Banner Viadrina

Master of Arts
in European Studies


summer semester 2021

Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy

Kuyumcuoglu, Ozan


Seminar (in-person sessions): Central Area Politics/ WPM 1: Regieren in Europa
Seminar start: 07.06.2021 Location: 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.

Literature: 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

Notes for the block seminar: 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
Course assessment: 6 ECTS credits There will be one Midterm and a Final exam which contribute 50% each to the average grade.
Dates(in-person): Mo 07.06.21, 9 am - 1 pm (HG 162) | Thu 10.06.21, 9 am - 1 pm (HG 162) | Mo 14.06.21, 9 am - 1 am (GD Hs4) | Thu
17.06.21, 9 am - 1 pm (HG 162) | Mo 21.06.21, 9 am - 1 pm (GD Hs1) | Thu 24.06.21, 9 am - 1 pm (HG 162) | Mo 28.06.21,  9 am - 1 pm (HG
162) | Thu01.07.21, 9 am - 1 pm
Language: English

summer semester 2019

Foreign Policy and Political Economy

Rüma, Inan


Seminar: Central Area Culture/ WPM 1: Regieren in Europa / WPM 4: Stadt, Region und Grenze in Europa / WPM 6: Wirtschaftspolitik in Europa Block location: HG 201b, Seminar start: 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. Notes on the course/the block seminar: Registration until 15. April at Dates: Mon 03.06.19 2pm - 6pm (HG 201b) | Tue 06.06.19 2pm - 6pm (HG 201b) | Thu 13.06.19 2pm - 6pm (HG 104) | Mon 17.06.19 2pm - 6pm (HG 201b) | Thu 20.06.19 2pm - 6pm (HG 201b) | Mon 24.06.19 2pm - 6pm (HG 201b) | Thu 27.06.19 2pm - 6pm (HG 201b)

winter semester 2018/2019

Theory and Practice of Studies on Cultural Diversity in Istanbul

Bilmez, Bülent

3/6/9 ECTS
Seminar: Zentral Area Culture / WPM 3: Migration, Ethnizität, Ethnozentrismus / WPM 5: Kultur, Geschichte & Gesellschaft in Europa
Thu, bi-weekly, 10am - 2pm Uhr location: AM 203, Seminar start: 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.

Notes on the course/the block seminar: English 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

summer semester 2017

Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy

Rüma, Inan

3/6/9 ECTS

Seminar: Central Area Politics, WPM 5

Monday and Thursday, 2pm - 6pm, location: AM 204, GD 04, seminar start: 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.

summer semester 2015

Press Freedom in Turkey

Arsan, Esra


Block, Monday, 01.06. from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, 08.06., 15.06., 22.06 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Wednesday, 03.06., 10.06., 17.06., 24.06. from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, location: , Seminarstart: 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.

public lecture: 09.06.2015, 6pm-7.30pm, location: HG 109 (Senate Hall in HG)

Course Syllabus

summer semester 2014

Turkish Cultural Policy in the European Context

Public Lecture: 04.06.2014, 4.00pm - 6.00pm, location: HG 109 (Senate Hall in HG)

start: 02.06.2014, 10.00am-1.00pm, location: Stephanssaal (Postbuilding) 
05.06., 10.00pm-1.00am
09.06., 10.00pm-1.00am
12.06., 10.00pm-1.00am
16.06., 10.00pm-1.00am
19.06., 10.00pm-1.00am
23.06., 10.00pm-1.00am
26.06., 10.00pm-1.00am

Course Syllabus 

summer semester 2013

Contemporary Debates on Turkey and the European Union

Prof. Ayhan Kaya


start: 04.06.13, 4.00pm-8.00pm, location: Logenhaus LH 101/102

04.06.2013, 4.00pm-8.00pm

11.06.2013, 4.00pm-8.00pm

18.06.2013, 4.00pm-6.00pm

25.06.2013, 4.00pm-8.00pm

Course Syllabus


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

public lecture

04.06.2013, 6.00pm-8.00pm, Senatssaal (HG 109)

winter semester 2011/2012

Istanbul in Anthropological Perspective

Alan Duben

Wednesday and Friday, 19.October – 11.November 2011, Wednesday 4.15pm-7:30pm, HG 217, friday 11:15am-2:30pm, 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.