Academic Catalog

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

General Information on Undergraduate Program

The Political Science and International Relations program is a comprehensive undergraduate program designed to combine a thorough understanding of the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, with progressively greater emphasis on specialist and in-depth knowledge demanded in certain fields of study..
The PSIR program aims to provide a broad and inter-disciplinary understanding of contemporary politics and international relations, including core courses in International History; the History of Political Thought; Comparative Politics; War and Peace Studies, Social, Political and International Theory; Public Law, including Public International Law; International Political Economy, and International Organizations,.
Upon this foundation, elective courses are offered allowing students to develop research, analytical and presentational skills in specialist fields of study including political economy, area studies, development studies, conflict studies, gender studies, as well as historical and policy studies. The program additionally develops study and research skills which furnish students with a critical ability to undertake life-long learning.

Undergraduate Curriculum


FIRST YEAR

First Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
ECO101 MICROECONOMICS 4 4 0 7.0
PSIR101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY AND POLITICS 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR105 MODERN WORLD HISTORY 3 3 0 5.0
PSIR111 STUDY SKILLS IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCES 3 3 0 6.0
ENGL101 DEVELOPMENT OF READING AND WRITING SKILLS I 4 4 0 6.0
GPC100 FIRST YEAR ON CAMPUS SEMINAR 1 0 2 0.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
TUR101 TURKISH I 0 2 0 2.0
TUR201 ELEMENTARY TURKISH 0 4 0 2.0

Second Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
ECO102 MACROECONOMICS 4 4 0 7.0
PSIR110 INTERNATIONAL HISTORY (1914-1989) 3 3 0 6.0
ENGL102 DEVELOPMENT OF READING AND WRITING SKILLS II 4 4 0 6.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
PSIR104 HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION 3 3 0 0.0
PSIR106 PRE-MODERN CIVILIZATIONS 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR108 ISSUES IN GLOBAL POLITICS 3 3 0 6.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
ADM1326 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS 3 3 0 6.0
BUS152 STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR112 STATISTICS FOR POLITICAL SCIENTISTS 3 3 0 5.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
TUR102 TURKISH II 0 2 0 2.0
TUR202 INTERMEDIATE TURKISH 0 4 0 2.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
CNG100 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECH. AND APPLICATIONS 0 2 0 1.0
IS100 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS 0 0 2 1.0

SECOND YEAR

Third Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PSIR203 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT I 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR212 COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR218 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR237 PRINCIPLES OF LAW 3 3 0 6.0
ENGL211 ACADEMIC ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS 3 3 0 4.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HST201 0 2 0 2.0
HST205 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION I 0 2 0 2.0

Fourth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PSIR202 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR206 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT II 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR210 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR211 COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR214 WAR AND PEACE STUDIES 3 3 0 6.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HST202 0 2 0 2.0
HST206 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION II 0 2 0 2.0

THIRD YEAR

Fifth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PSIR303 PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR305 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY 3 3 0 6.0
ENGL311 ADVANCED COMMUNICATION SKILLS 3 3 0 4.0
            ELECTIVE
            ELECTIVE

Sixth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PSIR304 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR306 PROCESS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION 3 3 0 6.0
            ELECTIVE
            ELECTIVE
            ELECTIVE

FORTH YEAR

Seventh Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PSIR401 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY 3 3 0 6.0
PSIR403 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY 3 3 0 6.0
            ELECTIVE
            ELECTIVE
            ELECTIVE

Eighth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PSIR400 GRADUATION PROJECT 3 0 6 7.0
PSIR404 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN WAR AND PEACE 3 3 0 6.0
            ELECTIVE
            ELECTIVE
            ELECTIVE

h/w = hours per week