Political Science

State nation and citizenship(SP301)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SP301 State nation and citizenship 5 3 3 0 3 5
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Birol CAYMAZ birolhoca.caymaz@gmail.com (Email)
Objective Main purpose of the course is to introduce students to the specific perspective of historical sociology concerning the construction of modern state in Europe within a comparative perspective in Ottoman Empire. The transformation of the state into a nation state, the development and spread of nationalism and citizenship constitute the second major component of the course.
Content In the introduction we will discuss three classical works such as three sociological logics which conceptualize differently the state question: Marx, Durkheim and Weber. After acquisition of the classical theories of the State we will study the emergence of the modern state under a historical and sociological light. In the process of statization; from absolutist state to Nation state we will analyze the link between politics and society to better understand the diversity and specificity of the modern state. The last part of the course will be devoted to the phenomena of nation and nationalism in relationship with citizenship and to roles played by State in national construction and development.
Course Learning Outcomes 1- Know the conception of the state of the classics such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim.
2- Interpret the State in Turkey with conceptual means of studied thinkers.
3- Learn the history of the emergence of the modern state. (Comparison between western Europe and the Ottoman Empire)
4- Know the continuity and rupture of feudal politic organization in absolutist state.
5- Understand the ambiguous relationship between state, nation and nationalism, the construction of modern citizenship in Europe and Turkey.
Teaching and Learning Methods The course is generally in form of lectures. Only at the end of each major section we will organize in class a session of brainstorming to make a preliminary assessment on the acquisition of knowledge. Students will be encouraged by instructor to participate actively in class.
References ELIAS Norbert- La dynamique de l’Occident. Paris, Calmann-Lévy, 1996
POGGI Gianfranko- Modern devletin gelişimi. Bilgi üniv. Yay., 2009
POGGI Gianfranko- Devlet. Doğası, gelişimi ve geleceği. Bilgi üniv. Yay., 2009
GELLNER Ernest- Nation et nationalisme. Payot 1989.
SMITH Anthony D.- Millî Kimlik. İletişim yay., 2004
YILDIZ Ahmet- Ne mutlu Türküm diyebilene. Türk ulusal kimliğinin etno-kültürel sınırları. İstanbul, İletişim, 2001.
MARSHALL, T.H., BOTTOMORE Tom- Yurttaşlık ve toplumsal sınıflar. İstanbul Bilgi üniv., 2006.
CAYMAZ Birol- Türkiye'de Vatandaşlık. Resmi ideoloji ve yansımaları. İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi yay., 2007.
CAYMAZ Birol- “Citinzenship education in Turkey”, pp. 195-226, in: NOHL Arnd-Michael- Education in Turkey. New York, Waxmann, 2008.
ÇAĞATAY Soner- « Kim Türk kim vatandaş ? erken cumhuriyet dönemi vatandaşlık rejimi üzerine bir çalışma », Toplum ve Bilim, Güz, no : 98, ss.166-185
YEĞEN Mesut- « Yurttaşlık ve Türklük », Toplum ve Bilim, yaz, no : 93, ss. 200-217
KAZANCIGİL Ali- « Théories de l’Etat et analyse de l’Etat moderne Turc », Peuples Méditerranéens 27-28, avril-septembre 1984, pp. 63-81
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Presentation of the course and its organization. Distribution of syllables
2 Analyze of concept of state in Marx’s thought
3 Analyze of concept of state in Durkheim and Weber’s thoughts
4 The emergence of modern state
5 The feudal structure and its evolution
6 The militarist, fiscal and educative monopolization
7 Mid term
8 Nation State, nationalism and citizenship
9 Theories of nationalism and nation
10 National Identity and citizenship
11 Sociological and historical analyze of modern citizenship
12 The American and French cases (Secularization and laicization )
13 Citizenship and national assimilation
14 National education and citizenship in Turkey
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
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 1 50
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. X
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. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 12 2 24
Assignments 0 0 0
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 106
Total Workload / 25 4,24
Credits ECTS 4
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