INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR342 POLITICAL ECONOMY OF SOUTHERN EUROPE

Course Code: 3140342
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof.Dr. MEHMET FATİH TAYFUR
Offered Semester: Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to enable the students to understand the significance of regional studies in international relations and the importance of Southern Euroepan region, composed of Greece, Spain and, Portugal and Turkey, in World affairs since the end of the WW II; and also to compare the similar and different national economic, political and foreign policy experiences of the regional countries.

Course Content

This course intends to provide the student with an understanding of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean (including theoretical and conceptual approaches). Case studies: Greece and Spain. Economic Environment: economic development patterns; characteristics of the economic elites; state as an actor in the economy; the role of foreign economic aid and foreign investment. Political Environment: the nature of the political establishment; authoritarianism; democratization; the role of individual leaders. External Environment: supportive and reactionary responses in the international system (intervention, solidarity, etc); foreign policy behavior; the role of the USA, EEC/EC/EU and USSR/Russia.

Learning Outcomes

The students are expected to become able to understand and explain the impact of international system and its structuers on the national experiences of the regional countries; and the role of the domestic actors (economic, political, military elite and working class, etc.) in exploting the opportunities provided by the international system. Moreover, they are expected to make comparative studies between the similar and different national experiences of regional countries.