Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Political Science SBK 115 1 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. KÖKSAL ŞAHİN,
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 look at different approaches towards the definition of political science, to analyze such concepts as power, legitimacy, authority, state and democracy and to apply theories and concepts to concrete 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 To provide different definitions of political science, to look at the relations of these definitions and to go over the conventional subject matter of political science Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
2 To deal with the subject matter of contemporary political science, and the examine particularly the nature of power and the state as an organisation Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
3 To get a good knowledge of the meaning of democracy, of the specific componets of contemporary democracy and to anlyze the Turkısh democrcy in the light of the theoretical aspects of democracy Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
4 To look at the political actors, political participation, types of political participation and the factors that affect political participation Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
5 To look at the historical development of bureaucracy and the specific place of bureaucracy in Turkish political culture Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
6 To get a good grasp of election techniques comparatively and to see which technique for which reasons is chosen in the world Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
7 To acquire reading, researching and analysing skills in daily literature. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
8 To acquire proficiency in English grammar. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Method, subject and aim of 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 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.
3 To improve the foreign language skills.
4 To analyze the Turkey´s foreign policy comprehensively in the cause-effect relations.
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
7 To analyze the social developments and conditions comparatively
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
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. Final 50
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 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 5