PSIR 604 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Turkish Politics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 604
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives This course aims to discuss the political institutions that shape Turkish political system.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to identify the state tradition in Turkey.
  • to discuss the role of military in Turkish political life.
  • to explain political culture in Turkey
  • to identify the political parties, party system and voting behavior
  • to analyze secularim and the relationship between religion and politics.
Course Content This course examines the transformation of political institutions like bureaucracy, military, political parties, governments, and parliaments. In addition, the transformation of Turkish political life will be analyzed through discussing state-society relations, political culture, and the impact of military interventions on social and political transformation.

 



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 Introduction to Tukish Politics • Şerif Mardin (1975), “Center-Periphery Relations: A Key to Turkish Politics?” • Ergun Özbudun, “Development of Democratic Government in Turkey,” in Ergun Özbudun (ed.), Perspectives on Democracy in Turkey, (Ankara: Turkish Political Science Association Publication, 1988): 1-58. • Çağlar Keyder, “The political economy of Turkish democracy”, New Left Review, May-June 1979.
3 State • Metin Heper, State Tradition in Turkey, (Walkington, UK: The Eothen Press, 1985).
4 Bureaucracy • David Barchard, “Society and Bureaucracy: The Civil Service”, in B. Beeley (ed.), Turkish Transformation: New Century-New Challenges (The Eothen Press, 2002), pp. 198-219. • 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. Sabri Sayarı and Hasret Dikici Bilgin, “Paths to Power: The Making of Cabinet Ministers in Turkey,” Parliamentary Affairs, (2011): 1 – 26.
5 Judiciary • Ergun Özbudun, “Political Origins of the Turkish Constitutional Court and the Problem of Democratic Legitimacy,” in Ozan Ergül (ed.), Democracy and the Judiciary, (Ankara: Türkiye Barolar Birliği, 2006): 279 – 293. • Ceren Belge, “Friends of the court: The republican alliance and selective activism of the Constitutional Court of Turkey,” Law & Society Review, 40, (2006): 653–692. Ergun Özbudun, “Turkey’s Judiciary and the Drift Toward Competitive Authoritarianism,” The International Spectator, Vol. 50, No. 2, (June 2015): 42–55.
6 Military and Politics • William M Hale, “Turkish Politics and the Military: A Comparative Analysis”, Turkish Politics and the Military (Routledge, 1994), pp. 301-36. • Umit Cizre, “The Anatomy of the Turkish Military’s Political Autonomy,” Comparative Politics, Vol.29, no.2 (1997): 151-166. • Yaprak Gürsoy, “The Changing Role of the Military in Turkish Politics: Democratization Through Coup Plots?” Democratization, Vol. 19, No.4 (2012).
7 Political Culture • Ergun Ozbudun, “State Elites and Democratic Culture in Turkey”, in Larry Diamond (ed.), Political Culture and Democracy in Developing Countries (Lynne Riener Publishers, 1993), pp. 247-68. • Ilter Turan, “Religion and Political Culture in Turkey”, in Richard Tapper (ed.), Islam in Modern Turkey: Religion, Politics and Literature in a Secular State (I. B. Tauris, 1991), pp. 31-55. • İlter Turan, “The Evolution of Political Culture in Turkey”, in Ahmet Evin, Modern Turkey: Continuity and Change, (Berlin: Leske Verlag and Budrich, 1984): 84-112.
8 Political Parties and Party System • Barry Rubin and Metin Heper (eds.), Political Parties in Turkey, (London, Portland OR: Frank Cass), 2002. • Ali Carkoglu, “Turkish Party System in Transition: Party Performance and Agenda Change”, Political Studies, XLVI, 1998, pp. 544-71.
9 Midterm
10 Elections and Voting Behavior • Yılmaz Esmer, “At the Ballot-Box: Determinants of Voting Behaviour in Turkey”, in Sabri Sayari and Yilmaz Esmer (eds.), Politics, Parties and Elections in Turkey (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001), pp. 91-114. • Cem Baslevent, Hasan Kirmanoglu and Burhan Senatalar, “Voter Profiles and Fragmentation in the Turkish Party System”, Party Politics, 10(3), 2004, pp. 307-24. Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, “Elections and Party Preferences in Turkey: Changes and Continuities in the 1990s”, Comparative Political Studies, 27, (October 1994): 402 - 424.
11 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. • Göle, Nilüfer (1997) “Secularism and Islamism in Turkey: The Making of Elites and Counter Elites”, Middle East Journal, 51(1) pp.46-58.
12 Religion and Politics • Ali Carkoglu, “Religiosity, Support for Seriat and Evaluations of Secularist Public Policies in Turkey”, Middle Eastern Studies, 40, 2, 2004, pp. 111-36. • Metin Heper, “Islam and Democracy in Turkey: Toward a Reconciliation?” Middle East Journal, vol. 51 (1997): 32-45
13 Civil Society and Democratization • Binnaz Toprak, “Civil Society in Turkey,” in Augustus Richard Norton (ed.), Civil Society in the Middle East, (Leiden, New York, and Köln: E. J. Brill, 1996):87-118. • Kalaycıoğlu, Ersin “State and Civil Society in Turkey: Democracy, Development and Protest” in Amyn B. Sajoo (ed.), Civil Society in the Muslim World: Contemporary Perspectives, (London, New York: I. B. Tauris, 2002): 247-272. • İlter Turan, “Stability versus Democracy: The Dilemmas of Turkish Politics”, Dünü ve Bugünüyle Toplum ve Ekonomi 2 (1991), 31-53.
14 Presentations
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
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
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
5
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
1
72
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
30
Final Exam
    Total
250

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

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

To be able to improve and deepen the theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations.

X
2

To be able to evaluate critically and analytically the relationships between various factors in the discipline of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture at an advanced level.

X
3

To be able to determine the theoretical and empirical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature and gain the ability of questioning at an advanced level.

X
4

To be able to gain the ability to develop innovative, leading and original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature.

X
5

To be able to gather, analyze, and interpret the data by using advanced qualitative or quantitative research methods in Political Science and International Relations.

X
6

To be able to develop original academic works and publish scientific articles in refereed national or international indexed journals in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

X
7

To be able to describe 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 an individual capacity and/or as part of a team in generating innovative and analytical solutions to the problems that arise in relation to the politics in daily life.

9

To be able to develop projects in determining the institutional and political instruments for conflict resolution in national and international politics.

10

To be able to prepare an original thesis in Political Science and International Relations based on scientific criteria.

11

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

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