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  1. GSIS: 0346113 Modern Social and Political Theory (3 credits / 1. semester) A comprehensive study of political theory starting from the assumptions of basic theoretical debates.
  2. GSIS: 0346111 Methodology (3 credits / 1. or 2. Semester) Research methods for social scientists. Basic characteristics of social science research.
  3. GSIS: 0346088 Seminar for Thesis Preparation (non-credit / 2. semester)



Political Science

  1. GSIS: 0346440 Comparative Politics (3 Credits / 1. Semester) The comparative method in political science and major approaches to the current issues in the field.
  2. GSIS: 0346211 Turkish Politics (3 Credits / 2. Semester) The historical period covered by the course starts with the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. Rather than a chronological account of historical events, the structure and contents of the course will focus more on the analysis of the process of the formation of modern political power in Ottoman and Turkish societies, through relations, ideologies, and practices of power on the basis of social classes, socio-cultural identities, social and political movements. The course plan and required readings cover historical-empirical analysis of socio-political power relations, as well as different theoretical approaches.

International Relations

  1. GSIS: 0346611 Theories of International Relations (3 Credits / 1. Semester) The course aims to discuss the major theoretical approaches to the study of international relations. 
  2. GSIS: 0346550 International Politics (3 Credits / 2. Semester) In this course that questions the content and the borders of international politics, readings will focus on the subfields such as security, and foreign policy.


Eelctive courses are not offered every semester. For the list of available elective courses, please check the current course program.

GSIS: 0346410 Politics, Culture and Social Movements in EU Countries

The European Union is a Union of 27 countries, and accession of new members is on the agenda. While these 27 countries share a common area of values, they also differ significantly in terms of political culture, the process of democratization, demographic structure, ethnic and religious characteristic, and historical backgrounds. The aim is to motivate students to study and research the basic characteristics of the EU countries. The political structure, party system, political culture, and political movements of major EU countries will be examined. The major topics of the course include the evolution of major political currents-such as socialism, social democracy, Christian democracy, and liberalism, the emergence of new political movements such as the Greens, the role of the civil society, and the EU dimension.

GSIS: 0346411 The European Union

The course aims to examine the European Union as a case of supranational initiative unique in World history. Topics will include the institutional structure of the EU, its history, transformations, the areas of policy, its foreign relations, relations with Turkey, and other current issues. Students are expected to prepare written and oral presentations examining the policies, strategies, and the institutional development of the EU, with reference to different approaches, including federalism, liberalism, intergovernmentalism, social constructivism, and institutionalism.

GSIS: 0346912 Cultural History of Europe

This course examines two significant period ands and turning points in the cultural history of Europe. The topics covered include romanticism, realism, the Enlightenment, science and technology, and the cultural history of the 20th century. 

GSIS: 0346431-2 The Cold War Era in Europe 1- 2

The course focuses on the Cold War Era (1948-1991) in Europe. The causes of the Cold War, together with social, economic and political dimensions will be analyzed, and particularly the security institutions of the Cold War era are analyzed from a theoretical perspective.

GSIS:  0346812 The Balkans

This course covers the crucial developments in the process of transition from empire to the nation-state, the millet system, Balkan nationalisms, the church, and the minorities.

GSIS: 0346742 The Ottoman Past and the Identity Issue in the Balkans and Turkey

The account of the Ottoman period in the historiography and school books of the Balkan countries, and its comparison with Turkey; the role of the Ottoman past in the formation and definition of national identities.

GSIS: 0346732 Democracy: Theories, Models

The course examines democracy through both theoretical perspectives and historical cases. From the roots of the idea of democracy in the classical period when it first emerged, to the current debates, the course aims to provide a critical review of the promises and traps of the democratic thought.

GSIS: 0346711 Theories of State

The course will focus on the three most influential theoretical traditions in the study of political power and state: Marxist approaches that analyze the state in relation with capitalism and classes; Weberian studies that focus on the institutional structure of the state; and Foucaldian approaches that shift to the concept of governmentality instead of the state. The aim of the course is to discuss the internal differentiations within each theoretical tradition as well as continuities and discontinuities among them.

GSIS: 0346460 Religion and Politics

This course aims to cover the major theoretical debates on the role of religion in political life. Christian Democracy, the Liberation Theology, and Political Islam will be examined as three significant experiments in this respect. 

GSIS: 0346421 Contemporary Debates on Security

This course examined the new security agenda of the West, within the framework of the changing security parameters in the post-Cold War era.

GSIS: 0346430 Politics and Society in the Caucasus

The study of political and social processes in the South Caucasus from the perspective of political sociology, ’area studies’ applications of alternative approaches together with theories of nationalism, developing an analytical approach in this context.

GSIS: 0346112 Public Law

The aim of the course is to define the building blocks of a “theory of democratic rule of law”. With this perspective, the first weeks (Weeks 1-5) will examine how law is configured in political units organized under a state structure, that is modern societies. Following that (Weeks 5-10), the aim will be to define law within the framework of a concept of power that could be valid for all kinds of social organization. Finally, going back to the modern state construct, the course will discuss how the concept of universal human rights could be consistently placed, from a theoretical perspective, within the idea of law. 

GSIS: 0346540 Capitalism and the Human Being

The course will deal with how human life and character are affected by different principles and stages of capitalism.

GSIS: 0346522 Globalization and Turkey

This course aims to examine the globalization phenomenon from political, social and economic viewpoints, and to discuss its implications, and its effects in Turkey, with reference to differing views and debates.

GSIS: 0346450 Globalization, Capitalism, and Power

The aim of this course is to explain and interpret the world order and international economic relations from the perspective of political power. In this context, the mechanisms and historical evolution of capitalism in general, and international economy in particular, will be analyzed. This analysis will focus particularly on the neo-liberal period of accumulation called ‘globalization’ and the accompanying processes and practices of power. The course is envisaged to have an interdisciplinary character, referring to various disciplines, including political science, economics, and sociology.

GSIS: 0346433 Media and Politics

The criticism of media, property issues in media, political journalism and the television, the press and political journalism in Turkey, political journalism in the West, the Internet and politics.

GSIS: 0346510 Politics and Literature

B focusing on the politics-author-work relationship, the course aims to analyze politics through literary texts, and to view the political life in Turkey through literary texts.

GSIS: 0346520 History of Russia

The course covers the history of Kiev Russia, the Tsarist era and the period since the collapse of socialism, and the students are expected to write a research paper on a be chosen from the history of Russia.

GSIS: 0346420 Political Thought and Art

In this course, works of art and literature will be examined within the framework of the concepts of political socialization, ideology, and hegemony.

GSIS: 0346712 Politics and Social Change

The course aims to discuss the interaction between politics and social change on the basis of field studies.

GSIS: 0346530 Militarism in Historical ad Theoretical Perspective

The course aims to study militarism –in a historical and theoretical perspective- both as a technique of power in modern capitalist societies in general, and its various forms in Turkey in particular. For this aim, the course will start with reviewing the organization of violence in the formation of the modern state, conscription, and internal security practices; then it will focus on the functioning of praetorian militarism in the case of Turkey. Finally, it will cover how the security paradigm works in the age of neoliberal capitalism. The forms and prospects of anti-militarist thought and politics will also be included in order to supplement the analysis of militarism.

GSIS: 0346311 Turkish Foreign Policy

The course covers the foreign policy process in the Republican era, the major events, decisions and their implications. 

GSIS: 0346312 Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy

This course aims to examine the factors affecting the shaping of Turkey’s foreign policy in the post-1990 period, and taking these factors into consideration, to provide a critical analysis of the changes in the international system and their implications for Turkish foreign policy.

GSIS: 0346212 Current Issues in Turkish Politics

The course will analyze the major current issues of Turkish politics, in relation with their theoretical backgrounds. The topics covered include civil-military relations, political Islam, the struggle for hegemony in Turkish politics, the ‘Kurdish issue’, and the European Union as a matter of domestic politics.

GSIS: 0346470 Turkey and the Middle East (History, Identity, and Security)

The aim of this course is to consider and analyze the transformation of Turkey’s Middle East policy in terms of history, identity, and security. The level of analysis for the topics covered in the course will be universally or regionally emerging values, rather than the system or international actors. In this framework, the Westernization efforts of Turkey, how Turkey became an active member of the international community, how the Middle East policy pursued in this period has changed in response to changing dynamics of the post-Cold War era, and the general framework of this Middle East policy shaped through the concepts of identity, and security will constitute the major topics of the course. The course will discuss how Turkey defines its interests on the basis of changing values at the universal and regional level, what kinds of solutions it produces for its chronic problems, and how these are reflected in its Middle East policy, with regard to the interaction between domestic and foreign policy.

GSIS: 0346442 Minorities in Turkey

On this topic of current significance, the topics of the course will include the relationship between minorities and the nation-state, the legal framework with regard to the minorities, and Turkey’s policies toward minorities, on the basis of the history and basic characteristics of the minorities in Turkey.

GSIS: 0346422 Social Movements and Politics in Turkey (1960-1980)

This covers the 1960-1980 period in Turkey, considering the role of social movements in political life. In this framework, the unions’ movement, leftist movements, and the MHP movement constitute the major topics.

GSIS: 0346512 Turkish-Greek Relations

The course aims to discuss Turkish-Greek relations in its historical and contemporary dimensions, together with the major issues, theses and resolution processes.

GSIS: 0346612 Current Issues in International Law

UN III. Convention on the Law of the Sea; the Sovereignty Rights of the States; General Issues of Conflict (Territorial waters, Continental shelf, Protection of the Environment, the Status of Island States, International Straits, Enclosed / Semi-Enclosed Seas, International Maritime Traffic, Disagreements regarding the Resolution of Conflicts); the importance of the UN III. Convention on the Law of the Sea for Turkey; Turkey’s Major Problems with regard to the Law of the Sea; Issues in the Mediterranean, Aegean Sea and the Black Sea, and the theses of the parties; the Status of the Turkish Straits and Attempts at Rearrangement.

GSIS: 0346511 International Organizations

The course covers the role of international organizations in the current global system. The structures, functions and roles of international organizations will be reviewed, while the United Nations will be extensively covered with regard to its structure, collective security activities, and proposals for its reform. The activities of international organizations in relation to various themes, such as environmental and economic issues, will also be covered. Finally, the changing roles of international organizations within the current global order will be analyzed.

GSIS: 0346721 Ottoman “Modernization” in the XIX. Century

The course examines the transformation of the Ottoman state in the 19th century, in the international context, and discusses those aspects of the process that resulted in the financial dependency and semi-colonial relationships of the Ottoman state.

GSIS: 0346920 Politics and Security in Asia

The course examines the functioning of regional politics in Asia (the region centered on East and the Southeast), within the framework of debates on security in general and regional security. Together with theoretical debates, the course also aims to cover regional formations such as ASEAN, ARF-EAS, ASEM, APEC, the Six Party Talks, and to explain the effects of actors outside the region (RF, USA, EU) on regional politics and security.