PSIR 505 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Political Theory
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 505
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;
  • The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to think critically about key ethical and political concepts/questions.
  • will be able to discuss central issues in political theory and practice from a variety of angles.
  • will be able to participate in group work through seminar presentations and class discussion.
  • will be able to evaluate critically theoretical disputes in political theory, political science and international relations.
  • wil be able to assess contemporary contributions to academic literature in the field of political theory.
Course Content

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction: What is political theory? Leo Strauss, What is political philosophy? –and other studies. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 1959. [p.9-56].
2 Politics Carl Schmitt, The Concept of the Political, Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 2007. [p.19-79].
3 State and Political Obligations Hannah Arendt, Civil Disobedience. In “Crises of the Republic”, San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1972. [pp.49-102] *Suggested movie: Leviathan (2014), Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev.
4 Justice John Rawls, A Theory of Justice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971. [pp.3-22, 60-95].
5 Equality Ronald Dworkin, (a) Justice for Hedgehogs. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011 [p. 1-19; 351-364]; (b) Sovereign Virtue. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002. [p.1-15]. *Suggested movie: I, Daniel Blake (2016), Director: Ken Loach.
6 Liberty Isaiah Berlin, Two Concepts of Liberty [pp.167-217]
7 Rights Charles Beitz, The Idea of Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. [p.1-26; 198-212] *Suggested movie: Selma (2014), Director: Ava DuVernay.
8 Democracy Jurgen Habermas, Between Facts and Norms. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1996. [Chapter7, pp.287-328]. *Suggested movie: 12 Angry Men (1957), Director: Sidney Lumet.
9 Identity, Tradition, Community Charles Taylor, The Politics of Recognition. In “Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition”, ed. Amy Gutmann. Princeton: Princeton University Press. [pp. 25-73] *Suggested movie: Dogville (2003), Director: Lars Von Trier.
10 Cosmopolitanism Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace. In “Kant: Political Writings”, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
11 Gender Susan Moller Okin, Justice, Gender and the Family. New York: Basic Books, 1989. [p.3-24; 170-186]
12 Constitutionalism Jeremy Waldron, Law and Disagreement. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004. [Chapter 13, pp.282-312]
13 Concluding Remarks
14 Review of the Semester  
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
100
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
80
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
20
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
3
35
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
    Total
249

 

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