PSI 102 International Relations II

2017 / 2018 Spring Semester


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökhan Ak┼čemsettino─člu                                           

Department of Political Science and International Relations                   

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences                               

Çankaya University                                                                


Office: K – 414

Tel: 233 10 00 / 1249



Course Hours / Place                                                                                                      

Section 1: Wednesday 09.20 - 12.10 / K 103

and Section 2: Friday 09.20 - 12.10 / K 104

 Office Hours / Place

Tuesday 10.20 - 12.10 / K - 414

and Thursday 10.20 - 12.10 / K - 414

Course Description

This course of International Relations focuses more on specific concepts, principles and issues of international politics. In the semester, the course will examine the issues about conflict and international security extensively, with emphasis on interstate conflict, armed intervention, and terrorism. Conflict resolution and international law will be other issues related with security.  The course will also deal with globalization and global politics, global trade and political economy. The Nature of human rights and environmental issues will be other subjects. The last part of the course will be about the future of international relations.

Course Requirements

In this course, students are required to attend classes (70 percent of the whole classes, at least), read the course materials (textbooks) regularly, and participate class discussions. There will be one midterm exam and a final exam during the semester. In these essay-type exams the students will be responsible from both the course materials and the class notes.

 Reading Materials

The required reading materials of the course are taken from the following textbooks:

ÔŚĆ Baylis, John, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens. The Globalization of World Politics, an Introduction to International Relations, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2014.

ÔŚĆ Kegley, W. Jr, Charles. and Shannon L. Blanton. World Politics, Trend and Transformation, 2012-2013 Edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013.

ÔŚĆ Viotti R. Paul and Mark V. Kauppi. International Relations and World Politics, 5th Edition, Pearson, 2013.

The copies of all required readings of these books will be available in the photocopy room for duplication. Students are strongly recommended to have a complete set of readings for the course as soon as possible. The following books are supplementary materials for the course, and they are suggested for further study.

ÔŚĆ Stephanie Lawson. International Relations, 3rd Edition, Polity, 2017.

ÔŚĆ Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations, Oxford U. Press, 2017.

ÔŚĆ Karen A. Mingst and Ivan M. Arreguin-Toft. Essentials of International Relations, 7th Edition, 2016.

ÔŚĆ Goldstein S. Joshua and Jon C. Pevehouse. International Relations, 11th Edition, Pearson, 2016.

ÔŚĆ Eric B. Shiraev and Vladislav M. Zubok. International Relations, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2015.

ÔŚĆ Rourke, T. John. International Politics on the World Stage, 12th Edition, Mc Graw Hill, 2009.

ÔŚĆ Sönmezo─člu, Faruk, Hakan Güne┼č, Erhan Kele┼čo─člu. Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čikilere Giri┼č, Der yay─▒nlar─▒, ─░stanbul, 2013.

ÔŚĆ Çomak Hasret, Caner Sancaktar (Ed.). Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkilerde Teorik Tart─▒┼čmalar, Beta Yay─▒nlar─▒, ─░stanbul, 2013.

ÔŚĆ Chris Brown, Kirsten Ainley (Çev. M. G. Ayral). Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkileri Anlamak, Sümer Kitabevi, ─░st., 2103.

ÔŚĆ Griffiths Martin, Terry O’Callaghan, Steven C. Roach (Çeviren: CESRAN). Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkilerde Temel Kavramlar, Nobel Yay─▒nevi, 2. Bas─▒m, Ankara, 2013.

ÔŚĆ Martin G. Steven C. Roach, M. Scott Salamen (Çeviren: CESRAN), Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkilerde Temel Dü┼čünürler ve Teoriler, 2. Bas─▒m, Nobel Yay─▒nevi, Ankara, 2011.

ÔŚĆ Ar─▒, Tayyar. Uluslararas─▒ ─░li┼čkilere Giri┼č, 2. Bask─▒, MKM Yay─▒nlar─▒, 2010.

ÔŚĆ Sönmezo─člu, Faruk (Der.). Uluslararas─▒ ili┼čkiler Sözlü─čü, Der Yay─▒nlar─▒, 4. Bas─▒m, ─░stanbul, 2010.

Grade Components

Class Participation                   10 %

Midterm Exam                        40 %

Final Exam                              50 %

Course Outline

ÔŚĆ Geography (1 week)

(Viotti, Chapter 4, pp.100-108)


Physical Geography

Human Geography


ÔŚĆ Globalization, Global Politics, and Post-Cold War Order (1 week)

(Baylis, Chapter 1, pp. 15-31 and Chapter 33, pp. 513-527)


The Meaning and the Characteristics of Globalization

Contemporary Globalization and its Characteristics

Global Governance


ÔŚĆ Conflict and International Security (3 weeks)

(Baylis, Chapter 15, pp. 229 – 242; Viotti, Chapter 9, pp. 295 – 329 and Chapter 10, pp. 335 – 365)


Definition of Security and Different Approaches to Security

Interstate Conflict and its Causes

Natinal Strategy and the Use of Force

Deterrence, Defense, Warfighting, and Just War Theory

Armed Intervention and Criteria for Decisions

Asymmetric Conflict (Terrorism)

Causes and the Changing Nature of Terrorism

Approaches to Solve Asymmetric Conflicts


ÔŚĆ Conflict Resolution and International Law (2 weeks)

(Kegley, Chapter 9, pp. 279 – 322)


Conflict Resolution Procedures

Historical Development and Characteristics of International Law

Sources, and Core Principles of International Law

Limitations (Weaknesses) of International Law     


ÔŚĆ Global Political Economy (2 weeks)

(Viotti, Chapter 11, pp. 370 – 412)


The Meaning of International Political Economy

Trade Theory (Classical and Neoclassical Approaches)

International Liquidity and Exchange Rates

Fixed and Floating Exchange Rate Regimes


ÔŚĆ Human Rights Issues (3 weeks)

(Kegley, Chapter 13, pp. 421 – 452)


The Concept of “Right” and the Emergence of Human Rights Issues 

Measuring Human Development

Human Rights and the Protection of People

Women’s and Children's Rights

Refugee Rights and the Rights of Indigenous People

Solution to Human Rights Abuses


ÔŚĆ Environmental Issues (1 week)

(Kegley, Chapter 14, pp. 454 – 488)


Environmental Problems, Environmental Security and Eco-politics

Global Characteristics of Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development

International Efforts to Resolve Environmental Problems

The Tragedy of Commons


ÔŚĆ Future of International Relations (1 week)

(Kegley, Chapter 15, pp. 492 – 508)


Global Trends and Forecasts

Key Questions about a Turbulent World

A New World Order / Disorder