Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Contemporary Political Systems SBK 359 5 3 + 0 3 5
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Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. KÖKSAL ŞAHİN
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Course Objective The primary aim of this course is to discuss main political systems in a critical point of view
Course Content Political structures of main political systems and states that have a pivotal role in emerging of these systems will be analyzed in this course. Democratic political systems will be focused, i.e. Great Britain, USA, and France. Furthermore People’s Republic of China will shortly be analyzed as an undemocratic political system
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 One analyzes and interprets the political system. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
2 One makes comparison among concepts such as democracy, totalitarianism and authoritarianism Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
3 One Knows Essential political systems with their all sides Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
4 One criticizes political systems comparatively Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
5 One determines and interprets the democratic systems. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
6 one interprets different democratic system Case Study, Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Analyzing the fundamental concepts related to the course: Political System, State, Constitution, Democracy, Nation–state, Comparative Approach etc.
2 Political System in general: Main characteristics, related processes and “System Approach”
3 A short review of political systems: Democratic political systems – undemocratic political systems
4 Democratic Systems: Parliamentary democracy, and within this context importance of English political history
5 The characteristics of contemporary English political system: Constitutional structure and main foundations. Within this context, discussion of the position of president and prime minister in political system.
6 The characteristics of contemporary English political system: Parliament, election system and political parties
7 Democratic Systems: Presidential System and within this context, position and importance of the US political history
8 The characteristics of the US political system: Constitutional structure and main foundations. Within this context discussion of the position of president and prime minister in political system
9 EXAMINATION
10 The characteristics of the US political system: Parliament, election system and political parties
11 Democratic Systems: Semi-Presidential System
12 The characteristics of France political system: Constitutional structure and main foundations. Within this context discussion of the position of president and prime minister in political system
13 The characteristics of France political system: Parliament, election system and political parties
14 A short review of undemocratic political systems. People’s Republic of China as an instance.
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Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To research the functions, basic concepts and features of the international system; to learn the basic knowledge about the sub-topics of the international relations discipline. X
2 Analyzing the developments in the political history of the world within the context of the cause-effect relations. X
3 To improve the foreign language skills. X
4 To analyze the Turkey´s foreign policy comprehensively in the cause-effect relations. X
5 To analyze the theoretical approaches to the foreign policy analysis and the functions of the decision-making process. X
6 To learn theoretical and methodological thinking and to observe the events from this framework X
7 To analyze the social developments and conditions comparatively X
8 To learn the basic principles and the issues of international law
9 To examine the theories of International Relations and to learn looking at international developments within the theoretical framework
10 To analyze the Turkey´s political life historically and chronologically
11 To learn the functions and the basic principles of domestic law X
12 To analyze the establishment, structure and functions of international and regional organizations and their impact on the World politics
13 To analyze the reasons and solution models of the intra-state conflicts through examples
14 To research the issues of international security and the theoretical approaches relating to this field
15 To examine the events, occurring in the international system, within the theoretical perspective comparatively
16 To improve the analytical thinking skills about the international events
17 To learn the basic concepts and theories of Economics, Sociology, Political Science and other disciplines
18 To research the ideas of philosophers/thinkers who built the philosophical foundations of political science and to examine the contribution of these philosophical ideas to the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations
19 To gain basic computer skills
20 To gain the ability of planning, performing and composing of the scientific study individually
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 70
1. Kısa Sınav 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
3. Kısa Sınav 10
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 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 1 16
Mid-terms 1 13 13
Quiz 1 8 8
Assignment 1 12 12
Final examination 1 20 20
Total Workload 117
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.68
dersAKTSKredisi 5