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BALKANS AND TURKEY PROGRAMME COURSE DESCRIPTION

Code Name of the Course Unit Semester In-Class Hours (T+P) Credit ECTS Credit
POL344 BALKANS AND TURKEY 5 3 3 5

GENERAL INFORMATION

Language of Instruction : English
Level of the Course Unit : BACHELOR'S DEGREE, TYY: + 6.Level, EQF-LLL: 6.Level, QF-EHEA: First Cycle
Type of the Course : Elective
Mode of Delivery of the Course Unit Face to face
Coordinator of the Course Unit Prof.Dr. ŞENOL DURGUN
Instructor(s) of the Course Unit

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS

Objectives of the Course Unit:
Contents of the Course Unit:

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT (On successful completion of this course unit, students/learners will or will be able to)

WEEKLY COURSE CONTENTS AND STUDY MATERIALS FOR PRELIMINARY & FURTHER STUDY

Week Preparatory Topics(Subjects) Method
1 - Introduction of The Course and Introduction to Balkans in the World History -
2 - Turkey and Balkan Countries in the 1990s and 2000s -
3 - Turkey-Greece Relations -
4 - Turkey-Bulgaria Relations -
5 - Turkey-Romania Relations -
6 - Turkey-Bosnia&Herzegovina Relations -
7 - Turkey-Croatia Relations -
8 - MID-TERM EXAM -
9 - Turkey-Serbia Relations -
10 - Turkey-Macedonia Relations -
11 - Turkey-Montenegro Relations -
12 - Turkey-Albania Relations -
13 - New and Challenging Issues in terms of Turkey-Balkan Countries’ Relations within the 21st Century: Irregular Migration and Energy Security (The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Natural Gas Pipeline Projects). Case Study Paper Presentations -
14 - Case Study Paper Presentations -
15 - General Revision -
16 - FINAL EXAM -
17 - FINAL EXAM -

SOURCE MATERIALS & RECOMMENDED READING

 Misha Glenny, The Balkans: Nationalism, War and The Great Powers, 1804-2012: (London: Granta Publications, 2012).
William Hale, Turkish Foreign Policy 1774-2000, (London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2002).
Mark Mazower, The Balkans: From The End of Byzantium To The Present Day, (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2000).
“Turkish-Balkans Relations: The Future Prospects of Cultural, Political and Economic Transformations and Relations”. Editors: Muhiddin Mulalic, Hasan Korkut and Elif Nuroğlu, (İstanbul: TASAM Publication, Kasım 2013).
“Balkanlarda Çok Boyutlu Entegrasyon / Multidimensional Integration in the Balkans”. Editor: Tolga Sakman, (İstanbul: TASAM Yayınları, Temmuz 2015).
Faruk Sönmezoğlu, Son On Yıllarda Türk Dış Politikası (1991-2015), (İstanbul: DER Kitabevi, 2016).
“Çağdaş Balkan Siyaseti: Devletler, Halklar, Parçalanma ve Bütünleşme”. Editors: Murat Necip Arman and Nazif Mandacı, (Ankara: Seçkin Yayıncılık, Eylül 2014).
Gürkan Zengin, Hoca: Türk Dış Politikası’nda “Davutoğlu Etkisi”, (İstanbul: İnkilap Kitabevi, 2010).
Hüseyin Işıksal, “Turkey-Greece Relations in the New Millenium”, in Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millenium, edited by Hüseyin Işıksal & Ozan Örmeci, ( Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 353-364.
Didem Ekinci, “Turkish Decision-Making and the Balkans: Implications of Role Theory”, in Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millenium, edited by Hüseyin Işıksal & Ozan Örmeci, ( Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 365-392.
Didem Ekinci Sarıer, “Avrupa Birliği Çerçevesinde Türkiye-Yunanistan İlişkileri”, in Mavi Elma: Türkiye-Avrupa İlişkileri, edited by Ozan Örmeci & Hüseyin Işıksal, (Ankara: Gazi Kitabevi, Haziran 2016), pp. 239-255.
Sema Kırcı, “Bölgesel Sahiplenme Ekseninde Türkiye’nin Balkan Politikası”, in AK Parti’nin 15 Yılı: Dış Politika, edited by Kemal İnat, Ali Aslan and Burhanettin Duran, (İstanbul: SETA Yayınları, Aralık 2017), pp. 381-402.
Hüseyin Işıksal, “The Four Stages of Turkish Position in Cyprus: The Elements of Continuity and Change”, Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millenium, edited by Hüseyin Işıksal & Ozan Örmeci, (Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 297-312.
Devrim Şahin, “Chaos Theory and Turkish Foreign Policy: An Analysis of Turkey’s Proactive Cyprus Policy During the AKP Administration”, in Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millenium, edited by Hüseyin Işıksal & Ozan Örmeci, (Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 313-324.
Ozan Örmeci, “Cyprus Dispute in terms of Energy Politics”, in Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millenium, edited by Hüseyin Işıksal & Ozan Örmeci, ( Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 325-335.
Hüseyin Işıksal, “Türkiye-Güney Kıbrıs Rum Yönetimi (Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti) İlişkileri: Geçmişin Prangaları Arasında Gelecek Arayışları”, in Mavi Elma: Türkiye-Avrupa İlişkileri, edited by Ozan Örmeci & Hüseyin Işıksal, (Ankara: Gazi Kitabevi, Haziran 2016), pp. 257-273.
Hüseyin Işıksal, “Bulgaristan Türkleri ve Türkiye-Bulgaristan İlişkileri”, in Mavi Elma: Türkiye-Avrupa İlişkileri, edited by Ozan Örmeci & Hüseyin Işıksal, (Ankara: Gazi Kitabevi, Haziran 2016), pp. 275-291.
Sina Kısacık and Esma Bunjaku, “Türkiye ve Avrupa Birliği’nin Batı Balkanlar Politikaları Özelinde Bosna-Hersek, Hırvatistan ve Sırbistan’la İlişkiler”, in Mavi Elma: Türkiye-Avrupa İlişkileri, edited by Ozan Örmeci & Hüseyin Işıksal, (Ankara: Gazi Kitabevi, Haziran 2016), pp. 295-353.
Esma Bunjaku, “Kosova-Türkiye İlişkileri”, in Mavi Elma: Türkiye-Avrupa İlişkileri, edited by Ozan Örmeci & Hüseyin Işıksal, (Ankara: Gazi Kitabevi, Haziran 2016), pp. 369-394.
Dimitar Bechev, “A Very Long Engagement: Turkey in the Balkans”, in Another Empire? A Decade Of Turkey’s Foreign Policy Under The Justice and Development Party, Kerem Öktem & Ayşe Kadıoğlu & Mehmet Karlı (eds.), ( İstanbul: İstanbul Bilgi University Press, May 2012), pp. 209-229.
Ronald H. Linden, “Battles, Barrels and Belonging: Turkey and Its Black Sea Neighbors”, in Turkey & Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition, Ronald H. Linden et al. , (London: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc. , 2012), pp. 61-88.
Tom Gallagher, “The Balkans Since 1989: The Winding Retreat from National Communism”, in Developments in Central and East European Politics 3, Stephen White & Judy Batt & Paul G. Lewis (eds.), ( New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), pp. 74-91.
Caner Sancaktar, “Türkiye’nin Balkanlar Politikası: 1990 Sonrası Balkan Açılımı” in Türk Dış Politikasında Yeni Yönelimler: “İki Kutuplu Sistem Sonrası Türk Dış Politikası”, edited by Hasret Çomak and Caner Sancaktar, (İstanbul: Beta Basım Yayım Dağıtım, Eylül 2013), pp. 619-688.
Ali Özkan, “Balkanların Güvenliğinde Arnavutluk’un Rolü”, in Uluslararası Güvenlik: “Yeni Politikalar, Stratejiler ve Yaklaşımlar”, edited by Hasret Çomak, Caner Sancaktar and Sertif Demir, (İstanbul: Beta Basım Yayım Dağıtım, Ocak 2016), pp. 415-444.
Caner Sancaktar, “NATO’nun Kosova Müdahalesi: Emperyalist Müdahaleye Bir Örnek”, in Uluslararası Güvenlik: “Yeni Politikalar, Stratejiler ve Yaklaşımlar”, edited by Hasret Çomak, Caner Sancaktar and Sertif Demir, (İstanbul: Beta Basım Yayım Dağıtım, Ocak 2016), pp. 445-459.
Orhan Dede, “Balkanlar’da İstikrarı Tehdit Eden Temel Sorunlar ve Türkiye”, in Bölgesel Sorunlar ve Türkiye, edited by Atilla Sandıklı and Erdem Kaya, (İstanbul: BİLGESAM Yayınları, 2016), pp. 133-227.
Vasilis Margaras, “Batı Balkanlar’da AB: Bütünleştirici Bir Stratejinin Temellerini Oluşturmak mı?” , in Avrupa Birliği ve Komşuları: Fırsatlar ve Zorluklar, edited by Bezen Balamir Coşkun and Birgül Demirtaş, translated by Sinem Demirkaya, (Ankara: Elips Kitap, Haziran /June 2012), pp. 33-49.
“Balkanlar El Kitabı: 2.Cilt: Çağdaş Balkanlar”. Editors: Prof. Dr. Bilgehan A. Gökdağ and Doç. Dr. Osman Karatay, (Ankara: Akçağ Yayınları, 2013).
“Avrupa Birliği’nin Doğu Avrupa ve Batı Balkanlar Genişlemesi: AB 36 Mümkün mü?” Editors: Ercüment Tezcan, İlhan Aras and Altuğ Günar, (Bursa: Sentez Yayıncılık, Nisan / April 2015).
Kılıç Buğra Kanat, “Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy”, Insight Turkey, Vol. 16 / No. 1 / 2014, pp. 65-84, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/378/theorizing-the-transformation-of-turkish-foreign-policy-winter-2014-vol16-no1.
Murat Yeşiltaş, “The New Era in Turkish Foreign Policy: Critiques and Challenges”, Insight Turkey, Vol. 16 / No. 3 / 2014, pp. 25-36, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/286/the-new-era-in-turkish-foreign-policy-critiques-and-challenges-summer-2014-vol16-no3.
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, “Turkish Foreign Policy in a Time of Perpetual Turmoil”, Insight Turkey Vol. 19 / No. 1 / 2017, pp. 11-16, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/11/turkish-foreign-policy-in-a-time-of-perpetual-turmoil-winter-2017-vol-19-no-1.
Edith Harxhi, “An Overview of Turkish Foreign Policy in the Balkans: 1990-2016”, Insight Turkey, Vol. 19 / No. 1 / 2017, pp. 33-42, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/14/an-overview-of-turkish-foreign-policy-in-the-balkans-1990-2016-winter-2017-vol-19-no-1.
E. Fuat Keyman, “A New Turkish Foreign Policy: Towards Proactive “Moral Realism”, Insight Turkey Vol. 19 / No. 1 / 2017, pp. 55-69, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/21/a-new-turkish-foreign-policy-towards-proactive-moral-realism-winter-2017-vol-19-no-1.
Sina Kısacık, “The Turkish Foreign Policy in Justice and Development Party Era And The “Axis Shift” Debate”, Uluslararası Politika Akademisi, 4 July 2012, available at: http://politikaakademisi.org/2012/07/04/the-turkish-foreign-policy-in-justice-and-development-party-era-and-the-axis-shift-debate/.
İnan Rüma, “Turkish Foreign Policy Towards The Balkans: New Activism, Neo-Ottomanism Or/So What?” , Turkish Policy Quarterly, Volume 9 Number 4, 2011, available at: http://turkishpolicy.com/Files/ArticlePDF/turkish-foreign-policy-towards-the-balkans-new-activism-neo-ottomanism-orso-what-winter-2010-en.pdf, pp. 133-140.
Hajrudin Somun, “Turkish Foreign Policy in the Balkans and “Neo-Ottomanism”: A Personal Account”, Insight Turkey, Vol. 13 / No. 3 / 2011, pp. 33-41, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/648/turkish-foreign-policy-in-the-balkans-and-neo-ottomanism-a-personal-account-summer-2011-vol13-no3.
Zarko Petrović and Dušan Reljić, “Turkish Interests and Involvement in the Western Balkans: A Score-Card”, Insight Turkey, Vol. 13 / No. 3 / 2011, pp. 159-172, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/656/turkish-interests-and-involvement-in-the-western-balkans-a-score-card-summer-2011-vol13-no3.
Erhan Türbedar, “Turkey’s New Activism in the Western Balkans: Ambitions and Obstacles”, Insight Turkey, Vol. 13 / No. 3 / 2011, pp. 139-158, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/655/turkeys-new-activism-in-the-western-balkans-ambitions-and-obstacles-summer-2011-vol13-no3.
Stephan A. Nunner, “International Law, Recognition and the Recent Practice of States in the Cases of Kosovo, South Ossetia and Abkhazia / Uluslararası Hukuk, Tanınma ve Kosova, Güney, Osetya ve Abhazya Örnekleriyle Devletlerin Son Tecrübeleri”, Bilge Strateji, Volume: 8 , No: 14, Spring 2016, pp. 19-46.
“Avrasya Dosyası Balkanlar Özel”, Cilt: 14, Sayı: 1, 2008 / Special Issue Volume 14, No: 1, 2008.
Mehmet Uğur Ekinci, “The Future of the Balkans Will Depend on Itself”, SETA Perspective, No: 51, December 2018, available at: https://setav.org/en/assets/uploads/2018/12/51.-Perspective.pdf
Mehmet Uğur Ekinci, “A Golden Age of Relations: Turkey and the Western Balkans During the AK Party Period”, Insight Turkey, Volume: 16, No. 1, 2014, pp. 103-125, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/380/a-golden-age-of-relations-turkey-and-the-western-balkans-during-the-ak-party-period-winter-2014-vol16-no1.
Murat Yorulmaz, “The Relation between Identity and Security: A Comparative Study on Kosovo and Macedonia”, Insight Turkey, Vol. 18 / No. 1 / 2016, pp. 1-26, available at: https://www.insightturkey.com/file/121/the-relation-between-identity-and-security-a-comparative-study-on-kosovo-and-macedonia-winter-2016-vol18-no1.
Sejla PIVIC, “Search for Lasting Stability in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies, 13 October 2012, available at: http://www.bilgesam.org/en//incele/443/-search-for-lasting-stability-in-bosnia-herzegovina/#.XFQTDFUzbIU.
Athina Tesfa Yohannes, “Serbia’s New Leadership: Can President Nikolić Lift Serbia?” , Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies, 12 June 2012, available at: http://www.bilgesam.org/en//incele/1835/-serbia-s-new-leadership--can-president-nikoli%C4%87-lift-serbia-/#.XFQTqVUzbIU.
Athina Tesfa-Yohannes, “The Contribution of Turkish-Serbian Relations towards Improving Security in the Western Balkans”, Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies, International Balkans Congress Kocaeli University; Kocaeli, Turkey April 28th - 29th 2011, available at: http://www.bilgesam.org/Images/Dokumanlar/0-347-2014121535athina.yohannes.pdf.
Athina Tesfa-Yohannes, “The Contribution of Turkish-Serbian Relations towards Improving Security in the Western Balkans”, Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies, International Balkans Congress Kocaeli University; Kocaeli, Turkey April 28th - 29th 2011, available at: http://www.bilgesam.org/Images/Dokumanlar/0-347-2014121535athina.yohannes.pdf.
Şeyma Adıyaman, “Turkey-Macedonia Relations”, Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies, 13 March 2012, available at: http://www.bilgesam.org/en//incele/444/-turkey-macedonia-relations/#.XFQVkVUzbIU.
Orhan Dede, “The Peace Vision of Turkish Foreign Policy and the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP)”, Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies, 16 June 2011, available at: http://www.bilgesam.org/en//incele/445/-the-peace-vision-of-turkish-foreign-policy-and-the-south-east-european-cooperation-process--seecp-/#.XFQXzFUzbIU.
Athina Tesfa-Yohannes, “The Stability of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey's Role”, Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies, 14 July 2011, available at: http://www.bilgesam.org/en//incele/1876/-the-stability-of-bosnia-herzegovina-and-turkey's-role/#.XFQXDVUzbIU.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment & Grading of In-Term Activities Number of Activities Degree of Contribution (%) Description
Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5

CONTRIBUTION OF THE COURSE UNIT TO THE PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE

Theoretical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Define the basic theoretical, political, economic and administrative theories used in the field of Political Science and International Relations.
2
Explain the political history, political ideas, intellectual accumulation of understanding international relations and the way that the history of diplomacy has passed from past to present.
3
List the norms of universal law and human rights, the principles of the modern legal system, the names of modern bureaucratic and administrative structures.

KNOWLEDGE

Factual

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Explain the Turkish state tradition, the influence of Islam, the accumulation of political thought and its historical background, and compare this accumulation with the current approaches.
2
Evaluate the chronological development of relations between political and diplomatic developments and political / diplomatic facts / events / ideas / actors from past to present.
3
Analyze the structure and functioning of actors, organizations and organizations that determine international relations.

SKILLS

Cognitive

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
In the light of current theoretical debates, apply relevant concepts to current political and international developments.
2
Evaluate the Turkish political tradition, developments with the Turkic community.
3
Use information on the field when comparing the administrative structures of different countries and their diplomatic traditions.

SKILLS

Practical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Formulate the current political developments, developments and arrangements in international relations in the historical and theoretical accumulation.
2
Analyze the functioning of modern political regimes in the light of political and public bureaucratic structures, regulations and developments.
3
Examine and analyze current political developments in the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa and the Caucasus in terms of both Turkish political history and international relations discipline.

OCCUPATIONAL

Autonomy & Responsibility

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
To conduct a field-specific study individually and to complete it with discipline and responsibility.
2
To assume duties and responsibilities in a team work as leader or team member and to fulfil them flawlessly.

OCCUPATIONAL

Learning to Learn

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Follow the political and administrative developments in the international political system and the bureaucratic organizations operating in this system.
2
Examine the international problems and conflicts, and the problems in the field of administration and politics in detail.

OCCUPATIONAL

Communication & Social

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Follow the current developments in the field of Political Science and International Relations and collaborate with leading names in the field.
2
Examine and analyze academic resources and the written and oral studies on the political developments in the region and the world, especially in the Middle East.
3
Debate in the field of political science and public administration with different target groups in multicultural environments.

OCCUPATIONAL

Occupational and/or Vocational

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
With the current historical and theoretical knowledge of the field, suggest sustainable, organizational and administrative arrangements aimed at meeting specific goals and solving certain problems.
2
To follow latest developments in the field and direct personal studies accordingly within the framework of the lifelong learning principle.Using the theoretical, economic, political and managerial knowledge, and produce reports on current developments, conflicts and agreements in geography related to world politics and especially in the Middle East.
3
Construct arguments on the current developments in Turkish politics in the light of the laws, regulations, and the important changes in the constitution and administrative law that determine Turkish political life and foreign relations.

WORKLOAD & ECTS CREDITS OF THE COURSE UNIT

Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities

Type of the Learning Activites Learning Activities (# of week) Duration (hours, h) Workload (h)
Lecture & In-Class Activities 0 0 0
Preliminary & Further Study 0 0 0
Land Surveying 0 0 0
Group Work 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Reading 0 0 0
Assignment (Homework) 0 0 0
Project Work 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Internship 0 0 0
Technical Visit 0 0 0
Web Based Learning 0 0 0
Implementation/Application/Practice 0 0 0
Practice at a workplace 0 0 0
Occupational Activity 0 0 0
Social Activity 0 0 0
Thesis Work 0 0 0
Field Study 0 0 0
Report Writing 0 0 0
Final Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Final Exam 0 0 0
Mid-Term Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Mid-Term Exam 0 0 0
Short Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Short Exam 0 0 0
TOTAL 0 0 0
Total Workload of the Course Unit 0
Workload (h) / 25.5 0
ECTS Credits allocated for the Course Unit 0,0