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
POL6013 Turkish Politics Spring 3 0 3 12
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 : Dr. ŞAHİN ALPAY
Recommended Optional Program Components: none
Course Objectives: 1.
Enabling the students to understand and analyze the complexities and developments of political life, institutions and processes, as well as the socio-economic factors that influence the political system in Turkey.
Providing the students with the theoretical background and analytical tools to render their own political analyses of the Turkish political system, in the context of the field of comparative politics and of the political science discipline.
Analyzing the basic institutions of Turkish politics, political behaviors, level of political participation in Turkey, military and politics, the basic institutions and tenets of the Republic,development of democracy, and state and society in Turkey.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
are introduced to Turkish politics through examining its cultural foundations, regime characteristics, political institutions, socio-economic processes, as well as movements and developments that affect the shape of its state-civil society relations, and the political economy of change that has been occurring in the Turkish political system.

Course Content

1. This course emphasizes substantial reading, intensive writing, careful analysis, systematic evaluation, rigorous training in conceptual ability, research ability, critical thinking, and writing, speaking and leadership skills.
2. Critically discussing and analyzing series of key issues in Turkish politics is the main content of the course

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Historical Background
2) Historical Background II
3) Turkish Military and Politics
4) Secularism, Religion, State, Society
5) Religion and Politics
6) Turkish Political Economy, Culture, Globalization
7) Media and Politics
8) Elections
9) Nationalism, Ultra-Nationalism and Politics
10) Kurdish Question
11) Law and Politics
12) The European Union
13) The European Union II
14) Review of the course


Course Notes / Textbooks: Ayşe Gül Altınay. 2004. Intro & Chapter 1,
The myth of the military-nation: militarism, gender, and education in Turkey, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1-32
Umit Cizre Sakallioglu. 1996. Parameters and Strategies of Islam-State Interaction inRepublican Turkey.
International Journal of Middle East Studies. 28(2). 231-251.
Umit Cizre, The Justice and Development Party and the military: Recreating the past after reforming it?, , in Umit Cizre (ed)Secular and Islamic politics in Turkey The making of the Justiceand Development Party, London: Routledge 132
E. Fuat Keyman. 2010. Modernization, Globalization and Democratization in Turkey: TheAKP Experience and its Limits.
F. Michael Wuthrich. 2010. 'Commercial Media, the Military, and Society in Turkey duringFailed and Successful Interventions',Turkish Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, 217-234.
Sabri Sayari and Hasanov, Alim. 2008. 'The 2007 Elections and Parliamentary Elites inTurkey: The Emergence of a New Political Class?',Turkish Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, 345-361.
Mesut Yeğen. 2007. Turkish nationalism and the Kurdish Question, Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol. 30 No. 1 January 2007 pp. 119-151

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Homework Assignments 10 % 30
Presentation 1 % 20
Final 1 % 50
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 14 42
Application 14 54
Study Hours Out of Class 14 79
Total Workload 175

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) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.