PSI 103 POLITICAL SCIENCE I

(2017-2018 Fall Semester)

 

 

                                                                                   Prof. Dr. Tanel Demirel

Department of Political Science and International Relations

                                                                                  Çankaya University

 

            AIM

            This course aims to acquaint students with the essential concepts of politics, basic political institutions and political processes. In so doing, it purports to develop students’ analytical capabilities as well as familiarizing them with critical thinking.

 

In our department “Introduction to Political Science” course is divided into two, each offered in different semesters. PSI 103 Political Science I) is the first part of the course. PSI 104 Political Science II which will be given in the spring term is the continuation of the  PSI 103.

 

            COURSE MATERIAL

           

There is no single textbook to be advised. You MUST READ “Course Summary for PSI 103”  which you can find in photocopy room. (Its Turkish translation is also available).  If you were to follow only one  textbook it should be Andrew Heywood, Politics, second edition, New York, Palgrave, 2012. (This book is available in Turkish as well).  Following are some of helpful texts that you should consult; Thomas M. Magstadt, Understanding Politics-Ideas, Institutions, and Issues, eight edition, Wadsworth, Belmont, 2009) Heywood, A., Key Concepts in Politics (New York: St. Martin Press, 2000) (JA 66.K49); Roskin, M. G and R. L. Cord, Political Science:  An Introduction, 12th edition (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2012) (JA 71.P625); Atilla Yayla, Siyaset Bilimi, Ankara, Adres, 205;  Gökhan Atılgan and E. Attila Aytekin’s Siyaset Bilimi –Kavramlar, Ä°deolojiler, Disiplinler Arası Ä°lişkiler, (Ankara, Yordam, 2014)  is also a useful book.  I also advise you to look at  my piece, “Siyaset ile Ä°lgilenenler Kitap Tavsiyeleri-2016” which you can obtain in the photocopy room.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE EVALUATION

            There will be one mid-term  (35 p)  a final exam (65 p).

 

 

            COURSE OUTLINE

 

            NATURE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (2 weeks)

 

POLITICS: DEFINITION (1 week)

 

POWER (1 week)

           

STATE (2 weeks)

 

NATURE OF POLITICS (2 weeks)

 

ANALYZING THE POLITICS: SOME TIPS (1 week)

 

A NOTE ON THE ADVENT OF THE MODERNITY & MODERN AGE (2 weeks)

 

STATE BUILDING, NATION- BUILDING AND NATIONALISM

IN WESTERN EUROPE (2 weeks)