History of Political Thought

Course Code: 
PSIR 201
Course Period: 
Spring
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
3
Application: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
6
Course Language: 
İngilizce
Course Objectives: 
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the classical texts and themes of political thought.
Course Content: 

The course concentrates upon the ideas and approaches of great thinkers in order to provide a theoretical framework for grasping the concepts related to political thought.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Discussion, 6: Group Work, 8: Oral presentation
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, B: Homework, C: Oral presentation, D: Discussion

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Program

Learning Outcomes

Teaching Methods

Assessment Methods

Students will identify the main issues of political thought.

1,4,5,8,12

1,2,6,8

A,C

Students will classify theories on the main topics of political science such as justice, society and state.

1,4,5,8,12

1,2

A

Students will be able to analyze different discussions of state-society relationship.

1,4,5,8,12

1,2

A,D

Students will be able to compare visions of different eras such as the Antiquity and the Enlightenment.

1,4,5,8,12

1,2

A,D

Students shall be able to evaluate the evolution of political thought on human nature.

1,4,5,8,12

1,2

A,D

Students shall be able to assess theories of state formation.

1,4,5,8,12

1,2

A,D

 

Course Flow

Week

Topics

Study Materials

1

Meeting and introduction of the course.

 

2

Ancient Greek Political System and Thought I: Plato The Republic

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

3

Ancient Greek Political System and Thought II

Aristotle Politics

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

4

Medieval Islamic Philosophy

Ibn Khaldun The Muqaddimah

Related sections of The Muqaddimah

5

Christian Philosophy

St. Augustine City of God

Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

6

Assessment of the influence of Ancient Greeks on Christian and Islamic philosophy.

Discussion of ‘ideal state’

 

7

Midterm Exam

 

8

Renaissance I

Machiavelli The Prince

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

9

Renaissance II

Thomas Hobbes Leviathan

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

10

Enlightenment I

John Locke Two Treatises of Government

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

11

Enlightenment II

Jean Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

12

Discussion of Social Contract Theories

Comparison of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

13

Industrialisation and the Modern Era I

John Stuart Mill On Liberty

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

14

Industrialisation and the Modern Era II

Karl Marx & Friedrick Engels  The Communist Manifesto

Related sections of Ebenstein & Ebenstein

15

Concluding discussions

 
 

Recommended Sources

Textbook

Ebenstein, W.; Ebenstein, A. (2000) (6th ed.) Great Political Thinkers: Plato to the Present, US: Wadsworth.

Additional Resources

Haldun, Ibn (2009) (6th ed.) Mukaddime: 1, İstanbul: Dergâh Yayınları

Tunçay, M. (2008) (2nd ed.) Batı’da Siyasal Düşünceler Tarihi, Istanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları (Relevant parts of the three volumes).

Sabine, G. (1973) A History of Political Theory, Illinois: Dreyden Press.

 

Material Sharing

Documents

 

Assignments

Group presentation on one of the political philisophers covered in the course content.

Exams

Midterm and final essays taken in the classroom

 

Assessment

IN-TERM STUDIES

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

Mid-terms

1

40

Participation and Presentations

1

10

     

Total

 

100

CONTRIBUTION OF FINAL EXAMINATION TO OVERALL GRADE

 

50

CONTRIBUTION OF IN-TERM STUDIES TO OVERALL GRADE

 

50

Total

 

100

 

 

COURSE CATEGORY

Expertise/Field Courses

 

Course’s Contribution to Program

No

Program Learning Outcomes

Contribution

1

2

3

4

5

 

When students have completed the Public Administration Undergraduate Program, they will be able to;

 

 

 

 

 

1

understand and have universal principles of public administration as well as gain knowledge of the structure and process of Turkish Public Administration,

 

 

 

 

X

2

gain knowledge of superiority of law and believe in universal principles of law and also know Turkish legal System,

 

 

X

 

 

3

behave environmentally sensitive and responsible and develop public policies on this issue,

 

 

 

 

X

4

understand the importance of Atatürk thought  within the guidance of science

 

X

 

 

 

5

be executive and administrative candidates who know well Turkish socio-politic history and structure,

 

 

X

 

 

6

integrate technological developments and implement technology in an efficient and effective manner in both public and private sectors,

X

 

 

 

 

7

improve communication and leadership skills,

 

 

X

 

 

8

improve ability of expressing in English and Turkish,

 

 

 

 

X

9

gain knowledge of EU legislation (acquis communataire),

 

 

 

 

X

10

appraise global and regional developments,

 

 

X

 

 

11

realize / recognize the importance of art,

 

 

 

X

 

12

prepare their career also in private sector - apart from government executives,  as such the flexibility of the program and on the facilities of double major and minor,

 

X

 

 

 

13

compare and select the professional opportunities in the field related to the international relations and administrative law.  

X

 

 

 

 

 

ECTS

Activities

Quantity

Duration
(Hour)

Total
Workload
(Hour)

Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours)

16

3

48

Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice)

16

3

48

Mid-terms

1

8

8

Homework

1

8

8

Final examination

1

10

10

Total Work Load

 

 

122

Total Work Load / 25 (h)

 

 

4,88

ECTS Credit of the Course

 

 

5