A study of the evolution of the European integration project from the European Coal and Steel Community to the present European Union, with emphasis on the politics of the deepening of integration and the expansion of European Union membership.
Analysis of major concepts in the study of international relations, focus on the dynamics of globalization and transformation of nation-states; examination of the role of state and nonstate actors in world politics.
Theory and policy of international trade: National income accounting, balance of payments, interest and exchange rate determination, stabilization policy in open economies and economic integration.
Major debates on religion and secularism in Europe. Comparative historical and institutional analysis of state-religion relations, Christian democratic parties, and Islamic movements in selected countries. Problems of religion and secularism in Turkey's accession to the European Union.
Examination of contemporary urban social structures in Europe in light of globalization, urban autonomy, and European Union policies. The transformation of cities into the intersection points of global networks since the globalization of the 1980s. Cities being more autonomous from their national governments as a result of the global networks. The problems of the urban underclass, social exclusion, and immigrant populations. The programs within the European Union aiming at social assistance, urban revival and the strengthening of urban autonomy.