COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 111 B 1 - - - 4 5
Lecturer and Office Hours: Salih Özcan
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: The aim of this course is to give basic information about political science, its development, traditions, concepts, methods and theories. Theoretical explanations are based on and documented in the political practice. Completing of this course should give students the ability of orientation in the political reality.
COURSE OUTLINE
Week Topics
1 Class introduction, syllabus and requirements (2 hrs); What is Politics? (2 hrs)
2 Political Ideas and Ideologies (2 hrs); Political Ideas and Ideologies (2 hrs)
3 Politics and the State (3 hrs); Democracy and Legitimacy (1 hr)
4 Democracy and Legitimacy (2 hrs); Nations and Nationalism (2 hrs)
5 Nations and Nationalism (1 hr); Debate on Democracy Chapter (1/2hr) Politics, Society and Identity (2½ hrs)
6 Political Culture and the Media (3 hrs); Representation, Elections and Voting (1 hr)
7 Representation, Elections and Voting (2 hrs); Parties and Party Systems (2 hrs)
8 Midterm Exam
9 Parties and Party Systems (2 hrs); Groups, Interests and Movements (2 hrs)
10 Groups, Interests and Movements (1 hr); Governments, Systems and Regimes (3 hrs)
11 Political Executives and Leadership (3 hrs); Debate on Governments, Systems and Regimes (1/2 hr); Assemblies (1/2 hr)
12 Assemblies (2 hrs); Constitutions, Law and Judges (2 hrs)
13 Constitutions, Law and Judges (1 hr); Multilevel Politics (3 hrs)
14 A Crisis in Politics? (2 hrs); General review of the topics (2 hrs)
Prerequisite(s):
Textbook: 1-) Andrew Heywood, Politics, Fourth Edition, Palgrave Foundations, Basingstoke and New York, 2013. 2-) R. Garner, P. Ferdinand & S. Lawson, Introduction to Politics, Second Ed.OUP, Oxford, 2012
Other References: 1-) Douglas A. Van Belle and Kenneth M. Mash (2010) A Novel Approach to Politics, Washington DC: CQ Press 2-) B. Axford; G. Browing; R. Huggins, B. Rosamand; An introduction to Politics, 2nd Edition; Routledge; London and New York, 2002 3-) R.E. Goodin; H.D. Klingemonn; A New Handbook of Political Sciences; Oxford University Press;1998
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1 Ideologies
2 State
3 Democracy
4 Nationalism
5 Government Branches
COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO... PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
COURSE EVALUATION METHOD
Method Quantity Percentage
Midterm Exam(s)
1
30
Presentation
1
10
Quiz
2
5
Final Exam
1
40
Attendance
10
Total Percent: 100%
ECTS (ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD)
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 3 16 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 2 16 32
Mid-terms 1 12 12
Assignments
Final examination 1 16 16
Other 1 17 17
Total Work Load:
125
Total Work Load/25(h):
5
ECTS Credit of the Course:
5