PSIR 651 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Current Issues in Turkish Politics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 651
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 at dealing with contemporary issues that have considerable impact on Turkish political life during the post-1980 period.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to explain the Turkish modernization
  • Will be able to discuss secularism as one of the central axis points of Turkish politics
  • Will be able to evaluate the debate over Kurdish question and ethnic violence.
  • Will be able to explain the problems of democratization in Turkey
  • Will be able to examine the ideologies and strategies of political actors during post-1980 period
  • Will be able to develop critical reading skills by closely reading, analyzing and discussing texts.
Course Content Special attention will be paid to the discussion of the issues of the consolidation of democracy, civil society, the rise of Islam, nationalism, identity politics, socio-economic changes in order to be able to capture the essence of the changing nature of Turkish politics.

 



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 Turkish Modernization • Serif Mardin, 'Center Periphery Relations: A Key to Turkish Politics?', Deadalus, 2(1), 1973, pp. 169-90. • Resat Kasaba, 'Kemalist Certainties and Modern Ambiguities', in Sibel Bozdogan and Resat Kasaba (eds.), Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey (University of Washington Press, 1997), pp. 15-36.
3 Party System • Ali Carkoglu, 'Turkish Party System in Transition: Party Performance and Agenda Change', Political Studies, XLVI, 1998, pp. 544-71. • Sabri Sayari, 'The Changing Party System', in Sabri Sayari and Yilmaz Esmer (eds.), Politics, Parties and Elections in Turkey (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002), pp. 9-32.
4 Civil-Military Relations • William M Hale, 'Turkish Politics and the Military: A Comparative Analysis', Turkish Politics and the Military (Routledge, 1994), pp. 301-36. • Tanel Demirel, 'The Turkish Military's Decision to Intervene: 12 September 1980', Armed Forces & Society, 29, 2, 2003, pp. 253-80. • Nil Şatana, “Transformation of the Turkish Military and the Path to Democracy”, Armed Forces and Society, vol. 34, no. 3, 2008, pp. 357-388.
5 Secularization Nilufer Gole, 'Secularism and Islamism in Turkey: The Making of Elites and Counter Elites', Middle East Journal, 51, 1, 1997, pp. 46-58. • Faruk Birtek and Binnaz Toprak, 'The Conflictual Agendas of Neo-Liberal Reconstruction and The Rise of Islamic Politics in Turkey: The Hazards of Rewriting Modernity', Praxis International, 13, 1993, pp. 192-212. • Ayşe.Kadıoğlu, “The Pathologies of Turkish Republican Laicism”, Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol.36, no.3/4, 2010, pp. 489-504.
6 The Rise of Political Islam • Sencer Ayata, 'Patronage, Party and State-The Politicization of Islam in Turkey', Middle East Journal, 50, 1, 1996, pp. 40-56.
7 AKP Rule • Yüksel Taşkın, ‘AKP's Move to "Conquer" the Center-Right: Its Prospects and Possible Impacts on the Democratization Process’, Turkish Studies, vol.9, no.1 2008: 53-72. • Tepe, S. “Moderation of Religious Parties: Electoral Constraints, Ideological Commitments and the Democratic Capacities of Religious Parties in Israel and Turkey.” Political Research Quarterly 65, no. 3 (2012): 467-85.
8 The Kurdish Question and Ethnic Violence • Mesut Yegen, 'Citizenship and Ethnicity in Turkey', Middle Eastern Studies, 40, 6, 2004, pp. 51-66. • Aylin Guney, 'The People's Democracy Party', Turkish Studies, 3, 1, 2002, pp. 122-37. • Murat Somer, “Defensive and Liberal Nationalisms: The Kurdish Question and Modernization/Democratization”, E. Fuat Keyman, ed., Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities, and Democracy. (Oxford: Lexington Books, 2007), pp. 103-135
9 Civil Society • 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. • Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, “Civil Society in Turkey: Continuity or Change?” in Brian W. Beeley (ed.) Turkish Transformation: New Century – New Challenges, (Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England: The Eothen Press, 2002): 59-78.
10 Media • Jeffrey Haynes, “The AKP government in Turkey: politics, democracy and the media,” Lee Marsden and Heather Savigny (eds.) Media, Religion and Conflict, Ashgate, 2009. • C. Christensen, “Concentration of ownership, the fall of unions and government legislation in Turkey,” Global Media and Communication 3 (2), 2007:179-199
11 Gezi Protests • Kıvanç Atak, “Flap of the butterfly : Turkey’s June uprisings,” Donatella Della Porta and Alice Mattoni (eds), Spreading protest : social movements in times of crisis, Colchester : ECPR Press, 2014, pp. 253-292
12 Problems of Democratization • Ergun Özbudun, (1996) ‘Turkey: How Far From Consolidation?’ Journal of Democracy, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 123-138. • Mark Tessler and Ebru Altinoglu, 'Political Culture in Turkey: Connections Among Attitudes Toward Democracy, the Military and Islam', Democratization, 11, 1, 2004, pp. 21-50.
13 Presentations
14 Presentations
15 Summation of the Semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks There is no single textbook. The course material includes selected articles which will be available at the Trio Copy Centre.
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
16
30
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
1
50
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
18
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
15
Project
1
107
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
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