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
SOC3058 Theories of Fascism National Socialism and Far Right Fall 3 0 3 5
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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. Öğr. Üyesi KAYA AKYILDIZ
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi KAYA AKYILDIZ
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Course Objectives: The purpose of this course is to analyze fascism and National Socialism, and to provide a basis to assess the significance of these world-views in the modern period. Another goal of the course is to describe the relationship between ultra-right and conservative regimes and ideologies, and fascism. We will also describe the fascist and far right regimes and movements in countries like Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, Japan, and Turkey.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
The students who succeeded in this course will be able to:
1) Describe and synthesizing sociological concepts and theories in the field of fascism and far right
2) Evaluate the relations between fascism and the far right
3) Analyze the major conceptual and research issues related to fascism and far right
4) Assess various explanatory models of fascism and Nazism
5) Analyze Turkish society by a new sociological perspective

Course Content

This course has three major sections and each section is designed for a specific purpose. The first section is about the definition of fascism, Nazism and far right. In the second section the history of fascism, Nazism and far right will be analyzed. The third and the final section is about the similarities and differences of various examples of fascist, dictatorial and far right regimes.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction and course outline
2) Towards a definition of fascism and national socialism Roger EATWELL, Fascism: A History
3) Detailed analyses of fascist phenomena Mark NEOCLEOUS, Fascism. Robert PAXTON, The Anatomy of Fascism
4) Fascist minimum(s) and “State of Exception” Carl SCHMITT, The Concept of Political. Giorgio AGAMBEN, The State of Exception.
5) The production of fascism Stanley G. PAYNE, A History of Fascism: 1914-1945
6) Is there a nature of fascism? Roger GRIFFIN, The Nature of Fascism.
7) Course review and midterm
8) What is the DOB of fascism? Zeev STERNHELL, The birth of fascist ideology: From cultural rebellion to political revolution.
9) Fascism and power Michael MANN, Fascists.
10) Fascist ideology and power Mark MAZOWER, Dark Continent:Europe’s Twentieth Century. Ian KERSHAW, The Nazi Dictatorship:Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation
11) Fascism in practice David RENTON, Fascism: Theory and Practice
12) Fascism today? Robert PAXTON, Five Stages of Fascism
13) Fascist ideology and Turkey Tanıl BORA, Türkiye’de Faşist İdeoloji:“Hürriyet Değil, Faşizm Gibi Bir İdare İstiyoruz!”
14) Homework submission and presentation of Research Proposal


Course Notes / Textbooks: Constantin Iordachi. Comparative Fascist Studies. London: Routledge, 2010.
Aristotle Kallis. The Fascism Reader. London: Routledge, 2008.
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Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 16 % 10
Homework Assignments 1 % 10
Presentation 1 % 20
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentations / Seminar 1 20 20
Homework Assignments 1 10 10
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 12 12
Total Workload 128

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.