Borders, Citizens, Immigrants, Refugees (POLS 251)

2020 Spring
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,
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SPS102 SPS101
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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Citizenship is essentially a product of modern politics. This course will adopt a modernist interpretation of citizenship and will look at the evolution of the concept in the aftermath of the French Revolution. We will, first, look at the geneology of the concept and relate it to the various stages of nationalism. We will, then, unravel the relationship between citizenship and democratization by referring to various approaches to the concept of civil society.


To convey and question the meaning of citizenship in modern nation-states.


1. Describe the genealogy of the concept of citizenship

2. Discuss citizenship as a set of rights in addition to a status

3. Identify changes in citizenship policies that were unleashed by processes of immigration and globalization


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. 1

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. 5

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 2

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

1. Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives.

2. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs.

3. Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions.

4. Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills.


  Percentage (%)
Midterm 35
Exam 35
Homework 30



Philip Spencer and Howard Wollman, Nationalism: A Critical Introduction (London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2002).

Ronald Beiner (ed), Theorizing Citizenship (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995).

Christian Joppke, Citizenship and Immigration, (Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2010)

A reading package that can be obtained from the Copy Center.