INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR603 MIDDLE EAST IN WORLD AFFAIRS

Course Code: 3140603
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. MELİHA ALTUNIŞIK
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

This seminar is designed primarily for Ph.D. students who concentrate on Middle Eastern studies as one of their core areas. Therefore, it covers range of issues related to the Middle East politics. One underlying theme throughout the course will be to identify different approaches to the topics at hand. The course, indeed, starts with a general discussion on approaches to the Middle East studies. This focus on theoretical perspectives will also be kept in the discussions of more specific topics listed in the syllabus. This course requires background information on the politics, economics, and international relations of the Middle East. Therefore, the students are urged to refresh their memories by relying some general books on the Middle East, such as: William Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East Roger Owen, State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East James A. Bill and Carl Leiden, Politics in the Middle East

Course Content

This is an advanced seminar designed to encourage a synthesis of national and international issues facing the countries of the region ranging from Morocco to the Persian Gulf. Within this context issues of state formation, democratization, economic development, regional conflicts will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

The students will be expected to be able to equipped with conceptual and theoretical tools to discuss different issues in the Middle Eastern Studies. One of the expected results of this course is also to prepare the students having Middle East Politics as their core area to their Comprehensive Exams.