Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
History Of Political Thoughts SBK 216 4 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. KÖKSAL ŞAHİN
Course Lecturers Doç.Dr. İRFAN HAŞLAK, Doç.Dr. KÖKSAL ŞAHİN,
Course Assistants Res. Assist. Elif MADAKBAŞ, Res. Assist. Tuğrul KORKMAZ, Res. Assist. Dilşad TÜRKMENOĞLU KÖSE
Course Category
Course Objective The objective of this course is to analyze political thoughts which have been produced in Western world following Ancient Greek political thought and from French Revolution to the end of 19th century.In this framework, concepts such as liberalism, democracy and emergence of socialism will be taken into consideration in terms of modernity.
Course Content The concepts of state, power, human nature, justice, equality and liberty from Ancient Greek to Medieval Age in terms of social contract; French Revolution, Reactions to Revolution, Utopian Socialism and Marxism, Anarchism, Anarchosyndicalism, Fascism and National Socialism, Social State.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 S/he understands the importance of the Ancient Greek political thought on way to interpret modern world. Lecture, Discussion, Testing,
2 S/he considers effects of Roman political thought and Christian political thought on western political thought. Lecture, Discussion, Testing,
3 S/he analyzes how the concepts such as justice, power, liberty and equality are discussed by different thinkers and from the side of different ideologies. Lecture, Discussion, Testing,
4 S/he takes the French Revolution in hand as related with modern political institutitons, political thoughts and especially liberal thought. Lecture, Discussion, Testing,
5 S/he knows about utopian socialism and scientific socialism; methodology and thoughts of Karl Marx. Lecture, Discussion, Testing,
6 S/he analyzes the conditions which paved way for the emergence of totalitarian ideologies such as fascism and national socialism; then s/he knows about the historical backround of anarchosyndicalism and social state. Lecture, Discussion, Testing,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction: Purpose of the course and course schedule
2 Political Thought in Antiquity I (Sophists and Socrates)
3 Political Thought in Antiquity II (Plato and Aristoteles)
4 Political Thought in the Middle Ages (Thomas Acquinas and Ibn-i Khaldun)
5 Political Thought in the Modern Era I (Machiavelli, Morus, Bodin and Bossiet)
6 Political Thought in the Modern Era II (Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Sieyes)
7 Political Thought in Contemporary Age I (Reactions to French Revolution)
8 Political Thought in Contemporary Age II (Liberalism and Democracy)
10 Political Thought in Contemporary Age III (Socialism: Before and After Marx)
11 Political Thought in Contemporary Age IV (Anarchism and Revolutionary Syndicalism)
12 Political Thought in Contemporary Age V (Fascism and National Socialism)
13 Social State
14 Liberalism Again: Rawls, Hayek and Nozick
Course Notes
Course Resources
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.
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.
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.
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
8 To learn the basic principles and the issues of international law X
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
12 To analyze the establishment, structure and functions of international and regional organizations and their impact on the World politics X
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 3 48
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Quiz 3 2 6
Final examination 1 12 12
Total Workload 124
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.96
dersAKTSKredisi 5