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Code POLS 301
Term 201701
Title Political Philosophy
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) Nedim Nami Nomer,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
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(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning

This course will opt for covering an important interface between politics and philosophy by presenting both the traditional approaches and the new challenges. The traditional approach basically addresses the history of ideas and its search for continuity in 'unit ideas'. The new challenges come from various directions including pheonemology and post-structuralism. This course will first of all include an exercise in reading of basic texts on certain themes such as political obligation by Plato, Locke, Hobbes, Mill, Rousseau and Rawls. It will then prompt the students to think about the themes and the concepts introduced in terms of their culturally specific and universal dimensions.


This course introduces students to some of the fundamental concepts, issues and perspectives in political philosophy. The themes that the course will cover are wide ranging: Political obligation and its limits, rationality, the individual, Enlightenment, morality, modernity and power, among many others. Different perspectives will be carefully studied and questioned, especially with regard to what they can teach us about our contemporary situation.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the major concepts deployed in a theory and their argumentative articulation.
2. Comprehend and critique such theories.
3. Evaluate ideas, arguments and texts.

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. 2
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. 3
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. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 4
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
Political Science Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 5
2 Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 4
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Midterm 45
Assignment 10
Term-Paper 45
Recommended or Required Reading

The readings are specified in the course outline below