Political Science

Global City(SP413)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SP413 Global City 5 3 0 0 3 5
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Elective
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Yeşeren ELİÇİN ARIKAN yeseren.elicin@gmail.com (Email)
Objective Globalization created both challenges and opportunities for global cities and regions. Aim of this course is to examine impacts of these on processes and institutions such as urbanization, immigration, social and spatial segregation as well as urban governance
Content This course takes the concepts and theoretical approaches as a starting point and will try to identify the strengths and weaknesses of them. The major challenges of those cities concerning urban governance as well as social, economic and spatial issues will be examined and the dimensions of the life in the global cities will be discussed. Particular attention will be on Istanbul as a big city with a capacity to become a global city.
Course Learning Outcomes Students will be familiar with the concepts and theoretic frameworks on global city. The student will be acquainted with the methodological approaches and will become capable of making critical evaluations on them. S/he will support this familiarity on the field during a field research on the city of Istanbul.
Teaching and Learning Methods The pedagogical approach of the course aims teaching the theoretical components of the discipline and the usage of this knowledge on the fieldwork. Concretely:
-Lectures of the professor
-Reviews and debates on the lectures
-Fieldwork research (oral presentation and the written form of the research which might be conducted by groups of three students).
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Sassen, S. (2003) The participation of States and Citizens in Global Governance. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Vol: 10/5.
Sassen, S. Whose City is it? Globalization and the Formation of New Claims, in F.J.Lechner, J. Boli (eds) The Globalization Leader, Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, 70-76.
Sassen, S. (1995), L'Etat et la Ville Globale: notes pour penser l'inscription spatiale de la gouvernance. Futur Anterieur, 1995/4.
Keyder, Ç. (1992), Istanbul'u Nasıl Satmalı? İstanbul.
Keyder, Ç. (1995) Globalization and Social Exclusion in Istanbul, Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 1995, 29:1, 124-134.
Keyder, Ç. (2000) Istanbul : Küresel ile Yerel Arasında, Istanbul: Metis, 2000.
Walker, D.R.F. et Taylor, P.J. (1999), Istanbul: Gateway between East and West under Conditions of Contemporary Globalization?, GaWC Project 9,.
Borja, J. & Castells, M. (1997) Local and Global, London: Earthscan.
Karaman, A. et Baycan Levent, T. (2001), Globalisation and Development Strategies for Istanbul, GaWC Research Bulletin 53,
Watson, I. (2002) An examination of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZNL) and New Political Participation. Democracy and Nature, Vol 8, No 1,.
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S. Sassen, (1994), Cities in a World Economy, Pine Forge, California, Sage,
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CASTELLS, Manuel (1996), The rise of network society (Information age 1) Blackwell Pub.
J. H. Mittelman (ed) (1996) Globalization : Critical Reflexions, Lynne Rienner Publications.
F Dureau, N Dupont, E Lelievre, JP Levy, T Lulle, (2001) Metropoles en mouvement, Mondialisations et inégalités, Cahiers français, no 305, nov-dec 2001
M. Bonneville, MA Buisson, N Rousier, (1996) “De l’Internationalité à l’Internationalisation des Villes » in D. Pumain, T Saint-Julien, Urban Networks in Europe, 1996.
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PJ. Taylor, DRF. Walker, G Catalano and M Hoyler (2002). Diversity and power in the world city network, Cities, Volume 19, Issue 4 , August 2002, 231-241.
GaWC Research Bulletin 186 (A) : 'Netscape: Europe and the Evolving World City Network' (R. Wall and B. v.d. Knaap)
GaWC Research Bulletin 146 (Z) : 'Leading World Cities: Empirical Evaluations of Urban Nodes in Multiple Networks' (P.J. Taylor).
Print the course contents
Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction
2 Theories and concepts, definition of the global city
3 Critics of the theories
4 The major challenges of the global cities
5 Urbanization, immigration and social segregation
6 Film: La Zona
7 Handing-in and presentation of the reviews
8 Urban governance
9 Urban governance and competition among the cities
10 Social movements and the global city
11 Social movements and the global cit
12 Presentations of the research projects
13 Presentations of the research projects
14 Presentations of the research projects
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 3 60
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 40
Toplam 4 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 0 0
Presentation 2 40
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 0 0
Project 0 0
Laboratory 1 5
Other Applications 2 5
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 14 10
Toplam 19 60
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.
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 2 5 10
Presentation 2 10 20
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 0 0 0
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 1 3 3
Other Applications 2 6 12
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 10 10
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 121
Total Workload / 25 4,84
Credits ECTS 5
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