COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
History of Contemporary International Relations
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 240
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives To examine the rises and falls of the major powers of the international relations in modern ages.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to identify the political, military, economic strengths and weaknesses of the European Great Powers such as Habsburg Spain, Bourbon and later Napoleonic France, Victorian Britain, and Wilhelmian Germany.
  • to outline the financial, military and diplomatic “revolutions” in the history of international relations as well as the historical development of the rising force of the secularist ‘realpolitik’ and that of the nation-states in western and central Europe.
  • to critique the basis for revisionism found in the peace treaties ending WW I comparing the Vienna Order of 1815 with the Paris Order of 1919
  • to discuss the political and military rise of the totalitarian regimes, the relative decline of the Western democracies and the failure of a “policy of appeasement” and the League of Nations in the Interwar Period
  • to discuss the origins and the phases of the “Cold War”, the weaknesses of the European Great Powers in the aftermath of WW II and the two superpowers’ strengths and global positions throughout the major crises of the Cold War.
  • to assess the reasons for the Soviet collapse in front of the U.S. economic and military challenge in the 1980’s and for the end of the Cold War and the bi-polar system of international relations.
Course Description “History of Modern International Relations” course focuses on states, nations, international politics, decision-makers and their interactions and conflicts through the ages. It is the study of history of relations between states or across state boundaries.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Introduction of the course and the course material Grieco and Ikenberry, 2015, pp: 31-70.
2 Why the West? Kennedy, 1989, pp: 3-30.
3 Habsburg Bid for Hegemony, the “Thirty Years’ War” and the “Westphalian Order” Kennedy, 1989, pp: 31-72.
4 The “Pentarchy” and Franco-British Global Struggle Kennedy, 1989, pp: 100-115.
5 American and French Revolutions and Napoleonic Wars Kennedy, 1989, pp: 115-139.
6 Congress of Vienna and Concert of Europe Kissinger, 1994, pp: 78-102.
7 Midterm
8 First World War Kennedy, 1989, 249-274.
9 Interwar Period Kennedy, 1989, 275-320 Devetak, George and Percy, 2017, Chapter 9.
10 Second World War Kennedy, 1989, 333-357.
11 Start of the Cold War Kramer, Palmer and Colton, 2020, Chapter 22 Devetak, George and Percy, 2017, Chapter 10.
12 Superpower Competition of 1960s and the Détente Kramer, Palmer and Colton, 2020, Chapter 24.
13 Collapse of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War Kramer, Palmer and Colton, 2020, Chapter 25.
14 Student presentations
15 Student presentations
16 Final Exam
Course Notes/Textbooks
  • Kennedy, Paul. 1989. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000. London: Unwin Hyman
  • Kramer, Llyod., Palmer R. R. and Colton, Joel. 2020. A History of Europe in the Modern World. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Kissinger, Henry. 1994. Diplomacy. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Devetak, Richard, George, Jim, and Percy, Sarah. 2017. An Introduction to International Relations. New York: Cambridge University Press. (Chapters 9 and 10)
  • Grieco, Joseph, and Ikenberry, John. 2015. Introduction to International Relations. London: Palgrave. (Chapter 1)
Suggested Readings/Materials

Oral Sander. 2002. Siyasi Tarih, İlkçağlardan 1918’e. İmge Kitabevi.

Oral Sander. 2002. Siyasi Tarih, 1918-1994. İmge Kitabevi.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
15
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
15
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
10
3
30
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
17
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
25
Final Exams
1
30
    Total
150

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to possess the knowledge in legal terminology, concepts and principles.

2

Solves the legal problems with an analytic and integral point of view.

3

Evaluates the legal knowledge and abilities obtained with a critical approach.

4

Evaluates the developments in legal theory and practice by monitoring local, international and interdisciplinary dimensions.

5

Is conscious of social, professional and scientific principles of ethic behaviour.

6

Takes responsibility in solving problems by creative and innovative thinking.

7

Interprets the sources of law by ways of legal methodology.

8

To be able to interpret the legal norms with a sense of justice respectful to human rights and in the light of principles of democratic, secular and social state of law.

9

To be able to use the daily scientific sources and court judgments in the framework of life time learning approach.

10

Informs the related persons and institutions about legal matters both verbally and in written.

11

Monitors the daily legal information/court decisions and interacts with the colleagues in a foreign language (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale” Level B1).

12

Uses the information and communication technology together with the computer programs in a level required by the area of law (“European Computer Driving Licence, Advanced Level”).

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest