Political Theory I (POLS 301)

2023 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Political Science(POLS)
Banu Turnaoğlu banu.turnaoglu@sabanciuniv.edu,
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SPS101 SPS102
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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All societies reflect on how to structure and govern common life, the values that ought to guide it, and the forces that shape it. This course surveys the varying answers given to these questions by different political philosophers such as Aristotle, Nizamülmülk, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Marx, Namık Kemal ve Mill.


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.


  • Identify and discuss the major concepts deployed in a theory and their argumentative articulation.
  • Comprehend and critique such theories.
  • Evaluate ideas, arguments and texts.


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

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. 4

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4

1. To analyze national and global events from various social science perspectives. 4

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. 4

3. To compete for increasing career opportunities in national and global institutions. 1

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. 4


  Percentage (%)
Final 45
Midterm 45
Quiz 10



The readings are specified in the course outline below