Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRS 146 History of World Politics Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
5 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Mehmet Turker, Research Assistant Mehmet Turker Mehmet Turker, Research Assistant
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The course analyzes the principal ideas, actors, institutions, processes and power relations in world politics within the context of historical and contemporary world events.

The History of World Politics course is designed as an introduction to the major themes in international relations. The concern will be given to the accumulation of knowledge about international relations in historical context - and developing analytical skills to explain current events in the international system.

The course is designed to help students understand globalization and global governance within the context of historical and contemporary world events, policy decisions, and case studies.

The main aim of this course is to equip students with the conceptual tools necessary to understand the fundamental forces, processes, and actors of the international system .

  1. Introduction to Course. The Postclassical Period, 500–1450: New Faith and New Commerce
  2. The Early Modern Period, 1450–1750: The World Shrinks
  3. World Politics and Economics: 1648-1945
  4. At a Glance: “World Wars” of the Eighteenth Century
  5. History of present system: the struggle for hegemony, the quest for peace
  6. World Politics and Economics: The Cold War – 1
  7. World Politics and Economics: The Cold War – 2
  9. Imperialism and Its Survivors
  10. Two Great Continental Empires: Russia and the United States
  11. Impacts of Imperialism
  12. Globalization and Fragmentation in a New World Order: 1991 to the Present – 1
  13. Globalization and Fragmentation in a New World Order: 1991 to the Present – 2
  14. THEORY IN REVIEW: Examples from 1991 to the Present


    • Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper110
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Students will be acquainted with the history of international relations from The Early Modern Period, 1450 to the present with due emphasis on the development and changes in the European balance of power system, imperialism, and nationalism.
    • They will be able to explain how state sovereignty and collective security affect conflict and cooperation in contemporary world politics.
    • They will identify the great powers of the world politics, and list the defining characteristics of international politics in that era.
    • They will define the major developments in international relations
    • Steven L. Spiegel, Elizabeth G. Matthews, Jennifer M. Taw, & Kristen P. Williams . World Politics in a New Era. 4th Ed. OUP , Ch 2-6
    • Mason, David S. , A concise history of modern Europe : liberty, equality, solidarity. 2nd ed. 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Ch 3 , Ch 8
    • Stearns , Peter N. , Adas , Michael B. , and Schwartz , Stuart B. World Civilizations: The Global Experience, Fifth Edition 2007 Pearson

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0