Department of Sociology

Introduction to Politics of Economy(SOC175)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SOC175 Introduction to Politics of Economy 2 3 0 0 3 6
Prerequisites
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Fatma Ayfer KARAYEL ayferkarayel@yahoo.com (Email)
Assistant
Objective This course aims to introduce students of International Relations to the study of economics. The purpose of this course is to teach fundamental lessons of economics such as the law of demand and the law of supply, the application of elasticity, the price mechanism, the costs of production, firm behavior and types of markets (competitive markets, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly), the markets for the factors of production and the theory of consumer choice.
Content See Subject Headings (Topics)
Course Learning Outcomes 1) Explain basic concepts in economics such as supply and demand, the market, price mechanism and market equilibrium
2) Use basic microeconomic models to study the ways in which economic agents make decisions in the market place.
3) Discuss the functioning of markets, determination of market equlibrium and forms of competition in various types of markets
4) Explain firm behavior (i.e. profit maximisation and cost minimization practices of firms)
5) Explain why monopolies arise, the welfare costs of monopoly and public policies towards monopolies
6) Use basic tools of game theory for studying economics of cooperation
7) Analyze the economics of labor markets, the markets for the factors of production
Teaching and Learning Methods Lecture classes
References Mankiw, G.N. (1998). Principes De l’Economie. Paris: Economica
Stiglitz, J. E., Walsh, C.E. & Lafay, J.D. (2007). Principes d’économie moderne. Paris : De Boeck.
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction
2 The object of microeconomics
3 The Market forces of Demand and Supply
4 Elasticity and its application
5 Demand, Supply and government policies
6 Consumers, producers and the efficiency of markets
7 The costs of production Firms in Competitive Markets
8 Midterm exam
9 Monopoly
10 Oligopoly
11 Monopolistic competition
12 The Markets for the factors of production
13 The Theory of Consumer Choice
14 Externalities
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 3 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 4 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 0 0
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 40
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 2 10
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 3 50
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 The student will be able to recognize and assess the essential theoretical perspectives both in sociology and its related domains. X
2 The student will be able to make use of the major theoretical analyses and sociological concepts in his/her own research topics. X
3 The student will be able to articulate sociological perspective and reasoning with social and historical facts, and to interpret social and historical issues with a sociological eye. X
4 The student will be able to assess the current state of research and knowledge on the classical and contemporary domains of sociological inquiry as well as its relevant fields.
5 The student will be able to design and conduct a sociological research with appropriate theoretical construction and empirical methods. X
6 The student will be able to produce a written research report that relates research questions to empirical findings. X
7 The student will be able to appropriately use both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. X
8 The student will be able to make appropriate use of statistical software programs for data processing and analysis. X
9 The student will be able to make appropriate use of statistical software programs for data processing and analysis. X
10 Graduates will be able to follow the scientific production both in English and French as well as Turkish. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 8 4 32
Assignments 0 0 0
Presentation 0 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 8 8
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 10 10
Quiz 2 4 8
Term Paper/ Project 0 0 0
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 100
Total Workload / 25 4,00
Credits ECTS 4
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