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International Relations (B.A)

Degree
B.A.
Duration (Years)
4
Medium of Instruction
English

The Department of International Relations prepares students to understand and contribute to a fast changing and dynamic world. The International Relations undergraduate program is designed to equip our students with the knowledge and applicable skills that will serve them and their communities. Our department also strives to contribute to the wider academic community through original research and publication.

General Information

In the first year of the program there are common courses with other programs of the Faculty which are mainly focusing on theoretical information. In general, a semester is evaluated on the basis of term-papers, a mid-term, and a final examination. In the second year, there are projects in addition to courses with theoretical content. In class discussions, students from various countries are encouraged to participate and experience cultures of other nations. With these projects and discussions, students are given an education which aims to prepare the students to compete in international field.

Education

International Relations program is designed in such a way that it provides the foundation for students to think theoretically and practically. The curriculum includes a wide spectrum of courses including international relations theory, international political economy, international law, international security, foreign policy analysis and area studies. Globalization, supranational integration and disintegration are common themes, which form the basis of the contemporary debate on world politics. We include many elective courses on the European Union and the Middle East. In conjunction with various centers operating under the Faculty, students can benefit from interaction with renowned scholars and attend international conferences.

Facilities

International Relations Program offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees which possess accreditations at the international level.

  • An International Relations Club established by the department’s students continues to provide a strong bridge between students and the academic staff. The club also organizes various academic events such as conferences, seminars, field trips and social gatherings.
  • Our department offers scholarship opportunities for successful students.
  • The Departmental website http://ir.emu.edu.tr is regularly updated and designed to provide students with necessary information related to the department and the program as well as the courses taught.

During the first years, the program offers a general educational approach including courses in the areas of sociology, economics and humanities. In the following semesters, area courses which are built on these courses are introduced in the program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of International Relations find job opportunities in both in the public and private spheres. Some of them have found employment in the diplomatic field as well as in other public services of their home countries. Among our department’s graduates are notables including the TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat, Albanian Minister of Justice Aldo Bumci and the TRNC Supreme Court of Justice Member Gönül Erönen. Indeed, many of our graduates now work as diplomats and as specialists in both governmental and nongovernmental international organizations. There is no shortage of job opportunities in the private sector. Our graduates have found employment in media, communications and banking sectors.

Contact Information

Tel: +90 392 630 1401
Fax: +90 392 365 1017
E-mail: ir@emu.edu.tr
Web: http://ir.emu.edu.tr

Degree
B.A.
Duration (Years)
4
Medium of Instruction
English

Curriculum

Course Code Course Title Semester Credit Lecture Hour (hrs/week) Lab (hrs/week) Tutorial (hrs/week) ECTS
Semester 1
PSIR101 Introduction to Global Politics
The course is built on a number of controversial issues in the field of contemporary global politics. Students are expected to read and think about these controversial issues and they are encouraged to put forward their own points of view in an atmosphere of discussion and debate in the class.
1 3 3 - 1 6
ECON101 Introduction to Economics - I
Elementary microeconomics. The economic problem. Supply and demand. Elasticity. Marginal analysis of consumers' and firms' behavior. The theory of profit maximization. Analysis of markets. Pricing in competitive and non-competitive markets
1 3 3 1 - 7
MGMT171 Introduction to Information Technology - I
Introduction to information technology and its significance for business, economics, and society. Understanding how computers work, introducing fundamental concepts relating to hardware, software, central processing unit, input and output, storage, networks and internet. Basic PC, Windows, and MS Office skills, and intermediate-level Word and PowerPoint skills.
1 3 3 1 1 5
MATH105 Mathematics for Arts and Social Sciences
Cartesian coordinate system; Linear equations and lines, system of linear equations, quadratic equations, functionsSelected application to economics and accounting. Matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations and their solutions using Cramer's Rule. . Set theory, counting theory, discrete probability. Descriptive statistics
1 3 3 1 1 6
ENGL181 Academic English - I
ENGL 181 is a first-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B1+ level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
1 3 5 1 1 4
ENGL191 Communication in English - I
ENGL191 is a first-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B1+ level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
1 3 3 1 - 4
HIST280 Atatürk's Principles and History of Turkish Reforms 1 2 2 - - 2
TUSL181 Turkish as a Second Language 1 2 2 - - 2
Semester 2
PSIR104 Introduction to Political Science
This course aims to introduce the students to the discipline of political science. It focuses on the major issues of political science including the scope and definition of politics and political activity, approaches to politics, political regimes, political ideologies, democracy, the state, party systems, political executive, legislature and constitution.
2 3 3 - 1 6
PSIR120 Introduction to Law
This is an introductory course aimed at the student who is studying law for the first time. The course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental legal concepts, terms, processes and principles, and the manner in which law is created and administered. It focuses on the Western tradition (the common law and the civil law), but also includes discussions of other legal systems. The course will give a brief overview of the different branches of law. The final section will focus on the legal system of TRNC.
2 3 3 - - 7
ECON102 Introduction to Economics - II
Elementary macroeconomics. Determination of national income. The role of government. The banking system. Problems of inflation, unemployment and growth.
2 3 3 1 1 7
PSIR172 Applied Skills for Political Sicence&International Relations 2 3 3 - -
ENGL182 Academic English - II
ENGL182 is a second-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B2 level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
2 3 5 1 - 4
ENGL192 Communication in English - II
ENGL192 is a second-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B2 level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
2 3 3 - 1 4
Semester 3
PSIR201 Theory and Practice of International Relations
This course introduces students to the foundations of modern international relations and acquaints them with the major traditions of thinking about the international system and world politics. Students will also engage with some of the fundamental concepts and categories of the discipline, including sovereignty, the balance of power, hegemony, etc.
3 3 3 1 1 6
PSIR203 Politics and Society
This course focuses on the interaction between politics and society and addresses the social basis of power through exploring the ways by which society and societal factors affect politics and political structures. The course largely concentrates on such basic concepts of political sociology as nation and state, institutions, political culture, representation and voting, interest groups, mass media and economic organization within the society.
3 3 3 - - 6
PSIR205 Political History of Europe - I 3 3 3 - - 6
STAT201 Statistics - I
The course familiarizes students with the basic concepts and techniques in statistics. The course will focus on descriptive statistics and a brief introduction to inferential statistics. Scope of statistics, descriptive and inductive statistics, measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion. Probability, sampling, estimation
3 3 3 1 - 6
MGMT211 Business Communication
Communicating within the organization,with stakeholders and on a cross cultural level.Techniques for effective business communication: use of communication technology, types of business letters,memos and reports,resume writing, how to act during presentations and interviews.Listening skills, non verbal cues and international business etiquette.
3 3 3 - - 6
Semester 4
PSIR206 Political History of Europe - II 4 3 3 - - 6
PSIR210 International Organizations
This course surveys theoretical, legal and political issues confronting international organizations. The historical aspects of the development of international organizations, their diversified roles and the effectiveness with which they perform their assigned functions will be examined. In addition, we will be exploring various theories that attempt to explain and evaluate international organizations as a process and as a series of institutional mechanisms that relate to issues such as international security, environmental problems and humanitarian intervention.
4 3 3 - - 7
PSIR212 Comparative Politics
The course aims at providing a conceptual and theoretical framework to study politics comparatively. The course is designed in such a way to explain how governments and political establishments gain, exercise and maintain political power. It also considers three contemporary developments: democratization, liberalization and globalization. Political systems such as liberal democracies, authoritarian systems and military regimes are studied. It is expected that the study of modern states as theoretical and practical systems will help students to improve their understanding and capacity to make academic comparisons between the political processes and institutions of different political systems
4 3 3 - - 7
PSIR220 Research Design
This course is designed to equip students with skills and information necessary to understand and conduct research in social sciences. The basic concepts and issues in research, and widely employed data collection strategies will be covered in some detail. Students are strongly recommended to attend lecture hours since performance in the course is strongly related to attendance. The topics that will be covered in the course are; science and its goals, aims of social research, theory and hypothesis, measurement and variables, the concepts of validity and reliability, sampling, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and report writing.
4 3 3 - - 6
UE01 University Elective - I
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • ULUS101 - Introduction to Global Politics
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
  • PSIR101 - Introduction to Global Politics
4 3 3 - - 4
Semester 5
PSIR301 Politics of the Middle East
This course, based on the work of the leading scholars in the field of Middle East/North Africa and International Relations, attempts to present a balanced and comprehensive analysis of international politics of the regional and outside powers. While offering a brief historical framework, the program stresses up-to-date analysis of contemporary events. It introduces key concepts and theories for the study of international relations and applies them to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The objective is to help explain the major currents in international politics from different perspectives and schools of thought.
5 3 3 - - 5
PSIR305 Foreign Policy Analysis 5 3 3 - - 7
PSIR311 International Political Economy
What are the major theoretical approaches to understanding international political economy? What roles have the international financial and trading institutions, conceived in Bretton Woods, played in global configurations of economic and political power? What are the determinants of global development and underdevelopment in various regions of the globe? What is the nature of economic change in The Global North and Global South?
5 3 3 - - 7
MGMT101 Introduction to Business - I
Understanding the business system. Understanding the global context of business. Conducting business ethically and responsibly. Entrepreneurship and the small business. Managing the business enterprise. Organizing the business enterprise.
5 3 3 - - 6
FINA319 International Financial Institutions and Policies 5 3 3 - - 5
Semester 6
PSIR306 Turkish Foreign Policy
The course surveys the main characteristics of Turkish foreign policy towards its neighbors, with the important global actors as well as with global events in the 20th and 21st centuries. Turkey’s bid for the EU membership and the protracted Cyprus conflict will take special attention in this course as the two showcases. The main focus of the course is on the reactions (and interactions) of Turkish foreign policy to (with) the changing nature of the post-Cold War international relations as well as post-9/11 international environment where the we witnessed dramatic impact on the whole international political system – and hence the attempt of the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government in devising a new Turkish foreign policy to cope with this international environment.
6 3 3 - - 6
PSIR308 Contemporary Political Thought 6 3 3 - - 7
PSIR310 Politics of Development
What makes some countries richer and more developed than others? Why is there such an income inequality amongst the world population? These questions have puzzled social scientists for many generations. This course provides insight into the causes of global inequality through an examination of development theory and practice. The course will engage in a critical evaluation of the existing schools of thought and how these address the politics of development. In particular, it will focus on the political economy of Third World Development.
6 3 3 - - 7
AE01 Area Elective - I
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • PSIR301 - Politics of the Middle East
  • PSIR439 - Diplomacy and Negotiation Skills
  • PSIR201 - Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
6 3 3 - - 6
UE02 University Elective - II
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • ULUS101 - Introduction to Global Politics
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
  • PSIR101 - Introduction to Global Politics
6 3 3 - - 4
Semester 7
PSIR405 International Law
This course introduces students to the various aspects of international law and especially its relationship with global politics. The major topics of international law are addressed including: definition and basic characteristics of international law, history and theory of international law, sources and subjects of international law, States and non-state international legal persons, jurisdiction and diplomacy. The course places an emphasis on an evolving international society largely structured by the rules and norms of international law.
7 3 3 - - 7
PSIR407 Politics of the European Union 7 3 3 - - 7
AE02 Area Elective - II
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • PSIR301 - Politics of the Middle East
  • PSIR439 - Diplomacy and Negotiation Skills
  • PSIR201 - Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
7 3 3 - - 6
AE03 Area Elective - III
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • PSIR301 - Politics of the Middle East
  • PSIR439 - Diplomacy and Negotiation Skills
  • PSIR201 - Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
7 3 3 - - 6
UE03 University Elecitive - III
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • ULUS101 - Introduction to Global Politics
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
  • PSIR101 - Introduction to Global Politics
7 3 3 - - 4
Semester 8
PSIR410 Conflict, Peace and Security
This course primarily focuses on traditional and modern understanding of international security, international disputes and dispute settlement. It begins by examining the nature and origin of contemporary international disputes, understanding global security, settlement of disputes, use of force, collective security, including peacekeeping and international crimes. In the second part of the course, the focus shifts to particular conflict prone subject-areas such as arms limitation, human rights, environmental and economic relations/law.
8 3 3 - - 6
PSIR412 Topics in World Politics
This course is designed to develop awareness among senior level students for ethnic problems and regional conflicts that are of international concern. Case studies will be offered for examination and analysis from the Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) the North Caucasus (Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia and Ingushetia) the South Caucasus (the republics of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia) the Middle East and LEBANON (the Palestinian question the autonomous region of North Iraq), South Asia (Afghanistan and the Kashmir Question) and the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti and the former republic of Somalia). It is envisioned that students will gain a greater knowledge of the root causes concerned with ethnic disputes, as well as, problems confronted in solving ethnic issues, the progress or the lack of progress made in ending disputes and the impact of ethnic oriented conflicts on the people and the regions that are affected.
8 3 3 - - 6
AE04 Area Elective - IV
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • PSIR301 - Politics of the Middle East
  • PSIR439 - Diplomacy and Negotiation Skills
  • PSIR201 - Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
8 3 3 - - 6
AE05 Area Elective - V
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • PSIR301 - Politics of the Middle East
  • PSIR439 - Diplomacy and Negotiation Skills
  • PSIR201 - Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
8 3 3 - - 6
AE06 Area Elective - VI
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR203 - Politics and Society
  • PSIR301 - Politics of the Middle East
  • PSIR439 - Diplomacy and Negotiation Skills
  • PSIR201 - Theory and Practice of International Relations
  • PSIR425 - Human Rights
8 3 3 - - 6