PSIR 504 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Contemporary Debates in Global Politics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 504
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;
  • to assess trends and problems in global politics from a theoretical point of view
  • to critically evaluate contemporary debates about global politics
  • to assess contemporary contributions to academic literature in the field of political theory
  • to participate in group work through seminar presentations and class discussion
  • to apply political theory to contemporary public debates
Course Content

 



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 Tocqueville on the theory and practice of French Revolution Tocqueville, The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 1-27; 76-124.
3 Tocqueville on the theory and practice of French Revolution Tocqueville, The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 127-185.
4 Arendt on Revolution I: Constitutio Libertatis Arendt, On Revolution, (Penguin Books, 1963), 141-178, 179-214.
5 Arendt on Revolution II: The Revolutionary Tradition and Its Lost Treasure Arendt, On Revolution, (Penguin Books, 1963), 215-281.
6 Paper Submission I TAKE-HOME
7 The Meaning and Justification of Civil Disobedience: Thoreau and Rawls 1. Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”, in Hugo Adam Bodau, Civil Disobedience in Focus (Routledge, 1991), 28-48. 2. John Rawls, “Definiton and Justification of Civil Disobedience”, in Hugo Adam Bodau, Civil Disobedience in Focus (Routledge, 1991), 103-121.
8 Civil Disobedience as Public Freedom: Hannah Arendt “Civil Disobedience” Crises of the Republic (Harcourt & Brace, 1969), 49-102.
9 State Sovereignty: Carl Schmitt Carl Schmitt, The Concept of the Political (The University of Chicago Press, 1996), 19-79.
10 Genocide as a Crime Against Humanity: Raphael Lemkin 1. Raphael Lemkin, “Genocide” Axis Rule in Occupied Europe (The Lawbook Exchange, 2008), 79-95. 2. William Schabas and Samantha Power, “Introduction to the First and Second Editions” Axis Rule in Occupied Europe (The Lawbook Exchange, 2008), vii-xxiii. 3. Seyla Benhabib, “International Law and Human Plurality in the Shadow of Totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt and Raphael Lemkin” Seyla Benhabib (ed), Politics in Dark Times (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 219-246. 4. The United Nation’s Genocide Convention, 1948.
11 Cosmopolitanism Seyla Benhabib, Another Cosmopolitanism (Oxford University Press, 2006), 13-80.
12 Secularism and Constitutional Democracy 1. Jürgen Habermas, “Pre-political Foundations of the Democratic Constitutional State” The Dialectics of Secularization: On Reason and Religion (Ignatius Press, 2006), 19-52. 2. Jürgen Habermas, “What is meant by a ‘Post-Secular Society’?: A Discussion on Islam in Europe” Europe: The Faltering Project (Polity, 2009), 59-77.
13 Political Ecology 1) Jane Bennett “Political Ecologies”, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (Duke University Press, 2010), 94-109. 2) Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthroposcene (Verso, 2016), 1-30.
14 Documentary Film & Discussion Documentary: The Watchers of the Sky
15 Paper Submission II and Review of the Semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
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
2
30
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
1
20
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
70
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
30
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
2
15
Presentation / Jury
2
15
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
1
21
    Total
225

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1 To improve theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations and to ultimately deepen and develop intellectual interest
2 To evaluate the relationships between factors in the field of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture in a critical perspective 
3 To provide advanced competences to determine and question the theoretical and emprical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature 
4 To identify the political and cultual conditions that generate discrimination mechanisms based on race, ethnic groups, gender and religion at national and international levels 
5 To provide competences to develop original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature
6 To determine, collect, resolve, and interpret the data that would measure the theories and concepts as variables by using scientific research methods in Political Science and International Relations field
7 To use confidently the terms and concepts of Political Science and International Relations 
8 To communicate systematically, in written, oral, and visual forms, contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations to groups inside and outside the said discipline 
9 To take responsibility in an individual capacity and as part of a team in generating solutions to unexpected problems that arise in relation to politics in daily life 
10 To develop projects determining the institutional and political instruments for management of domestic and international conflicts 
11 To prepare an orginal thesis/term project about Political Science and International Relations in accordance with scentific criteria 
12 To design and carry out a scientific research project in the field of Political Science and International Relations 
13 To have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of collecting, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations 

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest