Checking date: 17/11/2021

Course: 2022/2023

International Security Policies
Study: Bachelor in Political Science (205)

Coordinating teacher: OZEL SERBETÇI, ISIK

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


After taking this course, students will be able to: - Comprehend the major theoretical perspectives and paradigms in international security studies, - Get acquainted with the most prevalent issues and debates in the field of international security, - Comprehend the main international institutions and mechanisms related to international security, - Analyze the respective roles of different political actors situated at international, transnational and domestic levels in the development and resolution of international security problems, - Apply the major theories and paradigms to contemporary issues in international security.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
This course examines on the theories and empirical issues about security politics, especially focusing on the international level. It explores enduring and contemporary issues in international security, a field that is about the threat and use of force by states as well as non-state actors to achieve their political and military objectives. Besides introducing the major theories in the field, it surveys policy decisions and tradeoffs among political, social, economic, military, legal, and ethical goals and values, studying the interactions between the states, organizations, institutions, and individuals in policy formulation, implementation, and outcomes. The course has three major objectives: (1) to understand the major theoretical perspectives and paradigms in security studies, (2) to survey the mos salient substantive areas, questions and debates in the field ; (3) to apply theories and paradigms to contemporary problems of international security.
Learning activities and methodology
THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL CLASSES. In them the knowledge that students must acquire will be presented. They will receive the class notes and will have basic reference texts to facilitate the follow-up of the classes and the development of the subsequent work. Exercises, practical problems will be solved by the student and workshops will be held to acquire the necessary skills. TUTORING. Individualized assistance (individual tutorials) or in groups (collective tutorials) to students by the teacher. INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP WORK. 98 hours 0% face-to-face will be dedicated. TEACHING METHODOLOGIES THEORY CLASSES. Lectures in the teacher's class with the support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and materials and bibliography are provided to complement the students' learning. PRACTICE SESSIONS. Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. raised by the teacher individually or in a group. TUTORING. Individualized assistance (individual tutorials) or in groups (collective tutorials) to students by the teacher. 4 hours will be dedicated.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Bennett, D. Scott, and Alan C. Stam . The Behavioral Origins of War. . University of Michigan Press.. 2003
  • Brooks, Stephen. Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict. Princeton University Press. 2005
  • Bueno de Mesquita et al. . The Logic of Political Survival. MIT Press. 2003
  • Smith, Michael E. . International Security: Politics, Policy, Prospects . Palgrave Macmillan . 2017
Additional Bibliography
  • Powell, Robert. . In the Shadow of Power.. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1999

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.