Teaching

Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University

Undergraduate Courses

POL101, Introduction to Political Science

This course is designed to introduce the students to Political Science. We will begin the course with a problem, and then pursue the rest of the weeks in trying to understand the problem in its deeper historical, structural, ideological, and institutional context, and also to learn and discuss possible solutions to it. The main problem that will be the driving force of our course is this: Is there a crisis in politics?

POL212, Modern Political Thought

This course is designed to introduce the students to modern political thought.

POL017, Environmental Politics

This course is designed to introduce the students to debates and discourses regarding environmental issues and problems (i.e. climate change, biodiversity, ozone layer depletion, pollution, wilderness preservation, population growth, depletion of natural resources, food safety and so on) that humanity has started to experience since 1960s. Throughout the semester, we will be learning about four main discourses (their history, conflicts and transformations) that compete with each other in influencing environmental politics. These are, 1) environmental problem-solving, 2) limits and survival, 3) sustainability, and 4) green radicalism.

POL019, Politics and Literature: Nihilism as a Moral and Political Problem

This course is designed to study prominent works of world literature to explore the ways in which they engage with nihilism as a moral and political problem. First, we will talk about the relations between literature and philosophy, and discuss in what ways literary works can be seen/read as philosophical writings. Secondly, we will learn about the problem of nihilism in its historical and intellectual context, i.e. ‘the pantheism controversy’, as well as its evolution during the 19th and 20th centuries. Following that, we will read and analyze prominent works of world literature from different literary traditions – Russian, German, Urdu, and French – that show a deep philosophical engagement with the problem of nihilism.

POL024, Politics and Turkish Literature: Politics of Sufism

In this course, we will study two widely debated works of Turkish literature on Sufism (Elif Safak’s The Forty Rules of Love, and Ahmet Umit’s The Dervish Gate) to explore the ways in which they have been a front for political struggle for different writers and social-political camps in Turkey. Accordingly, throughout the course, we will try to understand why and how these novels were criticized, and we will also read the responses to these criticisms. Additionally, we will read about Sufism from academic sources both to learn about the subject matter in a more objective way and also to reflect upon the information and details on Sufism mentioned and discussed in the novels.

POL026, Politics and Religion

This course is designed to introduce the students to different roles religion plays in contemporary social and political life. The aim is not to delve into the details of historical and theoretical readings and debates on religion and politics, but rather read more on various empirical studies that deal with different aspects of the role of religion on contemporary social and political life. Accordingly, after a brief discussion of the secularization and post-secularization debate, we will focus on the role of religion in social and political life through the issues of youth, democracy, civil society, political parties, diversity, globalization, gender, immigration, and integration.

POL321, Classical Islamic Political Thought

This course is designed to introduce the students to history of early and classical Islamic political thought. In the first part, we will focus on early Islamic political thought to examine the political concepts, ideas, institutions and debates that took place in the first three centuries of Islam. In the second part of the course, we will focus on different genres of writings on political thought from different schools of thought, such as philosophers, jurists, sufis, etc.

POL322, Modern Islamic Political Thought

This course is designed to introduce the students to history of modern Islamic political thought. The course is divided into two parts: 1) Revival and Reform Period (1800-1930s), and 2) Post-Revival Period (1930s-1980s). In the first part, we will focus on 19th and early 20th century Muslim thinkers from different parts of the Muslim world, while in the second part, we will focus on Muslim thinkers from the second part of the 20th century. In both periods, we will try to understand how they perceived the social and political problems of the Muslim world, and what kind of solutions they have developed in response to these problems.

TAR207, Siyasi Düşünceler Tarihi

Siyasi düşünceler tarihi, farklı coğrafyalarda ve zamanlarda yaşamış düşünürlerin siyaset felsefesinin bazı temel problemlerine yönelik düşünceleri olarak anlaşılabilir. Tarih boyunca farklı düşünürleri motive eden ve bizim de dersimize temel teşkil edecek sorulardan bazıları şunlardır: Toplumlar nasıl düzenlenmelidir? İnsanlar nasıl ve hangi yönetim şekliyle – monarşi, teokrasi, demokrasi, oligarşi, aristokrasi – yönetilmelidir? En iyi siyasi rejim hangisidir? Adalet, eşitlik, özgürlük, güç, meşruiyet gibi kavramların anlamları nelerdir? Ders çerçevesinde, bu sorulara iki yöntem çerçevesinde yaklaşılacaktır: entelektüel tarih ve felsefe. Yani, hem sözkonusu düşünürlerin bu problemleri kendi tarihsel bağlamlarında nasıl inceledikleri, hem de onlara ne tür çözüm önerileri geliştirdikleri incelenecektir.


Graduate Courses

POL546, Din ve Siyaset (MA)

Bu derste, dinin günümüz toplumları ve siyasal hayatı açısından oynadığı farklı roller incelenecektir. Sekülerleşme ve post-sekülerleşme üzerine teorik ve tarihsel kısa bir girişin ardından, din ve siyaset arasındaki ilişkilere yönelik güncel ampirik çalışmalara yoğunlaşılacak ve gençlik, küreselleşme, demokrasi, sivil toplum, çoğulculuk, cinsiyet, kadın, göç, islamofobi gibi konular etrafında okumalar yapılacaktır.

POL543, Siyaset Biliminde Temel Meseleler (MA)

Bu ders, yüksek lisans öğrencilerinin siyaset biliminin temel meseleleri üzerine lisansüstü düzeyde bir giriş yapmaları amacıyla tasarlanmıştır. Ders, ilk haftada ortaya konulacak olan temel bir problemle başlayacak ve sonraki haftalar da bu problemin tarihsel, yapısal, ideolojik ve kurumsal bağlamının daha derinlikli bir şekilde anlaşılmaya çalışılması ile devam edecektir. Problemin anlaşılmasının yanı sıra bu problemin nasıl çözülebileceği de tartışılacaktır. Dersin üzerinde yürütüleceği temel problem şudur: siyasette bir kriz mi var?

POL546, Politics and Religion (MA)

This course is designed to introduce the students to different roles religion plays in contemporary social and political life. The aim is not to delve into the details of historical and theoretical readings and debates on religion and politics, but rather read more on various empirical studies that deal with different aspects of the role of religion on contemporary social and political life. Accordingly, after a brief discussion of the secularization and post-secularization debate, we will focus on the role of religion in social and political life through the issues of youth, democracy, civil society, political parties, diversity, globalization, gender, immigration, and integration.

Syllabi available upon request. Please contact me at feyzullah.yilmaz@izu.edu.tr