PSIR 671 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Controversies in Political Philosophy: Freedom, Citizenship and Democracy
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 671
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 seminar course is designed to introduce PhD students to contemporary disputes about freedom, citizenship and democracy.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to interpret contemporary debates about citizenship
  • to assess ethical and political assumptions of different theoretical approaches to the relationship among citizensip, freedom, and democracy
  • to assess political phenomena and problems from a critical perspective
  • to evaluate historical and contemporary issues in light of the possibilities offered by theoretical research
  • to make scholarly contributions to political theory, political science and international relations
  • to participate in academic debate through seminar presentations and class discussion
  • to apply political theory to contemporary public debates
Course Content Contemporary debates about freedom, citizenship and democracy will be examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
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
2 Two Concepts of Citizenship J. G. A. Pocock, “The Ideal of Citizenship Since Classical Times”, in Ronald Beiner (ed.) Theorizing Citizenship (SUNY, 1994).
3 Criticism of Citizenship Michael Ignatieff, “The Myth of Citizenship”, in Ronald Beiner (ed.) Theorizing Citizenship (SUNY, 1994).
4 Civil Society and Citizenship Michael Walzer, “The Civil Society Argument”, in Ronald Beiner (ed.) Theorizing Citizenship (SUNY, 1994).
5 Return of the Citizen? Will Kymlicka and Wayne Norman, Return of the Citizen: A Survey of Recent Work on Citizenship Theory, in Ronald Beiner (ed.) Theorizing Citizenship (SUNY, 1994).
6 Paper Submission I
7 Citizenship and Social Class T.H. Marshall, “Citizenship and Social Class”, in Gershon Shafir (ed.) The Citizenship Debates (University of Minnesota Press, 1998).
8 Citizenship and Multiculturalism Will Kymlicka, “Multicultural Citizenship”, in Gershon Shafir (ed.) The Citizenship Debates (University of Minnesota Press, 1998).
9 Politics of Difference Iris Marion Young, “Polity and Group Difference: A Critique of the Ideal of University Citizenship”, in Ronald Beiner (ed.) Theorizing Citizenship (SUNY, 1994).
10 Citizen and Nation-State Rogers Brubaker, “Immigration, Citizenship, and the Nation-State in France and Germany”, in Gershon Shafir (ed.) The Citizenship Debates (University of Minnesota Press, 1998).
11 Paper Submission II
12 Citizenship and National Identity Jurgen Habermas, “Citizenship and National Identity: Some Reflections on the Future of Europe”, in Ronald Beiner (ed.) Theorizing Citizenship (SUNY, 1994).
13 Patriotism and Citizenship Alasdair MacIntyre, “Is Patriotism a Virtue?” in Ronald Beiner (ed.) Theorizing Citizenship (SUNY, 1994).
14 Constitutional Patriotism? Jan-Werner Müller, Constitutional Patriotism (Princeton University Press, 2007), 1-90.
15 Review of the semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Required texts specified above.

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
1
30
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
1
20
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
5
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
10
8
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
24
Presentation / Jury
1
24
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
1
25
    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 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.

X
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.

X
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.

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