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INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE PROGRAMME COURSE DESCRIPTION

Code Name of the Course Unit Semester In-Class Hours (T+P) Credit ECTS Credit
POL109 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE 1 3 3 4

GENERAL INFORMATION

Language of Instruction : English
Level of the Course Unit : BACHELOR'S DEGREE, TYY: + 6.Level, EQF-LLL: 6.Level, QF-EHEA: First Cycle
Type of the Course : Compulsory
Mode of Delivery of the Course Unit Live (Online)
Coordinator of the Course Unit Prof.Dr. ŞENOL DURGUN
Instructor(s) of the Course Unit Assoc.Prof.Dr. YAVUZ ÇİLLİLER

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS

Objectives of the Course Unit: Objective of the course is to teach general concepts related to political science to provide independent thought and to convey basic information about political life to students.
Contents of the Course Unit: The contents of the course include; the meaning of concepts such as politics, power, legitimacy and authority; birth of modern state; nationalism; contemporary political ideologies; different forms of government such as democracy and authoritarianism; political culture; the organization and functioning of legislative and executive bodies; political parties; interest groups.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT (On successful completion of this course unit, students/learners will or will be able to)

List ideas, thoughts, theories and approaches in political science.
Identify the elements of political science.
Recall and spell the theories, thinkers, and developments that are accepted as the basis for political science and its subdisciplines.

WEEKLY COURSE CONTENTS AND STUDY MATERIALS FOR PRELIMINARY & FURTHER STUDY

Week Preparatory Topics(Subjects) Method
1 - General Introduction, Political concepts (Preliminary information on the basic concepts of course and the content) -
2 Reading and literature review What is Politics? Different definitions of Politics. Definition of Political Science and basic approaches. Definition of concepts such as Model-Theory and Paradigm and their relation with political science Lecture, discussion
3 Reading and literature review Politics and State? Different definitions of state. Duty of state. Threats on the sovereignty of state Lecture, discussion
4 Reading and literature review What is Democracy? Types of Democracy, different approaches on democracy Lecture, discussion
5 Reading and literature review Legitimacy Lecture, discussion
6 Reading and literature review Governments, Systems, Regimes Lecture, discussion
7 Reading and literature review Political Parties and Preparation for exam: General and comparative review of subjects. Repetition of common points Lecture, discussion
8 - MID-TERM EXAM -
9 Reading and literature review Party Systems Lecture, discussion
10 Reading and literature review Representation Lecture, discussion
11 Reading and literature review Elections and Voting Lecture, discussion
12 Reading and literature review Groups, Interests and Movements Lecture, discussion
13 Reading and literature review A Crisis in Politics Lecture, discussion
14 Reading and literature review Political Ideologies (Liberalism and Conservatism) Lecture, discussion
15 Reading and literature review Political Ideologies (Socialism and Preparation for exam: General and comparative review of subjects. Repetition of common points) Lecture, discussion
16 - FINAL EXAM -
17 - FINAL EXAM -

SOURCE MATERIALS & RECOMMENDED READING

Andrew Heywood (2014), Politics, Palgrave Macmillan
Roskin, M. G. Political Science: An Introduction

ASSESSMENT

Assessment & Grading of In-Term Activities Number of Activities Degree of Contribution (%) Description
Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5

CONTRIBUTION OF THE COURSE UNIT TO THE PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE

Theoretical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Define the basic theoretical, political, economic and administrative theories used in the field of Political Science and International Relations.
5
2
Explain the political history, political ideas, intellectual accumulation of understanding international relations and the way that the history of diplomacy has passed from past to present.
4
3
List the norms of universal law and human rights, the principles of the modern legal system, the names of modern bureaucratic and administrative structures.
3

KNOWLEDGE

Factual

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Explain the Turkish state tradition, the influence of Islam, the accumulation of political thought and its historical background, and compare this accumulation with the current approaches.
1
2
Evaluate the chronological development of relations between political and diplomatic developments and political / diplomatic facts / events / ideas / actors from past to present.
2
3
Analyze the structure and functioning of actors, organizations and organizations that determine international relations.
1

SKILLS

Cognitive

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
In the light of current theoretical debates, apply relevant concepts to current political and international developments.
2
2
Evaluate the Turkish political tradition, developments with the Turkic community.
0
3
Use information on the field when comparing the administrative structures of different countries and their diplomatic traditions.
1

SKILLS

Practical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Formulate the current political developments, developments and arrangements in international relations in the historical and theoretical accumulation.
0
2
Analyze the functioning of modern political regimes in the light of political and public bureaucratic structures, regulations and developments.
1
3
Examine and analyze current political developments in the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa and the Caucasus in terms of both Turkish political history and international relations discipline.
0

OCCUPATIONAL

Autonomy & Responsibility

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
To conduct a field-specific study individually and to complete it with discipline and responsibility.
3
2
To assume duties and responsibilities in a team work as leader or team member and to fulfil them flawlessly.
3

OCCUPATIONAL

Learning to Learn

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Follow the political and administrative developments in the international political system and the bureaucratic organizations operating in this system.
3
2
Examine the international problems and conflicts, and the problems in the field of administration and politics in detail.
2

OCCUPATIONAL

Communication & Social

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Follow the current developments in the field of Political Science and International Relations and collaborate with leading names in the field.
3
2
Examine and analyze academic resources and the written and oral studies on the political developments in the region and the world, especially in the Middle East.
1
3
Debate in the field of political science and public administration with different target groups in multicultural environments.
4

OCCUPATIONAL

Occupational and/or Vocational

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
With the current historical and theoretical knowledge of the field, suggest sustainable, organizational and administrative arrangements aimed at meeting specific goals and solving certain problems.
3
2
To follow latest developments in the field and direct personal studies accordingly within the framework of the lifelong learning principle.Using the theoretical, economic, political and managerial knowledge, and produce reports on current developments, conflicts and agreements in geography related to world politics and especially in the Middle East.
2
3
Construct arguments on the current developments in Turkish politics in the light of the laws, regulations, and the important changes in the constitution and administrative law that determine Turkish political life and foreign relations.
1

WORKLOAD & ECTS CREDITS OF THE COURSE UNIT

Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities

Type of the Learning Activites Learning Activities (# of week) Duration (hours, h) Workload (h)
Lecture & In-Class Activities 14 3 42
Preliminary & Further Study 13 4 52
Land Surveying 0 0 0
Group Work 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Reading 0 0 0
Assignment (Homework) 0 0 0
Project Work 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Internship 0 0 0
Technical Visit 0 0 0
Web Based Learning 0 0 0
Implementation/Application/Practice 0 0 0
Practice at a workplace 0 0 0
Occupational Activity 0 0 0
Social Activity 0 0 0
Thesis Work 0 0 0
Field Study 0 0 0
Report Writing 0 0 0
Final Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Final Exam 1 3 3
Mid-Term Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Mid-Term Exam 1 3 3
Short Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Short Exam 0 0 0
TOTAL 31 0 102
Total Workload of the Course Unit 102
Workload (h) / 25.5 4
ECTS Credits allocated for the Course Unit 4,0