AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Istanbul, Turkey
Summer 2017
Course Descriptions


AIFS students at Bogaziçi can choose from the full curriculum of courses available at the University. The courses listed below are a small sample of those available. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University. For a full and current list of courses please visit the Bogaziçi website.

Bogaziçi University offers over 250 courses from the following faculties: Arts and Science; Business and Economics; Education, Engineering, Philosophy, Politics and Psychology. Students can choose from all of the courses on offer; however there are prerequisites for some courses in science and engineering.

Students can choose up to three courses for a maximum of 10 credits, but we recommend taking two courses only to avoid a very heavy workload. A 3-credit course comprises 6 hours of lectures plus 2 hours of tutorials for 6 weeks, totaling 48 hours. A 4-credit course comprises 8 hours of lectures plus 2 hours of tutorials for 6 weeks, totaling 60 hours. Courses are only offered if a minimum of 10 students enroll.

Course Code and Credits: Art 390/Art/PA 393.01
Course Title: Art and Architecture of a Historical Capital (3)
Course Description:
This course studies the great monuments of the Byzantine period, beginning with the great cathedral of Hagia Sophia and culminating with the church of St. Saviour in Chora (Kariye) particularly its incomparable frescoes and mosaics. The art and architecture of these monuments will be studied in tours of the buildings themselves.
Course Code and Credits: Business/Economics 480/EC 48Y.01
Course Title: Special Topics in International Trade (3)
Course Description:
This course will cover selected cases and studies in international trade. The aim of the course is to provide an overview of the most significant cases in world trade. The course will begin with the classical explanations of the patterns of trade. This will be followed by a discussion on the emergence of China as one of the most significant exporters. After that, product space network will be presented as a new methodology to analyze world trade. Offshoring and global production chains will be another topic of the course. Finally, empirical evidence derived from firm-level data will be overviewed with respect to their implications on international trade.
Course Code and Credits: Business/Economics 200/EC 203.01
Course Title: Intermediate Microeconomics (3)
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to theory of markets. Our main purpose is to understand how markets work. We’ll start with studying the demand and supply sides of the markets, separately, under theories of consumer and firm. Then, we’ll combine both in the analysis of different markets; perfectly competitive markets, monopoly and oligopoly. We’ll continue with the market interactions in the economy and the efficiency of the competitive markets. Then, we’ll conclude with the analysis of the deviations from efficiency.
Course Code and Credits: Computer Science 150/CMPE 150.01
Course Title: Introduction to Computing (3)
Course Description:
The aim of the course is twofold: To give the student literacy on computers and data processing, and to make him/her a computer user either as a programmer or as an application software package user. The course has separate components for these two aims. The first component is the weekly lecture on computer hardware, computer software, applications, computer industry and social issues. The second component is organized in terms of labs. The main goal of the course is to teach students to program in a high level language, i.e. C.
Course Code and Credits: Computer Science 320/CMPE 321.01
Course Title: Introduction to Database Systems (3)
Course Description:
Most of the important issues related to databases and database management systems are covered at an introductory level. The approach taken is practical and intuitive understanding of the material is emphasized. Throughout the course the relational model is stressed. Other important data models are also explained briefly. SQL, a standard query language for relational models is also emphasized. The assignments cover both the design and also the use of a database management system.
Course Code and Credits: Environmental Studies 305/ESC 305.01
Course Title: Global Climate Change (3)
Course Description:
This course will cover key areas of climate change including: the historical background to the study of climate change; indicators of climate change including weather indicators and biological and physical indicators; the Greenhouse Effect and Greenhouse Gases including the carbon cycle, CO2 in the oceans and other greenhouse gases; climate change in the past including the Milankovitch theory; climate prediction and climate change in the future including climate modelling; impacts of climate change including terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and marine environment and human settlement and infrastructure; the UNFCC and the Kyoto Protocol and Renewable Energy.
Course Code and Credits: Film 340/FA 348.01
Course Title: Introduction to Film Analysis (3)
Course Description:
This course aims to give participants a new perception and to redefine cinema as an aesthetic communication medium which can be analyzed on many levels just as with any art form. Throughout the semester students will have the opportunity to watch many films which will be the subject of class discussion. Students will be able to examine what they see and hear on screen and gain an awareness of a film’s means of narration and grammar and to express their thoughts in class and on paper.
Course Code and Credits: History/Political Science 324/HIST 324.01
Course Title: History of the Modern Middle East (3)
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to equip the students with the theoretical and empirical knowledge necessary to understand the region, its culture and politics within the historical context. It will address a set of enduring issues in Middle East international relations such as the Arab Spring, recent uprisings in Turkey, the evolving U.S. role in the region, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the challenge of Iran, the war in Iraq, and political Islam.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science/POLS 317
Course Title: Politics and Society in the Middle East (3)
Course Description:
General introduction to histories, peoples and politics of the Middle East. Colonialism, imperialism, orientalism, state, institutions, popular culture, nationalism, democratization, political Islam, patriarchy and social movements.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science/POLS 449
Course Title: International Conflict Analysis (3)
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to make empirical and normative assessments of state policies vis-à-vis minority groups in ethnically divided societies. Most of the topics are based on the taxonomies provided by John McGarry and Brendan O’Leary in their co-authored book The Politics of Antagonism, which was published in 1993. This course also aims to explore alternative designs of state institutions in ethnically diverse societies. The first half of the course will examine the methods of difference elimination, while the second half is devoted to the analysis of the methods of difference management. The course will begin with a prelude to the subjects of state, nation and ethnic groups and end with the application of different models in contemporary cases of ethnic conflicts, such as Northern Ireland, Palestine, and Sri Lanka.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science/POLS 453
Course Title: Comparative and International Politics of the Middle East (3)
Course Description:
This course is intended for students with little knowledge about contemporary politics in Egypt. The background of analysis will be a historical overview, moving chronologically from statebuilding under Muhammad Ali in the early 19th century to the Mubarak regime. Topics covered: state building, civil-military relations, foreign policy, Islamic revival and democratization. A variety of works will be examined, from the political and social sciences literature to articles and movies. Students will be asked to read critically and participate actively in the class discussions.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology/SOC 435
Course Title: Contemporary Issues in Turkey (3)
Course Description:
This class aims to review and discuss some of the significant issues in the current sociological and anthropological literature including theories and critiques of modernity, nation and nation state building, roles of the state and the ways it is imagined, public culture and cultural identity, politics of memory, the neoliberal turn and neo-liberalization processes, gender identities and sexual relations, the global city, slums, and urban transformation regarding developments in Turkey especially in the post-1980 term.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology/History 425/ATA 425.01
Course Title: Culture and Society in Modern Turkey (3)
Course Description:
The objective of this course is to develop historical/analytical frameworks to capture the dynamics, complexities and tensions of contemporary Turkish society and culture. The course is the historical review of the global/regional and local processes of colonization, decolonization, modernization and globalization since the Great War that culminated in stateformation and nationhood in Turkey with specific focus on the political and cultural boundaries. Through a thorough investigation of the conflicts and negotiations of World War I that set the scene for the regional state-formation, the course will survey the origins of contemporary boundaries in the Middle East. The question of nationhood will be addressed. A significant portion of the class will be dedicated to understanding the issues of cultural diversity and social change in Turkish society with emphasis on issues of gender, ethnicity and religion. By the end of the semester students are expected to grasp the diversity and plurality of the cultures inhabiting a geography; comprehend the major political, social, cultural and economic developments and actors in the country; and develop a critical perspective on the impact of global interconnectedness and its impact on diverse localities.
Course Code and Credits: Turkish Language/TKF 111
Course Title: Elementary Turkish for Foreigners (4)
Course Description:
This course aims to provide new learners of Turkish with not only the basic grammatical structure of the language but also certain structures necessary for fluent communication.

Additional Courses

As previously stated, students can choose from over 250 courses on offer. Additional sample courses are listed below. A full list with course descriptions and prerequisites can be found at

ED 101 – Introduction to Education (3)
ED 206 – Philosophy of Education (3)
ED 221– Fundamentals of Guidance and Counselling (3)
ED 312 – Multicultural Approaches to Education (3)

FA 201 – History of the Cinema (3)
FA 348 – Introduction to Film Analysis (3)

HIST 234 – History of the Modern Middle East (3)
HIST 321 – Late Ottoman History (3)

TKL 101 – Ottoman Turkish Language (4)
ARM 101 – Armenian for Beginners (3)

Politics, Economics, Business
EC 2015 – Microeconomics (3)
INTT 203 – Financial Accounting (3)
POLS 303 – Fundamentals of Political Economy (3)
POLS 404 – Religion and Society (3)
POLS 440 – Current Issues in World Politics (3)

PSY 229 – Animal Behavior (3)
PSY 458 – Family Psychology (3)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
BIO 101 – General Biology (3)
CE 402 – Civil Engineering Systems (3)
CE 421 – Environmental Engineering (3)
CET 360 – Instructional Technologies and Materials (3)
CHEM 201 – Organic Chemistry (3)
CMPE 475 – Computer Networks (3)
CMPE 480 – Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (3)
EE 210 – Introduction to Electrical Engineering (3)
MATH 478 – Groups and Geometries (3)
PHYS 101 – Physics 1 (3)
PHYS 206 – Exploring the Cosmos (3)
PHYS 345 – Classical Astronomy (3)
STS 401 – History of Science (3)