On Monday May 11th, student teams of GE443 and GE445 presented their transdisciplinary senior projects to panels of experts. Organized into a total of 25 teams, the students of both courses worked on their team projects intensively throughout the semester. GE443 Students ÔÇśSocial Challenges in TurkeyÔÇÖ analysed multiple social challenges by integrating different disciplinary perspectives, and presented their projects to an expert panel consisting of Saime ├ľz├ž├╝r├╝mez (POLS), Sibel Kalayc─▒o─člu (ODT├ť), Nazl─▒ ├ľnkal (John Wiley and Sons). The first prize was awarded to the team project entitled ‘ LGBT Community under the Counter Effects of Neoconservatism and Democratic Globalization’. The second panel, held for GE445 ÔÇśPower and GlobalizationÔÇÖ, evaluated student projects that explored how power works in the global political economy. The students presented their projects to Ferhat Emil (ECON), Nilgun Fehim Kennedy (POLS) and Onur Isci (IR). The project named ÔÇśMicrocredit: the False Promise of Development and EmpowermentÔÇÖ was awarded the first prize.
FEASS GE courses have become the ultimate arena for senior FEASS students to conduct project management in transdisciplinary teams. GE projects continue to impress expert panellists since the launch of the courses in 2012. In the reception held at FEASS Atrium, students, their parents, panellists, and lecturers of GE courses celebrated one more successful semester.
On May 10, student teams in FEASS transdisciplinary courses GE440 (Globalization) and GE441 (the European Union) presented their projects to panels of experts. Organized into 17 teams in total, students in both courses worked on their projects intensively throughout the semester, integrating different disciplinary perspectives. In GE440, students explored various dimensions of globalization. At the conclusion of the semester, they presented the results of their work to a panel composed of Bahar ├çelikkol Erba┼č (TOBB-ET├ť), Clemens Hoffmann (Bilkent), Nida Shoughry (Bilkent University), Ferhat Emil (Bilkent University) and H├╝sn├╝ Ada (Ministry of Economy). The first prize went to a project entitled ÔÇťDas Kebab: Intergenerational Integration of Turkish Migrants in GermanyÔÇŁ. GE441 students, who analyzed different aspect of the European Union, had their efforts judged by a panel consisting of Ba┼čak Alpan (METU), Petek Karatekelio─člu (EU Ministry), Murat ├ľnsoy (Hacettepe University), Emre Say─▒n (EU Ministry) and Selver ┼×ahin (Bilkent University). The project entitled ÔÇťEurope’s Turn to the Right: Investigating the Far Right Populism and ExtremismÔÇŁ was awarded first prize. The panels were followed by a reception where the parents of GE students celebrated the hard-work and success of their children. The reception took place in FEASS Atrium. In Fall 2014-15, FEASS transdisciplinary GE courses will be offered to senior students in the Departments of Economics, International Relations, Political Science and Public Administration. Please follow the courseÔÇÖs Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com /FEASSGE4XX
On 28 December, GE440 and GE443 teams presented their projects to the panels of experts. Organized into twenty teams in total, both coursesÔÇÖ students worked on their team projects intensively throughout the semester. In GE440, students discovered different dimensions of globalization in a transdisciplinary manner. Finally, on the panel day, teams of GE440 were in a fruitful academic competition in order to impress the panel of experts involving Bahar ├çelikkol Erba┼č (TOBB-ET├ť), Ceren Ergen├ž (METU), Can Mutlu (Bilkent University), G├Âk├žer ├ľzg├╝r (Hacettepe University), Emine Tokg├Âz (Turkish Competition Authority). The first prize went to project entitled ÔÇśZeus is Fired!: Global Financial Crisis\’ European QuestÔÇÖ. Students of GE443 analysed multiple social challenges in Turkey by integrating different disciplinary perspectives and prepared their projects for the panel consisting of Kamer Karakurum ├ľzdemir (World Bank), Asl─▒han Mo─čulko├ž (─░┼čKur), ├ľmer Fazl─▒o─člu (European Union Delegation in Turkey), Refet G├╝rkaynak (Bilkent University), Muharrem Sar─▒kaya (Habert├╝rk and TOBB ET├ť). The project entitled ÔÇśIs It Just A Garbage Or A Way To Charge Your Smartphone?ÔÇÖ was awarded the first prize. In Spring 2013-2014, GE440 and GE441 will be offered to the senior students of Economics, International Relations, Political Science and Public Administration. For more information visit: Facebook-GE ┬á Courses page
EXPERT PANEL HEARS GE441 STUDENTSÔÇÖ PRESENTATIONS ON EU-RELATED TOPICS
Last month, GE 441: “Transdisciplinary Senior Project on the European Union” students presented their work to a panel of experts that included Tolga B├Âl├╝kba┼č─▒ (Bilkent University), Emin ├çapa (CNN-T├╝rk), Yusuf I┼č─▒k (economist), Fatih ├ľzatay (Radikal, TOBB-ETU/TEPAV), Elisabeth ├ľzdalga (Bilkent University) and Ba┼čak Yavcan (TOBB-ETU). Organized into nine groups, the students had worked intensively during the 2012 fall semester on their individual topics related to the European Union, ranging from energy policies, minority rights and balance of power among the members, to the changing role of institutions and the ongoing debt crisis. The end-of-semester presentations were proof of the students’ hard work and provided a great opportunity to reap the fruits of their progress over the course of the semester, according to course instructors Selin Sayek B├Âke (ECON) and Ali Tekin (IR). The presentations illustrated not only the breadth of knowledge students had acquired across the three disciplines of economics, international relations and political science, but also their acquisition of skills in working in teams and presenting their ideas in a coherent, well-organized and confident manner. The panel of experts awarded first prize to the presentation by Ali Antekin, ├ľnc├╝ G├╝ne┼č, Mehmet Can ─░rhan, Merve Ezgi ├ľzbakan and Bu─čra Polat, entited “Fiscal Union as a Prelude for Deepening Political Integration within the European Union.” The award was presented to the team by FEASS Dean Dilek ├ľnkal. In addition, three of the groups, who completed the course with the highest grade for their projects, will be publishing their work in the journal ─░ktisat ve Toplum in the coming two months.