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Code SPS 303
Term 201702
Title Law and Ethics
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Social & Political Sci.(SPS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Faik Kurtulmus, Nedim Nami Nomer,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning

This course aims to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of being an individual and a citizen. Certain fundamental questions, posed by the ancients but persisting in their relevance, informs the structure of the course: What is good life? How should we live? What does the life of a virtuous individual and citizen consist of? How can the likely conflicts between the two be resolved? Related to these, the course also explores the diverse relationships between law and ethics and adresses issues such as political authority, representation and consent, freedom, justice, and equality.


This course aims to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of being an individual and a citizen.

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to

1. offer well-constructed arguments for their views
2. critically evaluate arguments
3. develop their ability to read philosophical writings
4. have a basic understanding of the key concepts and theories in political philosophy
5. be knowledgeable about the nature of law, the rule of law, constitutionalism, political legitimacy, the place of religion in politics, freedom, justice, and the institutions of social justice.

1.Acquire an understanding of some key ideas and concepts that shape academic and non-academic debates about law and ethics.
2. Be able to offer well-constructed arguments for their views about social, political and legal matters

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 2
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3
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. 2
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 3
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
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems.
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively.
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose.
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas.
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development.
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
Common Outcomes ForSchool of Management
1 Demonstrate an understanding of economics, and main functional areas of management. 2
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 3
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 40
Participation 20
Recommended or Required Reading

Goodin, R. E. and Pettit, P., editors (1993). A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. Blackwell, Oxford.
Miller, D. (2003). Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Shapiro, S. (2011). Legality. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.