INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR104 COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION

Course Code: 3140104
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 5.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. AHMET NURİ YURDUSEV
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

The basic purpose of this undergraduate course is to introduce the students to the history of civilisations through a comparative perspective. The course starts with a conceptual analysis of the term 'civilisation' and deals with the basic questions in definition and civilising process. Its departing point is that there is a common human civilising process and also a plurality of human civilisations. Having examined how civilisation came into being, it then proceeds to analyse major world civilisations from the beginning to the modern period. The course concludes by pointing out the emerging cosmopolitanism of human civilisation in our present age

Course Content

The basic purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the history of civilizations through a comparative perspective. The course starts with a conceptual analysis of the term civilization and deals with the basic questions in definition and civilizing process. Its departing point is that there is a common human civilizing process and also a plurality of human civilizations.

Learning Outcomes

students will be expected to have a general perspective about both the development of human civilizaition in general and the emergence of distinct civilizational traditions, namely the Middle Eastern, the Indian, the chinese and the Greek-european traditions. The course will provide the students with a concise information on which they could build up their advance courses in later years.