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Code IR 403
Term 201701
Title Political Violence in the Post-Cold War Era
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject International Relations(IR)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Metin Gurcan,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
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SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Discussion based learning

This is a course on political violence in contemporary era, as such it mainly deals with global issues like terrorism, civil war, ethnic conflict, and weapons of mass destruction. The objective of the course is first to define these problems, then to explore the causes, and the proposed solutions to them. While doing so, the course touches upon concepts like religion, nationalism, and ethnicity, and examines how these concepts can turn into major driving forces of conflict by studying some of the recent conflicts in different parts of the world. The discussion on possible solutions includes domestic policy alternatives as well as international intervention and the role of international organizations.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
* Outline the basic approaches to the study of political violence
* Identify the main differences in these approaches
* Have a broad understanding of the most prevalent types of political violence and international conflict in the post Cold War era
* Assess possible causes and correlates of different types of political violence
* Recognize the differences between different types of political violence
* Assess possible cures and solutions to different types of political violence
* Have a theoretical and practical understanding of the major political problems and risks facing the world today.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 5
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
Political Science Program Outcomes Core Electives II
1 Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 5
2 Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 5
International Studies Program Outcomes Core Electives II (International Relations)
1 Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 5
2 Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 5
3 Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions. 5
4 Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Exam 30
Participation 10
Written Report 20
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