Non-Thesis Master Program in International Relations

Current Issues in the Middle East(RI-804)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
RI-804 Current Issues in the Middle East 2 3 0 0 3 8
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Masters Degree
Course Instructor(s) Feride Selcan SERDAROĞLU POLATAY (Email)
Objective To study the Middle East and the Arab world, to analyze historical, economic, political and geopolitical aspects of the region and to bring concrete examples allowing the use of basic tools of the international relations discipline.
Content Cf. Weekly Program
Course Learning Outcomes Have a detailed knowledge on the principal concepts, actors and components of the Middle East region
Master the fundamentals of Middle East history
Master the fundamentals of Middle East sociology
Be able to understand the evolution of Middle East’s political systems
Have acquired the capability of interpreting current developments in the Middle East
Have acquired the capability of specializing on a particular theme related to the region
Be able to analyze foreign policies of divergent players in the region
Be able to analyze the relations of developments in the Middle East with the evolution of the international system
Be in perfect command of French, teaching language of Galatasaray University, in order to study French texts on the Middle East
Have reached the necessary level of competence to be able to succeed in the entrance exam of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Teaching and Learning Methods Presentation, Q&A, Participative Debate
References ATTIAS, Jean–Christophe, BENBASSA Esther. Paylaşılamayan Kutsal Topraklar ve İsrail, Çev Nihal Önol, İstanbul, İletişim Yayınları, 2002.
BISHARA, Marvan. Palestine/Israël : la paix ou l’apartheid, Paris, Editions La Découverte, 2001.
CORM, Geoges. L’Europe et l’Orient, La Découverte, Paris, 1989.
CLOAREC, Vincent. Le Moyen-Orient au 20ème siècle, Colin, Paris, 2003.
ÇARKOĞLU, Ali; EDER, Mine; KİRİŞÇİ, Kemal. The Political Economy of Regional Cooperation in the Middle East, London & New York, Routledge, 1998.
DEDEOĞLU, Beril. Ortadoğu Üzerine Notlar, Derin Yayınları, İstanbul, 2002.
EICKELMAN, Dale F. The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Appoach, New Jersey, Prentice Hall Inc., 1998.
HOURANI, Albert. A History of Arab Peoples, New York, Warner Books, 1992.
JANKOWSKI, James. Rethinking Nationalism in the Arab Middle East, New York, Columbia University Press, 1997.
JOXE, Alain. L’Empire du Chaos, La Découverte, Paris, 2002.
KAREL, William; RUCKER, Laurent. Une terre deux foix promises: Cinquante ans d’histoire racontée par ceux qui l’ont faite, Editions Gallimard, 2000.
KHALIDI, Rashid; ANDERSON, Lisa. The Origins of Arab Nationalism, New York, Columbia University Press, 1991.
LEWIS Bernard. The shaping of the modern Middle East, New York & Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1994.
SALAME, Ghassan. Démocraties sans démocrates, Paris, Fayard, 1994.
SAVIR, Uri. Les 1100 jours qui ont changé le Moyen-Orient, Odile Jacob, Paris, 1998.
SPAGNOLO, John. Problems of the Modern Middle East in Historical Perspective, Oxford, Ithaca, 1992.
THOBIE, Jacques. Impérialismes et le Moyen-Orient de 1914 à nos jours, Messidor, Paris, 1985.
YAPP, M.E. The Near East since the First World War, London, Longman, 1996.
ZUBAIDA, Sami. Islam, the People and the State: Essays on Political ideas and movements in the Middle East, London, I. B. Tauris, 1993.
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Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 2 40
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 60
Toplam 3 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 1 10
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 30
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 2 40
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 On top of the previously obtained BA degree, must have acquired the necessary competence required by the pluridisciplinarity of IR; X
2 Must be able to perfection himself/herself on and also specialize in research methods with a view to present work data in accordance with scientific criteria; X
3 Should be able to apply the acquired knowledge at a specialist’s level; X
4 Should be able to choose his/her specialization theme and/or region while perfectionning his/her work in accordance with this choice and improving his/her capacity of analysis; X
5 Must have acquired the necessary basic knowledge in order to undertake publications and programs on IR within printed and visual media; X
6 Should be able to pursue a career specialized in IR within the private sector and NGOs; X
7 Should be able to follow national and international publications in his/her field of research. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 7 20 140
Assignments 1 20 20
Presentation 0 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 3 3
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 3 3
Quiz 0 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0 0
Reports 0 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
Total Workload 208
Total Workload / 25 8,32
Credits ECTS 8
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