Law and Ethics (SPS 303)

2023 Summer
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Social & Political Sci.(SPS)
6/5 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ayşegül Ataş,
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course aims to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of being an individual and a citizen. Certain fundamental questions, posed by the ancients but persisting in their relevance, informs the structure of the course: What is good life? How should we live? What does the life of a virtuous individual and citizen consist of? How can the likely conflicts between the two be resolved? Related to these, the course also explores the diverse relationships between law and ethics and adresses issues such as political authority, representation and consent, freedom, justice, and equality.


This course aims to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of being an individual and a citizen.


  • Upon successful completion of this course, students should acquire an understanding of some key ideas and concepts that shape academic and non-academic debates about politics.
  • Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to offer well-constructed arguments for their views about social, political and legal matters
  • Upon successful completion of this course, students should develop their ability to read philosophical writings
  • Upon successful completion of this course, students should have a basic understanding of the key concepts and theories in political philosophy
  • Upon successful completion of this course, students should be knowledgeable about the nature of law, the rule of law, democracy, constitutionalism, political legitimacy, freedom, justice, and the institutions of social justice.
  • Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to critically evaluate arguments


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. 3

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. 2

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. 2

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 1

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 1

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 1

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 1

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 3

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 4

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


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 40
Quiz 10
Participation 10



Goodin, R. E. and Pettit, P., editors (1993). A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. Blackwell, Oxford.
Miller, D. (2003). Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Shapiro, S. (2011). Legality. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.