Departmental English III (IR333) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Departmental English III IR333 3 0 0 3 4
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer, Drill and Practice, Team/Group.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gözde Yılmaz
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course aims to contribute to the English command of students of International Relations up to such a level where they would be able to read and understand English language international newspapers.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To contribute to the English command of students of International Relations up to such a level where they would be able to read and understand English language international newspapers.
Course Content Reading and understanding news analyses in internationally respected English language newspapers; writing cover letters, statement of purpose and similar exercises.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 A General Introduction to the Course None
2 An Op-Ed reading from Die Welt newspaper Katharina Schaeder, ''Germany is the most Beloved Country Worldwide''
3 An Op-Ed Reading from Guardian Claire Pippsi, ''Refugee crisis briefing: clashes in Lesbos, 'open arms' in Brazil and dozens march to Sweden''
4 An Op-Ed Reading from Al-jazeera Madelaine Thien, ''Obedience and uncertainty in Singapore'',
5 An Op-Ed reading from New York Times Roberto Suro, ''Where to Go for Real Immigration Reform'',
6 An Op-Ed reading from Guardian Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman, '' 'Violent' Muslims? 'Amoral' atheists? It's time to stop shouting and start talking to each other.'' ,
7 An Op-Ed reading from China Daily Wang Junsheng, ''Korean Peninsula deal can help reconciliate'',
8 Midterm Exam None
9 An Op-Ed reading from New York Times Nasser M. Kutabish, ''In Yemen, Death From Above, Grief Below'',
10 An Op-Ed reading from National Interest Steve Weintz, ''The Ultimate Hybrid War Strategy: Attack Deep-Sea Fiber-Optic Cables''
11 An Op-Ed reading from Guardian Natalie Nougayrède, ''Healing Europe’s east-west divide is central to a lasting refugee solution'',
12 An Op-Ed reading from Guardian Timothy Garton Ash, ''There is another Russia beyond Putin'',
13 An Op-Ed reading from Moscow Times Fyodor Lukyanov, ''How Russia Can Learn From Helsinki''
14 An Op-Ed reading from National Interest Scott MacDonald, ''Brazil's Massive Confidence Crisis'',
15 An Op-Ed reading from New York Times Sune Haugbolle, ''Denmark Shouldn’t Say No to Refugees'',
16 Final Exam None


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Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 4 20
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 6 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Acquiring the skills of understanding, explaining, and using the fundamental concepts and methodology of international relations X
2 Acquiring the skills of analyzing international relations from a theoretical level X
3 Having adequate knowledge about history of international relations and being able to analyze historical processes, events and international actors X
4 Acquiring the ability to make logical interpretations about the contemporary either global, regional or national actors and their future positions X
5 Acquiring the ability to have an interdisciplinary perspective that synthesizes other disciplines to IR X
6 Developing necessary quantitative and qualitative research skills in International Relations X
7 Having ability to express herself/himself with regard to disciplinary issues X
8 Having the ability of reaching relevant sources and knowing the way she/he uses particular knowledge X
9 Having the ability of analytical thinking, critical analysis and developing rational argument X
10 Being able to use English for everyday conversations as well as in an advanced level for professional purposes. X
11 Having a responsible perspective in parallel with ethical principles and having necessary knowledge about ethical liability. X
12 Understanding the importance of lifelong learning, accessing information, following contemporary events and developments in scientific community and having the ability of renewing herself/himself in accordance with it. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 2 32
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics 7 2 14
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 9 9
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 75