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POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science

(3-0)6

Definitions of politics, political ideologies, theories of state, direct and representative democracy, electoral systems, voting behavior, political parties and party systems, political regimes, branches of the government, parliamentary and presidential systems, federal and unitary systems, political identity, nationalism, globalization.

POLS 102 Public Administration

(3-0)6

Course content is as follows:

a)    the fundamental concepts (bureaucracy, government, administration, management, etc.) and definition of public administration

b)    main debates of public administration discipline (politics-administration dichotomy, public administration as an art or science, administration vs management, etc.)

c)     main approaches (Weberian, Marxian, etc.) to bureaucracy

paradigmatic changes in organizational theory (classical, neo-classical, modern, neo-modern and post-modern public administration, etc.)

POLS 200 Ethics in Social Sciences

(2-0)2

An introduction to ethics theory, ethics and academic writings, ethics and politics, ethics and public administration, ethical foreign policy and diplomacy, ethics and sociology, ethics in field research.

POLS 201 Classical Political Theory

(3-0)5

An introduction to political thought, the theory of City-State and Greek philosophy, the theory of universal community and medieval christianity,

the theory of national state.

POLS 202 Contemporary Political Theory

(3-0)6

Overview of central questions and philosophers in contemporary political theory; the growth of the political forms of modernity: e.g., the state, the nation, the public sphere, democracy, human rights, freedom and liberty.

 

POLS 204 Public Finance

(3-0)5

Basic concepts in public finance; Government functions in Economy; Equity, income distribution and Economic systems; Public goods, externalities and market failure; Public choice and the Political Process; Public Expenditures and revenues; Taxation-basic elements and principles; Taxation (income, sales and consumption, wealth and prosperity); The Administration of Finance & Budget Process in Turkey; Financial Reform in Turkey

POLS 205 Administrative System in Turkey

(3-0)5

Constitutional, political and administrative principles of public administration in Turkey (unitary state and unitary of administration, centralization, administrative tutelage, etc.) will be explained and the administrative structure of Turkish Republic will be analysed. In this context, the structural and functional constitution of the central organization of administrative system and the interrelationship of these organizations (presidency, prime-ministry, ministries, development agencies, regulatory bodies, etc.) will be covered.

POLS 206 Comparative Politics

(3-0)5

Comparative method, comparative perspectives on the state, democratic and non-democratic political regimes, political identity, religion and politics, collective action, political violence, gender and politics, political economy of development and re-distribution, globalization.

POLS 301 Politics in Turkey

(3-0)5

The cultural context of Turkish politics; political system and institutional structures, events and developments that shape Turkish political life; historical overview of Turkish political life.

POLS 302 Political Parties and Electoral Systems

(3-0)6

Development and types of political parties, the study of electoral systems,  the consequences of electoral systems, the politics of electoral system design, party-systems in Western democracies.

POLS 304 Contemporary Political Issues in Turkey

(3-0)6

The development since 2002; influence of the military in politics; emergence of Turkish nationalism and identity; ethnic minority problems; urbanization; women in politics; legislative-executive relations; civil society.

POLS 312 Literature and Politics

(3-0)5

Rethinking literature, nation-building and national identity; literature as an arena of political contest; literature and the idea of West-East synthesis; People and the role of the ‘intellectual,’ resisting tradition or oppositional politics? Islam and Turkish literature; reading emergence and development or Turkish Republic through literary works.

POLS 321 Democratic Theory

(3-0)5

Definition of “demos”; direct democracy and modern representative democracy; relationship between democracy and classical liberalism with its commitment to individual rights and parliamentary debates; different models of democracy; major debates on democratic consolidation; Turkey and democratization.

POLS 322 Citizenship

(3-0)5

 Compare and contrast different definitions of citizenship, comparative-historical analysis of the evolution of the notion of citizenship from ancient and medieval times to the present, competing theories of citizenship including liberal, pluralist, social democratic, communitarian, feminist and post-modern schools of thought, contemporary debates regarding problems of multiculturalism, gender, nation-state and universal citizenship.

POLS 323 Theories of Justice

(3-0)5

Comparative analysis of contending theories of justice including utilitarianism and varieties of liberalism and libertarianism; critical and historical surveys of the notion of human rights and their political implications, discussion of individual and group rights, multiculturalism, and gender issues, comprensive analysis of the problems of global justice today.

 

POLS 324 Public Opinion and Media

(3-0)5

The role of media in shaping national and international politics; how the media frames and presents certain forms of ideas, ideologies, and perceptions on key issues in international relations such as terrorism, security, peace building, democracy, elections, human rights, development and sustainability; definition of public opinion, public opinion methods, public opinion and polls, media freedom, media and the public sphere, popular culture and the media, media and gender, impact of the media on political attitudes and behaviors; change in the interplay between the media and politics with the rise of the internet media as well as cyber-networks and campaigns, press and broadcasting in Turkey.

POLS 341 Labour Market Policies

(3-0)5

The birth of free labor, working time and leisure time, labor processes from Taylorism to flexible production, immigration and labor markets, debates on bonded labor, working classes, women and the labor market, people with disabilities and the labor market, informality, changing dynamics of female employment, trade unions in the age of globalisation, workfare policies, labor protection in the age of globalization.

POLS 342 Education Policies

(3-0)5

Education in classical political theory texts, the emergence of national education, historical relationship between capitalism and education, well-known critical theory approaches to education, education as a means towards the consolidation of democratic citizenship, education as a means towards social change, policy making in the domain of education, policy implementation and impact in the domain of education, economic approaches to education, values and culture in education policy, critical approaches to education policy, ideology and curriculum wars, micro-politics of education and globalisation and its impacts on education policy.

POLS 344 Globalization and Public Administration

(3-0)5

Crisis of 1970s and the fall of the Keynesian welfare state, neo-liberalism and the new right; discovery of the theme ‘governance’, policies and reports of the World Bank, administrative reform period,  structural adjustment policies (SAPs), privatisation.

POLS 361 Comparative Politics of Industrialized Countries

(3-0)5

Theories of political development; political and economic institutions and features of United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Scandinavia, Japan, Russia; policy issues including immigration, inequality, security.

POLS 362 Comparative Politics of Industrializing Countries

(3-0)5

The notions of development and underdevelopment, institutional approaches to development, geographic approaches to development, modernization theory and its critics, colonialism and its legacy, dependency and world-system theories, democratization, authoritarian development, civil conflicts and development, natural resources and development, globalization and development, foreign aid, trade.

POLS 363 Political Violence and Civil Wars

(3-0)5

Contending definitions of political violence, civil war and terrorism; survey of major schools of thought on the causes of political violence including socio-economic, psychological, and rationalist theories, comparative-historical analysis of civil war; major examples of civil conflict and genocide around the globe; causes and dynamics of domestic and international terrorism and related forms of political violence.

POLS 364 Comparative Welfare Systems

(3-0)5

Political and historical foundations of welfare states, citizenship and its relationship with welfare states, approaches to welfare states from the left, approaches to welfare states from the right, welfare regimes approach and typologies of welfare regimes, welfare states in developing country contexts, critique of actually existing welfare states from gender perspective, globalisation and its implications for welfare states, Europeanization and its impacts on welfare states, contemporary challenges to welfare states such as demographic and political challenges and future projections with respect to new forms that welfare states may possibly take.

POLS 365 Authoritarian Regimes

(3-0)5

Features of democracy and dictatorship, theories of authoritarian politics, subcategories of authoritarian regimes, causes facilitating authoritarianism, authoritarianism and political institutions, authoritarianism and elections.

POLS 401 Local Governments

(3-0)5

The theoretical debates such as decentralization and local governments, democracy and local governments; the concepts in local government studies: subsidiarity, local governance, localization and glocalization and regionalism and the practical – legal situation of local governments in Turkey such as local governments and the administrative structure, organization and operations of local governments, and the reform process in local governments: the EU and the supra-national actors.

POLS 403 State and Bureaucracy in Turkey

(3-0)6

Definitions of bureaucracy; major theories of bureaucracy including those of Max Weber and Karl Marx; historical and structural legacies of the Turkish administrative system; basics of bureaucratic administration in Turkish State; neo-liberal era and new public management; good governance and administrative reforms in Turkey; decentralization of administration and the growth of local self governance; changing dynamics of bureaucracy (military and  judiciary) in the age of globalization and Europeanization

POLS 404 State and Economy in Turkey

(3-0)5

Comparative-historical analysis of economic policies beginning with the statist economic policies in the early republican era; multi-party system and its economic policies; objectives, dynamics and problems of ISI, passage to export-oriented growth strategy; economic policy making in a globalized world; liberalization, privatization and other structural reforms; economic and financial crisies and their consequences; the Turkish Business environment; Turkey’s international economic relations, the processes of regionalization (specifically accession to the EU and increasing trade with the Middle East and North Africa) and their impact on Turkish economic organization.

 

POLS 421 Gender and Politics

(3-0)5

Introduction to gender and politics, gendering the study of politics, women and the right to vote, women’s movements and political parties, women and political parties, feminist and women’s movements, normative arguments for women’s representation, women’s descriptive and substantive representation, women, gender and the state, women, gender and public policies, domestic violence as a political issue, feminization of poverty, women and work, and gender and education.

POLS 423 Social Movements

(3-0)5

Classical social movements theory, social movements and democracy, concepts in social movements theory, logic of collective action theory and its critiques, protest, resource mobilization perspective, political opportunity structures, collective identity, framing approach, contention approach, policing of protests, and three case studies.

POLS 426 Theories and Practice of Nationalism

(3-0)5

Primordialism and its critiques; Modernist Approaches; Modernist Approach: Economic Transformation – “uneven development” or “internal colonialism”? Eric Hobsbawn and the ‘invention of tradition.’ Etno-Symbolism, Gender and Nationalism, ‘banal nationalism.’

POLS 442 Health Policies

(3-0)5

Introduction to health care policy and politics, social determinants of health, health care and the state, health care and capitalism, health care, values and economics, health care financing, national health systems, health system typologies, health care reform, governing health care, politics of health care, pharmaceutical politics, the politics of medical profession and future health systems.

POLS 443 Environmental Politics

(3-0)5

General theories of environmental commons management; environmental politics regimes; basic concepts in international environmental law; ideas, actors (green parties, epistemic communities, social movements, NGOs, international organizations), structures, and processes affecting global environmental politics; contemporary environmental issues including sustainable development, global climate change, biodiversity and forests.

POLS 445 Energy Politics

(3-0)5

Global energy outlook; energy security; energy and regime type; energy and economic development; energy as an instrument of foreign policy; energy as a source of conflict; climate change; unconventional sources of energy; nuclear energy; case studies (Russia, China, India, Europe, Turkey).

POLS 461 Advanced Topics in Turkish Politics and Society

(3-0)5

The topics and countries covered in the course vary with instructor. The content of the course will be announced prior to the beginning of the semester.

POLS 464 Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics

(3-0)5

The topics and countries covered in the course vary with instructor.