PSI 104 POLITICAL SCIENCE II

(2015-2016 Fall Semester)

 

                                                                  Prof. Dr. Tanel Demirel

Department of Political Science and International Relations

                                                                  Çankaya University

 

         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). 

 

        

COURSE MATERIAL

 

         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 Atılgan and E. Attila Aytekin’s Siyaset Bilimi –Kavramlar, Ä°deolojiler, Disiplinler Arası Ä°lişkiler is a very useful book. 

 

 

COURSE EVALUATION

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         COURSE OUTLINE

 

  1. Political Ideologies                                             (7 weeks)

                       Liberalism

                       Socialism

                       Conservatism

                       Feminism

                       Environmentalism

                       Authoritarian Ideologies

     

  2. Governance in Democratic Regimes I: Institutions (4 weeks)

                       Legislature

                       Executive

    Judiciary

                       Parliamentary and Presidential Systems

    Unitary State vs Federal State

    Political Parties and Party Systems

                       Electoral Systems

     

  3. Governance in Democratic Regimes II: Processes   (2 weeks)

                       Interest Groups & Civil Society

                       Media and Public Opinion

                       Controlling Military and Civil Bureaucracy