PSIR 504 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Contemporary Debates in Global Politics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 504
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to assess trends and problems in global politics from a theoretical point of view
  • to critically evaluate contemporary debates about global politics
  • to assess contemporary contributions to academic literature in the field of political theory
  • to participate in group work through seminar presentations and class discussion
  • to apply political theory to contemporary public debates
Course Content

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Tocqueville on the theory and practice of French Revolution Tocqueville, The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 1-27; 76-124.
3 Tocqueville on the theory and practice of French Revolution Tocqueville, The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 127-185.
4 Arendt on Revolution I: Constitutio Libertatis Arendt, On Revolution, (Penguin Books, 1963), 141-178, 179-214.
5 Arendt on Revolution II: The Revolutionary Tradition and Its Lost Treasure Arendt, On Revolution, (Penguin Books, 1963), 215-281.
6 Paper Submission I TAKE-HOME
7 The Meaning and Justification of Civil Disobedience: Thoreau and Rawls 1. Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”, in Hugo Adam Bodau, Civil Disobedience in Focus (Routledge, 1991), 28-48. 2. John Rawls, “Definiton and Justification of Civil Disobedience”, in Hugo Adam Bodau, Civil Disobedience in Focus (Routledge, 1991), 103-121.
8 Civil Disobedience as Public Freedom: Hannah Arendt “Civil Disobedience” Crises of the Republic (Harcourt & Brace, 1969), 49-102.
9 State Sovereignty: Carl Schmitt Carl Schmitt, The Concept of the Political (The University of Chicago Press, 1996), 19-79.
10 Genocide as a Crime Against Humanity: Raphael Lemkin 1. Raphael Lemkin, “Genocide” Axis Rule in Occupied Europe (The Lawbook Exchange, 2008), 79-95. 2. William Schabas and Samantha Power, “Introduction to the First and Second Editions” Axis Rule in Occupied Europe (The Lawbook Exchange, 2008), vii-xxiii. 3. Seyla Benhabib, “International Law and Human Plurality in the Shadow of Totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt and Raphael Lemkin” Seyla Benhabib (ed), Politics in Dark Times (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 219-246. 4. The United Nation’s Genocide Convention, 1948.
11 Cosmopolitanism Seyla Benhabib, Another Cosmopolitanism (Oxford University Press, 2006), 13-80.
12 Secularism and Constitutional Democracy 1. Jürgen Habermas, “Pre-political Foundations of the Democratic Constitutional State” The Dialectics of Secularization: On Reason and Religion (Ignatius Press, 2006), 19-52. 2. Jürgen Habermas, “What is meant by a ‘Post-Secular Society’?: A Discussion on Islam in Europe” Europe: The Faltering Project (Polity, 2009), 59-77.
13 Political Ecology 1) Jane Bennett “Political Ecologies”, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (Duke University Press, 2010), 94-109. 2) Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthroposcene (Verso, 2016), 1-30.
14 Documentary Film & Discussion Documentary: The Watchers of the Sky
15 Paper Submission II and Review of the Semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
30
Presentation / Jury
2
30
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
1
20
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
70
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
12
8
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
15
Presentation / Jury
2
15
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
1
21
    Total
225

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to improve theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations and use them competently.

X
2

To be able to evaluate critically the relationships between various factors in the field of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture.

X
3

To be able to determine and question the theoretical and empirical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature.

X
4

To be able to identify the political and cultural conditions that generate discrimination mechanisms based on race, ethnicity, gender and religion at national and international levels.

X
5

To be able to gather and analyze data by using scientific research methods.

6

To be able to analyze and evaluate the historical continuity and changes observed in the relations between the actors and institutions of national and international politics.

X
7

To be able to present individual research and contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations in written, oral, and visual forms.

X
8

To be able to take responsibility in generating solutions to the problems that arise in relation to the politics in daily life.

X
9

To be able to determine the institutional and political instruments for conflict resolution in domestic and international politics.

10

To be able to prepare a thesis/term project about Political Science and International Relations based on scientific criteria.

X
11

To be able to follow new research and developments in Political Science and International Relations and participate the debates in academic meetings through a foreign language.

X
12

To be able to have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of gathering, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest