(Between the 2013-2019 Academic Years) Courses



PSIR 601 Research Methods

This course provides students the basic skills needed to conduct political analysis. All students are expected to come to class having done the required readings of the week and engage in class discussions. Academic Integrity: Any kind of academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarizing, will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty will be pursued with disciplinary action and will result in an “F” grade for the class.


PSIR 603 Political Theory

This course is specifically designed for doctoral candidates in the Ph.D. programme and constitutes the core course in the field of political theory. The main purpose of the course is to assist students in preparing for their comprehensive examinations in the subfield. We will focus on exploring key texts within modern and contemporary political theory which are considered particularly influential and controversial.


PSIR 605 Comparative Politics

The course introduces students to the study of political institutions, political culture, political behavior and political processes from a comparative perspective. Students will become familiar with the main theories, methods and terms used in comparative politics.


PSIR 631 International Relations Theories

This graduate seminar surveys the main theoretical and analytical approaches encountered in the study of international relations.


PSIR 695 Seminar

This course provides faculty and graduate students a setting to explore the existing literature in their area of study. The course serves as an introduction for graduate students to academic research.


PSIR 697 Comprehensive Exam

The aim of this course is to provide the student the opportunity to study political science literature in depth.


PSIR 698 Thesis Proposal

Students work with advisors to develop a dissertation proposal and explain how they contribute to the field.


PSIR 699 Ph.D Thesis

The Ph.D. candidates write a thesis under guidance of a thesis advisor on a topic in the relevant subfield of political science. The candidate is responsible for finding a suitable topic and after approval of the topic by his/her advisor, will prepare a resarch outline. The student will develop an analysis that is rooted in theory and makes use of relevant qualitative and/or quantitative methods. The thesis needs to satisfy the formatting requirements in the Guidelines for Thesis Preparation.


PSIR 602 Current Issues in International Relations

This course provides in-depth analysis and multiplicity of perspectives regarding the contemporary IR literature and possible research topics.


PSIR 604 Turkish Politics

This course examines the transformation of political institutions like bureaucracy, military, political parties, governments, and parliaments. In addition, the transformation of Turkish political life will be analyzed through discussing state-society relations, political culture, and the impact of military interventions on social and political transformation.


PSIR 631 International Relations Theories

This graduate seminar surveys the main theoretical and analytical approaches encountered in the study of international relations.


PSIR 632 International Security

To provide students with the opportunity to study an area of central importance in International Relations by providing a theoretical foundation. To analyze the changing nature of International Security with the emergence of the post Cold War era and assess changes in the international system as a result.


PSIR 633 Ethics and International Relations

This advanced course examines the role of morality in international relations. The course starts with an overview of different theoretical perspectives concerning ethics in international relations, it proceeds to consider the ethical dimen¬sions of more specific international issues such as the use of force, global human rights, and global justice. Students will be familiarized by contemporary cases as well.


PSIR 634 International Political Economy

This course provides an introduction to International Political Economy (IPE); the basic theories surrounding this inter-disciplinary field and issues such as globalization and related concepts and conflicts. Students will be introduced to the mainstream theories of IPE along with critical perspectives, the topics of international money and finance, trade and transnational corporations (TNCs), the issues of economic development and North-South relations.


PSIR 635 Foreign Policy Analysis

This advanced course examines the capacity of states to meet their economic and political foreign policy goals. Furthermore, it critically evaluates the domestic and international actors and factors in the making and implementation of foreign policy. The course focuses on political, economic, institutional, social and psychological/ psychoanalytical dimensions of foreign policy.


PSIR 636 Foreign Policy Literature in Turkey

This advanced course discusses some of the major concepts and theoretical approaches in the subfield of Turkish foreign policy analysis. The course explains the which factors –related to domestic, regional, and international dynamics- and which methods are utilized in the literature explaining Turkish foreign policy.


PSIR 637 New Approaches and Concepts in International Relations

This Course will provide a survey of the emerging IR literature and new methodological approaches in the field.


PSIR 638 Energy Geopolitics and Policies

This advanced course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to gain or enhance the skills and knowledge required to critically evaluate the global energy politics.


PSIR 641 Social Movements

The course introduces students to social movements that take place in Turkey and other countries.


PSIR 642 Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

The course introduces students to the nature, formation and implications of public opinion and voting behavior in Turkey, Europe and the US.


PSIR 643 Nationalism and Citizenship

The course is designed as a problem-based learning process involving two main learning activities: (1) seminars and (2) individual research projects. The seminar activities will offer the students the possibility of exploring the course topics under instructor’s guidance. The students are expected to actively participate in each seminar after having read the assigned bibliography, which is indicated by the instructor one week ahead of each seminar session. The course then offers the possibility for students to employ the knowledge accumulated during the seminar activities in individual research on relevant topics at their choice. The research process presupposes two stages. The students will first make one presentation in class of the general strategy of analysis and of the detailed structure of the research paper. The second and final stage will be the production of the final research paper to be submitted at the end of the semester. Each of these two stages will be supervised closely by the instructor. In conclusion, the students are expected to (1) attend all classes, (2) read the assignments, (3) participate in the debates on the seminar themes, and (4) follow the instructor’s guidance in preparing the individual research projects.


PSIR 644 State

This course will discuss the state under three separate headings: State formation, theories of political development and political regimes and democratization. Under state formation theories of state formation, the concept of weak states, and the “resource curse” will be analyzed. Under Theories of Political Development, modernization theory and Marxist theories such as dependency theory will be addressed. Under Political Regimes and Democratization, regimes, democratization, consolidation and democratic breakdown, dictatorships/authoritarian regimes and accountability will be discussed.


PSIR 645 Regional Studies

This course will focus on area studies in the political science discipline. It will begin by addressing the role of theory in comparative politics and will aim to analyze area studies within this context. Issues of uneven economic development, and the reasons behind different development trajectories will be explored. The democratization literature will be briefly discussed to provide a context in which to better compare different regions. The course will end with a focus on three separate regions and the relevant literature that addresses their dynamics.


PSIR 646 New Approaches and Concepts in Comparative Politics

The course is designed as a problem-based learning process involving two main learning activities: (1) seminars and (2) individual research projects. The seminar activities will offer the students the possibility of exploring the course topics under instructor’s guidance. The students are expected to actively participate in each seminar after having read the assigned bibliography, which is indicated by the instructor one week ahead of each seminar session. The course then offers the possibility for students to employ the knowledge accumulated during the seminar activities in individual research on relevant topics at their choice. The research process presupposes two stages. The students will first make one presentation in class of the general strategy of analysis and of the detailed structure of the research paper. The second and final stage will be the production of the final research paper to be submitted at the end of the semester. Each of these two stages will be supervised closely by the instructor. In conclusion, the students are expected to (1) attend all classes, (2) read the assignments, (3) participate in the debates on the seminar themes, and (4) follow the instructor’s guidance in preparing the individual research projects.


PSIR 651 Current Issues in Turkish Politics

Special attention will be paid to the discussion of the issues of the consolidation of democracy, civil society, the rise of Islam, nationalism, identity politics, socio-economic changes in order to be able to capture the essence of the changing nature of Turkish politics.


PSIR 652 Turkish Political Thought

Special attention will be paid to the evolution of major political thoughts as liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, islamism, socialism during the post-1908 period.


PSIR 653 Political Economy of Turkey

This course provides an introduction to Turkey’s political economy. It will begin by addressing the historical context of Turkish economic development, beginning with the late Ottoman era. The early years of the Republic, along with the different development strategies implemented by the Turkish state and their resulting effects on the relationship between the market and state and in Turkey will be discussed. The course will end with the current developments of the Turkish economy and how globalization and liberalism has affected the Turkish state.


PSIR 661 Governance in the EU

Policymaking in the EU has been shaped by rules and procedures that developed in a fifty-year period. Today, nearly all possible policy areas are covered by the EU, either based on exclusive or shared competences or merely on a coordinative role at the EU level. The main objective of this course is to analyze these varieties in European Union’s governance. The course is structured into two parts: The first part presents different ways of policymaking in three main policy dimensions (agenda setting, decision making and policy implementation). In the second part, the obtained conceptual perspectives will be analyzed through their implementation to a couple of policy areas (such as single market, social and environmental policies, CAP, migration and asylum policy and foreign policy). This course requires students with strong background knowledge of the roles of EU institutions and their functions.


PSIR 662 Political Economy of European Integration

This course provides an introduction to the political economy of the European Union. A purely economic or political background to the European Union would leave students with an incomplete view of the future of the Union. This course will address the main policies of the EU touching upon its economic as well as political approach and will aim to give students an interdisciplinary understanding of the Union and why the member states have decided to join their currencies in a currency union. It will also address the latest financial crisis that has engulfed the EU and will try to assess the future of the monetary union.


PSIR 663 Foreign Relations of the EU

This advanced course addresses the characterisitcs of EU’s relations with the third parties. Following a brief overview of theories of European Integration, formulation and implementation processes of EU policy making towards the world outside its borders will be analyzed. Lastly, students will analyze a wide range of policy instruments of the EU in its relations with the third parties.


PSIR 664 Theories of European Integration

The course is designed as to refine student’s capacities as to analyse developments related to the EU through familiarisation with the analytical value of the main theories of European integration. The students are expected (1) to read the assignments, (2) get involved in the debates on the course themes and (3) produce analytical work on the basis of the information provided throughout the course about European integration theories.


PSIR 665 From National to the Supranational Governance in the EU

This course discusses the impact of EU governance on nation states. The course comprises two main parts: The first part deals with the question of how EU integration is conceptualized. By comparing main institutional approaches on the formation of supranational institutions, the similarities and differences between these approaches will be explained. The second part focuses on the impact of EU governance on the nation state. The transformative impact will be assessed for the following issues: national parliaments, courts, administrations, the sub-national level, interest organization, identity. Further sessions deal with the impact of EU governance beyond the member states.


PSIR 666 The Legitimacy of EU Governance

The seminars examine the three dimensions of legitimacy: 1) Input-legitimacy refers to the popular authorization and accountability of governance. 2) Output-legitimacy results from the performance of a political system. 3) Social legitimacy implies a common political identity as precondition of majoritarian democracy. Students get familiarized with the transformation of concepts of political legitimacy in recent scientific debates: How can post-national governance be legitimized? Is the parliamentary democracy of the nation state transferable to supranational governance? Which role does NGO play in EU governance? Is there a European identity? The seminars further deal with the reform of the institutional architecture of the EU, its gradual parliamentarisation and performance analysis of EU governance.


PSIR 667 New Perspectives and Concepts in European Studies

This course examines current theoretical and empirical debates in European studies. The course comprises five main themes: (1) Debates on the policy making process (New German leadership? Impact of the new Juncker Commission?); (2) Debates on the management of the Euro crisis (intergovernmentalist vs. neo-functionalist approaches); (3) Debates on the EU’s foreign policy (Speaking with one voice? Evidence from Ukraine conflict, global trade governance and energy/climate policy), (4) Debates on the transformative power of the EU (Impact of EU in candidate countries, in particular Turkey, post-accession compliance in CEEC countries), (5) Debates on widening, deepening and differentiated integration (Do enlargements hinder deeper integration? Is a differentiation a solution to the increasing heterogeneity of the EU; debate on UK’s exit from the EU)


PSIR 668 European Diplomatic and Military History

Diplomatic and military history of the “early modern” and “modern”-era Europe focuses on states, societies, politics, decision-makers and their interactions and conflicts throughout the last Half-Millennium. It is the study of international relations and armed conflicts between states or across state boundaries and is one of the most important forms of history. European Diplomatic and Military History” classes cover the 1492-2001 period in the history of international relations.


PSIR 671 Controversies in Political Philosophy: Freedom, Citizenship and Democracy

Contemporary debates about freedom, citizenship and democracy will be examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives.


PSIR 672 Modernity and Its Critics

This course will explore the relationship between and violence and politics through a close and critical reading of some the key texts within modern and contemporary political thought. Particular attention will be paid to the following questions: Should we look at the relationship between violence and politics from the perspective of the state or from that of the oppressed? Is violence a necessary aspect of politics? Should we see violence as a justified response to oppression and injustice? Is violence antithetical to politics or constitutive of it? Is assimilation a form of violence? Among the thinkers/writers to be studied are Freud, Sartre, Robespierre, Sorel, Benjamin, Derrida, Schmitt, Fanon and Arendt.


PSIR 673 Critical Theory from Kant to Habermas

We will examine the historical and intellectual origins of Critical Theory in light of the texts written by thinkers such as Kant, Marx, Weber, Freud, Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Foucault and Habermas.


PSIR 674 Liberalism and Its Critics

Contemporary disputes within and criticisims of the liberal tradition will be examined.


PSIR 675 Political Thought and Literature

Selected texts from contemporary world literature will be examined with a view to shedding new light on contemporary questions of politics such as coming to terms with the genocidal pasts and the Holocaust, processes of forgetting and remembrance, politics of public memory, colonialism and post-colonialism. These themes will be explored through a close reading of literary and political/philosophical texts.