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POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY PROGRAMME COURSE DESCRIPTION

Code Name of the Course Unit Semester In-Class Hours (T+P) Credit ECTS Credit
SOS450 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY 5 3 3 5

GENERAL INFORMATION

Language of Instruction : Turkish
Level of the Course Unit : BACHELOR'S DEGREE, TYY: + 6.Level, EQF-LLL: 6.Level, QF-EHEA: First Cycle
Type of the Course : Elective
Mode of Delivery of the Course Unit Face to face
Coordinator of the Course Unit Prof.Dr. KAMİL KAYA
Instructor(s) of the Course Unit

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS

Objectives of the Course Unit: This course aims to enable students to comprehend the social dimension and function of the concept of politics within the framework of their relationship with concepts such as state, power, legitimacy, domination, political structure.
Contents of the Course Unit: Contents of the course include; politics and social function, the field of political sociology, the concept of political power and the state, the definition of power - domination, the definition of authority and legitimacy of Weber, the appearance of the state in the Turkish political tradition, the types of government, the political elites and the public, the electoral and propaganda issues and active citizenship.

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

Compares the state structure in Turkey with the examples in the world.
Analyzes voter behaviour by taking into account the social factors.
Distinguishes the social function of politics.
Argues the concept of active citizenship on view in Turkey.
Evaluates the relationship between politics and other social institutions from a sociological perspective.

WEEKLY COURSE CONTENTS AND STUDY MATERIALS FOR PRELIMINARY & FURTHER STUDY

Week Preparatory Topics(Subjects) Method
1 - Politics concept and its social function Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
2 Reading Political sociology and its field basic approaches Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
3 Reading Political power and the state Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
4 Reading Power and domination Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
5 Reading Weber; authority and legitimacy Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
6 Reading Weber; authority and legitimacy Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
7 Reading State in the Turkish political tradition Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
8 - MID-TERM EXAM -
9 Reading State in the Turkish political tradition Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
10 Reading The types of government Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
11 Reading Formation of the political elites and the public Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
12 Reading Election and propaganda Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
13 Reading Active Citizenship Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
14 Reading Active Citizenship Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
15 Reading General Revision Lecture, Question and Answer, Discussion
16 - FINAL EXAM -
17 - FINAL EXAM -

SOURCE MATERIALS & RECOMMENDED READING

Vergin, Nur. (2016). Siyasetin sosyolojisi: kavramlar, tanimlar, yaklasimlar. Istanbul: Dogan Bookstore
Karpat, Kemal H. (2018). Turk siyasi tarihi siyasal sistemin evrimi. İstanbul: Timas Publications
Sariipek, B. (2006). “Sosyal vatandaşlık ve gunumuzde yasadigi donuşum: Aktif vatandaslik (sosyal politika acisindan bir degerlendirme)”. Calisma ve Toplum, 9, pp. 67-95.
Weber, Max. (2017). Meslek olarak siyaset. Bursa: Biblos
Horowitz, Irving Louis. (2018) Foundations of political sociology. London: Routledge.

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
Students define the concepts they learned and match them with their corresponding phenomena in the social world.
5
2
Students interpret concepts and theories taking into account their historical-cultural contexts.
5
3
Students compare sociological theories with reference to social problems.
5
4
Students distinguish the significance of ecological, social and economical sustainability for world’s future.
1
5
Students develop their knowledge on sustainability by the use of information and communication technologies.
1

KNOWLEDGE

Factual

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students evaluate qualitative and quantitative data of sociological research studies.
3
2
Students analyse the complicated interactions between the social, cultural, political, economical and demographical phenomena of the global world.
5

SKILLS

Cognitive

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students design a research by their acquired knowledge and experience.
1

SKILLS

Practical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students research field study considering the principle of cultural relativity, scientific and ethical values.
1
2
Students efficiently apply the most suitable information and communication technologies in their studies.
2
3
Students use their knowledge on ecological, social and economical sustainability in all aspects of their lives.
1

OCCUPATIONAL

Autonomy & Responsibility

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students research on problems which reflect on their fields in the global world undergoing rapid and profound change.
3

OCCUPATIONAL

Learning to Learn

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students criticize their advanced knowledge and skills in an analytical manner.
5
2
Students develop their knowledge and skills within the frame of scientific, technological and current developments via adopting the principle of lifelong learning.
1
3
Students act ethically impartial in their research studies.
1

OCCUPATIONAL

Communication & Social

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students criticize their advanced knowledge and skills in an analytical manner.
4

OCCUPATIONAL

Occupational and/or Vocational

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students apply the principle of cultural relativity, scientific and ethical values with reference to sustainability throughout their studies in their careers.
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 2 26
Land Surveying 0 0 0
Group Work 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Reading 12 4 48
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 6 6
Mid-Term Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Mid-Term Exam 1 4 4
Short Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Short Exam 0 0 0
TOTAL 43 0 128
Total Workload of the Course Unit 128
Workload (h) / 25.5 5
ECTS Credits allocated for the Course Unit 5,0