COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Introduction to Political Science
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 207
Fall
3
0
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts and key issues of the academic discipline of political science.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to explain basic concepts of discipline of political science and international relations.
  • Will be able to explain state formation process and different types of states.
  • Will be able to identify the basic concepts, leading thinkers, and similarities and differences of contemporary ideologies; liberalism, conservatism, socialism and fascism.
  • Will be able to identify the concept of democracy and compare models of democracy.
  • Will be able to compare different kinds of political parties and party systems
  • Will be able to different kinds of electoral systems.
  • Will be able to compare presidential and parlimentary systems.
Course Content The course explores main subjects; the meanings of concepts of politics, power, legitimacy and authority; the emergence of modern state; nationalism; modern political ideologies; different government styles such as democracy and authoritarianism; political culture; organization ad mechanisms of legislative and executive branches; political parties and interest groups.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Presentation and an overview of the course
2 Basic Concepts of Political Science: Politics,Power,Authority,Legitimacy,Sovereignity A.Heywood, Politics, New York: Palgrave, 2013. Ch. 1
3 Emergence of Modern State and State Types Heywood, Ch. 3
4 Contemporary Political Ideologies: Liberalism Heywood, Ch.2
5 Contemporary Political Ideologies: Conservatism, Socialism Heywood, Ch.2
6 I.Midterm Exam
7 Contemporary Political Ideologies: Fascism Heywood,Ch.2
8 Democracy and Models of Democracy Heywood, Ch.4
9 Election Systems Heywood, Ch.9
10 Political Parties and Party Systems Heywood, Ch. 10
11 2.Midterm Exam
12 Machinery of Government: Legislature Heywood,Ch.14
13 Machinery of Government: Legislature and Executives Heywood, Ch. 13
14 Summation of the Semester
15 Summation of the Semester
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks Above mentioned book chapters, PowerPoint presentations
References ACADEMIC HONESTY: Honesty and trust are the most fundamental pillars of learning and are necessary foundation for success and academic freedom in a university. Hence, any behavior that jeopardizes the learning environment by violating the rules of academic honesty will not be tolerated or condoned: Violations of academic honesty include but are not limited to: Cheating or facilitating cheating • looking or attempting to look at another student's answers or allowing others to copy one's answers, • copying other student’s in-class or take-home exam answers or letting others use take-home exam answers, • using "cheat sheet," pre-programmed calculator if not allowed by the instructor, • having someone else prepare the term project or homework or letting others use one’s homework/term project/paper, • Assistance of another person in preparation of a tem paper/homework/project if not allowed by the instructor, • Taking an exam for another student, • Purchasing term projects or homework or other assignments, • Signing in place of another student using their name/signature/student id number, Plagiarism • showing the work of another as one's own, • Not properly citing an earlier own work, • Submitting the same homework/paper/term project in one more one course if not allowed by the instructor, • Inaccurately or inadequately citing sources including those from the Internet, Violations of academic honesty can result in disciplinary action, as stated in the "Student Disciplinary Rules and Regulation" of the University. http://www.ieu.edu.tr/en/bylaws/type/read/id/13 and http://kariyer.ieu.edu.tr/en/bylaws/type/read/id/81 By enrolling in the University, each student is assumed to have read the rules and regulations regarding academic dishonesty, and lack of knowledge of this policy is not an acceptable defense.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
15
Presentation / Jury
1
15
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
40
Final / Oral Exam
1
20
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
5
80
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
20
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
Presentation / Jury
1
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
25
Final / Oral Exam
1
35
    Total
165

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To solve problems, to have analytical and holistic viewpoint and to develop strategic thinking as a principle in the field of law X
2 It is aimed to graduate students whom are able to critique what they have already learn in the field of law, adopting lifelong learning and continuously developing themselves X
3 It is aimed to graduate students whom are able to analyze and interpret their academic knowledge and express their solutions regarding legal problems both oral and written X
4 It is aimed to graduate students whom are able to understand the legal concepts and ideas in both national and multinational settings and practice cross disciplinary and comparative analysis X
5 To be aware of principles of social, occupational, and legal ethics X
6 To create solutions with creative and innovative motives when coming across with unexpected legal situations, and be able to apply the academic gain during new and unconventional occasions X
7 Acquiring leadership qualifications and applying them successfully X
8 Working efficiently and effectively, learning how to be a team member, taking responsibilities, being open minded, constructive, vulnerable to criticism and having self confidence X
9 To be able to reach the latest scientific resources, court decisions and other sources of law and be able to transfer the academic knowledge to real life with both national and international thinking X
10 To know and act according to the social, scientific and ethical values under any circumstances such as data collection, interpretation, announcing and practicing regarding legal, social and political progress X
11 To be able to use a foreign language as fluent as possible for both pursuing the legal information and court decisions and developing proper communication with colleagues from other countries, ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1) X
12 Above average in both written and spoken of a second foreign language X
13 Able to use computer programs and technology to an adequate level required by the field of law ("European Computer Driving License", Advanced Level") X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest