Department of International Relations

Introduction to Economics(RI121)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
RI121 Introduction to Economics 1 3 3 0 3 4
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Beyza ÇAĞATAY TEKİN (Email)
Objective This course aims to introduce students of International Relations to the study of economics. The purpose of this course is to teach fundamental lessons of economics such as the law of demand and the law of supply, the application of elasticity, the price mechanism, the costs of production, firm behavior and types of markets (competitive markets, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly), the markets for the factors of production and the theory of consumer choice.
Content See Subject Headings (Topics)
Course Learning Outcomes 1) Explain basic concepts in economics such as supply and demand, the market, price mechanism and market equilibrium
2) Use basic microeconomic models to study the ways in which economic agents make decisions in the market place.
3) Discuss the functioning of markets, determination of market equlibrium and forms of competition in various types of markets
4) Explain firm behavior (i.e. profit maximisation and cost minimization practices of firms)
5) Explain why monopolies arise, the welfare costs of monopoly and public policies towards monopolies
6) Use basic tools of game theory for studying economics of cooperation
7) Analyze the economics of labor markets, the markets for the factors of production
Teaching and Learning Methods Lecture classes
References Mankiw, Gregory N. & Taylor, Mark P. (2013). Principes de l’économie. Bruxelles : De Boeck.
Stiglitz, J. E., Walsh, C.E. & Lafay, J.D. (2007). Principes d’économie moderne. Paris : De Boeck.
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction
2 The object of microeconomics
3 The Market forces of Demand and Supply
4 Elasticity and its application
5 Demand, Supply and government policies
6 Consumers, producers and the efficiency of markets
7 The costs of production Firms in Competitive Markets
8 Midterm exam
9 Monopoly
10 Oligopoly
11 Monopolistic competition
12 The Markets for the factors of production
13 The Theory of Consumer Choice
14 Externalities
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 3 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 4 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 0 0
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 40
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 2 10
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 3 50
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To have a detailed knowledge on the principal concepts, actors and components of the international system X
2 To master the fundamentals such as history, law, economics, sociology and political science required by the multidisciplinary nature of International Relations X
3 Pouvoir analyser la pratique à partir d’une infrastructure théorique assimilée X
4 To have acquired the capability of specializing on a particular theme and/or region
5 In the light of Galatasaray University’s traditional and institutional links with Europe, to have developed the ability to contribute to Turkey’s accession process to the EU in a concrete manner X
6 To interpret and explain Turkish foreign policy through its domestic components as well as from the perspective of the international system X
7 To have reached the necessary level of competence to be able to undertake a career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as other state institutions and/or the private sector X
8 Possess the required skills to work at various international organizations and NGOs X
9 To be in perfect command of French, teaching language of Galatasaray University, and of English, its mandatory language, at the academic -with a view to write a thesis/project/book in the field of International Relations- as well as the professional level X
10 To have the capacity to utilize the methodological instruments acquired throughout the studies at any conceptual and/or academic work X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 8 4 32
Assignments 0 0 0
Presentation 0 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 8 8
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 10 10
Quiz 2 4 8
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 100
Total Workload / 25 4,00
Credits ECTS 4
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