Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course aims to understanding nature of political science, principles of politics and government. Topics that will be covered in the course include power, authoritiy, legitimacy, government, elections, political parties and party systems, state, variety of political systems, pressure groups and political actors. The development of modern nation-state; policy-making role of the state; relationship between the state and the citizen; democratic and non-democratic governments and constitutional design of government are also covered.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Learning Outcomes
1To be able to define the main concepts of political science
2To be able to realize the basic approaches of political science
3To be able to explain the orgins and functions of state
4To be able to understand the political systems, goverments systems and their basic principles
5To be able to explain the political parties, pressure groups, NGOs, and media as a political actors
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
A look at the Nature, Concepts, and Terms of Political Science. Conceptional Framework: Politics, Power, Government, Elections, Political Party, Political Culture, and Political System. Defining basic concepts of politics and approaches to political science: political activity, power and political power, authority, political cultures, the traditionalists versus the behavioralists. The State : the origins of the state, the feudal state and the nation-state, nationalism, sovereignty. The Government : The nature of government, functions of government (legislature, executives, judiciary), classifying governments, parliamentary system, presidential system, and semi-presidential system. Democratic and non-democratic governments: Basic principles of democratic governments. The Nature of Ideologies: İdeological terms and their origins, evolution of ideology Elections and Political Parties: Election and democracy, representation and election, election systems, origins of political parties, interrelationship between party systems and election systems. Interest Groups and other Political Actors: Pressure groups, civil society, bureucracy.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Introduction (The contents of political concept: authority, power and legitimacy)Narration
2Power and legitimacy (The concept of the power, the clasic and modern resource of powers’ legitimacy)Narration
3The occurrence and development of state (the theories about state, the modern doctrine on state and state in Turkey)Narration
4İdeologies and political systems (the history of the ideology concept, political ideology and the ideological separation in Turkey)Narration
5Political systems (presidential, hybrid and parliamentarian systems. Turkish system, as a sample of parliamentarian system)Narration
6The concept of the democracy (The main elements of democracy, the models of democracy; morality and the paradox of democracy)Narration
7Democracy in Turkey, the tradition of democracy in TurkeyNarration
9Political culture (the definitions of political culture, the main elements of political culture, the basic axins of Turkish political culture)Narration
10Political parties (The orgins and functionals of political parties, democracy in political parties, political parties in Turkey)
11The systems of election (characteristics of elections systems, discussions on Turkish election system)Narration
12Public opinion and pressure groups/lobbies (The concept of public opinion, public opinion and media)Narration
13The main actors of policy: intellectuals, elites and bureaucracy
14The main actors of policy: NGOs and mediaNarration
15overall evaluationNarration
16Final Examination
Recommended or Required Reading
ÇETİN, Halis; Siyaset Bilimine Giriş, Orion Yayınevi, Ankara, 2017 AKÇALI, Nazif; Siyaset Bilimine Giriş, Bilgehan Basımevi, İzmir, 1989. KAPANİ, Münci; Politika Bilimine Giriş, Bilgi Yayınevi, Ankara, 1989. SARIBAY, Ali Yaşar, Süleyman Seyfi Öğün; Bir Politikbilim Perspektifi, Asa Yayınları, Bursa, 1998. YAYLA, Atilla; Siyaset Teorisine Giriş, Ankara, 2002.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Attending Lectures14228
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11515
Individual Study for Final Examination11515
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO1335  5
LO2344  5
LO3 43  5
LO4345  5
LO53 5  5
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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