International Relations Program

Program Title

International Relations

Final Qualification

Bachelor of Arts

Projected Study Time

4 years

ECTS Points

240 ECTS

Language of Study

English

Mode of Study

Full Time (Face to face)

The International Relations program is a four-year program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. The language of instruction for the program is English. The International Relations program has been designed in line with RDU’s emphasis on international employability. The program has been designed with an understanding that its graduates will be taking high positions in their respective countries in a near future. It is, therefore, of utmost importance that our students not only have a deep understanding of the premises of international relations but also develop the necessary behavioral traits suited for the roles they will have in their societies. The program equips the students with the knowledge and the skill set needed for graduates to carry on research in the field of International Relations and take on advisory and executive positions in diplomatic missions.
It is expected that upon graduation the students will be able to:
1. Describe the major theories of international relations.
2. Use the theoretical approaches to international relations to interpret and predict the behavior of international actors.
3. Describe and explain the societal, cultural, historical, linguistic, and ideological aspects of a particular region.
4. Critically analyze the complex interrelationship between nations, individuals, and societies
5. Employ social scientific methods to adopt research on different aspects of international relations
6. Integrate multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of international relations.
7. Describe and explain the structure and the role of different actors in international relations
8. Make logically coherent arguments on the topics related to international relations
9. Write grammatically correct and logically organized essays and papers.
Those who graduate from the International Relations program are expected to take on the following positions in national and international contexts:
1. Diplomatic Missions: The graduates are expected to be able to serve in diplomatic missions as diplomats or advisors
2. Inter-Governmental Organizations: The graduates may be hired by the United Nations or any of the regional inter-governmental organizations in a capacity that fits their academic and professional background
3. Non-Governmental Organizations: The graduates may be employed by a non-gevernmental organization as a staff member or an advisor
4. International Journals and News Agencies: The graduates may be employed as journalists or political news commentators
International Relation Curriculum


INTR 101 Introduction to International Relations

This course introduces the students to the basics of international relations by providing a general picture of the discipline of International Relations. A basic introduction to the theories of International Relations, the actors in international relations, the interplay between economic and political factors (IPE) and foreign policy decision making will be made in this course.

Reading: McGlinchey, S. (2017). International relations. Bristol, England Minneapolis: E-International Relations Publishing,Open Textbook Library.

 

INTL 101 Introduction to Law

This course covers topics on Law and Morality, Roman Law, Common Law, Jus Commune, Codification and Interpretation, Legal Families, National and Transnational Laws, Sources of Law (sources of origin, sources of validity, legislations, treaties, case law, customary law, legal doctrine and reason), Basic Concepts of Law, The Law of Contract, Property Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, The Law of Europe, International Law, Human Rights, Elements of Procedural Law, Philosophy of Law. The course is an introductory course and provides students with basic knowledge of law.

Reading:

Wacks, R. (2015). Law : a very short introduction. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Hage, J., Waltermann, A. & Akkermans, B. (2017). Introduction to Law. Cham: Springer International Publishing Imprint Springer.

 

INTR 102 Introduction to Political Science

This course examines fundamental political concepts, theories and ideologies, public institutions, political structures and decision-making processes. The course provides International Relations students with conceptual and analytical instruments to carry on research in the field of political science.

Reading: Danziger, J. (2009). Understanding the political world : a comparative introduction to political science. New York: Pearson Longman.

 

INTL 102 Introduction to International Law

This course includes an introduction to the history of International Law, the Sources of International Law, Jurisdiction in International Law, Diplomacy, Arms Control, International Crimes, Human Rights, International Environmental Law, International Economic Law, and a discussion of Current Issues in International Law.

Reading: Crawford, J. & Brownlie, I. (2012). Brownlie's principles of public international law. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

 

INTR 104 World History

This course reviews the history of the world since 1914. The course follows up the topics covered in ‘INTR 103’ and builds upon that information to provide an understanding of current issues in world politics. The course traces the events that led to the First World War, the inter-war period, the eruption of the Second World War, the Cold War and the dynamics of a bipolar world, as well as the end of the cold war and current issues in world politics. 

Reading: Cole, J. & Symes, C. (2017). Western civilizations : their history & their culture. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

 

INTR 201 International Relations Theories

This course provides a detailed understanding of the theories of International Relations. To show the practicality of these theories, the course studies them in context and uses them to analyze a single problem from the multiple perspectives that theories of International Relations provide.

Reading: McGlinchey, S., Walters, R. & Scheinpflug, C. (2017). International relations theory. Bristol Minneapolis: E-International Relations Publishing,Open Textbook Library.

 

INTR 203 Foreign Policy Analysis

This course introduces the dynamics of foreign policy decision making. The course provides students with a historical account of the evolution of foreign policy analysis theories, deliberates on the social-psychological aspects of decision making and explains the different models that are used in the study of foreign policy decisions.

Reading: Morin. & Paquin, J. (2018). Foreign policy analysis : a toolbox. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

INTR 205 Political Psychology

The Political Psychology course provides the students with an interdisciplinary overview of political environments and their influence on the decisions made by political actors. The course shows the complex interrelation between the context in which decisions are made, how this context affects the psychology of politicians, and how, as a consequence, most political decisions are suboptimal because of the internal and external psychological influences on decision makers. To show how political actors try to remove these influences the course also studies some of the most critical decisions made by world leaders and the context in which these decisions were made.

Reading: Cottam, M. (2016). Introduction to political psychology. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

 

INTR 207 Sociology

This course introduces the subject of sociology by explaining what a society is, how it can be understood, what role individuals play in societies, theories in sociological studies, the agent-structure dichotomy. It also delves into the institutions in modern society, including the state and its institutions.

Reading: Giddens, A., Duneier, M., Appelbaum, R. & Carr, D. (2018). Introduction to sociology, seagull. New York, NY London: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Ritzer, G. & Murphy, W. (2020). Introduction to sociology. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.

 

INTR 202 International Political Economy

International Political Economy is the study of the interrelation between politics and economics. This course shows how economic and political factors mutually affect each other. The course familiarizes students with issues in trade, finance and development from the international relations point of view. It studies globalization and its effects on politics and social life.

Reading: Oatley, T. (2019). International political economy. New York, NY: Routledge.

 

INTR 204 Contemporary Political Thought

This course offers students an overview of the ideas of major political theorists and their contribution to the field. The course exposes students directly to some of the most admired passages regarding capitalism, Marxism, fascism, liberalism, anarchy, etc. Students will gain an understanding of various methods used by politicians in addressing complex issues and maintaining social order.

Reading: Ryan, A. (2012). On politics : a history of political thought from Herodotus to the present. New York: Liveright Pub. Corp.

 

INTR 206 Conflict Resolution

The course provides a basic understanding of conflict escalation / de-escalation and peace building. Students gain in-depth knowledge of international conflicts including separatism, civil war, terrorism, international controversy, and diplomatic rivalry. They will also gain an understanding of relevant analytical skills.

Reading: Ramsbotham, O., Woodhouse, T. & Miall, H. (2016). Contemporary conflict resolution : the prevention, management and transformation of deadly conflicts. Cambridge Malden, MA: Polity Press.

 

INTR 208 Politics of the European Union

This course aims to provide students with the empirical understanding, theoretical knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand, discuss and evaluate how the European Union and its main political processes work.

Reading: Cini, M. & Borragán, N. (2019). European Union politics. Oxford, United Kingdom New York: Oxford University Press.

 

INTR 301 Security Studies

This course aims to lay the foundations for the study of the use of force, legal and moral constraints on its implementation by States and the basics of strategic studies. It examines how countries have reacted to their security problems by examining a number of state security case studies.

Reading: Williams, P. & McDonald, M. (2018). Security studies : an introduction. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

 

INTR 303 Political Participation

This course focuses on political participation, defined as conduct with the intention of influencing public policy.  It addresses the theoretical perspectives on political participation, the socio-cultural elements that affect political participation, and the evolution of political participation in history.

Reading: Zittel, T. & Fuchs, D. (2007). Participatory democracy and political participation: can participatory engineering bring citizens back in. London New York: Routledge.

 

INTR 305 Comparative Politics

The course provides a theoretical framework for the study of comparative politics. The course shows how political institutions gain, exercise and maintain political power.  To do this, liberal democracies, authoritarian systems, and military regimes will be examined.

Reading: Lichbach, M. & Zuckerman, A. (2009). Comparative politics : rationality, culture, and structure. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press.

 

INTR 307 Research Methods

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and information they need to understand and conduct research in the social sciences. The basic concepts and issues in research will be covered in detail as well as the widely used data collection strategies.

Reading: Baglione, L. (2020). Writing a research paper in political science : a practical guide to inquiry, structure, and methods. Thousand Oaks, California: CQ Press, an Imprint of SAGE Publications, Inc.

 

INTR 309 Foreign Language for International Relations Students I

In line with the learning outcomes of the International Relations program, all International Relations students have to learn a language other than English. The students can choose between a number of languages, including French, Russian and Turkish.

Reading: TBA

 

INTR 302 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

This course provides an introduction to important aspects of Russian foreign policy after the demise of the Soviet Union. The course has been designed for students who have no or basic knowledge of Russian foreign policy. It creates the theoretical and practical grounds for the study of foreign policy in the context of Russia and Post-Soviet Republics.

Reading: Sakwa, R., Hale, H. & White, S. (2019). Developments in Russian politics 9. London: Macmillan Education Red Globe Press.

 

INTR 304 International Organizations

This course introduces the nature and structure of International Organizations with a focus on the United Nations. In addition to the United Nations Organization, the students will also be introduced to a number of other international and regional organizations.

Reading: Amerasinghe, C. (2005). Principles of the institutional law of international organizations. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press.

 

INTR 306 Human Rights

This course provides a detailed account of the evolution of human rights. It also provides an in-depth understanding of these rights and their nature. Human Rights, in this course, will be studied in the broader context of International Law. Philosophical perspectives and arguments on the validity and justification of universal human rights will also be examined.

Reading: Goodhart, M. (2016). Human rights : politics and practice. Oxford New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

 

INTR 308 Foreign Language for International Relations Students II

In line with the learning outcomes of the International Relations program, all International Relations students have to learn a language other than English. The students can choose between a number languages, including French, Russian and Turkish.

Reading: TBA

 

INTR 401 Diplomacy and Diplomatic History

This course provides an overview of contemporary diplomatic history, particularly during the 20th century. It focuses on alliances, wars and their causes, treaties, the League of Nations, the UN and other important issues in diplomatic history.

Reading: Constantinou, C., Kerr, P. & Sharp, P. (2016). The SAGE handbook of diplomacy. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE.

 

INTR 403 Topics in World Politics

This course aims to familiarize students with some of the current issues in world politics. The students will have a better understanding of the policies taken by great powers and their effects on other countries in the world. The course provides an in-depth knowledge of the history of international conflicts.

Reading: TBA

 

INTR 405 Politics of the Middle East

The Middle East has been at the center of some of the World’s most complex conflicts in the world. This course aims to break those conflicts down to their ideological, economic, political, and societal elements so that students will have a better understanding of the dynamics that drive politics in the Middle East.

Reading: Hoffman, V. (2019). Making the new Middle East : politics, culture, and human rights. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press.

 

INTR 402 Politics of Development

This class introduces contemporary development research. It covers a broad range of topics, including history, health, education and gender issues, the role of institutions in development and the impact of policies to empower the world's poor.

Reading: Dodd, C. (1972). Political development. London: Macmillan.

 

INTR 404 Turkish Foreign Policy

This course familiarizes students with the evolution of the Turkish foreign policy. Turkey’s foreign policy in its immediate neighborhood, its relations with the European Union, its status as a NATO member, and its policies regarding Cyprus will be examined in this course.

Reading: Kosebalaban, H. (2011). Turkish foreign policy : Islam, nationalism, and globalization. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

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