Course Title Code Semester L+P Hour Credits ECTS
Introduction to Political Science * GZT   110 2 2 2 4

Prerequisites and co-requisites
Recommended Optional Programme Components None

Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Level First Cycle Programmes (Bachelor's Degree)
Course Type
Course Coordinator Assoc.Prof.Dr. İlker ÖZDEMİR
Doç. Dr.İLKER ÖZDEMİR1. Öğretim Grup:A
This course aims at familiarizing the students with the basic concepts of political science, such as politics, power, authority, state, government, ideology, legitimacy, political party, party systems, democracy, etc. It also aims at showing the relations of these concepts with the communication studies. This course also provides the students with an awareness of the embeddedness of politics in citizenss daily activities/lives.
The main content of this course is the basic concepts related poltics and political science. Politics as the state affairs and power relations will be hamdled separately. Political concepts, political institutions and main political thougts will be explained and open to discuss. The topics covered in this course are; the development of modern nation-state; fundamental of the classical and contemporary ideologies; policy-making role of the state; relationship between the state and the citizen; democratic and non-democratic governments and constitutional design of government .

Learning Outcomes

Course's Contribution To Program
NoProgram Learning OutcomesContribution
Knows theoretical approaches in the field of media and communication, and gains ability of development of new approaches in these fields
Knows communication models, and interpreting these models in terms of sociology, psychology, economics etc., puts particular contributions to these models
Gains competent, mainly in social and humanities sciences, in some kind of sciences, does multidisciplinary science research, and analyses these kinds of studies/research
Recognizing news production models, leads to new models and approaches.
Protuces, edits and directs news/reporting in any kind of media (newspaper, magazine, web site, radia, television etc.).
Takes photograph, mainly in the field of press photo, in some kind of photography fields
Uses communication technologies effectively, and gains production ability of appropriate contents for increasingly developing new communication technologies
Works as press adviser, communication coordinator and maneger, and so on in some state and private institutions
Learning relevant concepts and notions of, notably in journalism field, communication and mess media, make some contributions to these fields as new concepts and notions
Reaches at a consciousness level in which synthesises society, culture and communication concepts each other
Gains empathy ability to recognize both individual and societal processes
Getting effective communication ability, learns basic dynamics of communication processes, and goes into action in this direction
Evaluating contents of media organisations, finds out actual issues and lacks, and has a part to come over these problems
Supports peace and consensus of a society, and taking over a mediator mechanism role in any conflicts, sees communication right as primary, and tries to figure out the issues in peaceful and humanitarian ways
Works in any national and international medya organisations such as newspaper, magazine, web site, radio, television etc
Together with gaining individual/free working ability, be able to be a part of any kind of collective institutions, and be successful to adapts to grups
Has self-confidence both to decision making and to participate in decision making process, and takes responsibility while any issue occured
Recognizes new missions and works easly, and easly adapts to new trends and movements in the developing and changing world and professional life.
Tends to events by professional ways, and considering rational mind and knowledge, tries to figure out issues and facts on the line of scientific
Has an high conciseness on society and collectivism, and as be able to be successful in personal life, takes the responsibilities belonging to himself/herself in a social system.
Approaches to personal, interpersonal and mess communication processes, knowing what communication and its aims are; and takes an opinion leader role in the communication processes.
Lerans a foreign language, at least, at a good level, and in the international area, participates in news/reporting flows and so on.
Grasps the field of media and communication, and making in his/her actions through dynamics of these fields, contributes to development of a good communication environment.
Conceders social utilities in his/her works and productions, and in these directions, develops communication strategies, and pays attention to humanitarian values as primarily in producing news, reporting, photo, video, graphics etc.
Enables society to recognize role of media, and gains depth about such particular subjects as media literacy, new media and social media and so on.
Tends to contents in related to general public interests in the media and communication environments such as newspaper, magazine, radio, television, blogs and web sides etc.
Since absorbs ethics values of vocation, doesn’t allows to any discriminating or othering content in either his/her professional life or in contents produced by him/her, and finally tries to prevent such kind of discourses.

Course Content
WeekTopicsStudy Materials _ocw_rs_drs_yontem
1 introduction to course Presentation
2 Frameworks for Understanding Politics Reading
3 What is state Reading
4 concept of power, authority and sovereignty Reading
5 relationship of power and domination Reading and Discussion
6 The basis of the political legitimacy of power, legitimacy theories Reading and Discussion
7 social stratification and political power Reading and Discussion
8 Mid-term Exam owerall files
9 Distinction between rulers and ruled, elites and masses Reading and Discussion
10 politiical participation Reading and Discussion
11 public opinion and The formation of public opinion Reading and Discussion
12 Policy instruments and political parties, Reading and Discussion
13 Typology of political parties Reading and Discussion
14 party systems Reading and Discussion
15 pressure groups types, effects and directions Reading and Discussion
16-17 Final exam owerall files

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