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International Relations Program

International Relations Program

The International Relations program is a four-year program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. The language of instruction for the program is English. The International Relations program has been designed in line with RDU’s emphasis on international employability. The program has been designed with an understanding that its graduates will be taking high positions in their respective countries in a near future. It is, therefore, of utmost importance that our students not only have a deep understanding of the premises of international relations but also develop the necessary behavioral traits suited for the roles they will have in their societies. The program equips the students with the knowledge and the skill set needed for graduates to carry on research in the field of International Relations and take on advisory and executive positions in diplomatic missions.

It is expected that upon graduation the students will be able to:
1. Describe the major theories of international relations.
2. Use the theoretical approaches to international relations to interpret and predict the behavior of international actors.
3. Describe and explain the societal, cultural, historical, linguistic, and ideological aspects of a particular region.
4. Critically analyze the complex interrelationship between nations, individuals, and societies
5. Employ social scientific methods to adopt research on different aspects of international relations
6. Integrate multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of international relations.
7. Describe and explain the structure and the role of different actors in international relations
8. Make logically coherent arguments on the topics related to international relations
9. Write grammatically correct and logically organized essays and papers.

Those who graduate from the International Relations program are expected to take on the following positions in national and international contexts:
1. Diplomatic Missions: The graduates are expected to be able to serve in diplomatic missions as diplomats or advisors
2. Inter-Governmental Organizations: The graduates may be hired by the United Nations or any of the regional inter-governmental organizations in a capacity that fits their academic and professional background
3. Non-Governmental Organizations: The graduates may be employed by a non-gevernmental organization as a staff member or an advisor
4. International Journals and News Agencies: The graduates may be employed as journalists or political news commentators

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS PROGRAM

 

  1. FIRST YEAR PROGRAM
1. Semester 2. Semester
Course Code Course Title L T C ECTS Course Code Course Title L T C ECTS
INTR 101 Introduction to International  Relations 3 1 3 6 INTR 102 Introduction to Political Science 3 1 3 6
INTR 103 World History I 3 1 3 6 INTR 104 World History II 3 0 3 6
ITEC 101 Information Technology I 3 1 3 6 INTR 106 Political Psychology 3 1 3 6
ENGL 101 Academic English I 3 2 3 6 ENGL 102 Academic Reading and Writing II 3 2 3 6
ECON 101 Microeconomics  I 3 1 3 6 ECON 102 Microeconomics  II 3 1 3 6
TOTAL 15 6 15   TOTAL 15 5 15  

 

 

  1. SECOND YEAR PROGRAM
1. Semester 2. Semester
Course Code Course Title L T C ECTS Course Code Course Title L T C ECTS
INTR 201 International Relations Theories 3 0 3 6 INTR 202 International Political Economy 3 0 3 6
INTR 203 Foreign Policy Analysis 3 1 3 6 INTR 204 Contemporary Political Thought 3 0 3 6
INTR 205/INTL 101 Introduction to Law 3 0 3 6 INTR 206 Conflict Resolution 3 0 3 6
TURK 101 Turkish as a Foreign Language 3 0 3 6 INTR 208 Politics of the European Union 3 0 3 6
STAT 201 Statistics I 3 0 3 6 STAT 202 Statistics II 3 0 3 6
TOTAL 15 1 15   TOTAL 15 0 15  

 

 

III. THIRD YEAR PROGRAM

1. Semester 2. Semester
Course Code Course Title L T C ECTS Course Code Course Title L T C ECTS
INTR 301 Security Studies 3 0 3 6 INTR 302 International Law 3 0 3 6
INTR 303 Political Participation 3 0 3 6 INTR 304 International Organizations 3 0 3 6
INTR 305 Comparative Politics 3 0 3 6 INTR 306 Human Rights 3 0 3 6
INTR 307 Research Methods 3 0 3 6 AE-1 Area Elective 1 3 0 3 6
INTR 309 Foreign Language for International Relations Students I 3 0 3 6 INTR 308 Foreign Language for International Relations Students II 3 0 3 6
TOTAL 15 0 15   TOTAL 15 0 15  

 

 

  1. FOURTH YEAR PROGRAM
1. Semester 2. Semester
Course Code Course Title L T C ECTS Course Corde Course Title L T C ECTS
INTR 401 Diplomacy and Diplomatic History 3 0 3 6 INTR 402 Politics of Development 3 0 3 6
INTR 403 Topics in World Politics 3 0 3 6 INTR 404 Turkish Foreign Policy 3 0 3 6
INTR 405 Politics of the Middle East 3 0 3 6 AE-3 Area Elective III 3 0 3 6
AE-2 Area Elective II 3 0 3 6 AE-4 Area Elective IV 3 0 3 6
UE-1 University Elective 1 3 0 3 6 UE-2 University Elective 2 3 0 3 6
 TOTAL 15 0 15 TOTAL 15 0 15  

 

Note:

L – stands for Lecture Hour (hours/week)

T – stands for Lab/Tutorial (hours/week)

C – stands for Credit

Course Descriptions
INTR 101 Introduction to International Relations
This course introduces the students to the basics of international relations by providing a general picture of the discipline of International Relations. A basic introduction to the theories of International Relations, the actors in international relations, the interplay between economic and political factors (IPE) and foreign policy decision making will be made in this course.
INTR 103 World History I
This course reviews the history of the world from the fifteenth century (1450) to 1914. The course traces historical developments in this period with an eye on patterns that led the civilized world into an all-out war in 1914. To examine these patterns, the students will be familiarized with the economic, societal, ideological, and political developments in this time period.
INTR 102 Introduction to Political Science
This course examines fundamental political concepts, theories and ideologies, public institutions, political structures and decision-making processes. The course provides International Relations students with conceptual and analytical instruments to carry on research in the field of political science.
INTR 104 World History II
This course reviews the history of the world since 1914. The course follows up the topics covered in ‘INTR 103’ and builds upon that information to provide an understanding of current issues in world politics. The course traces the events that led to the First World War, the inter-war period, the eruption of the Second World War, the Cold War and the dynamics of a bipolar world, as well as the end of the cold war and current issues in world politics.
INTR 106 Political Psychology
The Political Psychology course provides the students with an interdisciplinary overview of political environments and their influence on the decisions made by political actors. The course shows the complex interrelation between the context in which decisions are made, how this context affects the psychology of politicians, and how, as a consequence, most political decisions are suboptimal because of the internal and external psychological influences on decision makers. To show how political actors try to remove these influences the course also studies some of the most critical decisions made by world leaders and the context in which these decisions were made.
INTR 201 International Relations Theories
This course provides a detailed understanding of the theories of International Relations. To show the practicality of these theories, the course studies them in context and uses them to analyze a single problem from the multiple perspectives that theories of International Relations provide.
INTR 203 Foreign Policy Analysis
This course introduces the dynamics of foreign policy decision making. The course provides students with a historical account of the evolution of foreign policy analysis theories, deliberates on the social-psychological aspects of decision making and explains the different models that are used in the study of foreign policy decisions.

INTR 205 Introduction to Law
This course elaborates on some of the most fundamental aspects of law. The students will be introduced to the evolution of legal systems and will have an understanding of the difference between these systems. The course defines and explains the core concepts that are at the heart of these legal systems.
INTR 202 International Political Economy
International Political Economy is the study of the interrelation between politics and economics. This course shows how economic and political factors mutually affect each other. The course familiarizes students with issues in trade, finance and development from the international relations point of view. It studies globalization and its effects on politics and social life.
INTR 204 Contemporary Political Thought
This course offers students an overview of the ideas of major political theorists and their contribution to the field. The course exposes students directly to some of the most admired passages regarding capitalism, Marxism, fascism, liberalism, anarchy, etc. Students will gain an understanding of various methods used by politicians in addressing complex issues and maintaining social order.
INTR 206 Conflict Resolution
The course provides a basic understanding of conflict escalation / de-escalation and peace building. Students gain in-depth knowledge of international conflicts including separatism, civil war, terrorism, international controversy, and diplomatic rivalry. They will also gain an understanding of relevant analytical skills.
INTR 208 Politics of the European Union
This course aims to provide students with the empirical understanding, theoretical knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand, discuss and evaluate how the European Union and its main political processes work.
INTR 301 Security Studies
This course aims to lay the foundations for the study of the use of force, legal and moral constraints on its implementation by States and the basics of strategic studies. It examines how countries have reacted to their security problems by examining a number of state security case studies.
INTR 303 Political Participation
This course focuses on political participation, defined as conduct with the intention of influencing public policy. It addresses the theoretical perspectives on political participation, the socio-cultural elements that affect political participation, and the evolution of political participation in history.
INTR 305 Comparative Politics
The course provides a theoretical framework for the study of comparative politics. The course shows how political institutions gain, exercise and maintain political power. To do this, liberal democracies, authoritarian systems, and military regimes will be examined.
INTR 307 Research Methods
This course is designed to provide students with the skills and information they need to understand and conduct research in the social sciences. The basic concepts and issues in research will be covered in detail as well as the widely used data collection strategies. ⠀
INTR 309 Foreign Language for International Relations Students I
In line with the learning outcomes of the International Relations program, all International Relations students have to learn a language other than English. The students can choose between a number languages, including French, Russian and Turkish.
INTR 302 International Law
This course introduces the basics of International Law. The evolution of international law, its nature and sources and its implementation will be examined in this course. It also familiarizes students with the different branches of International Law.
INTR 304 International Organizations
This course introduces the nature and structure of International Organizations with a focus on the United Nations. In addition to the United Nations Organization, the students will also be introduced to a number of other international and regional organizations.
INTR 306 Human Rights
This course provides a detailed account of the evolution of human rights. It also provides an in-depth understanding of these rights and their nature. Human Rights, in this course, will be studied in the broader context of International Law. Philosophical perspectives and arguments on the validity and justification of universal human rights will also be examined.
INTR 308 Foreign Language for International Relations Students II
In line with the learning outcomes of the International Relations program, all International Relations students have to learn a language other than English. The students can choose between a number languages, including French, Russian and Turkish.
INTR 401 Diplomacy and Diplomatic History
This course provides an overview of contemporary diplomatic history, particularly during the 20th century. It focuses on alliances, wars and their causes, treaties, the League of Nations, the UN and other important issues in diplomatic history.
INTR 403 Topics in World Politics
This course aims to familiarize students with some of the current issues in world politics. The students will have a better understanding of the policies taken by great powers and their effects on other countries in the world. The course provides an in-depth knowledge of the history of international conflicts.
INTR 405 Politics of the Middle East
The Middle East has been at the center of some of the World’s most complex conflicts in the world. This course aims to break those conflicts down to their ideological, economic, political, and societal elements so that students will have a better understanding of the dynamics that drive politics in the Middle East.
INTR 402 Politics of Development
This class introduces contemporary development research. It covers a broad range of topics, including history, health, education and gender issues, the role of institutions in development and the impact of policies to empower the world’s poor.
INTR 404 Turkish Foreign Policy
This course familiarizes students with the evolution of the Turkish foreign policy. Turkey’s foreign policy in its immediate neighborhood, its relations with the European Union, its status as a NATO member, and its policies regarding Cyprus will be examined in this course.