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Code POLS 409
Term 201101
Title Greek-Turkish Relations
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Political Science(POLS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Ahmet Evin,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
IR201 SPS102 POLS301 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture,Seminar,On-line task/distance
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Learner centered,Discussion based learning,Task based learning

Beginning with the Greek independence in 1830, this course will first trace the development of Greek-Turkish relations in their historical, political, and ideological context and examine, in particular, the influence of nationalism on the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans, the effects of the resulting myths and narratives on nation-building, and the perceptions that define identity politics. Against this background, the course will then focus on the foreign policy of both Greece and Turkey; major bilateral issues between the two countries, the effect of Cyprus and the influence of the European Union on the bilateral relations; the new geopolitical environment of the two countries in which the recent detente took rise; and policy alternatives for the near future.


To teach the current state of the relations between Greece and Turkey against the historical background of the relations between the the two countries and peoples since the Greek independence and to offer a complex case of extended tension in international relations so that each student can learn how to utilize competently analytical techniques in assessing real issues in international politics.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, students will be able to;
1) Describe the historical evolution of Greek- Turkish relations
2) List, order and describe the sources of tension between Greece and Turkey historically and up to the present day.
3) Identify and evaluate the effects of population exchange following the Lausanne Conference.
4) Discuss, describe and evaluate Greek ? Turkish relations during the Cold War, and later the influence of European Union on those relations.
5) Evaluate the effects of the Cyprus problem on Greek ? Turkish bilateral relations.
6) Compare the influence of nationalism on the Balkan region, the late Ottoman Empire and the independent Greek State.
7) Compare the evolution of Greek and Turkish states in the context of nation building strategies and identity politics.
8) Enhance the students? understandings of inner directed and outer directed factors in the evolution of the domestic politics as well as foreign policy formulation.
9) study independently and in groups
10) deliver presentations to peers, communicate effectively in speech and writing
11) communicate orally
12) appropriately use ICT
13) research and critically evaluate information

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. 5
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 by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team. 5
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
Recommended or Required Reading

John S. Koliopoulos and Thanos Veremis, Greece, the Modern Sequel: From 1821 to the Present (London: Hurst, 2004).
Richard Clogg, A Concise History of Greece, 2nd. Ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
Renee Hirshon, ed., Crossing the Aegean, (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2003)
Dimitris Keridis and Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, eds., Greek-Turkish Relations in the Era of Globalization (Dallas, VA: Brassey's, 2001).
Mustafa Ayd?n and Kostas Ifantis, eds., Turkish-Greek Relations: The Security Dilemma in the Aegean (London: Routledge, 2004).
Ali Carkoglu and Barry Rubin, eds., Greek-Turkish Relations in an Era of Detente ( London: Routledge, 2005).
Steven Larrabee and Ian Lesser, Turkish Foreign Policy in the Age of Uncertainty (Santa Monica, CA: Rand, 2003).