Social Studies: Politics

"As a man is said to have a right to his property,

he may be equally said to have a property in his rights."
James Madison

In my mind this academic subject contains three panels that examine the subject matters of Politics from different perspectives. The three panels are like a trilogy: though they can be seen as three stand-alone courses, and so can be studied independently of whether students have attended the preceding one, they eventually connect to each other:
  1. Social Studies: Politics
  2. Introduction to Political Theory
  3. Political Philosophy 
To get a full picture about the wonerful but "complex world of Politics," it is worth attending the three courses altogether.

Course Description

Academic degree: Bachelor's /Undergraduate/ degree 

This course provides the understanding of social studies and modern politics from a Rational Choice perspective. This paradigm gives a mainstream insight into key things we know about politics today including collective actions, hierarchies, political institutions, and representation. In addition, it serves an analytical coherence of discussions in line with the objective that meets the requirements of “social studies.” We first analyse the opportunities of collective actions: the conditions under which cooperation among individuals for the common interest of a community can emerge and hold up. We then investigate the existence of the different forms of hierarchy and polity, the fundamental forms of a political community. We discuss the phenomena of social loafing, vertical and horizontal hierarchies, and how multiple levels of government, each with different responsibilities, can be an efficient way to provide public goods. Next, we speak about government. Political institutions are the rules of the game. Different political regimes combine different procedures to select rulers and different divisions of power and relationships between one-person and multiple-person institutions, whether of mutual dependency or autonomy. Finally, we study how democratic representation can be organized by means of political parties and elections.



Below, I list the main topics to be covered during the semester.  

I. Research Traditions in Socials

Video Lectures (click here to go to the links):
1. Prelude: Link(via METU Coospace)
2. Lecture 01 -- Rational Choice
3. Lecture 02 -- Structural Approach
4. Lecture 03 -- Cultural Approach

II. Collective Actions

1. Book: link.
2. Video Lecture (click here to go to the link):
     Lecture 04 -- Collective Actions

III. Coopearton and Conflit

1. Book: link.
2. Video Lectures (click here to go to the links):
3. Symmetric dilemmas: link.

IV. Hierarchy in Socials

1. Article: link.
2. Video Lectures (click here to go to the links):

V. Political Community

Video Lecture (click here to go to the link):
     Lecture 09 -- Political Community

VI. Political Institutions

Video Lecture (click here to go to the link):
     Lecture 10 -- Political Institutions

VII. Essential Electoral Politics

Video Lecture (click here to go to the link):
     Lecture 10 -- Political Institutions

Educational Resources

Jozsef Zoltan Malik: Social Studies: Politics. Budapest: Metropolitan University, 2019. (in pdf version)
Guidline for Students: in pdf version

Assessment (Social Studies: Politics)

There will be a written exam at the exam period, which will contain some questions covering the whole subject of the course. At each written exam, whatever date of exam the student picks out, four questions will be put. There will be a

a) What type of governmental system and what type of party system is there in your home country?

b) Specify the assembly (the structure of legislature, how many members are there as representatives in the institutions), name the President/Monarch/Prime Minister of your country, structure the cabinet (the main departures of the cabinet 
not necceassray a complete list, just the main ones, indeed).

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