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Code POLS 491
Term 201601
Title European Politics
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Political Science(POLS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Brooke Luetgert,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Case Study

This course aims to introduce the politics of the new Europe in the aftermath of the collapse of the communist bloc. Europe, a continent historically torn by divison and conflict now encompasses 38 nations that are almost all democratic in reality or aspiration and oriented towards market, rather than command economies. Given its historical and cultural commonalities, Europe is a natural unit for an area studies approach to political science. The course covers the politics of the established democracies and also concentrates on democratic transitions on the continent. Although in a limited extend, it also reflects on the politics in the European Union.


The objective of the course is to equip the students with the contemporary knowledge on European politics. At the end of the course the students will be able to answer questions like:

What is the political structure in Europe?
How civil society is organised?
What are the most pressing issues for the European states and people?
What are the challenges that European states face today? How can these challenges be tackled?

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Identify the main political dynamics that are in operation in both Eastern and Western Europe
2. List the main challenges that the European nation-states face in the contemporary world
3. Demonstrate knowledge on British, French and German politics and society
4. Apply a comparative approach in analysing Eastern and Western Europe

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. 1
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. 4
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4
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. 1
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. 3
Political Science Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 4
2 Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 5
International Studies Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 5
2 Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 5
3 Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions. 1
4 Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 30
Participation 10
Presentation 20
Recommended or Required Reading

Main Text : Gallagher, Laver and Mair. Modern Representative Government in Europe (5th edition)
Case Studies Text : Gabriel A. Almond, Russell J. Dalton and G. Bingham Powell, Jr., European Politics Today (US: Longman, Second Edition, 2002).
Additional Texts : Will be announced later