International Relations

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The Graduate School of Social Sciences was established in 2007. There are 18 departments Business Administration, Economy, International Relations, Banking and Finance, Human Resources Management, European Union Relations, Information Management, Law, Turkish Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Public Relations and Advertising, Journalism, Visual Communication and Design, Radio, Television and Cinema, Tourism and Hotel Management, Psychology, Fine Arts and Design, Performing Arts) offering an extensive variety of graduate programs, including PhD. programs.

IR 501 Rethinking IR The aim of this course is to organize what is known and theorized about IR; encourage critical thinking; and analysis of the world events.
IR 502 The Cold War The course deals with the core issue of international relations between 1945 1990. Firstly, the various theories of the reasons of the Cold War are discussed. Then, the focus of the course is in the structures and geopolitical dimensions of the Cold War. Furthermore, the problems of the balance of power are discussed in the framework of the nuclear era and nuclear deterrence (MAD). The main aim is to get the students to understand the nature of the Cold War, not that much the events of the priod.
IR 503 Research Methods This course aims to introduce graduate students what is social research, what are the different types of research and the research process. In assisting students how to decide on a research topic, it covers practical suggestions on how to carry out literature review and develop research questions. The course also focuses on data collection and alternative research methods. Academic rules, principles and research ethics are also fundamentals of this teaching. Finally it incorporates data analysis and effective report/thesis writing.
IR 505 Conflict and Conflict Resolution This is a research and writing seminar, focused on the sources, nature and politics of ethnic conflict, beginning with an exploration of alternative analytical perspectives on these issues. Within this framework, the possible local and international interventions that can assist in preventing, managing and resolving such conflicts is explored. It is designed to introduce the students to academic thinking about conflict analysis and resolution and to help them to think systematically and analytically about conflict and conflict resolution.
IR 506 Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia This course deals with the historical and the current affairs of Russia, Caucasus and Central Asian Republics. Russia, Caucasus and Central Asian Republics are perceived as the elements of Eurasian Region. The historical background of the peoples of Eurasia is discussed from the perspective of their cultures, beliefs, and life styles. After that, we also discuss the modernization process of Caucasus and Central Asia starting with the conquest of Russian Empire and then the impact of Soviet Rule is also discussed deeply.
The course, furthermore focus on current political and economical affairs of Eurasian countries. For example, we deal with the regional conflicts and disputes by discussing the role and contributions of international organizations. At the end, we are interested in current regional economic and political integration processes in Eurasian region.
IR 508 Peace Building in Balkans This course analyzes peace building process and conceptualizes peace building through questioning the feasibility of peace building following a humanitarian intervention. It focuses on the shortcomings of the various instruments of peace building in contributing peace and reconciliation on the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. Key issues covered in this course are: Peace building, humanitarian intervention, instruments of peace building (governance and security sector reform, post-conflict elections, promotion of human rights, return of refugees, civil society development) Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dayton Peace Agreement, Kosovo and UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
IR 538 The Cyprus Dispute After a general historical introduction, the course will look at the Cyprus problem as it developed since the 1950s to present; conflicting perceptions on the Cyprus issue, the role of internal and external factors, the critical developments and incidents that shaped the Cyprus issue and the failure of negotiations so far will be looked at. The course will end with an assessment of the present international context, its impact on the Cyprus issue and the prospects.
IR 598 Seminar The seminar is directly related to the Masters Thesis. The students report in the seminar the progress with their theses. Furthermore, they present in the seminar the outline and one chapter of the thesis. The outline and the chapter are discussed and the student develops the thesis according to the discussion. The aim of the seminar is also to learn the academic critique.
IR 525 International Systems The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the evolution of the international system with particular emphasis on the shifting pattern of behaviour and relations among the great powers. It introduces the students to the analysis of international systems and explores the systemic level conditions as explanations of international politics and foreign policy. The course will focus on four basic systems: (1) The classical international system (1648-1789) (2) The transitional system (1789-1945) (3) The Cold War System (1945-1989) (4) Post Cold war system (1989-present)
IR 541 Media and IR This course is designed to provide students with a survey of important topics and trends on the current debate on the tensions between the media and democracy in the context of building and maintenance of a democratic culture. The course is run as a text-centered seminar where students are expected to read and/or familiarize themselves with the material and to participate in class discussion. Each week students are required to bring to class a short paper of about 300 words of their own original creative writing outlining one or more thoughts on the readings or linked to relevant issues familiar to them.
IR 519 The Idea of Europe The aim of the course is to explain the factors which have made the Old Continent Europe. The course starts with the origins of the term and geographical concept of Europe. Furthermore, the competitive advantages of Europe since the beginning of the Modern Time are discussed. Finally, the course discusses the development of the idea of the European unity and integration.
IR 518 Theories in International Relations The course aims at providing an overview of how International Relations as a discipline discusses and understands the international system. In part the course will give a brief historical account of theoretical development within International Relations and develops an understanding of the nature of social science theory from a non-positivist understanding. In the second part we are going to discuss six theoretical approaches. In the third part we are going to read original sources of some of the theories discussed in the second part.
IR 510 20th Century World History The first world war, the second world war, the agreement of Gome and the European Union, Super Power Politics, OPEC, The Berlin wall and there after, the dissolutions of the zones Union, the Turkish Republic, Globalization.
IR 599 ThesisIR 513 International Political Economy International political economy (IPE) deals with the interaction of states and markets. States intervene in the market in order to change the distribution of production in geographic space organized by markets whereas markets continuously challenge given arrangements. In this course we will ask how this interaction was managed historically. Starting from a conceptual discussion of international political economy we will follow the rise of a global market society and territorial state building from the early European conquest of trade routes to the rise and decline of the British Empire and conclude the course with a discussion of the Pax Americana. The central question of this course will be how the relationship between the state and the (global) market was organized historically developing from colonialism to American hegemony. The course is of interest to students from economics, business and international relations who want to know more about the historical origin of globalization and management of the global economy.
IR 531 International Migration The states and the migrants as the main actors of international migration, the historical background of it, the causes, economic, political and legal challenges in international migration, the legal situation of migrants today, refuges and the relations between international migration and international relations will be in the interest of this course. It is aimed to give a perspective to the students about the importance of the migration in todays world and in the future. Why states give so much effort to control their borders and how successful they are and could they be successfully controlling their borders, are some of the questions that would like to be answered when the course is finished.
IR 514 Minorities and Minority Rights The subject of minority rights, which first came up with the beginning of the Reformation Movement and the emergence of religious minorities and absolutist monarchies in the 16th century, today, has become one of the most important issues in international relations. This development has become a very vital issue for the Balkan countries, as these countries have huge minority population. The main aim of this course is to investigate the minority problems in the Balkan Peninsula from the 19th century today. The issues of minority & minority rights in the Balkan countries will be investigated within the framework of the domestic laws and international law will be discussed.
IR 526 EU The main aim of the course is to explore the European Union and try to understand the roots on which they evolved, the reasons why they came together, how it works with its different institutions, what are the relations among them, how is the formation procedure of the policies and what are the importance of different actors.

IR 549 EU(Political Economy of European Integration) During the first part of the courses it will be giving main issues of the EU integration. Primo the Historical Aspect of the EU Integration and its Enlargement, secondo Institutional Aspect and the Policies of the EU Integration will be giving to the students. On the other hand, the Future of the EU Integration and its Foreign Relations will be the other topics of the courses. During the second part of the course, the main issues of Turkey-EU Relations will be looked at. In this framework, Historical Aspect, Institutional Aspect, Policies of the Turkey-EU Relations and the full membership of Turkey to EU will be the subjects of the course.
IR 528 Terrorism The main aim of the course is to get the students to understand the roots of the present terrorism. Firstly, the course deals with the historical forms of terrorism (as Zealots, Assassins and Anarchist). Then the changes of the terrorism during the last 40 years are discussed. A special emphasis is put on the changes since the end of the Cold War. Here particularly the relationship between Islam and terrorism is tackled. Finally, the course tries to take a look inside of the terroristic mind: what makes them terrorists and what motivates them.
IR 522 Post Cold War American Foreign Policy The course discusses firstly the new foreign policy environment and challenges the USA has faced since 1990 what has changed in world politics during that period. There is also a heavy emphasis on the foundations of the American foreign policy as the American new type of empire, the possible hegemonic cycle thje USA is going through, the American efforts to spread democracy, capitalism and free markets. Finally, the cultural dimensions of the American foreign policy are discussed.
IR 535 Contemporary State theories The main aim of this course is to offer students an overview of the most important scholarly debates about the character of state. State formation may refer to nation building as a project of certain elites, or to the origins of apparatus of power called the state. In this course, we will be examining the economic, social and political conditions shaping the contemporary state in international milieu and its changing relationship with the economy and democracy and the theories that seek to explain its development and the changing character. We will pay special attention to challenges of crises of capitalism, democratization, globalization and the emergence of new forms of governance which have led to a restructuring in the states power.
IR 533 Postmodernism Debates This course analyzes the postmodernism debates through an examination of prominent figures. Sketching an outline of the historical development of postmodernism, the course focuses mainly on the postmodernist debates in social sciences, notably sociology, philosophy and politics. In the course, such thinkers as Jean Baudrillard, Fredric Jameson, Jean Foucault, Jean-François Lyotard and Jacques Derrida will be elaborated.
IR 515 World Economy The course subjects include: the impact of the globalization on the world economy; the economic impacts of the multinational companies on the less developed countries, the importance of the agricultural economics in the world economy international trade, economy, transportation, and technology transfers, the economic characteristics of less developed countries, the important relations of the international economics and politics.
IR 534 International Economics International trade theory, law of comparative advantage, economies of scale, imperfect competition and international trade, economic growth and international trade, international trade policy, tariffs and non tariff barriers to trade, new protectionism, economic integration (customs union and free trade areas), international trade and economic development, multinational corporations.
IR 537 Democracy This course is designed to provide students with a survey of important topics and trends on current discussions of democracy in the context of international relations. The course is run as a text-centered seminar where students are expected to read and/or familiarize themselves with the material and to participate in class discussion. Each week students are required to bring to class a short paper of about 300 words of their own original creative writing outlining one or more thoughts on the readings or linked to relevant issues familiar to them.
IR 542 Antropoligical Perspectives This course is designed to provide students with a survey of important topics and trends in anthropological theory in recent decades and linked to international relations. The course is run as a text-centered seminar where students are expected to read and/or familiarize themselves with the material and to participate in class discussion. Each week students are required to bring to class a short paper of about 300 words of their own original creative writing outlining one or more thoughts on the readings or linked to relevant issues familiar to them.
IR 544 Contemporary Political Ideologies This is an intensive course engaging students in a rigorous and critical overview of the basic theoretical principles and concepts underpinning structural and post-structural approaches to contemporary ideologies and focusing on the relevance of analysis methods.
Ideologies are bodies of concepts, values and symbols which incorporate conceptions of both human beings and their societies. They indicate what is possible or impossible for humans to achieve; they review the reflections of human interaction, they define values which humans ought to reject or aspire to; and they have specific sets of views for economic, social and political life which will meet the needs or the interests of humans. Ideologies can also denote the ideas of a political party or human consciousness in general encompassing all beliefs.
Politics is inseparable from ideology. Beside the other lots of things, ideologies also operate in countries all over the world. The course is to offer students an overview of the most important scholarly debates about the structure of ideologies that have had a shaping impact on the contemporary world. The goal of this course is to understand the fundamental alternative political ideologies or theories, which have shaped our world and to consider how political theories may shape our world in the future.
As we investigate these theories, we will consider how each of them addresses the most fundamental human questions: What is the best political society? What is the good life? What is the nature of human beings? And, in order to think about these political theories fairly and for ourselves, we will attempt to identify and to examine the most powerful arguments for and also against each of these theories. During this course, we draw on the work, among others, Marx, Gramsci, Athusser, Hayek, Polyani, Barthes, Laclau, Mouffe, Lacan, and Zizek
IR 516 The socio- economic structure of West The main aims of this course are to provide a descriptive, historical account of the key social processes, which shaped Western Societies and a comparative framework for an analysis of how Europe became Europe and why the others did not.

Traditionally, modern societies have been identified with the onset of industrialization in the nineteenth century. The course breaks with this tradition, tracing European societies back to their origins in the rapid and extensive social and economic development which followed the decline of feudalism in Western Europe.
Capitalism is the most successful and yet most controversial wealth-creating economic system that the world has ever known. It advances continuously to higher levels of productivity and technological sophistication, and while doing so it destroys the "old" before the "new" institutional structures can take over. It develops in certain geo-political regions, and fails in other countries. It stimulates peoples hopes and market behaviour, and prompts them to consume even more. Yet the development of global economy has not been matched by the development of a global society. The advance of capitalism is accompanied by periodic recessions, downturns and protest waves. The course will provide the basis for identifying the emergent social forces and contradictory processes, which are radically re-shaping modern societies and also analysis of the key concepts, issues and current debates in the related academic literature.

Requirements for applications to postgraduate programs of Near East University are as follows:1) Graduating from a 4-year based undergraduate program..2) Obtaining a score minimum 55 which is relevant to intended study field from Academic Postgraduate Education Exam (ALES) (this document must be submitted for registration)Documents required for application:1) Copy of undergraduate diploma2) ALES result for students from Turkey3) Transcript4) Copy of identity card5) 2 passport size photos6) 2 reference letters7) Curriculum VitaeApplication forms can be obtained from the web page of Registrars Office. Students whose applications evaluated are called for interviews or exams on previously announced dates and following that, the final decision about the applications are announced. Application dates are different for each term and these dates are announced via media.MA and PhD programs of the Near East University are carried out by 4 institutes:1) Graduate School of Educational Sciences2) Graduate School of Social Sciences3) Graduate School of Health Sciences4) Graduate School of Applied Sciences


Diplomas conferred upon by the Near East University are accredited by YÖK as well as many international accreditation institutions. Our university has a full membership of IAU (International Association of Universities), an academic authority within the body of United Nations. We are also a full member of EUA (European University Association), an academic authority of the European Union and FUIW (Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World). These memberships are certified by the special seals on our diplomas. Also, Our policy is to establish academic affiliations with innumerable universities and the other foreign higher education institutions to provide our academicians with exchange programs.

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