ASIA509 Comparative Political Economy of Asia
Course taught at the graduate program in Asian Studies (MAAS).

“This course aims to provide an overview of the political economies of Asian countries with particular emphasis on China, Japan and India as well as the East Asian newly industrializing countries. The first part of the course will provide a theoretical overview of some of the fundamental debates on economic development in Asia and explores whether there is anything unique about “Asian” type of development. The second part of the course will focus on country cases and address a number of themes related to the rise of Asia as a global economic powerhouse. These themes include, but are not limited with, the role of state in economic growth, interplay between political decisions and economic considerations, integration with global economy, corporate development, social welfare, crisis responses, reform and adjustment. All of these themes will be explored from historical, theoretical and comparative perspectives, as we will aim to understand how Asian economies have achieved their current performance rate and what distinguishes them from the rest of the world. By the end of the course, students are expected to have mastered the fundamental concepts of political economy, to understand and critically evaluate the major debates about the economic performance and its political underpinnings in Asia, and to be able to analyze Asia’s relationship with the global economy.”

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ASIA508 Seminar on the Asia Pacific
Course taught at the graduate program in Asian Studies (MAAS).

“The aim of this seminar is to introduce, discuss and analyze the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. It is designed to provide the students with an overview of the nature of the international politics in Asia, changing patterns of power relations, regional development, foreign and security policies of regional actors, and regional institution building. Topics to be discussed include measurement and perceptions of power, economic interdependence, alliance politics, regional integration, multilateral institutions, ideas and values, political regimes, nuclear proliferation, nationalism and historical memory, territorial and maritime disputes, non-conventional security issues, demography and climate change. By drawing upon theories and questions found in the international relations literature, the seminar will: i) emphasizes the value of theories and concepts for developing arguments; ii) familiarize students with the prominent scholars of the field; iii) encourage students to develop their expertise by conducting their own research and writing an academic paper; iv) help the students to gain the habit of following current issues through an analytical prism.”

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INTT511 International Economics and World Trade
Course taught at the graduate program of the Department of International Trade.

“The objective of this course is to provide students with the ability to analyze policy issues related to international economics. The course starts with providing general outlook of Turkey in changing global political economy. The first part of the course provides a background in international economics, covering historical development of international trade theory from Adam Smith and David Ricardo to today in an attempt to understand why nations trade, how they trade, how and why trade patterns shift, and what macroeconomic and microeconomic effects trade has on an economy. The second part of the course is devoted to reviewing the international trade policies. It presents the theoretical and practical framework necessary to understand international financial flows and dynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on current trade issues and the problems of economic integration. The last section of the course analyzes challenges that nations face in the 2000s and policies adopted to regulate international trade. The specific focus of our discussions will be the readings and case studies. Students will prepare a term project either focusing on a specific trade policy issue or a country case.”

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