Course Contents

Please visit the following website for the details of the course contents of the Political Science and International Relations Department Undergraduate program: http://www.bologna.yildiz.edu.tr/index.php?r=program/view&id=56&aid=47

 

Undergraduate Courses

REQUIRED COURSES: 

 

SBU1401 Introduction to Political Science (TR)

The topics covered by the course include the definition of political science, different approaches to political science, ideology, constitutions, media and political science, regimes, political parties, non-governmental organizations, religion and politics, gender and politics.

 

SBU1701 Introduction to Law (TR)

The course focuses on the principles of law and covers basic topics in the philosophy of law.

 

IKT1101 Introduction to Economics I (TR)

The course offers an introduction to the price theory and micro-economic analysis. The course introduces students to the basic concepts and processes of micro-economy.

 

SBU1031 Sociology (TR)

The course focuses on the major research methods, concepts, thinkers and debates influential in social science research; and covers topics including culture, city, class and gender, the formation of the global society, and its major problems, the Turkish Society.

 

ATA1031 –  ATA1032 Atatürk’s Principles and History of Revolution I-II (TR)

The course is designed to provide the basic knowledge on the principles of Atatürk and his achievements, and to provide the student with the historical knowledge on the revolution in Turkish history.

 

MDB1031 –  MDB1032 Advanced English I-II

The main focus of the course is on learning the reading techniques; improvement of writing skills through examining writing techniques and writing practices, and introductory sentences, supportive sentences, paragraph, introduction, and conclusion paragraphs, and writing sample articles.

 

SBU1612 Constitutional Law (TR)

The course covers the theories of constitutional law, the history and current issues of Turkish constitutional law.

 

SBU1702 Introduction to International Relations (EN)

The course focuses on international relations and world politics, starting from the beginning of the 20th century; the first and the second World Wars, causes and consequences, the emergence of the Cold War.

 

SBU1102  Introduction to Economics II (TR)

The course introduces students to macroeconomic analysis.

 

SBU1032 The Social Structure of Turkey (TR)

The course examines the social structure of Turkey, and the major dynamics of social change in Turkey.

 

SBU2501 Political Theory I (EN)

The course is designed to enable students to understand political theories of different periods in their original context. Major political ideas and assumptions from Pericles to Machiavelli are examined critically. The predominant figures in the history of political thought are evaluated in a comparative and critical perspective.

 

SBU2311 Political History I (TR)

The course covers the history of world politics from 1789 to the present.

 

SBU2211 Introduction to Public Administration (TR)

The concept of Public Administration will be introduced and the differences between public administration and public management will be addressed. The sphere of public administration as a science will be questioned, and the evolution of public administration in Turkey and in the world will be discussed.  

 

MDB2051 Reading and Speaking English (EN)

The course focuses on reading in English by using the reading strategies, understanding articles in academic books; speaking and sharing ideas, and making research on relevant topics.

 

SBU2502 Political Theory II (EN)

The course is designed to enable students to understand political theories of different periods in their original context. Basic political ideas and assumptions from Hobbes to Marx are examined critically. The predominant figures in the history of political thought are evaluated in a comparative and critical perspective.

 

SBU2152 Political History II (TR)

The course covers the history of world politics from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.

 

SBU2142 The Administrative Structure of Turkey (TR)

The course aims to discuss the Turkish administrative structure and its functions. The course focuses on the constitutional principles of Turkish administrative system, and the relations between the legislative, the executive and the judiciary.

 

SBU2132 Vocational English I (EN)

The course introduces students to the key concepts and readings in the political science discipline in English. It aims to help students improve their reading, speaking and writing skills in English.

 

SBU3201 Comparative Government (EN)

The topics covered by the course include the political regimes and forms of government; democratic and authoritarian regimes; patterns of representative democracy in capitalist societies; the political executive: parliamentary, presidential and semi-presidential forms and their formation. Main objective of the course is to introduce students to the contemporary political structures and institutions. 

 

SBU3111 Turkish Politics I (TR)

This course covers the period starting with the 19th century Ottoman society and the early Republican period up until the aftermath of World War II. The structure and content of the course is not just limited to a chronological narrative of historical facts during the mentioned period. Rather, it aims at analyzing the formation of the modern political sphere in Ottoman and Turkish societies with specific reference to power relations based on social classes, socio-cultural identities and gender.

 

SBU3101 International Relations I (EN)

The course covers the history of international relations and world politics starting from the beginning of the 20th century; the first and second World Wars, causes and consequences, the emergence of the Cold War. It aims to provide an account of international politics during the twentieth century by following a trajectory of major events and milestones in international relations. The focus is on the policies of major powers, the reasons and motives for international action, consequences and influences of major events in international politics.

 

SBU3301 Vocational English II (EN)

The course introduces students to the key concepts and readings in the political science discipline in English. It aims to help students improve their reading, speaking and writing skills in English. 

 

SBU3001 International Law I (TR)

The course covers the historical development and material sources of international law; the subjects of international law and the law of treaties, the implementation of international law in domestic law, and the jurisdiction of states in the law of the sea.

 

SBU3401 Research Methods (TR)

The whole qualitative and quantitative research process including critical reading, literature review, methods and techniques, will be discussed in this course.

 

SBU3202 Comparative Politics (EN)

The course introduces students to the main theories, concepts, approaches, and methods in comparative politics. Its specific focus is on key comparative concepts such as the state, political culture, social class and class conflict, political development and modernization, underdevelopment and dependency.

 

SBU3302 Turkish Politics II (TR)

This course is a continuation of Turkish Politics I in terms of the historical periods covered, covering the period starting from the transition to multi party regime in the aftermath of World War II to the present. The structure and content of the course is not limited to a chronological narrative of historical facts during the mentioned period. Rather, it aims at analyzing the formation of modern political sphere and of socio-political power relations with specific reference to social classes, socio-cultural identities, gender, and social and political movements.

 

SBU3102 International Relations II (EN)

The course focuses on international relations since the 1970s, covering topics such as the era of détente, the end of the Cold War and its implications, international relations in different regions of the world, and the emergence of a new international system. The focus will be on the policies of major powers, reasons and motives for international action, consequences and influences of major events in international politics.

 

MDB3032 English for Business (EN)

The course focuses on the importance of socio-cultural differences in business communication, the rules and techniques of writing curriculum-vitae and application letters, important points in job interviews, writing evaluation reports, and preparing presentations.

 

SBU3402 International Law II (TR)

The course focuses on the international law and international norms, the system of the United Nations, armed conflicts, the peaceful settlement of international disputes, human rights and international humanitarian law.

 

SBU4111 Turkish Foreign Policy I (TR)

The course will cover the period starting from the early days of the republic until the end of the Cold War at the beginning of 1990s. The major issues and developments in the formative years of 1920-1945 and the Cold War Years (1945-1991) will be studied in detail.

 

SBU4222 Turkish Foreign Policy II (TR)

The course covers the major issues of the last decade. The topics covered include the Gulf War and its impact on Turkey's policies, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the Central Asian republics and its implications for Turkey.

 

IKT2272 Public Economics (TR) 

This course aims to present the theoretical foundations for the analysis of the public sector activities. The topics covered include the economic analysis of public goods, government spending, government revenues, and their economic effects on the economic agents.

 

SBU4221 Social Policy and Social Economy (TR)

The course covers the development of the social dimensions of the modern state, social, economic and political factors behind these developments, social policies implemented, both in general and in Turkey.

 

SBU4121 Theories of International Relations (EN)

The course aims to introduce students to different approaches and theories in International Relations.

 

SBU4122 Current Issues in International Relations (EN)

The course introduces students to the current state of world politics. It undertakes a continuous historical analysis regarding how world politics evolved into its current state, and focuses on the most important characteristics of the current world order. Each week, we elaborate on one of the most crucial as well as contentious issues of today’s world politics.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES:

 

SBU2011-SBU2022 Minorities in the Middle East in Historical Perspective I-II (TR)

This course offers an introduction to study of the minority problems in the Middle East in a historical perspective (19th and 20th centuries).  The major focus of the course will be the transformation of traditional religious or ethno-linguistic groups into minorities in various Middle Eastern States.

 

SBU3502-SBU3561 Civic Involvement I - II (TR)

The students are expected to work for at least 3 hours a week at various institutions, primarily public ones including Bakırköy Mental Hospital, Maltepe and Ümraniye Houses of Rehabilitation, and the Orphan House in Eyüp and Üsküdar.

 

SBU4611 Nation Building Processes in the Balkans and Turkey (TR)

The course focuses on the history and politics of the Balkans since the beginning of the 19th century.

 

SBU2551 Social and Political Issues in the Middle East (TR)

The current political issues and their impacts on the Middle East will be discussed on the basis of cases and countries.

 

SBU4562 Research Workshop (TR)

The course focuses on scientific research and writing in the areas of political science and international relations.

 

SBU3812 International Organizations (TR)

The course covers the theories on International Organizations, and uses these theories in the analysis of sample International Organizations.

 

SBU2612 Political Parties (TR)

The course focuses on the emergence of political parties, their ideologies, organizations and functions.

 

SBU3912 Nationalism and Minorities (TR)

The course covers the process of transition from the empire to the nation-state, the millet system, the concept of minority, the League of Nations, the Lausanne Treaty, legislations on minorities, and minority groups in Turkey.

 

SBU3112 Militarism in Turkey in a Comparative Perspective (TR)

The course analyzes different forms of militarism in Turkey, using a comparative and theoretical perspective. In order to analyze militarization in political, economic, and ideological spheres in Turkey, first, militarism as a technique of power in modern capitalist societies will be analyzed through the European, Latin American and Middle Eastern cases. Then, the course will focus on different forms of militarism in Turkey. Finally, the discussion will focus on the forms and possibilities of anti-militarist thought and forms of politics.

 

SBU4641 Theories of Imperialism (TR)

The course aims to provide a critical review of theories of imperialism, which were considered among the theories of international relations in the past, but were discarded after the end of the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

 

SBU4521 The Turkish-Greek Relations: Historical Problems (TR)

The course focuses on Balkan nationalisms, the founding of Greece, the church, minorities, population exchanges, history text books and historiography.

 

SBU4572 Theories of State, Society and Development (TR)

The course is designed to provide an overview of theoretical and current issues in developmental economics.

 

SBU4201 Euro-Atlantic Security and New Debates (TR)

The course includes the analysis of the foundations and currents state of Europe-Atlantic security, and the application of theoretical and practical knowledge of International Relations in the analysis.

 

SBU4401 Diplomatic Correspondence (EN)

The course focuses on the forms of diplomatic correspondence; the basic rules of diplomatic correspondence observed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff; translations of samples of diplomatic correspondence from Turkish to English and from English to Turkish.

 

SBU4101 European Union and Turkey (TR)

The course covers the historical relations between Turkey and Europe, the establishment of the European Communities and Turkey’s application for an association, Turkey’s candidacy and accession negotiations, economic, political and cultural aspects of relations, and Turkey’s adaptation to EU policies.

 

SBU3922 The Economy of Turkey (TR)

The course focuses on the political economic structure of Turkey.

 

SBU2631 Oral History and Debates(TR)

The topics covered by the course focuses include the theory and method of oral history, the evolution of Oral History, Oral History in Turkey, and the conduct of an oral history project.

 

SBU4621 Aspects of Regime Transitions (EN)

The course is designed to examine how societies transform from authoritarian regimes to democracy, and how they reckon with the atrocities of the past. In the first part of the course, the theoretical framework is defined and a set of questions is formulated. In the second part of the course (weeks 7th to 15th), transition processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia in the aftermath of the most recent ethnic conflict are analyzed as case studies.

 

SBU2602 Politics and Cinema (EN)

The course aims to analyze the major currents in the history of cinema and their socio-political backgrounds.

 

SBU4301 War and Conflict in International Relations (EN)

The course aims to inform students on the causes and consequences of war and conflict in the international system. Theories of war and conflict, causes of war and conflict, causes of international peace and new threats to international security are among the topics that are covered in this course.

 

ITB3560 Political Philosophy (TR)

In this elective course, supplementary to the Political Theory course, the aim is to search for answers to such questions: What is the source of sovereignty? How are the relations of individuals to the community configured? What should be the common values of a political community? What are/should be the rights of individuals? How to define justice, equality, and freedom, how are these principles realized in the administration of the community?

   

SBU2711 Contemporary Political Culture (TR)

The aim of this course is to consider the social and political theories of the 20th century from an inter-disciplinary perspective, as also emphasized by those theories. In this context, beginning with the critical studies of the Frankfurt School, the major aim of the course is to address those approaches called as “postmodern”. After focusing on the definitions of “modern” and “postmodern”, the works of Foucault, Baudrillard, and Jameson will be scrutinized, and some major fields of the postmodern culture industry will be reviewed.

 

SBU4012 Theories of Nationalism (TR)

The course will critically analyze the phenomenon of nationalism, and in parallel, the works dealing with the concepts of nation and nation-state. Due to the wide range of research in this field, the first part of the course will cover the paradigms on which the studies of nationalism depend, by reviewing scholars and works that are representative of each paradigm. In the second part of the course, the focus will be on the relationship between nationalism and other concepts and phenomena, such as political identity, liberalism, gender, multiculturalism, etc.  

 

SBU4502 Current Issues in Turkish Politics (TR)

The course aims to help students develop critical and methodological skills in the major and current issues of Turkish politics. For that aim, the course covers, from a historical perspective, topics such as civil-military relations, political Islam, social movements, “the Kurdish question”, and integration with the European Union.

 

SBU3122 Media and Politics (TR)

The aim of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and theoretical tools required for a methodological analysis of the media-politics relationship. The topics covered in the course include the evolution of the media in Turkey and the world, property issues in the media, television and political journalism, the press and political journalism in Turkey, political journalism in the West, and internet and politics.

 

SBU2641-SBU2642 New Perspectives on Turkish Foreign Policy I-II (EN)

The course aims to analyze the current developments in Turkish foreign policy on systemic, regional and international levels, and from a historical perspective.