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Master of Arts
in European Studies


Sommersemester 2023

Mehmet Ali Tuğtan

Contemporary European Security after the invasion of Ukraine
3/6/9 ECTS

Seminar (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES: Zentralbereich Politik // MES: WPM 1: Regieren in  Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 07.06.2023 Block
This course aims to survey the historical background, institutional structure, main actors and salient issues of contemporary European security agenda. As such, its focal point will be on the developments leading up to and following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While the historical backgound section will cover all international attempts at pan-European or regional security in Europe in the Post-WWII era, the current structure and agenda of NATO and EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy will be elaborated on in greater detail.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: The number of participants is limited. Please register with your student ID (Matrikelnummer) until 30
April Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung sind bei Moodle zu finden.
Leistungsnachweise:Two quizzes (Short Essay Exam): 3 ECTS; two quizzes and Final Exam (Long Essay Exam): 6 ECTS; two quizzes,
Final Exam and Term Paper (20 Pages): 9 ECTS
Termine (präsenz): Mi 07.06.23, 9 - 13 Uhr (GH 1) | Do 08.06.23, 9 - 13 Uhr (GH 1) | Mi 14.06.23, 9 - 13 Uhr (GH 1) | Do 15.06.23,
9 - 13 Uhr (GH 1) | Mi 21.06.23, 9 - 13 Uhr (AM 233) | Do 22.06.23, 9 - 13 Uhr (AM 233) | Mi 28.06.23, 9 - 13 Uhr (AM 233) | Do
29.06.23, 9 - 13 Uhr (AM 233)
Sprache: Englisch

Sommersemester 2022

Bilgin, Hasret Dikici

Class and Religion: Contemporary Issues of Political Islam
3/6/9 ECTS

Seminar (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES: Zentralbereich Kultur // MES: Zentralbereich Politik // MES: WPM 3: Migration, Ethnizität, Ethnozentrismus // MES: WPM 5: Kultur, Geschichte & Gesellschaft in Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 22.06.2022 Block
Twenty first century is witnessing Islamic revivalism in a new context. Although the origins of the Islamist social movements can be traced back to 1920s, the movement expanded across the Muslim majority world following the Six-Day War of 1967. 1960s also opened a new path for the devout entrepreneurs in search for reconciling the religious norms with the principles of the capitalist economy. The Islamic moral economy devised tools and mechanisms which enabled economic conduct for the Muslim businessmen. Here a caveat is necessary. Not all Islamist thinkers or activists embraced this reconciliation with capitalism. The Islamist social movement provided a powerful criticism of Western hegemony and authoritarian policies of the secular and quasi-secular governments. However, majority of the Islamist politicians and entrepreneurs intertwined their discourse and actions under the Islamic moral economy. As a result, there emerged a landscape of Islamist politics which continued to advocate the empowerment of the poor, living a modest life, and charity while the Islamic business proliferated. The first part of 20th century Islamist movement had both the comfort and the challenge of being in opposition. Aside from a brief period in Turkey in the 1974-1978 period, the Islamist organizations across the region remained either illegal or in opposition. Islamist politics entered a new phase in 2000s, as Islamist parties became government actors in some countries, while their zone of influence expanded with the grassroots activities in others. The new Islamic middle class settled at the core of politics in Muslim majority countries. In the European countries, everyday living of the Muslims and radicalization potentials have become academic and public concern. This course deals with a series of interlocking questions about Islamist movements and politics, Islamic capitalism, and gender issues. It defines Islamism as a form of instrumentalization of Islam by individuals, groups, and organizations that pursue political objectives.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: Registration until 30 April via e-mail to Moodle course
Leistungsnachweise: short essay exams, short essay exams + 1 book review, long paper (20-25 pages)
Termine (präsenz): Mi 22.06.22, 14 - 16 Uhr | Fr 24.06.22, 14 - 18 Uhr | Mi 29.06.22, 14 - 18 Uhr | Fr 01.07.22, 14 - 18 Uhr | Mi 06.07.22, 14 - 18 Uhr | Fr 08.07.22, 14 - 18 Uhr | Mi 13.07.22, 14 - 18 Uhr | Fr 15.07.22, 14 - 18 Uhr
Sprache: Englisch

Sommersemester 2021

Kuyumcuoglu, Ozan

Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy
Seminar (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES: Zentralbereich Politik // MES: WPM 1: Regieren in Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 07.06.2021 Block Ort: HG 162
The course will cover current issues of Turkey’s foreign policy of the last decade. The lectures will deal with major developments having particular relevance for Turkey's current political agenda. In general, the course will cover the period starting from the US occupation of Iraq in 2003 until today and focus on Turkey’s relations with European Union and its policies during the Arab uprisings. Given the gravity of the problems it caused, the civil war in Syria and Turkey’s policies towards the crisis will be examined throughly. The course aims to give students a view to understand Turkey’s politics within the context of World politics. Therefore, lectures will highlight how foreign policy decisions are formulated in the light of changing dynamics of World politics and underline intertwined relationship between what governments name “national security and foreign policy” decisions and various power strategies that governments resort to consolidate their position vis a vis other parties competing for power The lectures are geared to have students gained basic information, comprehensive understanding of and critical perspective for current issues in Turkey's foreign policy. The course will help students develop analytical skills to contextualize current policy choices and decisions meant to promote “national interest” of Turkey. The students will be able to identify and describe the major regional developments and their impact on Turkey’s politics. By the end of the course, students should be able to recognize patterns of interaction between World politics and Turkey’s responses to changing dynamics of World politics.

Literatur: Kirişçi, Kemal (2006): Turkey’s Foreign Policy in Turbulent Times. Brussels: EU Institute for Security Studies (https:// Aksu, Fuat / Ertem, Helin Sari (ed.) (2017): Analyzing Foreign Policy
Crises in Turkey: Conceptual, Theoretical and Practical Discussions. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Hinweise zur Veranstaltung/zum Blockseminar: Students are required to attend classes and read the weekly assignments to
participate in class discussions. There may be additional lecture handouts. During lectures and examinations, students are
supposed to turn off all electronic devices including laptops and mobiles. Registration until 23.04.21 via: Moodleanmeldung
Leistungsnachweise: 6 ECTS credits There will be one Midterm and a Final exam which contribute 50% each to the average grade.
Termine (präsenz): Mo 07.06.21, 9 - 13 Uhr (HG 162) | Do 10.06.21, 9 - 13 Uhr (HG 162) | Mo 14.06.21, 9 - 13 Uhr (GD Hs4) | Do
17.06.21, 9 - 13 Uhr (HG 162) | Mo 21.06.21, 9 - 13 Uhr (GD Hs1) | Do 24.06.21, 9 - 13 Uhr (HG 162) | Mo 28.06.21, 9 - 13 Uhr (HG
162) | Do 01.07.21, 9 - 13 Uhr
Sprache: Englisch

Sommersemester 2019

Foreign Policy and Political Economy

Rüma, Inan


Seminar: Zentralbereich Kultur / WPM 1: Regieren in Europa / WPM 4: Stadt, Region und Grenze in Europa / WPM 6: Wirtschaftspolitik in Europa Block Ort: HG 201b, Veranstaltungsbeginn: 03.06.2019 This course aims at the discussion of the main topics and discussions of Foreign Policy Analysis and Political Economy in relation to each other. In this framework, basic topics such as State, Capital, Production, National Interest, Domination, Exploitation, Hegemony, Regional Integration, Security, Conflict, Cooperation, Welfare will be discussed with a multidimensional and critical approach. Particular focus will be on the EU and the Republic of Turkey. Hinweise zur Veranstaltung/zum Blockseminar: Anmeldung bis 15. April an Termine: Mo 03.06.19 14 - 18 Uhr (HG 201b) | Do 06.06.19 14 - 18 Uhr (HG 201b) | Do 13.06.19 14 - 18 Uhr (HG 104) | Mo 17.06.19 14 - 18 Uhr (HG 201b) | Do 20.06.19 14 - 18 Uhr (HG 201b) | Mo 24.06.19 14 - 18 Uhr (HG 201b) | Do 27.06.19 14 - 18 Uhr (HG 201b)

Wintersemester 2018/2019

Theory and Practice of Studies on Cultural Diversity in Istanbul

Bilmez, Bülent

3/6/9 ECTS
Seminar: Zentralbereich Kultur / WPM 3: Migration, Ethnizität, Ethnozentrismus / WPM 5: Kultur, Geschichte & Gesellschaft in Europa
Do, 14-täglich, 10 - 14 Uhr Ort: AM 203, Veranstaltungsbeginn: 18.10.2018

This course will deal with the cultural diversity in Istanbul within its political, socio-economic and historical context by focusing on the theoretical and conceptual framework and methodological basis of any possible academic research on cultural diversity in the metropolis. The course will start with discussions on concepts like culture(s), cultural groups, ethnicity, cultural diversity, multiculturalism, migration, assimilation, etc. within the broader context of modernization, globalization and collective identities. After some deliberations on the historical process of rapid change in the cultural diversity of the city from the late Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic, we will mainly deal with the contemporary confessional and linguistic plurality and especially with research on ‘linguistic landscape’, ‘city branding’, ‘nation branding’, demography, ‘netnography’ (ethnography on Internet), plural media studies, and ‘cultinary’ (culinary cultural diversity). On the methodological level, we will deal with ethnographic research and fieldwork in a complex mega city like Istanbul by problematizing the use of qualitative research methods such as oral history, participatory observation and in-depth interviews. Together with a term paper to be submitted at the end of the semester, attendance and active participation will play decisive role in the assessment of students in this course.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung/zum Blockseminar: Englisch Registration by October 15th, 2018 to:
Assessment: Attendance: % 20 Active participation: %10 Written assignment: %70 3 ECTS – an article summary of approx. 4 pages 6 ECTS – a critical book review AND a short paper of altogether approx. 12 pages 9 ECTS – an essay of approx. 25 pages

Sommersemester 2017

Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy

Rüma, Inan

3/6/9 ECTS

Seminar: ZB Politik, WPM 5

Montag und Donnerstag, 14.00-18.00, Ort: AM 204, GD 04, Veranstaltungsbeginn: 08.06.2017

The course will cover current issues of Turkey’s foreign policy of the last decade. The lectures will deal with major international developments in the adjacent regions having particular relevance for Turkey's foreign policy agenda. The lectures are geared to have students developed a comprehensive understanding of and critical perspective for current issues of Turkey's foreign policy. The course will pay special attention to Turkey’s policies to the developments in Middle East following US occupation of Iraq in 2003 and uprisings which broke out in the early part of 2011. Students are strongly recommended to attend classes and read the weekly assignments to participate in-class discussions. Given the velocity of developments, students might be given and be held responsible for additional reading material.

Sommersemester 2015

Press Freedom in Turkey

Arsan, Esra


Block, Montag, 01.06. von 16:30 – 18:00, 08.06., 15.06., 22.06 von 15:00 – 18:00, Mittwoch, 03.06., 10.06., 17.06., 24.06. von 16:00 – 19:00, Ort: , Veranstaltungsbeginn: 01.06.2015. This course divided into a 2-h introductory session, plus 7 regular 3-h sessions (taught twice a week) between 1 and 25 June 2015.

This course investigates the democracy crisis, media, power and hegemony relations in contemporary Turkey. We will first examine political and cultural foundations of Turkish modernization, westernization and Europeanization. We will then look at the pathways towards the EU relations within the context of media, democracy and politics. Finally, we will explore the consequences threatening the foundations of modern democracy in Turkey including freedom of thought, freedom of speech and freedom of information.

Öffentlicher Vortrag: 09.06.2015, 18-19.30 Uhr, Ort: HG 109 (Senatssaal im Hauptgebäude)

Course Syllabus

Sommersemester 2014

Turkish Cultural Policy in the European Context

Öffentlicher Vortrag: 04.06.2014, 16.00-18.00 Uhr, Ort: HG 109 (Senatssaal im Hauptgebäude)

Beginn: 02.06.2014, 10.00-13.00 Uhr, Ort: Stephanssaal (Postgebäude) 
05.06., 10.00-13.00 Uhr
09.06., 10.00-13.00 Uhr
12.06., 10.00-13.00 Uhr
16.06., 10.00-13.00 Uhr
19.06., 10.00-13.00 Uhr
23.06., 10.00-13.00 Uhr
26.06., 10.00-13.00 Uhr

Course Syllabus 

Sommersemester 2013

Contemporary Debates on Turkey and the European Union

Prof. Ayhan Kaya


Beginn: 04.06.13, 16.00-20.00 Uhr, Ort: Logenhaus LH 101/102

04.06.2013, 16.00-20.00 Uhr

11.06.2013, 16.00-20.00 Uhr

18.06.2013, 16.00-18.00 Uhr

25.06.2013, 16.00-20.00 Uhr

Course Syllabus

The Ideology of Islamophobism in the West: Ruling the Masses in the Age of Neoliberalism


04.06.2013, 18.00-20.00 Uhr, Senatssaal (HG 109)

Wintersemester 2011/2012

Istanbul in Anthropological Perspective

Alan Duben

Mittwoch und Freitag, 19.Oktober – 11.November 2011, Mittwoch 16.15-19:30, HG 217, Freitag 11:15-14:30, GD 201

This course focuses on the demographic, social, political and cultural transformations that Istanbul underwent during the 20th century, set in the context of the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent Turkish Republic, considering the city both as it has been experienced and as viewed from a more distanced analytic perspective. Istanbul grew from a city of approximately 1 million in 1900 to nearly 12 million in 2000. It was transformed from the capital of a polyglot, multi-ethnic Islamic empire into the financial, commercial and cultural center of the more monolithic and secular republic. This political, economic and cultural transformation was accompanied by fundamental changes in the urban fabric. Throughout the century many of those who knew and loved Istanbul bemoaned a loss of something essential to the city. On the other hand, for the millions who moved to the city from Anatolia and elsewhere, especially after the 1950s, Istanbul was a haven and a vehicle for mobility and a new life. Striking contrasts in wealth and life styles characterize the city today. Readings are selected from a variety of disciplines with the goal of more fully grasping what Istanbul was during this period of rapid and unprecedented upheaval and change.