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Course Name
Turkish Çağdaş Siyaset Kuramları
English Contemporary Political Theory
Course Code
SYC 514E Credit Lecture
Semester -
3 3 3 -
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Gürcan Koçan
Course Objectives The purpose of this course is first of all to develop a rigorous examination of major debates, theoretical assumptions, and different approach to philosophical themes of politics. Secondly, by engaging contemporary treatments of the same issues, as well as -modern appropriations of different approaches, the course will lead to a heightened appreciation of the complexity of political theory and to a critical understanding of the development of political thought
Course Description This seminar seeks to explore and understand some of the central issues, methods, debates that political theorists are engaged in. The different philosophical positions with regard to methods and concepts and are to be critically analyzed with the purpose of highlighting the differences in their perspectives and in order to understand very nature of politics. It will specifically focus on the representative works of the major philosophical trends or traditions in political theory: liberalism, conservatism, communitarianism, critical theory, radical theory, environmental theory and the like.
Course Outcomes Obtain a detailed knowledge of some of the political concepts, positions and arguments in the dominant political theory literature on the topics of the course.
Obtain a sense of how the theoretical positions on how different political issues relate to each other.
Engage closely and critically with some of the political thoughts studied.
Develop their ability to think independently about some of the political thoughts studied.
Construct their own arguments, responding to but not merely reproducing the arguments of others.
Required Facilities
Textbook Dryzek, John S. Bonnie Honig, and Anne Phillips 2011, “Overview of Political Theory” in The Oxford Handbook of Political Science Robert E. Goodin ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Other References Brown, Wendy 2002, “What Is Political Theory?” Political Theory Vol. 30, No. 4, Special Issue: Thirtieth Anniversary, pp. 556-576
Brown, Wendy, 2005, “At the Edge: The Future of Political Theory” In Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Dunn, John 1996, “The History of Political Theory and other essays Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 11-38.
Grant, Ruth W. 2002, “What Is Political Theory?” Political Theory Vol. 30, No. 4, Special Issue: Thirtieth Anniversary pp. 577-595
Isaac, Jeffrey 1995, “The Strange Silence of Political Theory.” in Political Theory 23(4), pp. 636-652.
Johnson, James 2014, “Models Among the Political Theorists” American Journal of Political Science Vol. 58, No. 3, pp. 547-560
MacIntyre, Alasdair 1983, “The Indispensability of Political Theory.” in The Nature of Political Theory D. Miller and L. Siendentop ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Parekh, Bhikhu 2000, “Theorizing Political Theory” in Political Theory in Transition, in Political Theory in Transition Noäl Sullivan ed. London: Routledge, pp. 242-259
Voegelin, Eric 1952, The New Science of Politics, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 1-26.
Wolin, Sheldon S. 1969, “Political Theory as a Vocation.” American Political Science Review 63, pp.1062-82.

Suggested Reading
Balbus, I. C. 2010, Governing Subjects: An Introduction to the Study of Politics. New York, Routledge University Press.
Mansbridge, Jane 2014, What is Political Science for? Perspectives on Politics, 12(1), pp. 8-17.
Thiele, Leslie Paul 1997, Thinking Politics: Perspectives in Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Political Theory Chatham, N.J.: Chatham House Publishers.
Germino, Dante 1963, “The Revival of Political Theory” The Journal of Politics, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 437-460.
Vincent, Andrew 2007, The Nature of Political Theory Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Parel, Anthony and Ronald Keith 2003, Comparative Political Philosophy: Studies Under the Upas Tree. Lexington Books.
Weber, Max 1946, “Politics as a Vocation.” In from Max Weber: Essays in Sociology, H.H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills, New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 77¬128,
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