ECTS - Spatial Political Economy

Spatial Political Economy (POEC648) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Spatial Political Economy POEC648 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language Turkish
Course Type N/A
Course Level Ph.D.
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Question and Answer, Drill and Practice.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Cenk Aygül
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The objective of the course is to rework the political economy concepts with an eye on the spatial,.i.e. in a manner tresspassing “the head of the pin” as argued by Doreen Massey. As it is known, Anglo-Saxon political economy emphasizes time, while continental thought emphasizes the space. This course tries to show the students that geography matters as well as history.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To learn basic theoretical developments pertaining to space.
  • To examine the contribution of space to economic and political issues
  • To develop students’ key skills in: studying, understanding and discussing conceptual and theoretical issues; applying concepts and theories in the analysis of foreign policy; writing and presenting their analyses on specific matters; and participating in group discussions.
Course Content Introduction and uniqueness of capitalism; why capitalism developed in England first; Germany, the US and Russia or institutionalization of phases of capitalism as a Gerschenkron; imperialism and colonialism; American Fordism and the crisis; total wars and overcoming German competition; expansion of Fordism to advanced capitalist world; modernizati

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction and uniqueness of capitalism William Roseberry, “Understanding Capitalism – Historically, Structurally, Spatially,” in Locating Capitalism in Time and Space: Global Restructurings, Stanford UP, 61-79. David Harvey, Spaces of Capital, Routledge, 2001, özellikle 12-15. bölümler Eric J. Hobsbawm, Devrim Çağı: 1879-1848, V Yayınları, 1989. Eric J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Capital: 1848-75, Abacus, 1975. Eric J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire: 1875-1914, Pantheon, 1987. Eric J. Hobsbawm, Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century: 1914-1991, Abacus, 1995. William G. Martin, Toplumsal Hareketler: 1750-2005, Versus, 2008.
2 Why capitalism developed in England first (or agrarian capitalism thesis)? Niall Ferguson, Empire, Basic Books, 2002. Ellen Meiksins Wood, The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View, Verso, 2002. Ellen Meiksins Wood, Democracy against Capitalism, Cambridge UP, 1995, 1-181.
3 Germany, the US and Russia or institutionalization of phases of capitalism a la Gerschenkron John Breuilly, The Formation of the First German Nation-State: 1800-1871, MacMillan, 1996. Gerschenkron, Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective, Belknapp Press, 1962
4 Imperialism and colonialism Daniel Chirot (ed), The Origins of Backwardness in Eastern Europe, University of California Press, 1989. Kate Manzo, “Do Colonialism and Slavery Belong to the Past?” in Global Politics, A New Introduction, Routledge, 2009, 244-70.
5 American fordism and the Crisis Alain Lipietz, “The New Core-Periphery Relations: The Contrasting Examples of Europe and America,” in The State and the Economic Process, Edward Elgar, 1996.
6 Total wars and overcoming German competition Gordon Martel, The Origins of the Second World War Reconsidered, Routledge, 1990. John Bourne et al, The Great World War: 1914-45, Harper Collins, vol: 2, 2001, 452-76.
7 Expansion of Fordism to advanced capitalist world. Neil Smith, American Empire, University of California Press, 2003, 273-417.
8 Modernization versus development theory or capitalist and socialist worlds of modernization Haldun Gülalp, Gelişme Stratejileri ve Gelişme İdeolojileri, Yurt, 1987.
9 Wallerstein and modern world system J. Samuel Fitch, “Armies and Politics in Latin America: 1975-85,” 1986. Thomas D. Lairson & David Skidmore, “Multinational Corporations in the Third World,” 2003, 347-71.
10 Frank and development of underdevelopment Ankie Hoogvelt, Globalization and the Postcolonial World: The New Political Economy of Development, John Hopkins UP, 1997.
11 1970s’ crisis (crises) Manuel Castells, The End of Millenium, Blackwell, 2000, 338-65. Eric Helleiner, “From Bretton Woods to Global Finance: A World Turned Upside Down,” in The Political Economy and the Changing Global Order, 1994. Peter Gowan & Perry Anderson, The Question of Europe, Verso, 1997.
12 End of American hegemony? Michael Hardt & Antoni Negri, Empire, Harvard UP, 2000. Stephen Gill, “The Contradictions of US Supremacy,” in The Empire Reloaded, 2005, 23-45.
13 German centeredness of European integration Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin, “American Imperialism and EuroCapitalism,” Studies in Political Economy, no: 71-72, 2004, 7-38.
14 Neoliberalism, globalization and crisis David Held & Anthony McGrew, Global Transformations, Polity Press, 1999. Neil Smith, The Endgame of Globalization, Routledge, 2005. Robert Brenner, Ekonomide Hızlı Büyüme ve Balon, İletişim Yayınları, 2002. Paul Hirst and Grahame Thompson, Globalization in Question, Blackwell, 1996. Saskia Sassen, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo, Princeton UP, 1991.
15 Student presentations
16 Student presentations


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Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 15 20
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 40
Project 1 40
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury - -
Toplam 17 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To compare main theories and/or approaches in political economy and make a critical evaluation of each X
2 To compare main macroeconomic theories and/or approaches and make a critical evaluation of each X
3 To use complementary approaches from other relevant disciplines (e.g. political science, sociology) in order to solve problems requiring scientific expertise X
4 To develop the skills for establishing a micro-macro link in human and social sciences X
5 To analyze the main economic indicators and comment on them X
6 To acquire theoretical knowledge through literature survey and derive empirically testable hypothesis X
7 To be able to develop new approaches/theories for complex problems in political economy X
8 To apply critical thinking, statistical/econometric tools or other relevant quantitative and qualitative tools to new areas/problems X
9 To make a research design and carry it out within predetermined time frames X
10 To formulate and present policy recommendations based on academic research X
11 To continue learning and undertake advanced research independently X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 4 64
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 2 2
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 3 3
Total Workload 117