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Code ECON 526
Term 201402
Title Political Economy of Turkey
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Economics(ECON)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Is?k Ozel,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
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(only for SU students)

This course will examine the main economic policy regimes and the underlying social, political and institutional dynamics in recent Turkish history in the context of a political-economic theoretical framework. The topics covered will include: positive political theory; political groups, interest groups and political influence; the political economy of elections; populism and redistributive politics; the statist era; the import substitution era; Turkey during globalization; structural reforms and political, social and institutional constraints.

Learning Outcome

By the end of this course a student should be able to:

a) Use the main analytical approaches to the study of institutions and political economy
b) Develop notions of social welfare with which to evaluate economic and social policy
c) Discuss the evolution of main policy making regimes in Turkey
d) define political and institutional factors that affect policy in Turkey in areas such as international trade and finance, public finance, privatization and social security, as well as the role of economics in Turkish voting behavior
e) Develop individual skills in reading academic articles critically and write response papers about them
f) Conduct theoretical or empirical research on a major issue area in political economy of Turkey and write a research paper based on such research.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 5
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 4
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 5
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 3
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 5
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 5
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 4
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 2
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 2
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 4
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 2
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 5
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 5
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 2
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 2
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 4
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 5
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 5
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 4
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 5
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach.
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations.
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data.
Turkish Studies (with thesis) Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Have knowledge of a comprehensive and integrated picture of contemporary Turkey, including all its promise and problems. 5
2 Have knowledge of an up-to-date grasp of the overall shape and basic outlines of the country?s history; the complexity of the multiple and often contradictory strands of its culture; the fundamental structures and emerging dynamics of its economy; and the basic setting, enduring legacies as well as shifting realignments of its politics. 4
3 Have a sensitive appreciation of the possible paths and choices it faces early in the 21st century. 5
4 Able to Respond to the international demand for knowledge about the history, culture, languages, politics and economy of Turkey. 4
5 Able to Independently formulate critical research questions, and pursue them into a deepening knowledge of the subject. 5
Economics (with thesis) Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Construct reasoned arguments, synthesize relevant information, and critically analyze subject material. 4
2 Read and understand articles published in academic economics journals. 5
3 Come up with research questions about economic issues. 3
4 Construct a well-organized logical argument with clearly stated assumptions and hypotheses and, if necessary, be able to test or support it with relevant data. 5
European Studies (with thesis) Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Analyze historical and contemporary developments in Europe, specifically of the European integration process, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. 4
2 Grasp the main dynamics of the European order, politically, historically and economically. 3
3 Explain the European integration process and the EU?s decision-making procedures and it?s institutions. 3