Political Science

Political History II(SP241)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SP241 Political History II 3 3 0 0 3 4
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Hüseyin Özgür ADADAĞ oadadag@gmail.com (Email)
Objective Aim of the course is to investigate the political history of the world particularly of the Europe between 1914-1945. The stated years were will be discussed in considering the social, economic and political processes. The course will seek to answer the reasons and results of the world wars.
Content At the first stage, polarization between the countries before the First World War will be discussed by taking into consideration the industrialization and colonialization processes in 19th century. Then, the reasons of the outbreak of the war and the peace treaties after the war will be discussed on.
After handling the October Revolution, the economic, social and political situation of the Europe in 20s and 30s will be discussed in detail. From this point of view, the rising of the totalitarian regimes in Europe and the processes leading to the Second World War and its results will be analyzed.
Course Learning Outcomes Comprehending the reasons for the outbreak of the world wars.
Contemplating on the reasons of power relations and conflict of interests between the countries.
Relating economic and political processes.
Comprehending the changing of power relations between the world countries.
Comprehending the rising of the totalitarian regimes during the interwar period.
Explaining the differences and common points between the totalitarian regimes.
Understanding the October Revolution positioning in world history.
Teaching and Learning Methods During the sessions, the given subjects will be discussed lecture-based. Depending on the subject, supplementary maps and short informing notes to be discussed will be distributed. Attached to these materials, the students will be responsible to write a paper handling a literary study about the discussed period (Spanish civil war, concentration camps, etc.) These papers will be then discussed at the sessions.
References Frédéric Attal, Laure Léveillé, Muriel Montéro, Le Monde occidental : 1914-1945, Paris : Armand Colin, 2000
Serge Berstein, Pierre Milza, Histoire du XXe siècle: 1900-1945, la fin du "monde européen", Hatier, 1996
J. P. Brunet, M. Launay, D’une guerre mondiale à l’autre. 1914-1945, Paris, Hachette, 1993.
Bernard Bruneteau, Les totalitarismes, Paris, Armand Colin, 1999
B. Droz, A. Rowley, Histoire générale du XXe siècle. Première partie : jusqu’en 1949. I. Déclins européens, Editions du Seuil, 1986.
Jean Guiffan, Histoire de l’Europe au XXe siecle: de 1918 à 1945 (de la fin de la Grande guerre à l’écroulement du nazisme), Editions Complexe, 1995
Eric Hobsbawm, Kısa 20. Yüzyıl / 1914-1991 Aşırılıklar Çağı, (Türkçesi : Y. Alogan) Sarmal yayınları, 1996.
Pierre Milza, De Versailles à Berlin: 1919-1945, Paris, Armand Colin, 1997 (1979)
Marc Nouschi, Petit atlas historique du XXe siècle, 2e éd., Paris : Armand Colin, 2000
René Rémond, Introduction à l’histoire de notre temps : 3. le XXe siècle de 1914 à nos jours, Paris : Editions du Seuil, 1989
Oral Sander, Siyasi Tarih: 1918-1994, Ankara, İmge kitabevi, 1994.
Ralph Schor, Crises et dictatures dans l'Europe de l'entre-deux-guerres, 1919-1939, Paris, Nathan, 1993.
Immanuel Wallerstein, “Sosyal Bilim ve Komünist Ara Fasıl, ya da Çağdaş Tarihe Dair Yorumlar”, Bildiğimiz Dünyanın Sonu, Metis yayınları, 2003, sf.15-27.
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction to the Subject World at the Turn of the 20th Century (1)
2 World at the Turn of the 20th Century(2) - Big Powers before the First World War -Conflict of interests of imperialisms
3 First World War -Reasons of the War -Outbreak of the War and After
4 Results of the War -Peace Treatments -Disputed Peace
5 The October Revolution and USSR -The process leading to October Revolution -The Revolution and the New Order
6 Europe of 1920s: Fragility of Liberal Democracies -Weimar Germany -France and Big Britain -New Power USA
7 Midterm Examination
8 Totalitarian Systems between World Wars (1) -Fascism and Italy
9 Totalitarian Systems between World Wars (2) –Nazism and Germany -Other totalitarian systems
10 Evaluation of the Midterm Examination 1930’s: General Situation before the War
11 Crises in 30s (1)
12 Crises in 30s (2)
13 2nd World War -Outbreak of the War and After
14 Results of the War -Nuremberg -Bipolar World General evaluation and result
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 2 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 3 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 1 40
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 60
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 2 100
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Understanding the major theories, concepts, foundations, and methodologies used in the study of politics. X
2 Identifying the structure and operation of the political system in Turkey and other political systems in the world. X
3 Identifying and gathering information from credible primary and secondary sources; analyzing and synthesizing the acquired knowledge. X
4 Generating and testing empirically hypotheses about political processes, institutions, mechanisms and relationships. X
5 Designing, conducting and interpreting the results of original research in accordance with the scientific and ethical principles by using basic research methods. X
6 Showing awareness and sensivity towards issues related to democracy, human rights and social peace. X
7 Appraising the sources of societal conflict and how they can be resolved by political means. X
8 Examining critically the nature of change in the global political community, and the complex character of processes such as globalization. X
9 Taking a role in a teamwork in political science and general fields of other related disciplines.
10 Following publications in foreign languages and communicating with the colleagues in the international environment by using French which is the language of education in Galatasaray University and English, the compulsory foreign language. X
11 Using required level of information and communication technologies.
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 12 1 12
Assignments 1 30 30
Presentation 0 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 15 15
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 25 25
Quiz 0 0 0
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 124
Total Workload / 25 4,96
Credits ECTS 5
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