INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Dimitri Tsarouhas, Ph.D., Acting Chair

Academic Staff
Part-time Academic Staff
IR Courses
MIAPP Courses

International Relations (IR) is a relatively new discipline. Its importance, however, has been rapidly growing in recent decades. All of us are affected by the international environment and by foreign policy decisions. International issues are becoming increasingly significant, complex, and diversified. We often read and hear about such issues as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Aegean dispute, the post-Cold War period, the European Union, arms control negotiations, and problems of international trade and finance. All these issues lend themselves to conflicting interpretations and competing alternative solutions. In order to grasp the significance of these contemporary problems, we need to have not only a certain degree of specialized knowledge about the geographical regions in question, but also some theoretical understanding of International Relations.

Career opportunities in the field increase as Turkey's foreign relations diversify. The diplomatic service and other sectors of public bureaucracy continue to be an important source of employment. In addition to this, the media, private sector, professional organizations, and universities need increasing numbers of specialists in international affairs.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

The undergraduate program is comprised of a broad set of integrated courses designed to provide the training and perspective necessary for future career responsibilities in the field of International Relations. These courses emphasize increased competence in IR specialties such as International Law, Diplomatic History, Politics of International Economy, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Issues and Area Studies. The teaching objectives are to maintain the crucial balance between theory and practice and to ensure that every student is exposed to the latest understanding of all the key IR issues and to the conceptual and analytical frameworks underlying them.

The core set of courses provides the fundamentals of the field of IR while a wide variety of elective courses, to be taken from the department as well as from the Departments of Political Science, Economics and Management, permits students to develop a program that will meet personal needs and special career interests.

For students who choose to pursue a more advanced degree in the field, the Department offers a Master's degree program and a doctoral degree program with considerable flexibility for graduate students to develop specialized academic programs to suit their needs and interests.

FIRST YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
ECON 107  Principles of Microeconomics  3      3  6
ENG 101  English and Composition I  5      3  6
GE 100  Orientation  1      1  1
HCIV 101  History of Civilization I  3      3  6
POLS 101  Introduction to Political Science I  3      3  6
SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology  3      3  5
TURK 101  Turkish I  2      2  1

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
CS 121  Introduction to Computing for Social Sciences  3    2  3  6
ECON 108  Principles of Macroeconomics  3      3  6
ENG 102  English and Composition II  5      3  6
HCIV 102  History of Civilization II  3      3  6
IR 101  Introduction to World Politics  3    2  3  6
TURK 102  Turkish II  2      2  1

SECOND YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
GE 250  Collegiate Activities Program I        -  1
IR 205  Diplomatic History  3      3  6
IR 227  Research Methods in International Relations  3      3  6
MATH 264  Statistics for Social Sciences  3      3  6
PHIL 243  Social and Political Philosophy I  6      6  12

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
GE 251  Collegiate Activities Program II        1  2
HIST 200  History of Turkey  4      4  8
IR 236  20th Century World Politics  3      3  6
LAW 210  Basic Concepts of Law  3      3  6
PHIL 244  Social and Political Philosophy II  6      6  12
PSYC 102  Introduction to Social Psychology  3      3  5

THIRD YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
IR 303  International Law  3      3  6
IR 335  International Relations Theory  3      3  6
IR 338  Politics of International Economy  3      3  6
  General Elective        3  6
  Restricted Elective        3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
IR 305  International Organizations  3      3  6
IR 333  Foreign Policy Analysis  3      3  6
  General Elective        3  6
  Restricted Elective        3  6
  Unrestricted Elective        3  6

FOURTH YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
IR 399  Summer Training        -  1
IR 439  Turkish Foreign Policy  3      3  6
  Restricted Elective        3  6
  Unrestricted Electives (3)        9  18

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
  Restricted Electives (2)        6  12
  Transdisciplinary Senior Project        6  12
  Unrestricted Elective        3  6

In addition to elective courses offered by the Department of International Relations, students are allowed to take electives from the departments of Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Faculty of Law, Management and/or Philosophy or foreign language courses, among others.

BÄ°LKENT-BINGHAMTON DUAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM

in Global and International Affairs

The dual diploma program Bilkent-Binghamton, SUNY bachelor's degree in Global and International Affairs (GIA) offers students at Bilkent University a unique program of interdisciplinary study in International Relations, History, Economics and other fields yielding high-level substantive knowledge and analytical skills for careers requiring global perspectives on international issues of various kinds. This four-year program includes full-time enrolment for four semesters at Binghamton University, the SUNY doctoral campus most noted for its undergraduate excellence, its comprehensive internationalisation, and its history of fruitful association with Turkish universities. Students in the program meet all of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree both at Binghamton University and at Bilkent University. Although degree recipients receive two diplomas, one from each institution, both diplomas refer to the degree as jointly awarded, and no student can receive the degree or either of the diplomas without satisfying the academic requirements of both institutions. To be able to start the program, students must achieve a satisfactory score, specifically a 550 or better (plus a score of 4 in the written part) on the U.S. Test Of English as a Foreign Language (213 on the computer based, 80 on the internet based and written part 4) or with no less than 5.5 for each section overall score 6.5 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System).(It is not possible to start the program without having a satisfactory score.)

Minimum credits for the joint Bachelor's Degree in Global and International Affairs is 126 (minimum of 50 credits from each partner).

Following is the first and third year courses to be taken at Bilkent University.

FIRST YEAR (Bilkent University)

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
CS 121  Introduction to Computing for Social Sciences  3    2  3  6
ECON 107  Principles of Microeconomics  3      3  6
ENG 101  English and Composition I  5      3  6
GE 100  Orientation  1      1  1
HCIV 101  History of Civilization I  3      3  6
POLS 101  Introduction to Political Science I  3      3  6
TURK 101  Turkish I  2      2  1

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
ECON 108  Principles of Macroeconomics  3      3  6
ENG 102  English and Composition II  5      3  6
HCIV 102  History of Civilization II  3      3  6
IR 101  Introduction to World Politics  3    2  3  6
MATH 264  Statistics for Social Sciences  3      3  6
TURK 102  Turkish II  2      2  1

THIRD YEAR (Bilkent University)

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
HIST 200  History of Turkey  4      4  8
IR 399  Summer Training        -  1
  Restricted Electives (2)        6  12
  Unrestricted Electives (3)        9  18

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
  Restricted Electives (3)        9  18
  Unrestricted Electives (2)        6  12

(Binghamton University)

Binghamton will specify which courses are to be made available to students in this program in a given year. Binghamton also provides advising prior to students' arrival in Binghamton and during their stay to ensure that they enroll in courses appropriate to their individual academic and personal backgrounds, needs, and interests. Following is a minimum credit breakdown by category (please note that some of these credits will be satisfied with courses taken at Bilkent):

Political Science: 32 credits

History: 32 credits

Economics: 9-12 credits

Research Methods: 6-8 credits

General Education: 36 credits (some of which will be satisfied with courses taken in above categories)

Writing 111: 4 credits (to be taken during students' first semester of Binghamton)

MINOR PROGRAM

The minor degree program in International Relations offers Bilkent University students with an interest in world politics a solid basis for understanding world politics in a globalizing world as well as Turkey's international relations. The minor degree program is made up of four must courses: Introduction to World Politics, 20th Century World Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, and International Relations Theory. Students also take three elective courses of their own choosing. The Department offers a wide variety of courses, all of which are open to minor degree students (subject to availability).

Prerequisite Courses: IR 101 Introduction to World Politics

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
IR 236  20th Century World Politics  3      3  6
IR 333  Foreign Policy Analysis  3      3  6
IR 335  International Relations Theory  3      3  6
  Electives (3)        9  18

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Master of Arts in International Relations

Admission: Prospective students must have completed the Bilkent University requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations or approximately equivalent training. (Also refer to the ``Graduate Admissions'' section in the introduction of this catalog for the general graduate admission requirements.)

Degree Requirements: A completed program must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Completion of at least 26 units of credit course work. The seven required international relations courses include the following: International Relations Theory, Academic Writing, Research Methods, Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy, Pre-Thesis Seminar, Academic Practices, and Master Thesis. The four elective courses can be selected from the offered graduate courses each semester.
  2. Completion of an M.A. thesis proposal before the start of the second year.
  3. An M.A. thesis must be submitted to and approved by the thesis defense committee.
  4. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 must be maintained for the totality of Master's level work.

Master of International Affairs and Public Policy (MIAPP)

The curriculum of the Master of International and Public Policy (MIAPP) is designed to provide students with a broad analytical background in the major fields of international affairs and European integration, combined with the specific focus on the newly emerging issues of governance and globalization. The program of study requires 60 units of graduate credits and is completed in four terms of full-time attendance without the requirement of submission of a Master's thesis.

By underlining updated knowledge and skills essential to careers in international, private, and public sectors, the program responds to new professional opportunities at home as well as abroad. The program addresses the fundamental issues of the post-Cold War era, globalization, public governance, corporate governance and European integration with an approach that incorporates scholarly perspective and practical experience.

Requirements for Application: An undergraduate degree in international relations is not a prerequisite for admission. Graduates of other disciplines are also eligible and are encouraged to apply.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Prac. Lab
ECON 507  Economics for International and Public Affairs I  3      3  6
ECON 508  Economics for International and Public Affairs II  3      3  6
ENG 406  Graduate Writing and Presentation Seminar  3      3  5
IR 543  International and Public Policy Decision Making  3      3  6
IR 547  International Politics  3      3  6
IR 572  European Union Integration, EU and OECD Economies  3      3  6
IR 574  Turkey's International Relations  3      3  6
IR 594  International Law and Organizations  3      3  6
IR 629  Global Political Economy  3      3  6
MAN 509  International Business  3      3  6
MIAPP 501  Term Project        -  6
  Restricted Electives (8)        24  48
  Unrestricted Electives (2)        6  12

Electives: (Eight of the following) All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits.

Electives: (Two of the following) All 3XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits.

Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations

The doctoral program at Bilkent IR is a highly specialized program. Its purpose is to develop the skills of doctoral candidates in international political analysis and to increase their capacity to conduct research on theoretical issues, international security studies, strategic studies, comparative foreign policy, international political economy, regional integration, global environmental problems, international law, peacekeeping and conflict resolution as well as area studies such as the European Union, the Balkans, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The program is reserved for a limited number of students who are qualified and committed to spend several years conducting intensive research. The program is particularly suitable for students who wish to pursue an academic career.

Degree Requirements: Students accepted to this program must complete at least 26 credit hours of course work (prerequisite courses not included in this total are IR 501 International Relations Theory, which is a prerequisite for IR 621 Current Debates in International Relations Theory, and IR 519 Research Methods, which is a prerequisite for IR 699 Ph.D. Dissertation). Students may take elective courses from other departments in accordance with IR Ph.D. curriculum requirements. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 must be maintained for the totality of Ph.D. coursework. The doctoral program must be completed in at most 12 semesters.


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