KSU5322 Comparative Urban PoliticsBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs URBAN SYSTEMS AND TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT (TURKISH, THESIS)General Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational Qualifications
Master TR-NQF-HE: Level 7 QF-EHEA: Second Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 7

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
KSU5322 Comparative Urban Politics Fall 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: Turkish
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level:
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi NİLGÜN CAMKESEN
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: *Learning of urban, urban managements (local governments), basis, theories and concepts of urban politics,
*Leraning of General public organisation of Turkey, municipalites position in this organisation, regulations ve mechanisms,
*Comparing of Turkey's and Europan Union' s local governments, determination of problematic areas, discussing of international normative subjects and documents ,
*General discuss and evaluation of urbans in terms of social, economic and administrative phases.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
Learning of concepts and approaches about local governments, urban space and urban politics. Understanding of urban politics in terms of large scales in regional, national and international phases. Knowing of different local governance systems and ability of comparing of different experiences.

Course Content

Urban, urban management (local governments), basic concepts, theories and discusses of urban policies. Urban management, its statute, structure and function mechanisms in Turkey’ s general governance organization. Comparing of EU and Turkey’ s local administrations. Daetermination of the problems, discussing the problems in global scale.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction: Presenting of conceptual framework
2) Approaches of urban politics: classical liberalist and marxist theories
3) Pluralist, corporationist and neo liberalist approaches
4) Urban and local governance history in west, occurance, development, significant regeneration and continuity
5) Historical, politic development of municipalities in Turkey, central goverment-local government relations period in Turkey and problematic areas
6) Local regulations, selected implementations and problem solution: Turkey examples
7) Legislation and implementation researchs
8) Legislation and implementation researchs
9) Evaluation of Turkey's municipality system and urban politic experiences in terms of international urban and local governance documents, comparing studies with Europan and World experiences
10) Comparing studies
11) Implementations and discusses of Turkey and world local governance
12) Students researchs and presentations
13) Students researchs and presentations
14) General Evaluation


Course Notes / Textbooks: Ders sunumları/lecture presentations
References: Adalet B.Alada,(2008) “Türkiye’de Yerel Yönetimleri Özerklik Meselesi Üzerinden Yeniden Düşünmek” Çağdaş Yerel Yönetimler Dergisi,C:17,S:4 , TODAİE Yay.Ankara
Avrupa Kentsel Şartı ve Kentli Haklar Bildirgesi,

Avrupa Yerel Yönetimler Özerklik Şartı,

Yerel Yönetimler Evrensel Bildirgesi,

European Charter of the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City.
Tarık Şengül,(2003) Kentsel Çelişki ve Siyaset, Wald Yay. İstanbul
… John Loughlin,(2005) Subnational Democracy in the European Union,Oxford Uni. Pres.

Warren Magnusson,(2000)The Search for Political Space,University of Toronto Pres.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 10 % 0
Quizzes 4 % 10
Homework Assignments 5 % 20
Midterms 1 % 30
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 10 6 60
Homework Assignments 5 20 100
Quizzes 4 10 40
Midterms 1 30 30
Final 1 40 40
Total Workload 270

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) Improving and enhancing information in expertise level on the concept of transportation licence level abilities in terms of transportation department and related departments. 4
2) Having detailed information about current technics, methods and their constraints in transportation engineering. 4
3) Estabilishing engineering problems, improving methods for solution, implementing new methods in solutions 3
4) Completing and implementing information with limited datas, integrating informations of different discipline datas
5) Estabilishing engineering problems, improving methods for solution, implementing new methods in solutions
6) New/origin idea and method implementing, improving new solutions in system, part and process designs.
7) Understanding process and results of studies, presenting the datas oral and written in related department on national and international scales, understanding a foreign language, having speaking, writing and reading level at least Europan Language Portfolio B2.
8) Understanding social and environmental phases of technological implementations. Listing ability of current technics, methods, effects, constraints and results of technological implementations.
9) Considering social-scientific-ethic values in collecting-understanding-implementing-presenting phases and all activities.
10) Having information detailed and deeply by implemented researching in technology, evaluating and implementing of information
11) Developing method for defined technological problems and implementing innovative methods in solutions.
12) Modelling and implementing of experimental investigations, solving of complex cases in this process