Non-Thesis Master Program ın Polıtıcal Scıences

Political Symbols and Rituals(SP729)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SP729 Political Symbols and Rituals 1 3 0 0 3 6
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Masters Degree
Course Instructor(s) Birol CAYMAZ (Email)
Objective The main objective of the course is to analyze the state authority and its permanence in space and time, through the rituals and symbols policies by using the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, history and political science. The course focuses mainly on the construction of national identity and the question of invention of tradition through ceremonies and state symbols.
Content Following two introductory courses we will focus on the “state” rituals practiced in the Ottoman Empire. Then, we will study the relationship of the republic with its Ottoman past; the relationship artificially created on a register of antagonism between old/new that crystallizes in particular rituals and political symbols. Finally, we will show the role played by state symbols and rituals in the construction of national identity in Turkey
Course Learning Outcomes 1- Know the anthropological conception of ancient ceremonies and modern national celebrations and symbols used in these occasions.
2- Interpret the sacred dimension of state power through various civilizations
3- Learn the construction of the sate, nation and the emergence of nationalism and the “invention of tradition” (Comparing Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire)
4- Know the interrelationships between consciousness and national identity and political symbols and rituals.
5- Understand the political rites and symbols practiced in the Ottoman State
6- Discuss the national festivals of the late Empire and early Republic
Teaching and Learning Methods The course will be realized mostly in the form of lectures. Depending on the subject and the availability of meeting rooms, the instructor will use audio-visual material such as miniatures and engravings of the Ottoman era or photos, films, movies and audiotapes.
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Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 1 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 2 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 0 0
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 50
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 1 50
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Use major concepts, theories and approaches with an effective comprehenshion of the relationship among them. X
2 Identify and gather information from credible primary and secondary sources in the field of political science; analyze and synthesize data. X
3 Make written and oral presentations original in national and international conferences in the field of political science and share their knowledge with their counterparts in academic publications.. X
4 Conceive the causes of social transformations and use this capacity for the development of modern society. X
5 Evaluate and interpret the historical and contemporary dynamics of the society and politics in Turkey from a scientific perspective. X
6 Comprehend and analyze critically the current configuration of social dynamics. X
7 Appraise the sources of societal conflict and how they can be resolved by political means. X
8 Enhance awareness and sensivity towards issues related to democracy, human rights and social peace. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 13 3 39
Working Hours out of Class 12 2 24
Assignments 0 0 0
Presentation 10 4 40
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 10 10
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 0 0 0
Quiz 0 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 10 2 20
Portfolio Study 0 0 0
Reports 0 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
Total Workload 133
Total Workload / 25 5,32
Credits ECTS 5
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