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PS 112 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 1

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3

The course deals with political change, modernization and Westernization as well as the relationship between urbanization and modernization. Topics like social institutions, religion, family, society, gender and class conflict are also touched in relation to social relation.

Recommended Reading:

  • Introduction to Sociology, Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, and William A. Joseph, 4th edition, 2006.
  • Modernization, Cultural Change, and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence, Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Political Development in Emerging Countries, Howard J. Wiarda, Wadsworth Publishing, 2003.

PS 201 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 2

Semester: Fall

Credits: 3

Nature and methodology of political science, basic concepts, political institutions and political behavior, political parties and pressure groups, political participation, elections and voting behavior, state and bureaucracy.

Recommended Reading:

  • Andrew Heywood, Politics, 3rd Edition, Palgrave Foundation, 2007.
  • Politics, Andrew Heywood, New York, Palgrave, 2002.
  • Political Science: a Comparative Introduction, Rod Hague and Martin Harrop, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
  • Political Theory: An Introduction, Andrew Heywood, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
  • The Human Polity: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science, Kay Lawson, Boston & New York, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.

PS 238 RESEARCH METHODS

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 2

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3

Introduction to theory-oriented research in social science. Research problems, research designs, qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques, data processing, data analysis. Interpretation of social science data with special emphasis on quantitative methods, and report writing on the basis of data analysis and findings.

Recommended Reading:

  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences, Bridget Somekh and Cathy Lewin, Sage Publications Ltd., 2004.
  • Aviation Social Science: Research Methods in Practice, Mark W. Wiggins and Catherine Stevens, Ashgate Publishing, 1999.
  • Need to Know: Social Science Research Methods, Lisa J. McIntyre, McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages, 2003.
  • Essentials of Research Methods: A Guide to Social Science Research, Janet M. Ruane, Blackwell Publishing Incorporated, 2004.

 

PS 311 COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 3

Semester: Fall

Credits: 3

Similarities and differences between various political systems. State-society relations, parliaments and governments, democratic institutions, policy making processes, political parties and party systems, electoral systems, central-local relations and political culture. A comparative survey of various Western, non-Western, democratic and authoritarian systems.

Recommended Reading:

  • Comparative Politics: A Global Introduction, Michael J. Sodaro, Dean Walter Collinwood, McGraw-Hill Companies, 2004.
  • Comparative Politics: A Theoretical Framework, Gabriel A. Almond, and Bingham G. Powell, Longman, 4 edition, 2003.
  • The Global Resurgence of Democracy, Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 edition, 1996.
  • Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe, Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.

PS 343 SOCIAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 3

Semester: Fall

Credits: 3

Classical and contemporary theories of development; modernity and modernization; growth and development indicators; political economy of development; management of development; development plans; alternative models of development; sustainable development and the role of civil society; social dimension of development; main problems of economic development and structural change.

Recommended Reading:

  • The Companion to Development Studies, Vandana Desai and Robert B. Potter, A Hodder Arnold Publication, 2002.
  • Theories of Development, Richard Peet and Elaine Hartwick, The Guilford Press, 1999.
  • A Radical History of Development Studies: Individuals, Institutions and Ideologies, Uma Kothari, Zed Boks, 2005.
  • Case Studies in Economic Development, Stephen C. Smith and Addison Wesley, 2 edition, 1996.

PS 324  POLITICAL PARTIES AND VOTING BEHAVIOR

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 3

Semester: Fall

Credits: 3

An analysis of the development of democracy with regards to political parties; propelling forces of democracy, political instiutions and basics of politics; various objects of politics and political participation through parties; plurality, the protection of minorities, election systems and evaluation of election results in a comparative approach; Continental European and Anglo-Saxon models, political parties and classes; political participation of women; political representation and legitimacy; right parties; left parties, ideologies. An assessment of the modern political parties and world conjuncture.

Recommended Reading:

  • Political Parties and Party Systems, Alan Ware, Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Political Parties and Political Systems: The Concept of Linkage Revisited, Andrea Rommele, David M. Farrell and Piero Ignazi, Praeger Publishers, 2005.
  • Political Parties and Party Systems, Moshe Maor, Routledge, 1997.
  • Representation and Party Politics: A Comparative Perspective, B. D. Graham, Blackwell Publishers, 1993.

PS 314 TURKISH POLITICS

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 3

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3

An evaluation of the state tradition in Turkey, understanding the relationship between the politics and society, problems of secularism, civil-military relations and democracy, transition to multiparty political system and its results as well as parliamentary model and political parties, political participation, interest groups and civil society.

Recommended Reading:

  • Turkish Dynamics: Bridge across Troubled Lands, Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • Designs for Democratic Stability: Studies in Viable Constitutionalism, Abdo I. Baaklini and Helen Desfosses, Armonk, New York, London, England, M. E. Sharpe, 1997.
  • Contemporary Turkish Politics: Challenges to Democratic Consolidation, Ergun Özbudun, Boulder, London, Lynne Reinner, 2000.
  • Turkey: Political, Social and Economic Challenges in the 1990s, Çiğdem Balım, Leiden, New York, Köln, E.J. Brill, 1995.

PS x27 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 3

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3

A study of antique Greek, Roman and Medieval political thinkers and their contribution to the modern political theory. Basics about the political theory and political mechanisms.

Recommended Reading:

  • Wooten, David, ed. 1996. Modern Political Thought: Readings from Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.

 

PS 401 PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 4

Semester: Fall

Credits: 3

Main principles of public policy; analysis of public policy making from a multidisciplinary perspective; policy analysis, urban management. Public policies concerning ageing, health, migration, urbanization, environmental protection and crime; problems and issues in policy implementation. Welfare state; new public management.

Recommended Reading:

  • An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making, Thomas A. Birkland, M.E. Sharpe, 2001.
  • Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, Michael E. Kraft and Scott R. Furlong, CQ Press, 2nd edition, 2006.
  • Public Policy: The Essential Readings, Stella Z. Theodoulou and Matthew A. Cahn, Prentice Hall, 1994.
  • Understanding Public Policy, Thomas R. Dye, Prentice Hall, 12 edition, 2007.

PS 328 CIVIL SOCIETY AND GOVERNANCE

Type of Course: Lecture

Year: 4

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3

The historical development of the concept of civil society; its philosophical and theoretical roots; contemporary debates on the concept; the functions and types of civil society organizations; variations among different countries; civil society and the state; civil society and central/local government; participatory democracy; civil society against strong state tradition in Turkey; consolidation of democracy and civil society; developments after 1980s; diversity in civil society.

Recommended Reading:

  • Civil Society and Democracy: A Reader, Carolyn M. Elliott, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Civil Society, Democracy, and Civic Renewal, Robert K. Fullinwider, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999.
  • Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace, Douglas Schuler and Peter Day, The MIT Pres, 2004.
  • NGOs and Civil Society: Democracy by Proxy?, Ann C. Hudock, Polity Press, 1999.

Elective Courses

PS X53 Gender and Politics

Study of politics through the lens of gender. Concepts and conceptualizations of patriarchy, gender, femininity, masculinity, sexuality, power and politics. The social construction of gender and its reflection on politics. Political system, participation, governance and citizenship issues. An examination of the status of women.

Suggested Readings:

  • Gender and Power: Society, the Person and Sexual Politics, R.W. Connell, Cambridge Polity Press, 1987.
  • Gender and Nation, N. Yuval-Davis, Sage, 1997.
  • Women, Gender, and Politics: A Reader, Mona Lena Krook (Editor), Sarah Childs (Editor), Oxford University Press, 2010.

POLS xxx State and Bureaucracy

Explaining the modern state and bureaucratic organization in the light of political theories that deal with the emergence of state and its development; modern state organization, types of states, regimes, bureaucracy and its historical development, classical and modern state and theories of bureaucracy, the relation between the politics and bureaucracy, state elites,  main principles of state administration, E-Government, E-Bureaucracy, Globalization.

Suggested Readings:

  • Bureaucracy in a Democratic State: A Governance Perspective, Kenneth J. Meier, J. Laurence, and Jr. O'Toole, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
  • The State: Theories and Issues, Colin Hay, David Marsh and Michael Lister, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • The Nature and Development of the Modern State, Graeme Gill, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
  • Politics and the Bureaucracy, Kenneth J. Meier and John Bohte, Wadsworth Publishing, 5 edition, 2006.

 

PS xxx Political Institutions and Culture

 

Analysis of the shaping of political institutions and political culture; Cultural processes; Cultural patterns; Contemporary theories of political culture; Developments and changes in the world; the effects of population, family, socio-economic indicators and urbanization on politics; Universalism and localism; multiculturalism and new political projects.

Suggested Readings:

  • An Introduction to Politics and Political Behavior: Culture, Institutions, and the Individual, Oliv Woshinsky,  Routledge, 2006.
  • Comparative Political Culture in the Age of Globalization, Hwa Yol Jung, Lexington Books, 2002.
  • Cultural Theory: Political Cultures, Michael Thompson, Richard Ellis and Aaron Wildavsky, Westview Press, 1990.
  • Political Institutions: Democracy and Social Choice, Joseph Colomer, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • The Interpretation Of Cultures, Clifford Geertz, Basic Books, 1977.
  • Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress, Lawrence H. Harrison, Samuel P. Huntington, Basic Books, 2001.
  • Cultures and Organizations: Software for the Mind, Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, Michael Minkov, Mc Graw Hill, 3rd Edition, 2010.
    • The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations,Gabriel Abraham Almond, Dr. Sidney Verba, Sage Publications, 1989.
    • Organizational Culture and Leadership, Edgar H. Schein, Jossey Bass, 2010.

     

    PS x56 Women and Gender Studies

    Questions of equality and inequality. Philosophical roots of feminism. The role of women and gender in politics. Conditions of women globally. Parameters of developmental and economic issues. Female participation in democracy and politics. Comparative analysis of women in democratic and non-democratic governments.

    Suggested Readings:

    • An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World, Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, McGraw-Hill, 2005.
    • Women and Politics in a Global World, Sarah Henderson, Alana Jeydel, Oxford University Press, 2008.
    • Women, Politics, and Power: A Global Perspective, Pamela M. Paxton, Dr. Melanie M Hughes, Fine Forge Press, 2007.
    • Women and Politics: The Pursuit of Equality,Lynne E. Ford, Wadsworth Publishing, 2010.

    PS 337 Political Sociology

    Social formation of the modern state. The effect of social inequality among groups on politics. The impact of social movements and trends outside of formal institutions on politics; power in small groups. Major social trends and their implications.

     

    Suggested Readings:

    • Introduction to Political Sociology, Anthony M. Orum, Prentice Hall, 4 edition, 2000.
    • Power, State and Society: An Introduction to Political Sociology, William Lawrence Neuman, McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages, 2004.
    • Inequality, Power, and Development: Issues in Political Sociology, Jerry Kloby, Humanity Boks, 2nd edition, 2003.

    PS 347 Political Change and Modernization

    Concepts of political change, modernization and Westernization. The relation between modernization and Westernization; different responses to modernization efforts (rejectionism, Kemalism, reformism). Problems facing political change (Central and Eastern Europe, Japan, Turkey). Europeanization and political change in Turkey.

     

    Suggested Readings:

    • Modernization, Cultural Change, and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence, Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
    • Understanding Third World Politics: Theories of Political Change and Development, Brian C. Smith, Indiana University Press, 2nd edition, 2003.
    • Introduction to Politics of the Developing World: Political Challenges and Changing Agendas, Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, and William A. Joseph, 4th edition, 2006.
    • Political Development in Emerging Countries, Howard J. Wiarda, Wadsworth Publishing, 2003.

     

    PS 355 Political Ideologies

    A general approach to the main schools of thought including liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, fascism, feminism, environmentalism  and some other contemporary ideologies.

    Suggested Readings:

    • Political Ideologies: An Introduction, Andrew Heywood, third edition, London, Macmillan Press Ltd, 2003.
    • Political Ideologies: Their Origins and Impacts, Leon P. Baradat, 9th edition, New Jersey, Pearson Education Inc., 2006.
    • Modern Political Ideologies, Andrew Vincent, 2nd edition, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
    • Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, Terence Ball and Richard Dagger, fifth edition, New York, Pearson Education Inc., 2004.

     

     

    PS 356 Interest Groups and Politics

     

    Typologies and functions of political parties; Electoral systems; Political participation; Concept of depoliticization; Political regimes and political participation; Structure of political power; Government-opposition relations; Analysis of the relationship between politics and interest competition; Types of interest groups; Examples of interest groups from the experiences of other countries; Lobbying activities; Lobbying types (religious and ethnical interest groups, etc.); Economic face of politics; Class structures; Relations of interest groups with politics.

    Suggested Readings:

    • Interest Group Politics, Allan J. Cigler and Burdett A. Loomis, CQ Press, 6th edition, 2002.
    • Linking Citizens to Government: Interest Group Politics at Common Cause, Lawrence S. Rothenberg, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
    • Antitrust Policy and Interest-Group Politics, William F. Shughart, Quorum Boks, 1990.
    • Analyzing Interest Groups: Group Influence on People and Politics Scott H. Ainsworth, W. W. Norton & Company, 1st edition, 2002.

     

    PS 358 Public Opinion and Political Communication

    The mechanisms that shape the public opinion, the effect of public opinion on politics, public opinion and policy-making, lobbying activities, the relationship between media and politics.

    Suggested Readings:

    • Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, Russell J. Dalton, CQ Press; 2005
    • Making Democracy Work, Robert D. Putnam, Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Y. Nanetti, Princeton University Press, 1994.
    • Public Opinion, Party Competition, and the European Union in Post-Communist Europe, Robert Rohrschneider and Stephen Whitefield, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
    • Public Opinion, Walter Lippmann, Free Press, Reissue edition, 1997.

    PS 462 Political Theory

    Examination of ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval political thinkers, the analysis of their major contributions to the development of modern political theory. The essence and nature of concepts and themes related with political theories.

    Suggested Readings:

    • Political Theory: A Thematic Inquiry, James L. Wiser, Chicago, Nelson-Hall Inc. Publishers, 1987.
    • Inventors of Ideas: An Introduction to Western Political Philosophy, Donald G. Tannenbaum and David Schultz, New York, St. Martin’s Press Inc., 1998.
    • Political Thought: A Guide to Classics, Laurie M. Bagby, Belmont, Wadsworth Thomson Learning, 2002.
    • Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, David Miller, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003.

    PS 437 Political Parties and Public Opinion

    Typologies and functions of political parties; Electoral systems; Political participation; Concept of depoliticization; Political regimes and political participation; Structure of political power; Government-opposition relations; The mechanisms that shape the public opinion; the effect of public opinion on politics; public opinion and policy-making; lobbying activities.

     

    Suggested Readings:

    • Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, Russell J. Dalton, CQ Press; 2005
    • Making Democracy Work, Robert D. Putnam, Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Y. Nanetti, Princeton University Press, 1994.
    • Public Opinion, Party Competition, and the European Union in Post-Communist Europe, Robert Rohrschneider and Stephen Whitefield, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
    • Public Opinion, Walter Lippmann, Free Press, Reissue edition, 1997.

     

    PS 455 Civil Society in Turkey

    The historical development of the concept of civil society; its philosophical and theoretical roots; contemporary debates on the concept; the functions and types of civil society organizations; variations among different countries; civil society and the state; civil society and central/local government; participatory democracy; civil society against strong state tradition in Turkey; consolidation of democracy and civil society; developments after 1980s; diversity in civil society.

    Suggested Readings:

    • Studies on Turkish Politics and Society: Selected Articles and Essays, Kemal H. Karpat, Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.
    • Civil Society in the Muslim World: Contemporary Perspectives, Amyn B. Sajoo, Institute for Ismaili Studies, 2004.
    • Civil Society in the Middle East, Agustus Richard Norton, Brill Academic Publishers, 2005.
    • Religion, Society, and Modernity in Turkey, Serif Mardin, Syracuse University Press, 2006.

    PS 459 Local Governments

    The principle of subsidiarity; functions of local government; good governance in local authorities; central-local relations; local government experiences of unitary and central states; the historical development of local government in Turkey;  the political and legal structure of local government in Turkey; local government reform agenda in the context of European Union membership process.

     

    Suggested Readings:

    • State And Local Government, Ann O'm Bowman and Richard C. Kearney, Houghton Mifflin Company, 6th edition, 2005.
    • Municipalities and Community Participation: A Sourcebook for Capacity Building, Jannelle Plummer, Earthscan, 2001.
    • State and Local Politics: Government by the People, David Magleby, David O'Brien,  Paul Light, James MacGregor Burns and J. W. Peltason, Prentice Hall, 12 edition, 2006.
    • State and Local Government: The Essentials, Ann Bowman and Richard C. Kearney, Houghton Mifflin Company, 3rd edition, 2006)

     

    PS 416 Democracy and Citizenship

    It focuses on the term citizenship, its historical development and the role of citizens in politics, especially in democratic regimes, rights and duties of citizens and political participation.

     

    Suggested Readings:

    • Mobilizing for Democracy: Citizen Action and the Politics of Public Participation (Claiming Citizenship: Rights, Participation, Accountability), Vera Schatten Coelho (Editor), Bettina von Lieres (Editor), Zed Books, 2010.
    • Democracy, Education, and Multiculturalism: Dilemmas of Citizenship in a Global World, Carlos Alberto Torres,  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1998.

    PS 428 Globalization and Politics

    New forms and methods of politics in a globalizing world; theories of modernity and post-modernity; current theoretical debates (risk society, clash of civilizations, new world order, end of history, end of ideologies, equality and difference, multiculturalism), new social movements; idendity politics; post-Cold War politics.

    Suggested Readings:

    • The Politics of Globalization: A Reader, Mark Kesselman, Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
    • The Politics of Globalization, Mark R. Brawley, Broadview Press, 2002.
    • Globalization and Its Discontents, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Academic Internet Publishers, Inc., 2006.
    • Globalization: A Very Short Introduction, Manfred B. Steger, Oxford University Press, USA, 2003.

    PS 452 Human Rights

    Theoretical and philosophical background of human rights; human rights in state-society-individual relations; the concept of citizenship; international organizations;  European Convention on Human Rights; European Court of Human Rights; individual rights and freedoms; rights of women, children, minorities and asylum seekers; liberal, feminist, socialist, multi-culturalist doctrines in human rights; historical development of human rights in Turkey.

     

    Suggested Readings:

    • Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Jack Donnelly, Cornell University Press, 2nd edition, 2002.
    • The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era, Micheline Ishay, University of California Press, 2004.
    • International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals, Henry Steiner and Philip Alston, Oxford University Press, USA, 2 edition, 2000.
    • International Human Rights, Jack Donnelly, Westview Press, 3rd edition, 2006.

     

    PS 458 Seminar in Political Science

    Exploring changes in political science; analyzing various approaches to these changes; informing on theoretical or applied topics.

    Suggested Readings:

    • Theory and Methods in Political Science, David Marsh and Gerry Stoker, Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2002.
    • Turkish Democracy Today: Elections, Protest and Stability in an Islamic Society, Ersin Kalaycioglu and Ali Carkoglu, I. B. Tauris, 2007.
    • Turkey's New World: Changing Dynamics in Turkish Foreign Policy, Alan Makovsky and Sabri Sayari, Washington Institute for Near Eastern Studies, 2000.
    • Political Science, Robert A Heineman, McGraw-Hill, 1995.