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Political Science (B.A.)

Degree
B.A.
Duration (Years)
4
Medium of Instruction
English

Political Science aims to help the students to acquire and develop critical thinking about the concepts and institutions of the state including political power, sovereignty, political regimes, democracy, history of political thought, political parties, electoral systems, and public opinion. The program focuses on the laws, structures, beliefs, cultures, historical processes and practices which are influential for the emergence of national and international political artefacts. Thus, the program analyses and evaluates different political structures in various political systems.

General Information

The main aim of the Political Science undergraduate program is to provide information regarding all sub-branches of the science of politics and, at the same time, equip them with the general principles of Political Science. For this reason, the program offers common courses with other departments and programs of the Faculty during the first and the second year. Along with these courses, students are provided with the opportunity of taking elective courses from other faculties. In general a semester is evaluated on the basis of homework, quizzes, a mid-term, and a final examination. During the third and the final year, there are projects focusing both on theory and application which develop students’ analysis and problem solution skills.

Education

All courses and examinations offered at the program are held in English. Therefore the students find opportunity to improve their foreign language skills which enable them to participate actively in academic and social activities. Another important feature of the program is the existence of small classes which enables one-to-one interaction and supervision between the student, instructor and the academic advisor. Thus the program enables the students to develop self-confidence, participatory attitudes and critical thinking. The academic team in the program is cosmopolite and consists of members who are willing to help students to achieve their goals.

Facilities

The program students have access to six computer labs with Internet connections free of charge. The use of video, projector, computer and internet in multimedia classes provide the students with an effective learning environment enhancing their creativity. Regularly updated textbooks and lesson plans help the students to follow latest developments in relevant areas. In addition, a fully-equipped health center, modern dorms, a sports complex, a swimming pool, restaurants, the library, post-office, and bookstore located on the campus help students meet their social and cultural needs.

Career Opportunities

Our successful graduates will be able to pursue their postgraduate studies at various MA programs. They will also be appropriate candidates to be employed as experts with various kinds of positions in scientific research activities, public service and political activities and organizations. Additionally, the program helps the students to develop abilities and skills as reading, writing, analysing, and criticising. They will also acquire the ability to present a scientific topic, participate in a discussion and use internet for social and academic purposes which will all increase their chance to be employed by the private sector.

Contact Information

Tel: +90 392 630 1401
Fax: +90 392 365 1017
E-mail: ir@emu.edu.tr
Web: http://ir.emu.edu.tr

Degree
B.A.
Duration (Years)
4
Medium of Instruction
English

Curriculum

Course Code Course Title Semester Credit Lecture Hour (hrs/week) Lab (hrs/week) Tutorial (hrs/week) ECTS
Semester 1
PSIR101 Introduction to Global Politics
The course is built on a number of controversial issues in the field of contemporary global politics. Students are expected to read and think about these controversial issues and they are encouraged to put forward their own points of view in an atmosphere of discussion and debate in the class.
1 3 3 - 1 6
ECON101 Introduction to Economics - I
Elementary microeconomics. The economic problem. Supply and demand. Elasticity. Marginal analysis of consumers' and firms' behavior. The theory of profit maximization. Analysis of markets. Pricing in competitive and non-competitive markets
1 3 3 1 - 7
MGMT171 Introduction to Information Technology - I
Introduction to information technology and its significance for business, economics, and society. Understanding how computers work, introducing fundamental concepts relating to hardware, software, central processing unit, input and output, storage, networks and internet. Basic PC, Windows, and MS Office skills, and intermediate-level Word and PowerPoint skills.
1 3 3 1 1 5
MATH105 Mathematics for Arts and Social Sciences
Cartesian coordinate system; Linear equations and lines, system of linear equations, quadratic equations, functionsSelected application to economics and accounting. Matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations and their solutions using Cramer's Rule. . Set theory, counting theory, discrete probability. Descriptive statistics
1 3 3 1 1 6
ENGL181 Academic English - I
ENGL 181 is a first-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B1+ level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
1 3 5 1 1 4
ENGL191 Communication in English - I
ENGL191 is a first-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B1+ level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
1 3 3 1 - 4
HIST280 Atatürk's Principles and History of Turkish Reforms 1 2 2 - - 2
TUSL181 Turkish as a Second Language 1 2 2 - - 2
Semester 2
PSIR104 Introduction to Political Science
This course aims to introduce the students to the discipline of political science. It focuses on the major issues of political science including the scope and definition of politics and political activity, approaches to politics, political regimes, political ideologies, democracy, the state, party systems, political executive, legislature and constitution.
2 3 3 - 1 6
PSIR120 Introduction to Law
This is an introductory course aimed at the student who is studying law for the first time. The course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental legal concepts, terms, processes and principles, and the manner in which law is created and administered. It focuses on the Western tradition (the common law and the civil law), but also includes discussions of other legal systems. The course will give a brief overview of the different branches of law. The final section will focus on the legal system of TRNC.
2 3 3 - - 7
ECON102 Introduction to Economics - II
Elementary macroeconomics. Determination of national income. The role of government. The banking system. Problems of inflation, unemployment and growth.
2 3 3 1 1 7
MGMT172 Introduction to Information Technology - II
Introduction to business applications of information technology and related issues, including electronic commerce, computer security and privacy, database management systems, programming languages, systems analysis and design, and expert systems. Intermediate-level Windows and MS Office skills, and advanced-level Excel skills.
2 3 3 1 1 6
ENGL182 Academic English - II
ENGL182 is a second-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B2 level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
2 3 5 1 - 4
ENGL192 Communication in English - II
ENGL192 is a second-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B2 level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
2 3 3 - 1 4
Semester 3
PSIR201 Theory and Practice of International Relations
This course introduces students to the foundations of modern international relations and acquaints them with the major traditions of thinking about the international system and world politics. Students will also engage with some of the fundamental concepts and categories of the discipline, including sovereignty, the balance of power, hegemony, etc.
3 3 3 1 1 6
PSIR203 Politics and Society
This course focuses on the interaction between politics and society and addresses the social basis of power through exploring the ways by which society and societal factors affect politics and political structures. The course largely concentrates on such basic concepts of political sociology as nation and state, institutions, political culture, representation and voting, interest groups, mass media and economic organization within the society.
3 3 3 - - 6
PSIR205 Political History of Europe - I 3 3 3 - - 6
STAT201 Statistics - I
The course familiarizes students with the basic concepts and techniques in statistics. The course will focus on descriptive statistics and a brief introduction to inferential statistics. Scope of statistics, descriptive and inductive statistics, measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion. Probability, sampling, estimation
3 3 3 1 - 6
MGMT211 Business Communication
Communicating within the organization,with stakeholders and on a cross cultural level.Techniques for effective business communication: use of communication technology, types of business letters,memos and reports,resume writing, how to act during presentations and interviews.Listening skills, non verbal cues and international business etiquette.
3 3 3 - - 6
Semester 4
PSIR206 Political History of Europe - II 4 3 3 - - 6
PSIR210 International Organizations
This course surveys theoretical, legal and political issues confronting international organizations. The historical aspects of the development of international organizations, their diversified roles and the effectiveness with which they perform their assigned functions will be examined. In addition, we will be exploring various theories that attempt to explain and evaluate international organizations as a process and as a series of institutional mechanisms that relate to issues such as international security, environmental problems and humanitarian intervention.
4 3 3 - - 7
PSIR212 Comparative Politics
The course aims at providing a conceptual and theoretical framework to study politics comparatively. The course is designed in such a way to explain how governments and political establishments gain, exercise and maintain political power. It also considers three contemporary developments: democratization, liberalization and globalization. Political systems such as liberal democracies, authoritarian systems and military regimes are studied. It is expected that the study of modern states as theoretical and practical systems will help students to improve their understanding and capacity to make academic comparisons between the political processes and institutions of different political systems
4 3 3 - - 7
PSIR220 Research Design
This course is designed to equip students with skills and information necessary to understand and conduct research in social sciences. The basic concepts and issues in research, and widely employed data collection strategies will be covered in some detail. Students are strongly recommended to attend lecture hours since performance in the course is strongly related to attendance. The topics that will be covered in the course are; science and its goals, aims of social research, theory and hypothesis, measurement and variables, the concepts of validity and reliability, sampling, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and report writing.
4 3 3 - - 6
UE01 University Elective - I
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR104 - Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
  • SIYA104 - Introduction to Political Science
4 3 3 - - 4
Semester 5
PSIR303 Territorial Politics 5 3 3 - - 6
PSIR307 History of Political Thought 5 3 3 - - 7
PSIR309 Political Culture 5 3 3 - - 6
MGMT101 Introduction to Business - I
Understanding the business system. Understanding the global context of business. Conducting business ethically and responsibly. Entrepreneurship and the small business. Managing the business enterprise. Organizing the business enterprise.
5 3 3 - - 6
FINA319 International Financial Institutions and Policies 5 3 3 - - 5
Semester 6
PSIR308 Contemporary Political Thought 6 3 3 - - 7
PSIR310 Politics of Development
What makes some countries richer and more developed than others? Why is there such an income inequality amongst the world population? These questions have puzzled social scientists for many generations. This course provides insight into the causes of global inequality through an examination of development theory and practice. The course will engage in a critical evaluation of the existing schools of thought and how these address the politics of development. In particular, it will focus on the political economy of Third World Development.
6 3 3 - - 7
UE02 University Elective - II
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR104 - Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
  • SIYA104 - Introduction to Political Science
6 3 3 - - 4
AE01 Area Elective - I 6 3 3 - - 6
AE02 Area Elective - II
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
6 3 3 - - 6
Semester 7
PSIR401 Contemporary Political Ideologies
The nature of ideologies and their role in the state and politics. The major ideologies such as nationalism, liberalism, anarchism , Marxism, socialism, conservatism, fascism, and selected third world ideologies. The basic ideas and propositions of each of the major ideologies.
7 3 3 - - 7
PSIR409 Politics of Transition and Civil Society
This course examines political transition from authoritarian systems into democracy and the role of civil society in the transition process in developed and developing states. The course provides an overview of the theory of democratic transition and examines the various experiences of democratization in Southern Europe, Latin America and post-communist states.
7 3 3 - - 7
AE03 Area Elective - III
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
7 3 3 - - 6
AE04 Area Elective - IV
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
7 3 3 - - 6
UE03 University Elecitive - III
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • PSIR104 - Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
  • SIYA104 - Introduction to Political Science
7 3 3 - - 4
Semester 8
PSIR406 Political Participation
The theoretical and practical aspects of electoral political participation in the context of developed and in some cases in less developed countries. The nature, modes, typology and theories of political participation in general. The importance of elections and voting turnouts. The determinants of the major systems of elections and the electoral dynamics.
8 3 3 - - 6
PSIR412 Topics in World Politics
This course is designed to develop awareness among senior level students for ethnic problems and regional conflicts that are of international concern. Case studies will be offered for examination and analysis from the Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) the North Caucasus (Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia and Ingushetia) the South Caucasus (the republics of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia) the Middle East and LEBANON (the Palestinian question the autonomous region of North Iraq), South Asia (Afghanistan and the Kashmir Question) and the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti and the former republic of Somalia). It is envisioned that students will gain a greater knowledge of the root causes concerned with ethnic disputes, as well as, problems confronted in solving ethnic issues, the progress or the lack of progress made in ending disputes and the impact of ethnic oriented conflicts on the people and the regions that are affected.
8 3 3 - - 6
AE05 Area Elective - V
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
8 3 3 - - 6
AE06 Area Elective - VI
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
8 3 3 - - 6
AE07 Area Elective - VII
The elective courses offered this semester are listed below. For a complete list of elective courses, please check the department website.
  • POLS104 - Introduction to Political Science
8 3 3 - - 6