PSI 104 POLITICAL SCIENCE II
(2015-2016 Fall Semester)
Prof. Dr. Tanel Demirel
Department of Political Science and International Relations
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.
PSI 104 supplements PSI 103 (Political Science I).
You MUST READ “Course Summary for PSI 104” which you can find in photocopy room. Its Turkish translation is also available there. Apart from that, there is no single textbook to be advised; If you were to follow only one textbook it should be Andrew Heywood, Politics, 3. edition New York, Palgrave, 2007. (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, 12. edition (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1997) (JA 71.P625) Gökhan AtÄ±lgan and E. Attila Aytekin’s Siyaset Bilimi –Kavramlar, Ä°deolojiler, Disiplinler ArasÄ± Ä°liÅkiler is a very useful book.
There will be one mid-term (35 p) a final exam (65 p).
Political Ideologies (7 weeks)
Governance in Democratic Regimes I: Institutions (4 weeks)
Parliamentary and Presidential Systems
Unitary State vs Federal State
Political Parties and Party Systems
Governance in Democratic Regimes II: Processes (2 weeks)
Interest Groups & Civil Society
Media and Public Opinion
Controlling Military and Civil Bureaucracy