Political Theory II (POLS 473)

2020 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Political Science(POLS)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ayşe Gülden Kadıoğlu ayse@sabanciuniv.edu,
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SPS102 SPS101
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course explores the central issues in contemporary political philosophy such as the nature and value of democracy, freedom, justice, equality, collective well- being, collective identity, and the political institutions these ideals require.


To convey the meaning of fundamental, modern political ideologies.


1. Identify the main currents of ideas that accompany the various routes to modernity

2. Discuss the various manifestations of the main set of ideologies

3. Compare and contrast these ideas with each another


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. 4

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. 1

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

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

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 3

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 3

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 3

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. 5


  Percentage (%)
Midterm 35
Exam 35
Homework 30



Terence Ball and Richard Dagger, Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal (Longman/Pearson Education, 2011)

David Ingersoll, Richard K. Matthews and Andrew Davison, The Philosophic Roots of Modern Ideology (Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing, 2010)

Edward W. Said, Orientalism (New York: Vintage Books, Random House, 1979).

A reading package that can be obtained from the Copy Center containing certain chapters of the following books and some articles: