ECTS - Main Topics in Modern State Theory

Main Topics in Modern State Theory (KMH511) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Main Topics in Modern State Theory KMH511 Area Elective 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language Turkish
Course Type Elective Courses
Course Level Social Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. A. Aslı Şimşek
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The course aims at understanding the concept of the modern state and the ways in which it is theorized in contemporary legal and political settings. The course, thus, focuses on first the historical development of the modern state in the West (esp. Western Europe); second on the emergence of the concept of sovereignty, the nation (-state), hence different political doctrines as historical development of the modern state begins to be realized on a global scale.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Explain the relationship between the state and the law.
  • Solve the problems that arise in the contemporary appearances of the relationship between the state and law.
  • Chronologise different forms emerged in the process of development of the modern state.
  • Interpret the basic features of various ideologies.
  • Analyze the development of modernization in Turkey.
Course Content Historical stages in the development of the modern state (i.e. feudalism, policy of estates, absolutism and constitutional liberal state, the emergence of the system of states), sovereignty and nationalism, liberalism, conservatism, socialism, development of the modern state in Turkey.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction Poggi, Devlet, pp. 1-25.
2 Feudalism Poggi, Modern devletin Gelişimi, pp. 31-52.
3 Polity of Estates Poggi, Modern devletin Gelişimi, pp. 53-78.
4 Absolutism Poggi, Modern devletin Gelişimi, pp. 79-106.
5 Nationalism Gellner, Uluslar ve Ulusçuluk.
6 Liberalism Poggi, Devlet, pp. 73-94; 147-196.
7 Socialism and Social Democracy Poggi, Devlet, pp. 172-234.
8 Politics and the Law-I: D. Easton Siyaset ve Hukuk-I: D. Easton
9 Politics and the Law-II: C. Schmitt Poggi, Modern devletin Gelişimi, pp. 15-30
10 Politics and the Law-III: J. Habermas Köker, İki Farklı Siyaset.
11 Modernization Theories Köker, Modernleşme, Ayrım I.
12 Modernization and Law: Weber Köker, Modernleşme, Ayrım I.
13 Modernization and Law: Durkheim Köker, Modernleşme, Ayrım I.
14 Ottoman Modernization Köker, Modernleşme, Ayrım II ve Köker, Eleştiri.
15 Formation of Modern State in Turkey Köker, Modernleşme, Ayrım II.
16 Final Exam


Course Book 1. Gianfranco Poggi, Devlet, İstanbul: Bilgi Ü. Yay., 2005.
Other Sources 2. Gianfranco Poggi, Modern Devletin Gelişimi, İstanbul: Bilgi Ü. Yay., 2000.
3. Levent Köker, Demokrasi, Türkiye ve Eleştiri, Ankara: Dipnot, 2008.
4. Levent köker, İki Farklı Siyaset, Ankara: Dipnot, 2008.
5. Levent Köker, Modernlmeşme, Kemalizm ve Demokrasi, İstanbul: İletişim, 2012.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 1 20
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 20
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 60
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 40
Percentage of Final Work 60
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 Skills to understand, compare and paraphrase the basic concepts of law as a jurist following common principles of law. X
2 Skills to solve problems using a critical point of view when necessary , to determine and analyse the theoretical and implementation problems of law X
3 Contribution to understanding, planning, exercising and coordinating the functionss of law, by explaining and practising X
4 Skills to understand the strategic, tactical and practical sides of public law. X
5 Skills to understand the local, national, international, universal and supranational sides of public law X
6 Skills to understand the modern methods and differences of law X
7 Skills to participate in/inter disciplinary group works successfully X
8 Skills to adopt open minded behaviors in the way of learning and attempting X
9 Skills to assimilate and carry the rules of ethics and profession within the framework of social responsibility X
10 Skills to use Turkish efficiently in writing and speaking, and have the communication talent that is required by a law related career X
11 Skills to approach critically and creatively on the legal and social problems in terms of rule of law and ideal of justice X
12 Skills to understand and practice the national and international sides of law through case law and judicial implementations X
13 Skills to prepare/present a written or oral academic study within the framework of acedemic ethic and rules X
14 Skills to use vocational information technologies efficiently in solving legal problems X
15 Skills to reinforce knowledge of foreign languages and command of legal terminolgy X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 2 32
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 5 3 15
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 1 15 15
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 27 27
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 40 40
Total Workload 129