Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Political Science SBK 102 2 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. İRFAN HAŞLAK
Course Assistants Res. Assist. Elif MADAKBAŞ, Res. Assist. Tuğrul KORKMAZ, Res. Assist. Dilşad TÜRKMENOĞLU KÖSE
Course Category
Course Objective The purpose of this course is to discuss in detail different approaches to the definition of political science, to analyze concepts such as power, legitimacy, authority, state and democracy and to apply theories and concepts to political institutions and processes.
Course Content Political science and positivism; definition political science and its relations with other social sciences; power; legitimacy; supremacy; state; democracy; political participation; types of political participation and political behaviour; political parties; bureaucracy; interest groups, public opinion; elections and election techniques
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 S/he knows about various definitions of political science and to s/he recognizes relations among these definitions. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
2 S/he expresses the subjects that political science is related with, in the context of history of political thoughts. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
3 S/he considers political science including contemporary issues. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
4 S/he analyzes the nature of power and state as an organization; its expression with the criteria in hand. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
5 S/he comprehends the definition of democracy and to s/he recognizes distinguishing features of it. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
6 S/he knows about actors of political life and s/he relates them with factors that effect participation, forms on participation an participation to political life Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
7 S/he defines historical development of bureaucracy and s/he evaluates factors in the background differentiation in terms of Turkey. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
8 S/he comprehends controversial election techniques in election periods comparatively to display which elections technique is the most preferable in contemporary democratic world with examples. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction to the course: Definition of political science and its difference from history of political thought
2 Methodology and techniques; power and political power
3 State and political systems
4 Democracy: Concept, historical development and principles
5 Models of democracy and democracy in Turkey; political culture and Turkısh political culture
6 Political parties
7 Political parties
8 Interest groups and public opinion
9 Mid-term exam
10 Bureaucracy; elections: Theoretical framework
11 Election techniques
12 Elections in Turkey
13 Modernity-postmodernity and political science
14 Global politics
Course Notes
Course Resources
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Have knowledge on public administration (e.g. administrative sciences, bureaucracy, Turkish public administration, local government and comparative public administration), new management techniques (e.g. strategic management, performance management, human resource management), politics and sociology (e.g. political science, history of political thought, Turkish political life, sociology, social structure of Turkey, contemporary political movements and political parties), public law (e.g. Turkish constitutional law, administrative law) and private law, urbanization, environmental problems and environment legislation.
2 Using fundamental statistical package programs, making researches on academic and occupational issues, and gripping research processes.
3 Having potential and ability of development himself/herself on the career fields of public administration like governing, inspectorship and controllership.
4 Predominant on public law as well as private law, follows changes of legislations, comments legislations and adapts it to practice.
5 Having qualities for varying positions of management (for instance human resources, public relations, finance and inspection) in public organizations, political institutions, private sector and non-profit establishments.
6 Having different views for issues, facts and cases, having capacity of proposing solutions, and preparing program and decision drafts.
7 Following theoretical and practical developments in the fields of administration, law, politics, urbanization and environmental issues at national and international levels.
8 Following technologies of informatics, fundamental computer programs, information systems on administration and management field, and using them effectively.
9 Compatible for team work, having ability of taking initiative, open for innovative ideas and analytical thought.
10 Using Turkish properly, expressing himself/herself accurately and has ability of empathy.
11 Know at least one foreign occupational language.
12 Awareness of professional and scientific ethical codes.
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Kısa Sınav 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
3. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ara Sınav 70
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 4 64
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Quiz 3 2 6
Final examination 1 12 12
Total Workload 140
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5.6
dersAKTSKredisi 6