overview of the historic emergence of the discipline. The course will then turn to the two dominant theories of international relations—realism and idealism. Students will become familiar with variants of the two schools and critically compare the merits of the different strands. They will also deploy their knowledge in the context of a structured debate in which they will defend either realism or liberalism. In addition, Marxism, critical theory, feminism, movements, as well as environmental issues, non-state actors, global migration, poverty, and rising an alternative global justice are examined by the course.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Historical Foundations of International Relations Theory Prereading
2) Classical Realism Prereading
3) Realism-Idealism Prereading
4) Realism and Neorealism / Founding Fathers of Structural Realism Prereading
5) Structuralist and Constructivist Approaches in International Relations Prereading
6) Political Economy Approach, Neoliberalism and The (non-state) Actors Prereading
7) Midterm
8) Hegemony and Introduction to Critical Theory Prereading
9) Neo-Marxist, Critical and Post-Structuralist Approaches Prereading
10) Feminist Theory Prereading
11) Global Threats and International Energy Policy Prereading
12) Theories of Globalization Prereading
13) Hegemonic Political Analysis and Current Critical Comment Prereading
14) Review Prereading


Course Notes / Textbooks: M. Scott Solomon, Martin Griffith, Steven C. Roach, Uluslararası İlişkilerde Temel Düşünürler ve Teoriler (Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations), Nobel Yayın Dağıtım, Ankara 2011

Atila Eralp (Der.), Devlet ve Ötesi, Uluslararası İlişkilerde Temel Kavramlar, İletişim Yayınları, İstanbul 2011

Atila Eralp (Der.), Devlet, Sistem ve Kimlik: Uluslararası İlişkilerde Temel Yaklaşımlar, İletişim Yayınları, İstanbul 2009

H. Williams, M. Wright, T. Evans, Uluslararası İlişkiler ve Siyaset Teorisi Üzerine Bir Derleme, Phoenix Yayınları, Ankara 2007
References: Robert Jackson & George Sorensen, Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches (2nd edition) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Modern Dunya Tarihi, Woodruff, W., 2002, Pozitif Yayinlari

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., David A. Welch, Küresel Çatışmayı ve İşbirliğini Anlamak - Kurama ve Tarihe Giriş, Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, İstanbul 2010.

Evaluation System

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

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 14 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 70
Project 14 38
Homework Assignments 14 38
Midterms 1 6
Final 1 6
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. 3
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
5) Have a critical perspective on concepts, arguments, and current issues. 5
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. 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. 4