Political Science

Special topics in political science(SP411)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SP411 Special topics in political science 5 3 3 0 3 5
Prerequisites
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Elective
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Cemil YILDIZCAN cemilyildizcan@gmail.com (Email)
Assistant
Objective SP411: Special Topics in Political Science - I
Theme of the course: Spaces and Places

During the course, you will:
• Improve your critical reading skills, so you can think and write more clearly and incisively
• Develop your writing process through phases of generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations
• Become more familiar with features of various academic texts
• Learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of Turkish academic practice
Content This course is a theme-based academic writing course for political/social science students. It is is designed for students who wish to produce advanced research and writing in the political/social sciences. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the various social science disciplines and their approaches, while also learning how to become critical consumers of social science research. Students develop their own independent research project in the political/social science field of their choosing. This project lasts the entire semester and involves developing a viable research question; learning how to find, analyze, and interpret resources appropriately; and, finally, developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.
The topical focus of this course will be the interdisciplinary study of spaces and places. We examine sites such as monuments, museums, neighborhood squares, shopping malls, stadiums, and tourist attractions, virtual spaces. We ask questions about these locations and their social, cultural, and historical significance.
Course Learning Outcomes By the end of this course, you should be able to:
• Identify the purposes, typical components and features of various academic genres
• Structure an academic paper at the macro and micro level
• Think and write more clearly, using appropriate style
• Employ effective skills and approaches when writing papers
• Properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing, and understand the GSU policy on plagiarism
• Edit and refine your own written work
Teaching and Learning Methods The course content is mainly built around content-based instruction. Students are expected to read about universally acknowledged topics such as political space, memory, urban phenomena and to exploit relevant authentic academic articles to complete assignment sheets. During class, feedback is given on these assignments through class discussions, debates, group work. Also, the socio-political and historical references of the texts are discussed in class. With regard to non-fictional texts, articles, commentaries and editorials, students are expected to analyze the texts and synthesize relevant information from these sources in some of their written work before or after class discussions.
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John Reader: “Visions and Opportunities”. Şehirler. YKY, 2007.
Kentleri Savunmak: Mekân, Toplum ve Siyaset Üzerine, Notabene, İstanbul, 2014. (seçmeler)
Nigel Thrift: “Intensities Of Feeling: Towards a Spatial Politics of Affect”. Non-Representational Theory. Routledge, 2007.
Nigel Thrift: “Driving in the City”. Non-Representational Theory. Routledge, 2007.
Mimi Sheller, John Urry: “The City and the Car”. The City Cultures Reader. Routledge, 2000.
Nigel Thrift: “Movement-space: the changing domain of thinking resulting from the development of new kinds of spatial awareness.” Non-Representational Theory. Routledge, 2007.
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Lynda Johnston, Robyn Longhurst: “‘Sex and the City’.” Space, Place, and Sex: Geographies of Sexualities. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.
Eric Gordon, Adriana De Souza E Silva: “The Urban Dynamics of Net Localities: How Mobile and Location-Aware Technologies Are Transforming Places”. Mobile Technology and Place, ed. Rowan Wilken and Gerard Goggin. Routledge, 2012.
Anthony Elliott and John Urry: “New technologies, new mobilities” ve “Mobile relationships: Intimacy at-a-distance”. Mobile Lives. Routledge, 2010.
Henry Grabar: “Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'”. https://www.citylab.com/life/2014/09/smartphones-and-the-uncertain-future-of-spatial-thinking/379796/.
Adnan Aksu: “ “Spor Sosyal Ortamı” Olarak Stadyumlar.” http://www.mimarlikdergisi.com/index.cfm?sayfa=mimarlik&DergiSayi=374&RecID=2719. 2011.
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction: Elements of Academic Writing
2 How to produce good arguments? How to write a good response paper?
3 Thinking spatially: Primary Texts
4 Political space
5 Place and Non-place
6 Space: City
7 Cityscapes
8 Cityscapes
9 Power and space
10 Memory and space
11 Architecture, dweeling in space
12 Idea of home, homelessness
13 Art and space
14 Utopia: Non-space
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 12 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 13 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Term Paper/ Project 1 50
Other 12 50
Toplam 13 100
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.
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. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 13 2 26
Term Paper/ Project 1 20 20
Other 12 3 36
Total Workload 124
Total Workload / 25 4,96
Credits ECTS 5
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