Koç University
Istanbul, Turkey

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space][agni_image img_url="1727"][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]INTL451 Contemporary International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
Undergraduate course taught at the Department of International Relations.

“The objective of this course is to introduce, discuss and analyze the contemporary international relations of the Asia-Pacific region, which—for the purposes of this course—includes Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Oceania. The course is designed to provide the students with an theoretically informed overview of the nature of the international politics in the Asia-Pacific, changing patterns of power relations, ideational factors shaping the relationships, foreign and security policies of regional powers as well as sub-regional actors, and regional institution building.

This course will provide a theoretically informed understanding of the dynamics behind the contemporary international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. The course has five main objectives:

  • To inquiry into how mainstream International Relations theories view the Asia-Pacific region and how identity issues shaped by memory and historical grievances affect the peoples and the states of the region.
  • To develop a comprehensive and systematic framework for evaluating the development and the changes in the Asian power balance.
  • To examine the role of individual actors, including regional powers of China, Japan and India, sub regional actors like the Southeast Asian countries and Australia/Oceania, and external powers like the United States, European Union, and Russia, in Asian affairs.
  • To investigate prospects for establishing regional order and Asia’s contribution to global governance.
  • To cultivate an ability to analyze events related to international relations from different perspectives, such as through the prisms of political economy, security, and identity.

The course offers a holistic approach to the students’ learning process by integrating theoretical discussion with case studies and interactive media. To that end, a classroom exercise will be organized during the course, wherein students will perform assigned roles in a simulation of the South China Sea conflict.”


INTL453 Business, International Relations, and Foreign Policy
Undergraduate course taught at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, open to students from the Department of Business Administration as well.

“As economic interdependence has emerged as a key defining feature of today’s global order, international relations are increasingly shaped by economic considerations, and the way countries formulate and implement their foreign policy is impacted heavily by their economic interests abroad, actual and expected. Economic instruments such as trade and investment are used as foreign policy tools, in the form of incentives or sanctions, while at the same time the growing role of economics in the relations between countries turns economic actors such as corporations, multinational enterprises and business associations into influential stakeholders in international relations. From a business perspective, there is a two-way relationship here: On one hand, business actors have a greater say in how the relations between countries are shaped since it is them who practice the international economic interactions on the field; on the other, they also recognize that the dynamics of international politics, which create risks as well as opportunities, matter at least as much as economic fundamentals to their own performance.

This course will provide a theoretically informed understanding of this relationship between business, the economic interests they represent, international relations and foreign policy. The course has four main objectives:

  • To analyze the role that the business as an institution plays in international relations in general and the making of foreign policy in particular by focusing on the interactions between structure and agency.
  • To examine how business is impacted by, and responds to, international events such as the global financial crisis, global power shifts, the rise of China as an economic powerhouse, instability and conflict in various parts of the world, and the rise of populism and authoritarianism.
  • To develop a comprehensive and systematic framework for evaluating the political risks faced by businesses.
  • To cultivate an ability to analyze events from different perspectives, such as examining foreign policy through a business perspective, and investigating international business within a geopolitical context.

The course offers holistic approach to the students’ learning process by integrating theoretical discussion with case studies and interactive media.


SOSC118 Encounters with Globalization
Core undergraduate course open to all departments.

“The size and scope of global change since the end of the Cold War is striking. A new global society and a new global economy have emerged wherein more and more actors are increasingly interconnected and interdependent with each other through new forms of economic, political, cultural, and social ties. This new “global” world defined by social networks and individuals’ rapidly changing experiences of space and time, is, however, not the perfect place for us humans to live in. Despite all the benefits brought about by greater interconnectivity, globalization has its fault lines as well, including deepening and widening threats security, worsening inequalities, and increasing challenges against individual freedoms. How to benefit more from the opportunities provided by globalization, how to protect ourselves against the threats and how to deal with the negative aspects of the phenomenon will be some of the key issues faced the entire humanity for years to come. In order to guide the students through these key challenges, this course critically examines the subject of globalization from different angles—such as society, economy, technology, world order, security, regional dynamics, governance, inequalities and future perspectives—and aims to give the students grounding in the most fundamental aspects of globalization, by discussing key concepts and exploring selected substantive topics from the globalizing world of the 21st century we are living in.”


MGMT513 Foreign Policy Analysis for Business Leaders
Graduate course taught at the Executive MBA Program.

“Changing global context and its reflections in foreign policy strategies. Main factors determining Turkish foreign policy and what they mean for geo-political dynamics, as well as the possible threats and opportunities that they pose for the business world.”