Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
1303001061999INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCEElective365
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of the course is to introduce the topic of political science by teaching the theoretical and practical basics of politics.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Tanju Tosun
Learning Outcomes
1L.O.1. Defining the concept of politics
2L.O.2. Providing the skill of analysis about the concepts of power, legitimacy and authority and interaction between them
3L.O.3. Evaluating the political system and ideologies.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
NONE
Recommended Optional Programme Components
NONE
Course Contents
Within the framework of this course firstly, the theoretical aspects of the “politics phenomenon” is examined; secondly, the terms of politics, power, legitimacy and authority are evaluated by analyzing the state problem in a historical perspective. The emergence of the state and the theories of state are also included in the subject of the course. Other subjects which are quoted in the ‘Introduction to Political Science’ are political ideologies and systems. With the term “ideology”, contemporary political ideologies are examined by their characteristics within the framework of the course; furthermore, government systems and political systems in general are also analyzed comparatively. While institutional and societal dimensions of the politics, which are the fundamental interests of political science, are examined, political culture, public opinion and pressure groups are also included in the subject of course in a societal and historical perspective. While the dynamics which have emerged in twenty first century being examined in terms of transformation and change of the modernity; religion, women and environmental issues in politics are also covered in the course.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction
2Politics as a concept
3Main scope and aims of the political science
4State within the extent of political science
5Political power: Authority and sovereignty
6Legitimacy of political power
7Fundamental political theories
8Midterm Exam
9Political Process
10Social classes
11Social stratification and political power
12Public opinion
13Political parties
14Interest groups
15Pressure groups
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Mümtaz’er Türköne; Siyaset, Lotus Kitabevi, Ankara 2003. •Ali Yaşar Sarıbay, Süleyman Seyfi Öğün; Politikbilim, Alfa Aktüel Yayınevi, Bursa, 2006. •Münci Kapani; Politika Bilimine Giriş, A.Ü.H.F. Yayınları, No:431, Ankara, 1978. •Ersin Kalaycıoğlu; Çağdaş Siyasal Bilim Teori Olgu ve Süreçler, Beta Basım Yayım Dağıtım, İstanbul, 1984. •Ahmet Yücekök; Siyasetin Toplumsal Tabanı, A.Ü.S.B.F Yayınları, Ankara, 1987. •Cemil Oktay; Siyaset Bilimi İncelemeleri, Alfa Yayınları, İstanbul, 2003. •Leslie Lipson; Politika Biliminin Temel Sorunları, (çev.) Tuncer Karamustafaoğlu, Birlik Yayıncılık, Ankara, 1986. •Eddie J.Girdner; People-Power An Introduction to Politics, Literatür Yayıncılık, İstanbul, 1996. •Michael G.Roskin, Robert l.Cord, James A.Medeiros, Walter S.Jones; Political Science An Introduction, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2002.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
SUM0
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
NONE
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination236
Attending Lectures16348
Self Study10550
Reading10550
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)156
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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1
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2
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3
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4
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5
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6
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10
LO154 4      
LO24     3   
LO34 3 4 4   
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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