Political Theory II (POLS 473)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Political Science(POLS)
Ayşe Gülden Kadıoğlu ayse@sabanciuniv.edu,
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SPS101 SPS102
Formal 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.


  • Identify the main currents of ideas that accompany the various routes to modernity.
  • Discuss the various manifestations of the main set of ideologies, namely liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, fascism, nationalism, feminism, and environmentalism.
  • Compare and contrast these ideologies with each other.


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; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 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. 3

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. 5

1. To analyze national and global events from various social science perspectives. 5

2. To demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge on political science and international relations and to state views and positions with advanced oral and written skills. 5

3. To compete for increasing career opportunities in national and global institutions. 2

4. To (be able to) understand and follow the changes in political behaviours, opinions and structures. 5

5. To gain the ability to make logical inferences on social and political issues based on comparative and historical knowledge. 5

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 (%)
Final 10
Midterm 80
Participation 10



Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd, Understanding Political Ideas and Movements (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003).

Michael Freeden, Ideology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Richard Bellamy and Andrew Mason, Political Concepts (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003).

Eric Hoffer, True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (New York: Harper Perennial Classics, 1951).


Additional articles/book chapters listed in the syllabus are listed in the course schedule below and are posted in SUCourse.

Optional Readings

David Ingersoll, Richard K. Matthews and Andrew Davison, The Philosophic Roots of Modern Ideology (Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing, 2016/Fifth Edition)/some chapters of this book are available online in the publisher?s website and are listed as Required Readings for this course: https://www.sloanpublishing.com/table_of_contents18

Nancy S. Love (ed.), Dogmas and Dreams: A Reader in Modern Political Ideologies (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011/Fourth Edition).