ECTS - Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law

Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law (KMH609) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law KMH609 Area Elective 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type Elective Courses
Course Level Ph.D.
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies .
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Dr.Öğretim Üyesi Timuçin Köprülü
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The aim of the course is to explain the philosophical movements and philosophers that have influenced the general theory of crime and the theory of sanctions in criminal law.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Students can list philosophers and their philosophies that have influenced the general theory of criminal law. They discuss how great philosophers and philosophical currents have shaped the general theory of crime and the theory of sanctions. They can conduct discussions in the context of the doctrines of criminal law schools
Course Content The effects of the Enlightenment era on the criminal law; comparison of the the modern and the pre-modern periods; the effects of thought system on the teaching of criminal law; the philosophers who have influenced the teaching of criminal law.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 The Relationship between Criminal Law and Philosophy Roth (Corresponding Chapter)
2 Historical Development of Criminal Law and Philosophical Movements Affecting it Toroslu (Corresponding Chapter)
3 Philosophy of Enlightenment and Emergence of Modern Criminal Law Küçüktaşdemir (Corresponding Chapter)
4 Epistemology of Criminal Law Keyman, 1998
5 Criminal Law Schools: Classical School (Kant and Idealists) Toroslu (Corresponding Chapter)
6 Criminal Law Schools: Classic School (Bentham and Utilitarists) Toroslu (Corresponding Chapter)
7 Criminal Law Schools: Positivist School Toroslu (Corresponding Chapter)
8 Criminal Law Schools: Realist, Technical and Social Defense Schools Toroslu (Corresponding Chapter)
9 Legitimacy of Power and Punishment Foucault (Corresponding Chapter)
10 Debates on the State's Punishment Right and Authority Topuzkanamış (Corresponding Chapter)
11 Theories on the Functions of Punishment Toroslu (Corresponding Chapter)
12 Retributive Justice Ozansü (Corresponding Chapter), Roth (Corresponding Chapter)
13 Restorative Justice Roth (Corresponding Chapter)
14 Nazi and Nuremberg Trials Metin – Heper (Corresponding Chapter)
15 Final Exam


Course Book 1. Mitchel P. Roth, Göze Göz, Suç ve Cezanın Küresel Tarihi, Can Yayınları
2. Topuzkanamış Engin, Hukuk ve Disiplin – Modern Toplumda Hukuka Uymanın Dayanakları, XII Levha Yayınları, İstanbul 2013
3. Haluk Toroslu, Ceza Müeyyidesi, Savaş Yay., Ankara 2010.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 20
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 50
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
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 Improves the knowledge of concepts, institutions and methods in the field of Public Law at the level of expertise. X
2 Makes original definitions and qualifications about legal concepts and methods. X
3 To analyze and evaluate the problems of public law relations by using the information obtained, reaches new and original results and thoughts. X
4 Evaluates an existing or a new concept or institution in the field of Public Law with a new thought, approach and method. X
5 Have the ability to understand and process the national and international dimensions of law by following court jurisprudence and practices. X
6 Have the ability to diagnose and solve public law problems. X
7 Gains original perspective in the field of public law. X
8 Has the ability to conduct research in the field of Public Law and to produce an original scientific work. X
9 Gains the ability to make oral and written presentations in accordance with academic and ethical rules. X
10 Establishes an effective communication in defending his / her original views and showing his competence in the field of public law issues. X
11 Has the ability to solve current legal problems within the framework of contemporary legal approaches. X
12 It contributes to the establishment and implementation of legal and academic ethical rules. X
13 It contributes to the establishment of the awareness of law and justice in the society and the process of sustaining it. X
14 Students will have the ability to interact effectively by using strategic decision-making processes in solving problems arising from legal theory and practice and affecting social life. X
15 It contributes to the theory and practice of law by publishing at least one scientific article in the field of Public Law in national or international refereed and / or reputable journals. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 14 3 42
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 10 3 30
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 10 3 30
Homework Assignments 1 10 10
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 10 10
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 30 30
Total Workload 152