PSIR 551 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Seminar in Turkish Politics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 551
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Second Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to discuss the Turkish political institutions like bureaucracy, military, political parties, governments, and parliaments.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to identify the state tradition in Turkey.
  • will be able to discuss the role of military in Turkish political life.
  • will be able to identify the political parties, party system and voting behavior.
  • will be able analyze secularim, and the relationship between religion and politics.
  • will be able to analyze the development of civil society in Turkey.
  • will be able to discuss the relationship between media and politics in Turkey.
Course Content Topics to be covered include political culture, civil society, political leaders, and tribulations of democracy in Turkey.

 



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 and review of syllabus
2 State Metin Heper, State Tradition in Turkey, (Walkington, UK: The Eothen Press, 1985).
3 Military and Politics I George Harris, "The Role of the Military in Turkey in the 1980s: Guardians or Decision-Makers?" in M. Heper and A. Evin (eds.) State, Democracy and the Military in Turkey in the 1980s, (Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1988): 177 - 200. Umit Cizre, “The Anatomy of the Turkish Military’s Political Autonomy,” Comparative Politics, Vol.29, no.2 (1997): 151-166.
4 Military and Politics II Yaprak Gürsoy, “The Changing Role of the Military in Turkish Politics: Democratization Through Coup Plots?” Democratization, Vol. 19, No.4 (2012).
5 Bureaucracy Metin Heper, “State, Democracy and Bureaucracy in Turkey, in Metin Heper (ed.), The State and Public Bureaucracies: A Comparative Perspective, (New York: Greenwood Press, 1987): 131 - 145. Metin Heper, ‘Strong State and Bureaucrat-Politician Relationship: The Turkish Case,’ European Studies Journal, Vol. XVII, No. 1 (Spring 2000): 67-96.
6 Political Culture Serif Mardin, “Power, Civil Society and Culture in the Ottoman Empire,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 11 (1969), pp. 25 - 48. İlter Turan, "The Evolution of Political Culture in Turkey," in Ahmet Evin, Modern Turkey: Continuity and Change, pp. 84-112.
7 Political Parties and Party System Barry Rubin and Metin Heper (eds.), Political Parties in Turkey, (London, Portland OR: Frank Cass), 2002. Sayarı, Sabri. 2002. “The Changing Party System”, in Sabri Sayarı and Yılmaz Esmer (eds.) Politics, Parties and Elections in Turkey. Lynn Rienner, pp.9-32.
8 Elections and Voting Behavior Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, “Elections and Party Preferences in Turkey: Changes and Continuities in the 1990s” Comparative Political Studies, 27, (1994): 402 - 424. Ali Carkoğlu, “Voting Behavior,” in Metin Heper and Sabri Sayarı (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey, (London: Routledge, 2012): 160 - 170.
9 Midterm
10 Secularism Niyazi Berkes, The Development of Secularism in Turkey, (Montreal: McGill Univ. Press, 1964): 3 – 250 Haldun Gülalp, “Enlightenment by Fiat: Secularization and Democracy in Turkey,” Middle Eastern Studies. Vol. 41, no.3, 2005, 351 – 372.
11 Religion and Politics Ziya Öniş, “Conservative Globalism at the Crossroads: The Justice and Development Party and the Thorny Path to Democratic Consolidation in Turkey,” Mediterranean Politics, Vol.14, No.1 (2009), p.32. Metin Heper, ‘Islam and Democracy in Turkey: Toward a Reconciliation?’ Middle East Journal, vol. 51 (1997): 32-45
12 Civil Society Binnaz Toprak, “Civil Society in Turkey,” in Augustus Richard Norton (ed.), Civil Society in the Middle East, (Leiden, New York, and Koln: E. J. Brill, 1996): 87-118.
13 Media Raşit Kaya and Barış Çakmur, “Politics and the Mass Media in Turkey” Turkish Studies Vol. 11, No. 4, 521–537, December 2010
14 Review of the semester
15 Review of the semester
16 Final Examination

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials • Bernard Lewis, The Emergence of Modern Turkey (London: Oxford University Press, 1961). • Stanford J. and Ezel Kural Shaw, History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, Volume 2: Reform, Revolution and Republic: The Rise of Modern Turkey, 1908–1975 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977). • Feroz Ahmad, The Making of Modern Turkey (London and New York: Routledge, 1993). • Geoffrey Lewis, Modern Turkey (London and Tonbridge: Ernest Benn, 1974). • Roderic Davison, Turkey: A Short History, 2nd edn (Huntingdon: Eothen, 1988). Niyazi Berkes, The Development of Secularism in Turkey (Montreal: McGill University Press, 1964). • Çağlar Keyder, State and Class in Turkey: A Study in Capitalist Development (London: Verso, 1987). • Tanzimat'tan Cumhuriyet'e Türkiye Ansiklopedisi, 6 volumes (İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 1986). • Cumhuriyet Dönemi Türkiye Ansiklopedisi, 10 volumes (İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 1983). • Sina Akşin, editor, Türkiye Tarihi, Volumes 4–5: Çağdaş Türkiye, 1908–1980, and Bugünkü Türkiye, 1980–2003 (İstanbul: Cem Yayınevi, 1989–2003). • Ergun Özbudun, Contemporary Turkish Politics: Challenges to Democratic Consolidation (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000). • Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, Turkish Dynamics: Bridge Across Troubled Lands (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). • Sina Akşin, Turkey from Empire to Revolutionary Republic: The Emergence of the Turkish Nation from 1789 to the Present (New York: New York University Press, 2007). • Modern Türkiye'de Siyasî Düşünce, 8 volumes (İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2001–2007)

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
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
16
9
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
6
Final Exam
1
10
    Total
238

 

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.

X
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.

X
10

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

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