POL6002 Contemporary Political IdeologiesBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
POL6002 Contemporary Political Ideologies Fall 3 0 3 9
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Assoc. Prof. ESRA ALBAYRAKOĞLU
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi MERVE ÖZDEMİRKIRAN
Recommended Optional Program Components: none
Course Objectives: This course examines major political theories and ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, nationalism, fascism, feminism and so forth. In rethinking these ideologies, particular attention will be paid to the different aspects of each particular ideology through the works of monumental political thinkers from Locke to Marx, from Burke to Bakunin. The relationships and links between different ideologies and political theories will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
This course aims at introducing the participants to the development of major political theories and particularly has two main objectives:

1. To familiarize them with political theories, ideologies and political thinkers.
2. To help them gain an insight on different assumptions and ideas concerning state, society and politics.

Course Content

The course includes the examination and thorough analysis of modernity and modern ideologies, in order to shed light on their development paths and divergences occurring throughout modern times.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction Academic Articles and related books
2) Modernity and Ideology Academic Articles and related books
3) Ideology and Modernity Academic Articles and related books
4) Liberalism: Development Academic Articles and related books
5) Liberalism: Classical Academic Articles and related books
6) Liberalism: Modern/Social Democracy Academic Articles and related books
7) Conservatism: Classical Academic Articles and related books
8) Conservatism: Modern Academic Articles and related books
9) Socialism: Marxism Academic Articles and related books
10) Socialism: Democratic Socialism Academic Articles and related books
11) Nationalism/Fascism Academic Articles and related books
12) Nationalism/Fascism Academic Articles and related books
13) Democracy Academic Articles and related books
14) Democracy Academic Articles and related books


Course Notes / Textbooks: Andrew Heywood, Political Ideologies, 3rd edition

Terence Ball and Richard Dagger, Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, 3rd edition
References: various other journal articles to be handed out

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 1 % 20
Homework Assignments 1 % 40
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Application 14 4 56
Study Hours Out of Class 14 7 98
Homework Assignments 1 1 1
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload 200

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.