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Code POLS 553
Term 201702
Title Current Issues in Turkish Politics
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Political Science(POLS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Fuat Keyman -fuat@sabanciuniv.edu,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Master
Type of Course Click here to view.
Prerequisites
(only for SU students)
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Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning
Content

This course aims at contributing to the ability of students to analyze analytically and critically the diversities and vicissitudes of political institutions, actors, and discourses in Turkey, as well as, 'continuities and changes' in Turkish politics. In doing so, the course begins by discussing the question of how to approach methodologically to Turkish politics, and then proceeds by focusing on crucial problem areas, namely those of institutional problems, societal changes and demands, and identity questions. The course attempts to discuss these issues and problems by locating them at the international/the domestic nexus. To achieve its aim, the course involves lectures, class discussions, and class presentations, and requires both active student participation and reading course material before attending the lectures.

Objective

This course aims at contributing to the ability of students to analyze analytically and critically the diversities and vicissitudes of political institutions, actors, and discourses in Turkey, as well as, ?continuities and changes? in Turkish politics. In doing so, the course begins by discussing the question of how to approach methodologically to Turkish politics, and then proceeds by focusing on crucial problem areas, namely those of institutional problems, societal changes and demands, and identity questions. The course attempts to discuss these issues and problems by locating them at the international/the domestic nexus. To achieve its aim, the course involves lectures, class discussions, and class presentations, and requires both active student participation and reading course material before attending the lectures.

Learning Outcome

The student will have a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical basis, the global and domestic discourses that have shaped Turkish politics since the early Republican years and that explain current Turkish politics in light of globalization and contemporary international and domestic developments in the last three decades.

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 4
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. 4
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. 4
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 3
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 4
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. 3
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. 3
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. 4
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. 4
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 3
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. 4
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. 4
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 4
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. 4
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. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach. 1
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations. 1
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data. 1
Political Science (with thesis) Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Begin to grasp historical evolution and contemporary character of world politics. 4
Industrial Engineering (with thesis) Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Establish a strong theoretical background in several of a broad range of subjects related to the discipline, such as manufacturing processes, service systems design and operation, production planning and control, modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 1
2 Develop novel modeling and / or analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy, also using an interdisciplinary approach whenever appropriate. 1
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 1
4 Acquire skills to independently explore and tackle problems related to the discipline that were not encountered previously. Develop appropriate modeling, solution, implementation strategies, and assess the quality of the outcome. 1
Turkish Studies (with thesis) Program Outcomes Area Electives
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. 4
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Term-Paper 50
Participation 20
Presentation 30
Recommended or Required Reading
Textbook

E. F. Keyman and S. Gumuscu, Democracy, Identity, and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Hegemony Through Transformation, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Readings

S. Mardin, ?Center periphery relations: A key to Turkish politics,? in The Politics of Modern Turkey, ed. Ali Carko?lu and William Hale, vol.1 (London: Routledge, 2008), 96-117.
?. Sunar, ?Populism and Patronage: The Demokrat Party and its legacy in Turkey,? in The Politics of Modern Turkey, ed. Ali Carko?lu and William Hale, vol.1 (London: Routledge, 2008), 161-171.
C. Keyder, ?The Political Economy of Turkish Democracy,? in The Politics of Modern Turkey, ed. Ali Carko?lu and William Hale, vol.1 (London: Routledge, 2008), 118-160.
E.F. Keyman and S. Gumuscu, Democracy, Identity, and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Hegemony Through Transformation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), chp. 2, 11- 28.
F. Ahmad, The Making of Modern Turkey (London: Routledge, 1993), chp. 4, 52-71,
and chp. 5, 72-101.
R. Kasaba, ?Kemalist certainties and modern ambiguities,? in The Politics of Modern Turkey, ed. Ali Carko?lu and William Hale, vol.1 (London: Routledge, 2008), 194- 212.
A. Carko?lu, ?Turkish Party System in Transition,? in The Politics of Modern Turkey,
ed. Ali Carko?lu and William Hale, vol. 2 (London: Routledge, 2008), 99-130. E. Kalayc?o?lu, ?Turkish Party System: leaders, vote and institutionalization,?
Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 13 (2013): 483-502.
W. Hale, ?Turkish Politics and the Military: A Comparative Analysis,? in The Politics of Modern Turkey, ed. Ali Carko?lu and William Hale, vol.2 (London: Routledge, 2008), 393-420.
A. Kuru, ?The Rise and Fall of Military Tutelage in Turkey: Fears of Islamism, Kurdism, and Communism,? Insight Turkey (2013): 37-57.
S.A. Duzgit and E.F. Keyman, ?EU-Turkey Relations and the Stagnation of Turkish Democracy,? in Global Turkey in Europe, ed. S.A. Duzgit et al (Rome: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013), 10.
E. Ozbudun, ?Presidentialism versus Parliamentarism in Turkey,? in Global Turkey in Europe, ed. S.A. Duzgit et al (Rome: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013), 165.
S. Gumuscu and E. F. Keyman, ?Islamism, Electoral Hegemony, and Democracy: Lessons from Turkey, Egypt, and and Tunisia,? The GMF Analysis on Turkey, December 13, 2013.
J. Baudner, ?The Evolution of Turkey?s Foreign Policy under the AK Party Government,?
Insight Turkey 16 (2014): 79-100.
E. F. Keyman and O. Sazak, ?Turkey as a Humanitarian State,? POMEAS Analysis, Istanbul:
Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanc? University, July 2014.
E.F. Keyman, ?In the Shadow of Two Regional Crises: Domestic and External Scenarios Facing Turkey in 2016,? Berlin: European Council on Foreign Relations, January 2016.
E. Yorulmazlar and E. Turhan, ?Turkish Foreign Policy Towards the Arab Spring: Between Western Orientation and Regional Disorder,? Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 17, 3 (2015): 337-352.
E. F. Keyman and S. Gumuscu, Democracy, Identity, and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Hegemony Through Transformation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), chp. 8, 116- 142.
N. Gole, ?Secularism, and Islamism in Turkey,? in The Politics of Modern Turkey, ed. Ali Carko?lu and William Hale, vol.4 (London: Routledge, 2008), 187-201.
S. Ayata, ?Patronage, Party and State: The politicization of Islam in Turkey,? in The Politics of Modern Turkey, ed. Ali Carko?lu and William Hale, vol.4 (London: Routledge, 2008), 99-117.
A. Kuru, ?Secularism in Turkey: myths and realities,? Insight Turkey 10 (2008): 101- 110.
E.F. Keyman and S. Gumuscu, Democracy, Identity, and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Hegemony Through Transformation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), chp. 3, 29- 43.
M. Muftuler-Bac and E. F. Keyman, ?The Era of Dominant Party Politics,? Journal of Democracy 23 (2012): 85-99.
S. Gumuscu, ?The Emerging Predominant Party System in Turkey,? Government and Opposition (2012): 1-22.
E.F. Keyman and Z. Onis, Turkish Politics in a Changing World (Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Publications, 2010), chp. 10, 211-238.
A. Ozman and S. Cosar, ?Reconceptualizing Center Politics in post-1980 Turkey: Transformation or Continuity?? in Remaking Turkey, ed. E.F. Keyman (Lanham: Lexington, 2007), chp.6, 201-226.
N. Gole, ?Gezi ? Anatomy of a Public Square Movement,? Insight Turkey 15 (2013): 7-14.
S. Ozel, ?A Moment of Elation: The Gezi Protests/Resistance and the Fading of the AKP Project,? in The Making of a Protest Movement in Turkey, ed. Umut Ozk?r?ml? (London: Palgrave Pivot, 2014), 7-24.
H. Bozarslan, ?Kurds and the Turkish State,? in The Cambridge History of Turkey, ed.
R. Kasaba, Vol. 4 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 333-356.
E.F. Keyman and S. Gumuscu, Democracy, Identity, and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Hegemony Through Transformation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), chp. 7, 96- 115.
D. Kurban, ?To Europe and Back: The Three Decades of Kurdish Struggle in Turkey,? in Global Turkey in Europe, ed. S.A. Duzgit et al (Rome: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013), 175.
E. F. Keyman and S. Gumuscu, Democracy, Identity, and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Hegemony Through Transformation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), chp. 9, 143- 162.
E.F.KeymanandB. Koyuncu,?Globalization,alternativemodernitiesandthepolitical economy of Turkey,? Review of International Political Economy 12 (2005): 105-128.
A. Kad?o?lu, ?Can we envision Turkish citizenship as non-membership?? in Citizenship in a Global World, ed. E.F. Keyman and A. ?cduygu (London: Routledge, 2005), 105-123.
N. Soyar?k, ?Legal and constitutional foundation of Turkish citizenship: changes and continuities,? in Citizenship in a Global World, ed. E.F. Keyman and A. ?cduygu (London: Routledge, 2005), 124-143.