Department of International Relations Syllabus for POL101 Introduction to Political Science Fall 2015 Instructor: Oğuz Uras Communication: email@example.com Office: A1-213 Office hours: Monday thru Thursday, by appointment only (via e-mail) Course Description In this course we will try to gain acquaintance with the basic concepts, institutions, and issues in political science and its subfields (e.g. comparative politics, international relations, public policy) that we are going to deal with in detail in forthcoming years. Reading Material Kenneth Newton and Jan W. van Deth, Foundations of Comparative Politics, Cambridge University Press, 2010. Extra readings may be assigned weekly. Course Policies Grading: We will have one midterm exam (30%), one final exam (40%) and 5 in class or take-home quizzes (20%). In order to be graded for the quizzes, you must be in class to get the question which means if you are absent, you cannot take the question from your friends and answer. 10% of your final grade is upon my discretion. Attendance: is not mandatory, but you will get carrots if you do not miss regular and additional classes. On the other hand as explained above, you are supposed to be in class to attend the quizzes. Make-up exam: is only for those whose grade is less than CC at the end of the semester and it will be counted only for your final exam grade. Without an official paper from a public hospital, you cannot have a make-up if you miss the test for the midterm. Ethics: School policies apply for the cheaters. In case of plagiarism in quizzes, the result will be a zero. Communication: Students are responsible to check their e-mail accounts for all announcements on the course. You can e-mail me any question. If it is not an emergency, your questions will be replied in class. Course Schedule Week I: September 30th Week VIII: November 18th Introduction and syllabus Presidential government Week II: October 7th Week IX: November 25th State MIDTERM WEEK, NO CLASS Week III: October 14th Week X: December 2nd Political regimes Political parties and voting Week IV: October 21st Week XI: December 9th Regime transition and consolidation Social movements and revolutions Week V: October 28th Week XII: December 16th Political culture Policy making and policy implementation Week VI: November 4th Week XIII: December 23rd Constitution Political ideologies Week VII: November 11th Week XIV: December 29th Parliamentary government Some global issues NOTE: The statements in this syllabus may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Students will be noticed via e-mail in such a case.