Globalization and International Relations (IR 301)

2020 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
International Relations(IR)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Fuat Keyman,
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IR201 SPS102 SPS101
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course deals with the changing nature of international relations within the context of the process(es) of globalization. It examines a number of topics that have become crucial especially after the end of the Cold War. In doing so, it also aims at advancing our theoretical and empirical understanding of international relations by discussing (a) the economic and political dimensions of globalization, (b) the relationship between global changes and state power, (c) the crucial problems of international relations, such as poverty, security, global governce and terrorism, and also (d) the important case studies such as the American hegemony, European Integration, global economic crisis.


The objective of this course is to help the student of International Relations to learn and become familiar with the foundations, key actors, evolution, challenges of globalizations.


Upon the successful completion of this course, the student is expected to have developed an understanding of the following key aspects of international relations:
- the economic and political dimensions of globalization
- crucial problems of international relations such as global governance, global democracy, and global terrorism
- the important case studies of the American hegemony, global economic crisis, the Arab Spring, and Turkey.
- globalization and the civilizational challenges posed by climate, water and food insecurity.

The Student is also expected to raise his / her awareness on critical global issues, relate them to his country, evaluate their significance based on theories and models learned throughout this course. It also is essential for the student to reach a confidence level where he/she could communicate the subject he learned throughout this course and expand his basis/her of knowledge.


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. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

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. 4

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 2

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4

1. Demonstrate an understanding of economics, and main functional areas of management.

2. Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level.

1. Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 5

2. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 4

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

1. Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 4

2. Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 4


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 25
Term-Paper 25
Participation 20



In Andrew Jones, Globalization: Key Thinkers, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010.
- Chapters 9, 10, 11

In Joel Krieger, Globalization and State Power: a Reader, New York: Pearson, 2006.
- Thomas L. Friedman, "The New System"
- Samuel P. Huntington, "The New Era in World Politics"
- Stephan D. Krasner, "Sovereignty and Its Discontents"
- John J. Mearsheimer, "Anarchy and the Struggle for Power"
- G. John Ikenberry, "Liberal Hegemony and the Future of the American Postwar Order"
- Zbigniew Brzezinski, "Domination and Leadership"

In Joseph Nye, The Future of Power, New York: Public Affairs, 2011
- chapters 1 & 4

Other required readings:
- Francois Houtart, "The Multiple Crisis and Beyond" Globalizations 7 (2010): 9 -15.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski, Strategic Vision (New York: Basic Books, 2012), 1-5 (introduction), 132 ? 155 (A Larger and Vital West).
- The Hague Institute and the Stimson Center, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance: Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, 77-94.
- G. John Ikenberry, ?Global Security Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century,? in Joseph Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor, eds., The Quest for Security (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), 94-116.
- Mary Kaldor, ?Restructuring Global Security for the Twenty-First Century,? in Joseph Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor, eds., The Quest for Security (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), 117-142.
- Ziya Oniş and Ali Burak Güven, ?The Global Economic Crisis and the Future of Neoliberal Globalization"
- E. Fuat Keyman, Onur Sazak, "Turkey as a 'Humanitarian State'" POMEAS Policy Analysis, IPC, Sabancı University, 2014.
- E. Fuat Keyman, "Turkish Foreign Policy in the post-Arab Spring Era: From proactive to buffer state," The Third World Quarterly, 2016.
- Meltem Müftüler-Baç and E. Fuat Keyman, ?The Era of Dominant-Party Politics,? The Journal of Democracy 23 (2012), 85-99.