This course provides students with a survey of international relations history with a focus on European diplomacy. The main aim of this course is to deliver the historical background of the current affairs in international relations. With a broad introduction to European history, students are provided an in-depth explanation of the historical development of ideas, institutions, regulations, systems, and actors of international relations.
In this course, the modern history of the European civilizations and nations are examined and discussed by referring to the interactions between nations and their impact on the shaping of the current international relations, systems, beliefs, institutions, economic ties, and diplomacy. The course, therefore, focuses on the diplomatic interactions and the social, economic, political, and cultural contexts in which they take place.
Topic covered includes The Thirty Years’ War and The Peace of Westphalia, The Great Powers, The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, The Congress of Vienna, The Concert of Europe System, The Unifications of Italy and Germany, World War I and II, The Russian Revolution, The Rise of Communism and Fascism, The Cold War, Decolonization, Fall of Berlin Wall, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, and Post-Cold War period to the present.
- Teachers: Gorkem Atsungur
International Relations (IR) is often described as the systematic study of 3Cs – cooperation, conflict, and competition, among different actors at the international stage. As an academic discipline, IR focuses on the study of the interaction of the actors, including states and non-state actors. It thus involves the study of such things as diplomacy, foreign policy, conflict and negotiation, war, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, international trade and economics, and international development, among other subjects. IR, therefore, is an interdisciplinary as well as a multidisciplinary field of study, whereas it addresses the core research themes of international security, international political economy, international law, foreign policy and diplomacy, human rights, and many more.
In this context, the main aim of this course is to introduce the actors, issues, and processes of international relations. The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to international relations and establish a foundation of knowledge that will aid in further inquiries into international relations. Through an in-depth analysis of case studies and role-plays and simulations, students will be able to gain real-world experience. The course consequently helps students to understand better where and how policies, strategies, conflicts, and laws have an impact around the world in our everyday life.
- Teachers: Gorkem Atsungur