POLITICAL STUDIES

OVERVIEW

The program offers a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach that follows current developments in politics closely, incorporates universal points of discussion and research methods into its program, goes beyond narrow patterns. It helps them understand the phenomenon of politics from an analytical and critical point of view. It provides individuals who are open to innovation and change to society, assimilating the values of freedom and equality, linking local and global with private and universal values, environmentally sensitive, adhering to ethical values, creatively thinking. The program aims to be the center of critical thinking and knowledge production.

AUDIENCE

All undergraduate program graduates are accepted. Candidates who have completed their undergraduate studies outside the fields of Political Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Philosophy or Sociology are admitted to join one semester scientific preparation program depending on the decision taken by the program acceptance commission.

GRADUATES’WORKING AREAS

Graduates may work on political economics and political history; critical development and regionalism; science and environment; international relations and globalisation; political philosophy and theory; political communication and discourse; nationalism and identity, democracy and citizenship.

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES

Grasping and interpreting the interaction between the area of political studies and different disciplines and forming new types of knowledge by combining knowledge from the area and from various other disciplines

Assessing and using theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the area with a critical view, directing one’s own learning process; developing and intensifying knowledge in the related program’s area

Solving the problems faced in the area by making use of the research methods

Carrying out a study independently, developing new strategic approaches while taking responsibility, fulfilling the leadership role where and when it is required

Transmitting the latest developments and their own studies both to the area of political studies and other disciplines orally, written and visually

Evaluating and improving social relations and norms that direct those interactions with a critical approach and taking action to change them when it is required

Developing the capability to communicate verbal and written forms in a foreign language and the ability to use information and communication technologies required by political studies

Conducting independent study in the area of political studies by closely observing societal, scientific, cultural and ethical values, using the area knowledge and competency in problem solving in conducting interdisciplinary studies

Preparing an independent and original master thesis in political studies

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

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Please visit program website for more information: siyaset.itu.edu.tr

Executive Board
Doç. Dr. Aslı Öğüt Erbil (Program Coordinator)
Dr. Öğr.Üyesi Giovanni Mion
Dr. Öğr.Üyesi Gürcan Koçan

Erasmus Coordinator
Dr. Öğr.Üyesi Giovanni Mion

Academic Staff

Name Research Field
Dr. Öğr.ÜyesiGiovanni Mion Analytical Philosophy / Logic / Philosophy of Language
Prof. Dr. Gürcan Koçan Moral and Political Philosophy
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Aslı Çalkıvik Theories of International Relations / International Security
Doç. Dr. Aslı Öğüt Erbil Climate and Water Policy / Environmental Management / Urban & Local Politics
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Barry Stocker Ethics / Political Philosophy /Aesthetics / Continental Philosophy
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Elvan Gülöksüz Political Geography
Doç. Dr. Umut Uzer International Politics / Turkish Foreign Policy / Middle East Studies


 

​Courses

 

SYC 501E - Political Philosophy

This course introduces political philosophy by studying a selection of primary texts of the Ancient Greek and modern European philosophers like Plato, Aristotle; Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche and Rawls. Students will study classical texts of political philosophy from the perspective of these questions: What is the purpose of politics and the state? What is justice? What is freedom and what is equality?

SYC 502E - Globalization and International Relations.

This course focuses on the historical transformation of the international system and globalization. It examines this transformation by situating globalization in the context of developments of the 20th century and within the framework of international relations theories; debating anti-globalization perspectives and the future of globalization, as well as its effects on labor power, environment, human rights, diplomacy and perpetual crisis.

SYC 503E - Formation of the Modern State.

Beginning with feudalism, this course mainly traces the historical process of the initial emergence and the advance of the “modern state” in western Europe. While underlining and discussing some basic concepts of modern state like “power”, “authority” and “legitimacy,” the course defines the basis of the complicated legal and bureaucratic institutionalisation of the modern state. Finally the course deals with the critical approaches to the mainstream model(s) of modern state such as post-structuralism, and discusses its future in a world of rising interdependency and globalization.

SYC 504E - Methodology in Social Sciences.

The course looks at both the methods used in the social sciences and the epistemological foundations of the social sciences. This includes the examination of positions in the philosophy of science, philosophy of social sciences, hermeneutics and language philosophy and the sociology of science. Topics include verification, falsifiability, phenomenology, methodological pluralism, scientific paradigms, language and reality, discourse and structure of knowledge, deconstruction, relativism and realism, science as a social institution and politics of science.

SYC 505E - Selected Topics in Current Politics.

This course focuses on the Great Depression of 1929, economic policies after the World War II, neoliberalism and the effects of neoliberalism on social structure and the actual economic crisis. The course aims to acquaint the students with contemporary political issues by equipping them with the necessary theoretical knowledge and critical outlook.

SYC 506E - Political Geography.

This course focuses on spatial and geographical dimensions of political phenomena covering theoretical approaches to time-space-society relations; systems of global, national, and regional relations; spatial patterns of production, circulation and exchange; spatial structure and resclaing of the state and its legal-institutional settings; politics of scale; political aspects of migration and settlement systems; globalization, regionalization and localization, new regions and localities.

SYC 507E - Science and Politics.

This course addresses the relationship between science and politics on the basis of discussing the classical texts of sociology of science, and how this relationship plays out in today’s world. It aims to enable the students to develop a critical conceptual perspective on science and politics, and their forms of institutionalization. Modernism, constructivism, relativism and post-modernism are key currents in reading and debating classical texts of Weber, Mannheim, Marcus, Merton, Polanyi, Schütz and Herf.

SYC 508E - Urban and Environmental Politics.

This course includes discussions on urban and environmental politics based on the concepts of place which human beings relate to and restructure. Urban and environmental politics is concerned with the issues such as production of the physical environment-consumption of natural environment; the role of the state and the local government; environmental and urban social movements; globalization; institutional organization; poverty, social exclusion which are examined within the general framework of power, government/governance and citizens.

SYC 509E - Language and Politics.

This course aims to investigate the relationships between several philosophical views of language with political philosophy. The course builds upon three dominant approaches between language and politics by examining works of Chomsky, Wittgenstein, Austin, Habermas and Foucault. The course aims at understanding how social philosophers’ views of language shape their political philosophy.

SYC 510E - Political Thought in Modern Turkey.

This course will scrutinize the formation of Turkish social and political thought focusing on the period between the beginning of the 19th century and the 1990s that was quite formative in the making of Turkish intellectual life. This course investigates the origins and evolution of various thought currents in Turkish politics such as liberalism, nationalism, corporatism, feminism and conservatism from the end of the nineteenth century onwards.

SYC 512E - Selected Topics in Turkish Political Life.

This course provides a general framework for an analysis of the historical development and origins of Turkish political system since the Tanzimat Edict focusing on the Edicts of Tanzimat and Islahat, the declaration of the First and Second Constitutions, the emergence of the Committee for Union and Progress and the foundation of the Republic; debates of republicanism, nationalism, and constitutionalism.

SYC 514E - Contemporary Political Theory.

An introduction to contemporary political theory based on readings from major texts in political theory which define the current subject area. Topics include the nature of politics, liberty, equality, the state, power, social and political community, law and justice, democracy, and the public sphere.

SYC 515E - Political Sociology.

This course concerns with socio-political phenomena such as politics of social class, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and religion; power of the modern nation state and its institutions; power dynamics that shape social and political life; modern ideologies and utopias that sometimes motivate such politics; the interactions between local politics and global trends at economic and cultural levels; and with the micro-politics of the everyday.

SYC 518E - Ancient Political Theory.

This course is an in depth look at the political philosophy of Plato and Aristotle as it emerged as a defense of the naturalness of law and justice, over and against competing theories of justice as contractual or artificial. We will examine Plato and Aristotle’s ideas on ethics and politics in light of the trial and execution of Socrates, ancient Sophistry and the Peloponnesian war.

SYC 596E - Bilimsel Araştırma, Etik ve Seminer.

This course provides instruction on thesis writing and a forum in which students develop and present their ideas to other members of the class. It aims to give students a sense of community of knowledge, provide them with an opportunity for discussing ideas and their individual progress. The course provides students with the information and guidance necessary for timely and successful completion of their thesis project.

SYC 597 - Specialization Field Course.

SYC 599 - Thesis.

An acceptable problem is studied with the guidance of an academic staff in the field of political studies. The results of the research should be presented as a thesis prepared according to the post-graduate thesis guidelines and should be defended before a jury chosen according to the Senate Principles.