INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR602 HISTORY, POL. & INTER. RELATIONS

Course Code: 3140602
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. AHMET NURİ YURDUSEV
Offered Semester: Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The basic purpose of this graduate seminar is to give the students a general understanding of philosophy of history and to explore its possible implications for political theory and the study of international relations. The idea of history and its relations with human knowledge, i.e. the problem of theory and history, is the first issue to be dealt with. The course takes a critical view on different approaches to human knowledge and human history. Here, conceptions of national history and universal history are to be examined in relation to nation-state and international relations. Then, the relations between history, political theory and the study of international relations are to be analyzed and the basic problems and issues are to be considered. Finally, on the basis of the background built through the discussions so far, some selective philosophers of history and politics will be discussed in the class

Course Content

The basic purpose of this graduate seminar is to give students a general understanding of philosophy of history and to explore its possible implications for political theory and the study of international relations. The idea of history and its relations with human knowledge i.e. the problem of theory and history, is the first issue to be dealt with. Then, the relations between history, political theory and the study of international relations are to be analyzed and the basic problems and issues are to be considered.

Learning Outcomes

The students will have solid basis for their research in the basic areas of the history, Politics and IR.